Weeknight Rescue // September 2019 // Week 38

pot roast in a white dish with carrots and potatoes

Welcome to the weekend! Before you get too comfortable, have a peek at what’s in store for supper this week. Bon appetite!

3-INGREDIENT BLACK BEAN SOUP

This black bean soup is about as quick as it comes as far as getting dinner on the table. I like to set up a little toppings bar and include favorite fixings, such as salsa, sour cream, avocado, crumbled bacon, and fresh cilantro. Simple cheese quesadillas, cornbread, or these sweet potato “fries” make a suitable side. 

YOGURT-BRAISED TURMERIC CHICKEN

If you’ve never tried your hand at Afghan cooking, this is a delicious place to start. Chicken thighs in a turmeric-spiced yogurt sauce are delicious over brown basmati rice. On the side, toss together equal parts diced tomatoes and cucumbers with a little red onion and a splash of lemon juice and olive oil.

ASIAN-STYLE SALAD WITH SKEWERS

A light, bright, and flavorful dish that can be made with chicken or tofu. Feel free to assemble the salad and get the skewers marinating ahead of time. Then, dress the salad and add the peanuts as the skewers cook.

CARROT MAC AND CHEESE

Creamy carrots blend seamlessly into this mac and cheese thanks to their mild sweetness and the fact that they’re the same color as Cheddar cheese. Lately I’ve been loving roasting kale tossed with olive at about 400 degrees, then dousing it with balsamic vinegar.

SLOW COOKER POT ROAST

Monday marks the official launch into fall, which feels like the right time to pull out this recipe. It’s hearty and soul satisfying. I found the slow cooker does a terrific job with pot roast, but you can also roast it in the oven (instructions for that are in the recipe headnote). 

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.

BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE

Make a double batch of this straightforward balsamic vinaigrette to make easy work of salads all week long.

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