Weeknight Rescue // July 2020 // Week 28

no noodle lasagna

Ahh, the weekend! I’ve got loads of summer favorites in the line-up this week, including a few destined for the grill. Enjoy.

TUNA NICOISE PASTA

I’ve taken the flavors of a classic Nicoise salad and turned it into a pasta that’s got your starch, protein, and veg all right there in a single pan. Add a green salad and a bowl of cold cherries for dessert, and you’ve got a nourishing meal on your hands.

BEEF AND MUSHROOM BLENDED BURGER

This is a favorite way to “healthy-up” my hamburgers. It’s ground beef with finely chopped sautéed 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.

VEGETARIAN NO-NOODLE ZUCCHINI LASAGNA

This was a staple from last summer that I’m looking forward to making it this week. If you have some folks on the fence about tofu, this might just tip the scales. I usually cut myself a break and use jarred tomato sauce instead of homemade…makes the whole thing come together with ease.

QUINOA TABBOULEH

Gluten-Free Tabbouleh Made with Quinoa

Quinoa Tabbouleh is a super nutritious and flavorful dish that’s ideal in the summer, when tomatoes and cucumbers are at their best. Since it’s on the lighter side, add chick peas for a bit more protein and heft. Make this Fattoush Salad to round out your Middle Eastern-inspired supper.

CILANTRO LIME YOGURT-MARINATED GRILLED CHICKEN

I am crazy about the yogurt marinade for this chicken. It’s full of flavor and makes what can be a tough cut of chicken very tender. Serve it with any favorite summer sides, either grilled vegetables, steamed corn, potato salad, or whatever else you’re in the mood for.

BLUEBERRY HAND PIES

You may not be inclined to turn on the oven in the peak of summer, but these hand-held pies are worth it. It’s a good one to make on a Saturday or Sunday, maybe with a kid in tow to enjoy the kitchen fun. Make a double batch and freeze the extras for a healthier, homemade toaster tart.

CROUTONS ON THE GRILL

croutons on the grill

As long as you’ve got the barbecue going for chicken or burgers, thread cubes of bread on a skewer and get them on the grill. They make a crunchy snack or excellent croutons for summer salads.

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