We are starting Year Two of Weeknight Rescue with a line up that reflects the straddle between summer and back-to-school.  I hope you find it handy and that it help you get into the end-of-summer groove.

 

WHOLE-GRAIN BLENDER KEFIR PANCAKES

Every once in a while, breakfast for dinner is just what the doctor ordered. And with back-to-school season upon us, a combo of fun and comfort at supper time seems about right. These pancakes are new to the blog, ridiculously easy to make, and full of the good ingredients. Top them with any fruit, nuts and/or seeds and pair with favorite breakfast sides, from chicken apple sausage to yogurt parfaits. 

 

FATTOUSH SALAD WITH CHICKEN (or CHICK PEAS)

 

This is a salad I enjoy all summer long. It makes an excellent side to so many seasonal menus, but just add chicken (or chick peas) and it becomes hearty enough to qualify as a main dish. If you want to round out the meal further, do up a side of any favorite grain , such as quinoa or farro tossed with olive oil, lemon juice and zest, and whatever fresh herbs you have in your fridge (or garden).


SAUCY SLOW COOKER TURKEY MEATBALLS

Moving into fall, I tend to lean on the slow cooker a little more, starting with these turkey meatballs. Everything is done in the slow cooker, which means no need to dirty additional pans or pre-cook an onion.  Serve them straight up in shallow bowls with crusty bread on the side or spoon over roasted vegetables such as broccoli or cauliflower. Parmesan on the side is a must. 


HONEY VANILLA ALMOND MILK

We went through a mad nut milk making phase several years ago once we discovered how delicious it is homemade. Give it a try. It’s a fun kids-in-the-kitchen project and yields something fresh and tasty served cold from the fridge or blended with berries or other fruits. The instructions include step-by-step photos, which is a good way for kiddos to learn. 

CREAMY MANGO SORBET POPS

It’s still pretty hot in most places these days, so ice pops remain on the menu. These are done in a food processor with frozen mango, egg whites, honey, and vanilla. They are an excellent dessert or after school treat.