Weeknight Rescue // October 2020 // Week 42

cheesy pumpkin pasta

I’m excited about this week’s menu. I’ve pulled out a few I haven’t made since last year, including that Cheesy Pumpkin Pasta and my Instant Pot Applesauce. Enjoy!

ROASTED BROCCOLI WITH TAHINI, HAZELNUTS, AND RAISINS

broccoli with tahini sauce recipe

This dish is both nourishing and delicious, featuring a combo of tahini, hazelnuts, raisins, capers and fresh herbs. It may seem like more of a side dish, but it’s hearty enough to qualify as a main, particularly if you add in a bowl of lentils or grains.

NO-KNEAD SHEET PAN PIZZA

Easy, No-Knead Sheet Pan Pizza

I’ve gotten a few five star reviews on this new sheet pan pizza, so I figured it was worth adding to this week’s menu. Make it your own by using your favorite pizza toppings and add a salad on the side. Got leftovers? No problem. The pizza is great the next day and freeze well, too.

DELICATA SQUASH TACOS

It’s delicata squash season, a hearty fall vegetable that is terrific in a taco. Slice them thin, roast, and then pile onto corn tortillas with pickled onions and other favorite taco fixings.

CHEESY BAKED PUMPKIN PASTA WITH KALE AND BACON

Creamy Baked Pumpkin Pasta with Kale

This may look like a crazy mess of cheesy decadence, but it’s mostly just a whole lot of veggies. You make a “cream” sauce using pumpkin, cottage cheese, milk, and Cheddar, toss that with pasta, kale, and bacon, and get it in the oven. If you’re vegetarian or bacon-shy (is that a thing?), just leave it out.

STEAK ON ARUGULA WITH PARMESAN AND BALSAMIC

This is the dish I’ll demo this Wednesday on Instagram. It’s a favorite way to cook steak that I learned years ago during a trip to Italy. Serve it with roasted potatoes or this Warm BLT Potato Salad. 

INSTANT POT APPLESAUCE

Nothing beats homemade when it comes to applesauce and this Instant Pot version makes it quick and easy. Serve it straight up or spooned over plain Greek yogurt for a quick breakfast. Don’t have an Instant Pot? Check out this stove-top version.

LIGHTER ARTICHOKE DIP

Whether you need something to nosh on during a football game or for family movie night, this artichoke dip is a good bet. It also happens to be pretty good for you, with nearly five cups of vegetables. Pair it with crackers, chips, bread, or whatever you’d like as an appetizer, snack, or part of a meal!

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