Happy Saturday everyone. I’m looking forward to this week’s menu, notably that beet pasta, which I haven’t pulled out in a while. If you have a particularly busy night this week, lean on that black bean soup. It couldn’t be simpler. As always, everything you need to pick up at the market is listed at the bottom of the page.

 

THREE-INGREDIENT BLACK BEAN SOUP

This black bean soup is about as quick as it comes as far as getting dinner on the table. I like to set up a little toppings bar and include favorite fixings, such as salsa, sour cream, avocado, crumbled bacon, and fresh cilantro. If you need a little something extra to satisfy your crew, consider simple cheese quesadillas or a pan of cornbread.

PASTA WITH CREAMY BEET SAUCE, WALNUTS, AND PARMESAN

It feels a little like magic that you can blend tender cooked beets into a creamy, delicious sauce for pasta. A little Parmesan and toasted walnuts make a terrific finish for the dish. On the side, try a salad with your favorite greens along with thinly sliced apples, pears, or halved grapes.  

BEEF AND MUSHROOM BLENDED BURGER

It’s hardly burger season, but there’s no reason you can’t enjoy one any time of year. This recipe is a blend of beef and mushrooms, which makes for a juicy burger that’s lighter in calories and saturated fat than standard ground beef. These sweet potatoes are an excellent side to go with. 


SUPERFOOD TUNA SALAD

Make a batch (or double batch) to use for lunches and snacks (good on pretzel thins or tucked into Romaine lettuce leaves). The “superfood” part of the equation owes to the fact that it’s equal parts canned salmon and tuna, so big time omega-3s.  Don’t worry if your kids are salmon skeptics, mine never seem to notice they’re eating anything but tuna salad. 

BAKED PUMPKIN DONUTS WITH BROWN BUTTER GLAZE

These should go on your baking to do list at least once this fall. They’re tender, sweet, and topped with a lick-the-bowl-clean brown butter glaze. They require a donut pan, which is a worthy investment. I like to bake them in a mini donut pan as well.