Weeknight Rescue // August 2020 // Week 31

turkey taco salad

Holy smokes, people, it’s August. That means it’s time to squeeze every drop out of summer, from soaking up the sunshine to enjoying all the produce the season has to offer. The line-up this week covers all the bases, with an emphasis on lighter meals and low-tech cooking. Enjoy!

VIETNAMESE PORK LETTUCE WRAPS W/ GINGER LIME DRESSING

These lettuce cups are like Vietnamese-style tacos with a killer ginger lime dressing to finish. Since they’re pretty light on the appetite, you might want to get some carbs on the table, such as steamed brown basmati rice or a favorite Asian noodle tossed with fish sauce, sesame oil, and sliced scallion.

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. Feel free to do these on the grill if you want to keep the cooking outdoors. Just add a big plate of cut up veggies or a salad and dinner is done (the Ranch Dressing below might be just right for this)  

VEGAN EGGPLANT MEATBALLS W/ TEMPEH IN TOMATO SAUCE

If you’ve never tinkered with tempeh before, this is your chance. Eggplant is in season and makes these meatballs tender and tasty. Make the easy sauce featured in the recipe or take a short cut and use one from a jar (I’m a fan of Rao’s brand).

TURKEY TACO SALAD W/ CUMIN LIME DRESSING

A satisfying, crunchy chopped salad tossed with old-school turkey taco meat. Top with crumbled tortilla chips and you’ve got a main dish meal on your hands. Finish with a plate of chilled summer fruit!

LIGHTER NEW ENGLAND-STYLE SHRIMP ROLLS

new england style shrimp rolls

Get a little taste of the East Coast via these New England–Style Shrimp Rolls. It’s the same idea as a lobster roll, just a different shellfish and on the lighter side. I often keep frozen shrimp stocked in my freezer. To defrost, put them in a bowl and cover with water, changing it a time or two until the shrimp is defrosted.

WATERMELON LIME ICE POPS

What’s not to love about a three-ingredient pop? These are an excellent way to handle hydration and answer the call for something sweet at the same time. They’re full of flavor without any of the artificial ingredients or excessive sugar you’ll find in many store-bought pops.

HEALTHY RANCH DIP & DRESSING

healthier homemade ranch

I think really good summer tomatoes and cucumbers pair deliciously with homemade ranch. Make up a batch (or double batch) over the weekend to use as a dip or dressing all week long.

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