Weeknight Rescue // October 2020 // Week 41

Farro and Fig Salad with Arugula and Feta

I’m a day late with my meal plan, but hopefully it’s landed in time to get you set up for the week. Stay tuned to my Instagram on Wednesday, since I’ll be doing a demo of the Farro and Fig Salad. Enjoy the weekend!

EASY PORK CHOPS WITH APPLES

Easy pork chops with apples and maple mustard sauce

This is simple comfort cooking and doesn’t call for anything fancy. The chops are accompanied by a tangy sour cream mustard sauce that is kind of a game changer for the dish. If you don’t have apples, use pears, leave them out, or just serve with a bowl of applesauce.

FARRO AND FIG SALAD WITH ARUGULA AND FETA

Farro and Fig Salad with Arugula and Feta

This farro is proof that you don’t need meat at the center of the plate to call it dinner. Add a simple vegetable on the side to fill out the meal, such as roasted sweet potatoes or delicata squash. If your crew demands more protein on their plate, I’d suggest roast chicken (pick up a rotisserie one if you’re short on time).

BAKED CHICKEN PARMESAN

baked chicken parmesan

Six ingredients including pantry staples is all it takes to make this healthier version of chicken Parm. You can pair it with any type of pasta, a side of veggies, and store-bought or homemade marinara, such as the one below. It makes a great lunch leftover cut into chicken fingers with your favorite sauce for dipping. It also freezes well if you want to make extra for another day.

SLOW COOKER INDIAN-STYLE

DAL TACOS

Get lentils going in your slow cooker with Indian spices and you’ve got a mega nourishing filling for a twist on traditional tacos. Pile the lentils onto corn or flour tortillas and finish with yogurt, cilantro, and if you have some on hand, a favorite Indian chutney.

PASTA WITH SIMPLE TOMATO SAUCE

Simple Tomato Sauce for Pasta

This simple sauce is so good and so easy. Consider making a double batch, using the extras for the Chicken Parm featured above. The sauce freezes well, too.

EASY COTTAGE CHEESE DIP

File this one under “least sexy recipe on the blog.” That said, it’s a keeper that I made just last week. My crew snacked on it one afternoon and I ate the rest for lunch the next day with a pile of veggies and whole-grain crackers.

STICKY PRETZEL CEREAL BARS

This is the perfect after school snack, even if school is right in your own living room. It’s crunchy, salty, and sweet all at once, with enough good stuff in there to keep everyone satisfied until dinner.

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