Weeknight Rescue // April 2020 // Week 16

My apologies for being a day late with the meal plan. It’s been a week! Hopefully you’ll find something here worth waiting for. I’ve got a few seasonal ingredients (asparagus, peas, strawberries, and artichokes) and a combo of simple, comforting, and nutritious dishes. If you’re feeling burned out from cooking, you’ll also find a couple make-ahead and freezer-friendly options and a DIY grilled cheese night where every member of the family can participate in the cooking!

Also, I’ve got another QuaranTeen cooking class over on Instagram making Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. Grab your leftover Easter chocolate (or any chocolate) and join me. No strawberries? Bananas, apples, oranges, and tangerines work, too.

EASY SPRING VEGETABLE FARRO RISOTTO

Spring Farro Risotto

Asparagus and peas are in season and are excellent in this no-stir, no-fuss oven risotto done with farro instead of rice. You prep the asparagus and shell the peas ahead of time (or use frozen peas), so it’s easier to pull together at the dinner hour.

MINI MAC AND CHEESE WITH BROCCOLI

These will work for dinner or double for lunch. They’re full of protein, thanks to four eggs in the recipe, so have some staying power. It’s a good one to make ahead and keep on hand (freezes well, too). And a wonderful kid-friendly cooking project!

STRAWBERRY ARUGULA SALAD

Add any protein to the side of this salad and you’ve got a light, bright supper on your hands. These chicken breasts are a favorite one to serve on the side. 

TURKEY CHILI SWEET POTATOES

Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with jalapenos and lime

The combination of tender sweet potatoes with turkey chili is a good one. It’s a one-dish meal that’s nourishing, comforting and flavorful and can be made ahead of time, is freezer-friendly, and great for leftovers. Feel free to serve the chili in bowls for any kids who aren’t so keen on sweet potatoes.

DIY GRILLED CHEESE NIGHT

Grilled Cheese Bar

Minimal cooking involved! You gather and set out all the ingredients, everyone else assembles their own just they way they like it. Just add a big plate of cut up veggies or a salad and dinner is done.   

BREAKFAST COOKIES

Cookies for breakfast? Yes! These double as a great baking project and a make-ahead breakfast option! They are hearty and wholesome qualifies as a nourishing morning meal along with a glass of cold milk or cup of tea.

LIGHTER ARTICHOKE DIP

I do like an artichoke dip, something to set out when cozied up to binge watch a show on a Saturday afternoon. This version also happens to be pretty good for you, with nearly five cups of vegetables. Pair it with crackers, chips, bread, or whatever you’d like as an appetizer, snack, or part of a meal!

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