Weeknight Rescue // January 2019 // Week 3

Greetings friends. Welcome to the weekend. We’re in full winter mode with this week’s menu, celebrating what’s in season with a hefty dose of comfort. 

SLOW COOKER PORK TINGA TACOS

Cooking pork low and slow in a crock pot with a serious hit of chipotle is an excellent starting point for weeknight tacos. From there it’s a matter of gathering your best taco fixings with a salad or street corn on the side.  

CHICKEN, ORANGE, AND AVOCADO SALAD WITH TOASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS

This salad is the sort of light bright supper dish that might be welcome after a holiday food coma. If you have kids who are not so fond of salad, set theirs up deconstructed-style with the orange, avocado, chicken, and greens arranged on a plate rather than tossed in a bowl. On the side? Warm sliced baguette for sopping up any dressing that pools on your plate. 

BLACK BEAN CHILI TOPPED SWEET POTATOES

The mild heat of this black bean chili is a tasty match served over tender roasted sweet potatoes. Break up the work of this dish by making the chili ahead of time. When you’re ready to serve, roast up a batch of sweet potatoes and you’re good to go. If you have it, add a spoonful of sour cream on top. 


LEMON TAHINI DRESSING WITH VEGETABLES

Roast a big variety of root vegetables until tender and add chick peas at the tail end for protein and heft. While that’s happening, you can whisk together the tangy tahini dressing to drizzle over the top (add a little harissa if you want a kick of heat). I often serve this with warm whole-grain pita and Greek yogurt on the side. It’s a popular recipe in our house and the kids are its number one fans.

WHOLE-GRAIN BLENDER KEFIR PANCAKES

It seems every time I turn around someone tells me they’re not eating carbs, which makes me worry about these pancakes. Yes, they’ve got carbs, but they’re  so super wholesome, packed with probiotic-rich kefir, protein, whole grains, and fiber.  And never mind they’re delicious. So, if you’re game to get back on the carb train, this is a pretty nourishing place to start. 

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