Weeknight Rescue // July 2020 // Week 29

fattoush salad

Welcome to the weekend! I hope you get a chance to enjoy a bit of downtime before you start thinking about what’s going on the table next week. On that note, I’ve got lots of good stuff in store. Enjoy!

SUMMER ROLLS WITH PEANUT DIPPING SAUCE

We’re 100 percent hooked on homemade summer rolls in our house. Paired with a barely spicy peanut sauce, they’re light and very tasty. The recipe is a good fix for those nights when you don’t feel like turning on the stove. If you want to share the work of assembling the rolls, set it up DIY style and let everyone make their own.

ROTISSERIE CHICKEN SANDWICHES WITH SPICY PECAN MUHAMMARA

Rotisserie chicken sandwich with muhammara and arugula in white ceramic dish

Pick up a rotisserie chicken from the market and this becomes a no-cook recipe. Just pile the chicken onto slices of crusty bread and add a swipe of muhammara (a flavorful red pepper spread that whizzes up easily in a food processor). This is a good one to pack up for a dinner picnic if you feel like doing something a little different.

HERB CREME FRAICHE WITH GRILLED VEGETABLES

Gather up your favorite grilling vegetables, get them good and tender on the barbecue, and whip up a side of herb crème fraîche to go with. It’s on the light side, so sliced crusty bread, brushed with olive oil and burnished on the grill makes a nice addition. Alternatively, make the grilled vegetables the side dish and throw chicken or chops on the grill as well.

INSTANT POT CHIPOTLE RASPBERRY-GLAZED RIBS

Who says ribs need to go on a grill? These are excellent done in the Instant Pot with no babysitting required. Tangy raspberries and chipotle makes a killer combo for juicy ribs. Just add a side of slaw and maybe a pile of fresh cut watermelon.

FATTOUSH SALAD

This is a perfect summer salad that makes an excellent side to so many seasonal menus, but just add chicken (or chick peas) and it becomes hearty enough to qualify as a main dish. If you want to round out the meal further, do up a side of any favorite grain , such as quinoa or farro tossed with olive oil, lemon juice and zest, and whatever fresh herbs you have in your fridge (or garden).

ICE CREAM PIE WITH CHOCOLATE CRUST AND TOFFEE

Easy Ice Cream Pie with Chocolate Crust and Toffee Bits

We made two of these scrumptious pies last weekend — one as directed and the other gluten- and dairy-free. Both were a huge hit. Luckily, we had leftovers and I’m happy to report the pie is just as good several days later.

STOVETOP SRIRACHA LIME POPCORN

Sriracha Lime Popcorn

My girls are forever making bowls of popcorn to go with their Netflix binges. This combo is one of their favorites.

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