Weeknight Rescue // February 2020 // Week 8

Oven Baked Tofu Parmesan

I’ve got a little something for everyone this week…a few classics, vegetarian options, and my favorite homestyle burger. If you’re enjoying Weeknight Rescue or have any suggestions or ideas to make it better, please email me! [email protected]

INSTANT POT CHICKEN IN SALSA VERDE

Making stewy, Mexican-inspired dishes is one of the best uses for the Instant Pot. Here, fresh tomatillos and chicken cook down into a savory main that is excellent spooned alongside rice and beens or tucked into tacos.

TOFU PARMESAN

Oven Baked Tofu Parmesan

Tofu Parmesan could make a convert of most anyone who thinks they don’t like tofu. It’s breaded and baked until crispy and then layered with sauce and cheese. Add steamed or roasted broccoli or a green salad and dinner is done. Leftovers are tasty a day or two later.

EASY TOMATO SOUP WITH GRILLED CHEESE

This is good, cozy comfort food, especially for those of you living in cold climates. The recipe makes just enough soup for four bowls, but feel free to double it for lunches the next day (perfect for a lunch box thermos).

SPAGHETTI & SPIRALIZED ZUCCHINI WITH PESTO

I usually make this during the summer when zucchini is in season, but I’m getting a little tired of root vegetables! It’s lighter than a typical plate of pasta (and I’d argue the veggies could easily go under the radar with any veg-phobics in your house). If you don’t own a spiralizer, you can find pre-spiralized zucchini in some markets. Alternatively, try grating the zucchini on the large holes of a box grater instead.

BEEF AND MUSHROOM BURGERS

This is a favorite way to “healthy-up” my hamburgers. It’s ground beef with finely chopped sauteed mushrooms seamlessly blended into the mix …you hardly know they’re there. The result is a lighter, better-for-you burger that’s still full of flavor. Serve them with all your favorite fixings.

OVERNIGHT BANANA ALMOND BUTTER OATS

A simple, make-ahead breakfast that you do up in a jar or bowl and stow in the fridge until morning. Feel free to stir a teaspoon or two of healthy “add ins” to the mix, such as hemp seeds, chia seeds, or ground flax. Serve it straight up or top with fruit, such as fresh mango or favorite berries. 

STOVETOP TACO POPCORN

I made a batch of this to snack on during the debate last week (it was far more enjoyable than watching politicians squabble). It’s a combo of stove-top popcorn with nutritional yeast and taco seasoning. Easy and a whole lot healthier than typical Tex-Mex packaged snacks.

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