Weeknight Rescue // December 2019 // Week 49

Welcome to the weekend, friends. It’s a menu of cozy meals, with a couple of slow cooker and Instant Pot favorites, since those are popular this time of year. Enjoy!

DELICATA SQUASH TACOS

I loaded up on delicata squash at the market this week, so thought this would be a good one to add to the menu. What’s nice is that the squash is thin-skinned, which means no need to peel (and you get all that good fiber) .

SLOW COOKER PULLED PORK SANDWICHES

This is a soul satisfying supper that’s easy to get going in the slow cooker. The tenderloin, which is a mega lean cut of meat, cooks down into tender, pull-apart pork that’s excellent on a soft bun with a pile of crunchy slaw. Assemble a big plate of crudite and add Green Goddess or Ranch for a tasty dip. 

UDON NOODLE SOUP WITH SOFT EGG AND COLLARDS

Udon Noodle Soup with Soft Egg

A tasty soup that’s full of  immune boosting goodness to keep cold season at bay. It’s flavored with garlic, ginger, a little chili, leafy greens, and chicken broth. It’s a healing brew, a one-pot meal, and delicious, too.  

CARROT MAC AND CHEESE

Creamy carrots blend seamlessly into this mac and cheese thanks to their mild sweetness and the fact that they’re the same color as Cheddar cheese. Lately I’ve been loving roasting kale tossed with olive at about 400 degrees, then dousing it with balsamic vinegar.

INSTANT POT KOREAN BEEF TACOS

OMG the meat in these tacos is SO delicious. Here’s how it comes together: cook Korean-style beef in an Instant Pot until fork tender (and so flavorful), pile onto warm tortillas, top with crunchy slaw, add kimchi (if you like), and try to stop at just one. I like to add a crunchy salad of sliced cucumbers and radishes with a splash of seasoned rice vinegar to serve on the side.

DARK CHOCOLATE BARK

My college girl is on a peppermint bark bender (and I’m in full support of homemade holiday goodies), BUT, this is a little more up my alley and so easy to make. Enjoy a piece when you want a sweet fix or wrap it up to gift to friends and family.

CRANBERRY GINGER BAKED OATMEAL

Baked Oatmeal

This recipe does double duty. Make it for your family for a wholesome breakfast OR follow the instructions to package up Cranberry Ginger Baked Oatmeal “Kits” for gift-giving.

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