Weeknight Rescue Meal Plan//2022//Week 7

Pork lettuce wraps with dressing and peanuts on the side

Between the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of reasons to get in the kitchen this week (not to mention getting dinner on the table). You can find a whole line-up of Valentine’s Day treats by heading here and a few demo videos over on Instagram. As for game day? You’ll find my favorite dip in the meal plan below. As always, the shopping list is at the bottom of the page.

HEALTHY BAKED EVERYTHING CHICKEN

This tasty chicken recipe is one of the simplest solutions to supper I can think of. Once baked, cut into slices and serve alongside a generous, chopped salad. I like this crunchy, vibrant one, which is great this time of year. Make an extra breast or two to use in the Loaded Quesadillas below.

WARM SPINACH SALAD WITH BALSAMIC DRESSING

It might be nice to have something a little on the lighter side this week. This warm spinach salad is filling and really tasty. The crispy prosciutto is something you’ll want to eat on repeat. For a vegetarian version, swap it for roasted or sautéed mushrooms.

LOADED QUESADILLAS WITH AVOCADO SALSA

Chicken and vegetable quesadillas

This is a super quick dinner that loads up quesadillas with chicken (or black beans if you want to go vegetarian), cheese, and vegetables. The recipe serves just two, so be sure to scale up your ingredients if serving a larger family. Whip together an avocado salsa on the side for dipping. For extra vegetables, I almost always serve Mexican Slaw on the side. Add a bowl of black or pinto beans if you like. 

PORK TENDERLOIN LETTUCE WRAPS W/ GINGER LIME DRESSING

spooning dressing over pork lettuce wraps

These lettuce wraps are like little tacos with Vietnamese flavors and a killer ginger lime dressing to finish. Since they’re pretty light on the appetite, you might want to add a side of brown basmati rice or a favorite Asian noodle tossed with fish sauce, sesame oil, and sliced scallion. Folks who don’t eat pork, swap in chicken thighs. Vegetarians could use firm or extra-firm tofu.

CHEESE SOUFFLÉ FOR TWO

souffle for two

It had been ages since I’d made this recipe, but I added it to our menu over the holidays. It was ethereal and delicious (I forgot how magical soufflé really is). Consider this for Valentine’s Day at home paired with a simple green salad. It’s a scrumptious meal to share with your sweetie.

LIGHTER ARTICHOKE CAULIFLOWER DIP

Since Sunday is all about football, I figured it would be a good time to pull out this one. The recipe packs in nearly five cups of vegetables and is just as tasty as a more decadent dip in my book. Also a plus? It’s not so likely to leave you with a food hangover.

Whole-Grain Blender Kefir Pancakes

stack of whole wheat pancakes with pat of butter, apricots and other fruits

Why not wake up your loved ones with a short stack on Valentine’s Day. These are super nutritious, all done and then poured from a blender, and excellent embellished with maple syrup and anything you have in your fruit bowl.

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