Weeknight Rescue // May 2020 // Week 18

This week’s menu continues to focus on simple recipes for those nights you hardly feel like cooking with some feel-good-foods mixed in. Since Cinco de Mayo is this week, I’ve included a couple Mexican-inspired recipes as well.

MEDITERRANEAN EGG AND SPINACH STRATA

Strata doubles as a supper or brunch option. It’s packed with vegetables like artichokes, tomatoes and spinach, and full of the flavors of the Mediterranean. You can assemble it in advance and stow it in the refrigerator for up to one day, baking it just before serving. 

STEAK ON ARUGULA WITH PARMESAN AND BALSAMIC

This one is a super simple 15-minute recipe that can be made on the stovetop or a grill. Arugula can easily be swapped for baby spinach or baby kale. Serve it with grilled or roasted potatoes or this Warm BLT Potato Salad. 

MEXICAN SLAW WITH CILANTRO AND LIME

This is a no-cook recipe that comes together easily and doesn’t require precise measuring. If you love leftovers, I definitely recommend making a big batch, since it keeps well for an extra day or two. Eat it alongside rice and beans, in tacos, or piled onto tostadas. Alternatively, top with grilled and sliced chicken breast.

WEEKNIGHT SPAGHETTI WITH CLAMS

Cast iron skillet with spaghetti and clambs

A nutritious and budget-friendly recipe that takes advantage of canned clams that you may have stocked up on already. If you don’t have clams, or they aren’t your thing, make it with 1 pound of medium peeled/deveined shrimp instead. Add a generous squeeze of lemon juice at the very end.

LOADED CHICKEN QUESADILLAS WITH AVOCADO SALSA

These quesadillas are a good way to use up leftover chicken or repurpose a rotisserie chicken from the store. Pair quesadilla wedges with a plate of crunchy veggies with a squeeze of lime, guacamole, or the Mexican Slaw above.

SUPER GREEN SMOOTHIE

Green Smoothie with Orange, spinach and hemp seeds

This smoothie is ideal for mornings when you aren’t feeling like cooking breakfast and need some extra energy. It’s rich in protein, vitamin C, and beta-carotene and goes down easy.

ORANGE ALMOND CAKE WITH VANILLA MOUSSE AND STRAWBERRIES

One of my girls is celebrating a birthday this week, so I suppose I have cake on the brain. Even if that’s not the case in your house, this cake is a good reason to make a “just because” cake, particularly since strawberries are in season.

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