Weeknight Rescue // March 2020 // Week 12

Instant Pot Italian White Bean Soup

As promised in my newsletter yesterday, I’m focusing this week’s meal plan on simpler dishes with pretty basic ingredients. I’ll offer suggestions where possible for making substitutions. Keep nourishing yourselves, friends!

WEEKNIGHT SPAGHETTI WITH CLAMS

Cast iron skillet with spaghetti and clambs

This simple pasta calls for canned clams, which is an excellent pantry staple. If you don’t have clams, you can make it with other types of seafood, such as shrimp, canned tuna or salmon, or even canned sardines. Keep in mind that canned clams come with a fair bit of their own juices. If you’re not using canned clams, scoop out 1/2 cup or so of the pasta cooking water before draining and stir as much of it as needed into your finished pasta, so it’s plenty moist.

THREE-INGREDIENT BLACK BEAN SOUP

This is a recipe based on basics: canned beans, fresh salsa, and sour cream. If jarred salsa is all you have, try it, but use less to start with. It might be spicier or more concentrated than a standard pico de gallo-type salsa. Add broth or water as needed if you don’t have fresh salsa. We are winging it here!

SLOW COOKER TURKEY MEATBALLS

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs

These meatballs will work with ground turkey, chicken, beef, pork, or “meatless meat”, such as Beyond Meat. You can also make them with a combination of different types of ground meat depending on what’s in your fridge or freezer.

CHEESEBOARD SUPPER

A snack board supper is a pretty good way to go some nights, especially if you’re finding yourself exhausted at the end of the day. It’s a stressful time. Pull out any cheeses, dips, veggies, crackers, nuts, seeds, fruits, tinned seafood, spreads, pickles, olives, you name it. Assemble it on a big board or platter and let everyone pile their plate.

INSTANT POT ITALIAN WHITE BEAN SOUP

I’m really appreciating the comfort of a bowl of soup these days and finding the Instant Pot is calling my name. No worries if you don’t have just the right type of vegetables or beans for this recipe. It may not turn out picture perfect, but it will nourish your family. Leave out the sausage for a vegetarian version.

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE SWEET POTATO BROWNIES

I don’t know about you, but sweet potatoes are a vegetable I’ve been stocking up on because they last a while and are so versatile. Here they take the place of some of the sugar (and add a big dose of vitamin A at the same time).

BAGEL KABOBS

Many of us are making lunches in a way we haven’t in a long time, since kids are home with no cafeteria to turn to. This is a playful idea for at-home lunch that you can take in lots of directions depending on what you have in your pantry. It’s not a problem if you don’t have bagels, just use any type of bread instead.

Comments

03.21.2020 at 7:20 AM #

Ellen Bordman

Thank you for these simple ingredient recipes!

03.21.2020 at 7:20 AM #

katiemorford

You’re welcome. I need them too!

03.21.2020 at 11:18 AM #

Shveta

I love the turkey meatballs! I’ve made them at least a dozen times. And yes to soup….so comforting right now. Thanks for the culinary inspiration.

03.21.2020 at 11:18 AM #

katiemorford

Wow! I’m impressed. And you’re welcome 🙂

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