Weeknight Rescue // November 2020 // Week 45

kale caesar with crispy chickpeas

Hi friends. It’s been a week, so I’m showing up with plates full of nourishment on the meal plan. Included is a longtime favorite, Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs, which I’ll be demoing over on Instagram on Wednesday. Gather your ingredients and make a pot of comfort alongside me.

BASIL & PISTACHIO PESTO PASTA WITH CHICKEN

The dish serves four, but the portion is on the smaller side, so if you have teenagers or hearty appetites, you might want to scale up the recipe (worse case you have leftovers, which are great for lunch the next day). If you need a short cut, buy basil pesto at the market and assemble the rest according to the recipe.

KALE & CRISPY CHICKPEA SALAD

Kale and Crispy Chick Pea Caesar Salad

This scrumptious kale caesar is a good jumping off point for dinner. Adding a couple of grilled and sliced chicken breasts or maybe a bowl of tomato soup on the side is all it takes to make it a meal.

SKILLET STEAK WITH CILANTRO CHIMICHURRI & CRISPY POTATOES

This is a little bit more of a special-occasion meal than my typical Weeknight Rescue. Maybe it’s a good time to treat yourself. The potatoes are addictively crispy and the chimichurri — a combination of cilantro, parsley, garlic, vinegar, and olive oil — is magic spooned onto steak. If you want a leaner, quicker cooking (and possibly cheaper) cut, go for flank instead of strip steak.

COCONUT LIME CHICKPEA CURRY

Coconut Lime Chickpea Stew

This is everything you want in a cozy stew: filling, flavorful, and nourishing. It also happens to be vegan. The chickpeas do double duty in this dish by serving as its foundation as well as a crispy topping to scatter on at the very finish.

SLOW COOKER TURKEY MEATBALLS

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs

These meatballs are a snap to make and good for a crowd. Skip the pasta and serve these in shallow bowls with a crusty baguette and a pile of steamed broccoli on the side.

BRUSSELS SPROUTS SALAD WITH LEMON & PECORINO

A refreshing way to prep Brussels sprouts made by running them through a food processor before tossing in olive oil, lemon, pecorino and almonds. This salad is a great batch cooking option, since it lasts a couple of days.

PUMPKIN PIE MILKSHAKE

Pumpkin pie milkshake

Put your pumpkin latte on hold for a hot second and give this creamy shake a whirl. It fits the bill for a luscious, pumpkin treat, but comes in at under 200 calories and just 1 gram of saturated fat.

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