Weeknight Rescue // November 2019 // Week 46

We made it to the weekend, friends. I hope you’ve got some good things cooking wherever you are. Below you’ll find what I’ve pulled together for next week’s meal plan, including a few that are pretty new on the scene. Enjoy!

UMAMI CHICKEN

“Umami” because this chicken is such a flavor bomb. It’s chicken done adobo style that you can have bubbling on the stove in a matter of minutes. I usually serve it with brown rice and veggies done in a quick stir fry. If you’re pressed for time, pick up a package of heat and serve brown rice from the freezer section of the market. 

INSTANT POT (or Stove Top) FARRO RISOTTO

I’ve been waiting all fall to include this in one of my Weeknight Rescue menus. It’s a new favorite in the house that’s nourishing, delicious, and just so happens to be vegetarian. Make it in the Instant Pot if you have one or on the stove top if you don’t (instructions are in the headnote of the recipe).

TOFU PARMESAN

Oven Baked Tofu Parmesan

Just yesterday I was telling a friend about this recipe. Her daughter is trying to convert the whole house to becoming vegetarians and she’s looking for approachable, family-friendly recipes. This fits the bill, for sure. On the side, try the Brussels Sprouts Salad below.

BEEF AND MUSHROOMS BURGERS

If you’re worried your crew won’t go for burgers with mushrooms, you might just be surprised. They pretty much go under the radar here, while delivering juicy flavor. Also a plus, they’re a bit better for your health (and for the planet, too).

GENIUS BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

I’m going to be cooking a triple batch of this over the weekend, which I’ll store in the freezer until Thanksgiving. It’s become our go-to lunch for the big day, but is equally good for a weeknight supper. Best of all, it’s ridiculously easy to make.

SHAVED BRUSSELS SPROUTS SALAD

In this light, bright salad, Brussels sprouts are left raw and sliced quickly in a food processor. Then, it’s just a matter of tossing the shaved sprouts with olive oil, lemon, and other goodies. The salad will hold up well for a few days after it’s dressed, so don’t worry about making too much. If you love it, maybe it’s worth adding your Thanksgiving menu.

TAHINI ALMOND BUTTER COOKIES

This is a perfect fix when you want something sweet and nourishing. Simplify things a bit if you like, by stirring chocolate chips into the batter instead of dunking the cookies in melted chocolate (details on that in the recipe headnote). They make an excellent lunch box goodie or after school snack. A side of cold milk doesn’t hurt.

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