Weeknight Rescue//April 2022//Pesto Pasta, Sheet Pan Pizza, Asian-Style Salad w/Chicken Skewers, Skirt Steak w/Salsa Verde, Spinach and Feta Pie

two plates of pasta with pesto and asparagus

I’m seriously smitten with this week’s menu. I hope you are, too. I’ve pulled an Arugula and Strawberry Salad from the archives, included my favorite way to do steak, and added the Cowboy Cookies I made and shipped off to my college girls this week (I kept some for myself and can’t stop eating them!). Enjoy!

BASIL AND MINT PESTO PASTA WITH ASPARAGUS, PEAS, AND ARTICHOKES

two plates of pasta with pesto and asparagus

This is everything that’s good about the produce section this time of year in one bowl: asparagus, peas, and fresh herbs. It’s got heaps of vegetables relative to the pasta, so hits all the nutritious buttons. If shelling peas isn’t on your priority list, outsource to one of your kids or substitute frozen peas. Finish with a big bowl of strawberries for dessert.

NO-KNEAD SHEET PAN PIZZA

Easy, No-Knead Sheet Pan Pizza

This has been my favorite pizza to make at home this past year. It’s pretty unfussy, is done in a big sheet pan, and like all pizza, makes an excellent breakfast the next day (try topping it with a fried egg). This makes for a nourishing salad on the side.

ASIAN-STYLE SALAD WITH CHICKEN (OR TOFU) SKEWERS

Asian Salad with Chicken Skewers

I like to add this salad into the mix to lighten up the week’s offerings. It’s full of flavor and crunch and is adaptable for omnivores and vegetarians alike.

SKIRT STEAK WITH SALSA VERDE

Skirt steak with salsa verde sliced on a cutting board with lemon garnish

Skirt steak works well for weeknight meals, since it’s a thin cut that cooks quickly. You can do this on the grill, in a cast iron skillet, or under a broiler. The salsa verde is Italian-style, with herbs, capers, and shallots. Serve with grilled or roasted potatoes along with the Arugula and Strawberry Salad featured below.

SPINACH AND FETA PIE

I’m crazy about this spinach pie! It’s wholesome and tasty. The recipe calls for frozen spinach, which is one of the reasons it’s relatively easy to pull together (no washing, stemming, or cooking the spinach in advance). Leftovers are terrific the next day reheated in the oven.

STRAWBERRY ARUGULA SALAD WITH TOASTED HAZELNUTS

This is a very springy salad that works for a dinner side dish. Make it a main for lunch or supper by adding chicken breasts, your favorite fish, or a simple steak. Arugula and strawberries in combination make quite an impact on the nutritional end of things (ounce-per-ounce, strawberries offer more vitamin C than citrus fruits). 

COWBOY COOKIES

Cowboy cookies on a piece of white parchment paper

If you’re like me and appreciate a cookie packed with goodies, this one’s for you. It’s both wholesome and decadent, made with oats, nut butter, chocolate, coconut, dried fruits, seeds, and nuts. Make a batch of dough and freeze half for a rainy day.

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