Weeknight Rescue // January 2020 // Week 2

Slow cooker pork tinga tacos

Welcome to the weekend! This week’s line-up is a mix of make-ahead, slow cooker, and easy peasy recipes. As always, your shopping list is at the bottom of the page.

SPINACH & FETA PIE

Spinach and Feta Pie

A lighter spin on a Greek-style spanikopita, this is an excellent make-ahead dish that doubles as a leftover for lunch. Don’t worry, filo dough is pretty easy to work with and seeing that golden puff come out of the oven is darn satisfying. As for sides? Maybe start with a cup of  tomato soup  or your favorite store-bought boxed soup (p.s. did you know that the vitamin C in tomato soup will boost the absorption of the iron in spinach?)

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.  

WEEKNIGHT FRIED RICE

This is a dinner built on leftovers. Rice, plus whatever vegetables you have in the fridge and whatever meat, tofu, or chicken is tucked in there too. You can also pick up a rotisserie chicken if the fridge is near empty. Leftover fried rice makes a terrific lunch.

EVERYTHING CHICKEN

Everything Chicken is my quick fix for a chicken dinner. The options for what to serve alongside are endless…roasted potatoes, delicata squash, or this Reset Button Salad are all fair game.

3-INGREDIENT BLACK BEAN SOUP

This black bean soup is about as quick as it comes as far as getting dinner on the table. I like to set up a little toppings bar and include favorite fixings, such as salsa, sour cream, avocado, crumbled bacon, and fresh cilantro. Simple cheese quesadillas, cornbread, or these sweet potato “fries” make a suitable side. 

BANANA DATE SHAKE

Creamy Banana Date Shake

This shake is a study in simplicity. It has just four ingredients, all of which you may already have in your pantry and fridge. Best of all, it tastes like a creamy treat, even though it doesn’t have a lick of ice cream or a spoonful of sugar.

BAGEL KABOBS

Most kids are back in school at this point, so I figured some lunch box inspo might be in order. Switch up your sandwich routine by making these bagel kabobs instead. You can do any combination that suits you, but several ideas are included in the recipe (and on the shopping list below). 

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