Weeknight Rescue // September 2020 // Week 38

How to make banh mi

Cooking this time of year is all about relishing the last of summer produce and the first of fall favorites. I’ve been eating lots of tomatoes, but also juicy figs (from my own tree!) and tender pears. This week’s menu reflects that sensibility with a heafy dose of practicality too. Enjoy!

PORK TENDERLOIN WITH ROASTED FIGS

You can tell this recipe has been on the blog for a while just looking at the photo from my early days with a camera. The dish is still delicious, however, and very easy to make. The recipe makes enough to serve six to eight, but feel free to cut it half if you have a smaller crew at home. The leftover pork is great with a salad or on a sandwich for lunch the next day.

TOMATO ZUCCHINI TART WITH OLIVE OIL CRUST

Tomato Zucchini Tart with a spatula and wedge of tart

If you haven’t gotten to this recipe yet, now’s the time. If you don’t like goat cheese, try a creamy cow’s cheese, like Boursin, instead. On the side, I often do a big, leafy salad with this vinaigrette.

SLOW COOKER OR INSTANT POT BALSAMIC CHICKEN WITH TOMATOES AND CHARD

Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken

A stupid simple recipe that you can make either in the slow cooker or the Instant Pot. It’s a “set it and forget it” kind of meal that is a longtime blog favorite. You can use virtually any type of leafy greens and serve it over pasta, any grain, or roasted cauliflower.

WEEKNIGHT SPAGHETTI WITH CLAMS

Cast iron skillet with spaghetti and clambs

A friend recently told me that the only way she’d eat clams as a kid was in a bowl of spaghetti. You might be surprised that your own kids embrace clams this way, too. It’s nutritious and budget-friendly recipe made with canned clams, which makes it a good cook-from-the-pantry dinner.

HANOI CHICKEN BANH MI

How to make banh mi

Make sandwich night a little more interesting with flavor-packed banh mi. It’s a Vietnamese-style sandwich made with marinated chicken, pickled vegetables on a crusty baguette. If you can, make the vegetables ahead of time, so it’s easier to pull everything together come dinnertime.  

HOMEMADE BUCKWHEAT GRANOLA

Made with buckwheat groats and only a few other ingredients, this is a super crunchy granola that reminds me a little bit of homemade Grape Nuts. Beware: highly addictive.

PEANUT BUTTER CHICKPEA BLONDIES

I shipped a batch of these wholesome blondies off the my college girl this week and she gave them two thumbs up. Stay tuned to my IG, since I’ll be doing a demo of the recipe on Wednesday.

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