Weeknight Rescue // October 2019 // Week 42

Another week another Weeknight Rescue! Lots of good stuff on the menu and if you read my newsletter this week, you’ll note a few that are adaptable if you’re doing the One Meal a Day of plant-based eating. Enjoy!

INSTANT POT BEEF AND BUTTERNUT SQUASH CHILI

The Instant Pot makes quick work of a dish that is traditionally cooked low and slow. The results won’t disappoint. The beef and butternut squash make a winning pair and using taco seasoning mix just means fewer ingredients to worry about.

CAULIFLOWER TOSTADAS WITH SMASHED AVOCADO

Cauliflower tostada

This is a relative newcomer to the blog and one I continue to crave. Since it’s a little light in protein, you can add a simple side of homemade or canned pinto or black beans embellished with a spoonful of salsa.

CAJUN FISH WITH LEMON CAPER SAUCE

The best way I know to dress up a mild white fish, such as sole or tilapia, is with a favorite spice blend, lemon, with a creamy dressing on the side. This recipe has all three. It cooks up in a matter of minutes and is perfect paired with a salad of arugula or baby greens. Lightly buttered whole grains, such as brown rice or barley, or little roasted potatoes would round out the meal.

VIETNAMESE-STYLE PORK IN LETTUCE CUPS

These lettuce cups are like fresh-tasting Vietnamese-style tacos with a killer ginger lime dressing to finish. Since they’re pretty light on the appetite, you might want to get some carbs on the table, such as steamed brown basmati rice or a favorite Asian noodle tossed with soy sauce, sesame oil, and sliced scallion.

PROSCIUTTO ARUGULA LAVASH PIZZA

Pizza IS my favorite food and this is a good recipe when I need a quick fix. It’s one of the easiest (and first) recipes on the blog that’s also great to tuck into lunch boxes. Any salad or vegetable side will do here.

LIGHTER ARTICHOKE CAULIFLOWER DIP

Since college football season is in full swing, I figured it would be a good time to pull out this one. The recipe packs in nearly five cups of vegetables and is lower in fat and calories than they typical artichoke dip. It’s a good one to set out while watching the game (or if you’re like me, watching an episode of Queer Eye or The Crown).

BLUEBERRY BRAIN BOOSTING SMOOTHIE

This is packed with good-for-you ingredients. It’s what I use to fuel my girls when it’s standardized testing season, since wild blueberries are good for the brain. It also happens to be darn delicious.

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