Weeknight Rescue // September 2020 // Week 39

lighter chicken salad in lettuce cups

I’ve been hearing so many reports of folks who are plum tuckered out from cooking. With that in mind, I focused on crazy simple recipes this week! I hope it helps.

P.S. Tune in on Wednesday to my Instagram, since I’ll be doing a demo of my Sweet Potato Nachos.

HEALTHY BAKED EVERYTHING CHICKEN

This tasty chicken recipe is one of the simplest solutions to supper I can think of. Once baked, cut into slices and serve alongside a generous, chopped salad. Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, olives, the Balsamic Dressing below, and maybe a heap of croutons. Make an extra breast or two to turn into Chicken Salad for lunch (recipe below as well).

INSTANT POT RICE AND VEGETABLE SOUP

Instant Pot Rice and Vegetable Soup

I’m looking forward to pulling out my Instant Pot to brew up this nourishing soup. If you don’t own a pressure cooker, the soup can be made on the stove (with a little more time and maybe a bit more broth). Easily elevate it with protein-rich options like chickpeas or cooked chicken. 

LOADED SWEET POTATO NACHOS

This is an easy recipe for days when you’ve run out of steam. It’s a more nutrient-rich take on typical nachos made with sweet potatoes instead of fried tortilla chips. This recipe is easily customizable based on what you have in your refrigerator and pantryWhile it is vegetarian, you can easily add meat or poultry, or serve it with a side of this Mexican Slaw.

SAUSAGE, APPLE & SAUSAGE SKILLET

Sausage with cabbage and apples

It’s officially fall and it’s officially apple season, which means perfect timing for this longtime blog favorite. Green or red cabbage both work here, along with any variety of apple (I prefer tarts ones, such as Pink Lady or Granny Smith).

THAI SALMON CURRY WITH VEGETABLES

Salmon Curry

A straightforward way to make Thai-style curry that’s not too spicy for younger palates. Serve with a favorite cooked grain, such as rice or farro and dinner is done. Want dessert? Make a plate of fresh fruit, such as pineapple, kiwi, and mango. Head here for a tutorial on cutting a pineapple. 

BEST BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE

Nothing beats homemade when it comes to salad dressing and this is a good one to shake up in a jar and stash in your fridge.

CHICKEN SALAD IN LETTUCE WRAPS

Chicken Salad in Lettuce Wraps

Chicken salad gets a lightened up makeover thanks to a creamy yogurt dressing. Scoop it into lettuce cups (as pictured) or sandwich between toasted bread. Pick up a rotisserie chicken or cook up a few breasts, then make it over the weekend and notice how relieved you are not to have to think about lunch on Monday.

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