Weeknight Rescue // October 2019 // Week 40

Sausage with cabbage and apples

After what feels like weeks of travel, I’m looking forward to cooking from my own kitchen this coming week. I’ve pulled together a menu I know my family will love. I hope you do, too!

CHICKEN AND PISTACHIO PESTO PASTA

This recipe comes by way of my friend Sally’s cookbook and has been a popular one in our house since the first time I made it. If you’re short on time, use store-bought pesto instead of homemade. This Brussel’s Sprouts Salad might make a nice side.

BAJA STYLE SHRIMP TACOS

When it comes to these tacos, it’s all about the Chipotle Lime Crema that gets slathered on before piling on the rest of the goodies. The recipe includes a crunchy slaw.  For a side dish, warm up homemade or canned pinto or black beans and embellish with a big spoonful of Mexican salsa. Consider these Mango Sorbet Pops for dessert.  
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ROASTED VEGETABLES WITH LEMON TAHINI DRESSING

Roast a variety of root vegetables until tender and add chick peas at the tail end for protein and heft. While that’s happening, you can whisk together the tangy tahini dressing to drizzle over the top (add a little harissa if you want a kick of heat). I often serve this with warm whole-grain pita and Greek yogurt on the side.

TOMATO SOUP WITH WAFFLE IRON GRILLED CHEESE

Making grilled cheese in a waffle iron is my low-budget answer to the panini press. All those crispy/crunchy nooks and crannies make the sandwiches extra appealing. Pair with tomato soup, which is perfect for dunking. Feel free to double the soup recipe, since it’s great as a leftover.

SAUSAGE WITH CABBAGE AND APPLES

My friend Pam texted me a snapshot last week of this dish…which has been in her family’s rotation for years….and for good reason. It’s so easy to make and is total comfort food. Plus, cabbage is ridiculously good for you.

HEALTHY CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER SHAKE

No need for Carnation Instant Breakfast drink with these on hand. My middle daughter Rosie started making these shakes for a quick breakfast when she started high school. They’re equally good for an afternoon snack.

KID-FRIENDLY LUNCH BOX SALAD

If you’re not sure your kid will go for salad in their school lunch, give this one a go. It’s basically deconstructed and paired with any favorite dressing. This Healthier Ranch Dip is always a win.

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