I’m excited to share Weeknight Rescue for this week, since it includes some of my personal favorites. If you’ve never tried Carrot Mac and Cheese, do! It might surprise you (and it’s easy). Find the shopping list at the bottom of the page.

PARMESAN PANKO CHICKEN TENDERS

Parmesan Panko Chicken Tenders

Who doesn’t love crispy chicken tenders? These ones are done in a skillet instead of a deep fryer, so they’re a little lighter with less mess. On the side, try these Roasted Sweet Potato Coins. 

COLLARD GREEN TACOS WITH TOMATILLO SALSA

collard green tacos with tomatillo salsa

I think corn tortillas are tailor made for delicious, veggie-centric tacos. These are done with a super simple salsa, but feel free to use a store-bought tomatillo salsa if you prefer. On the side, I’d do up warm beans, either from a can or the slow cooker pinto ones below. 

CREAMY CARROT MAC AND CHEESE

Mac and Cheese in blue baking dish - Mom's Kitchen Handbook

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. I usually do up a salad with this balsamic vinaigrette and/or cooked broccoli. 

SLOW COOKER PINTO BEANS
Ultimate Slow Cooker Guide to Beans

I love having a pot of beans on hand to use in meals throughout the week. These pintos couldn’t be easier and you can tell by the number of comments on the recipe that it’s a Mom’s Kitchen Handbook favorite. For breakfast, I serve them on a tortilla with a fried egg. For lunch, I send them in a thermos with grated cheese and salsa. And for dinner, anything goes.    

DARK CHOCOLATE-DIPPED ORANGES

chocolate dipped oranges

This is the time for citrus fruit, and dunking them in melted dark chocolate makes a simple treat. If you can get your hands on Cara Cara oranges, grab them. They have a gorgeous deep color and excellent flavor.

 

Weeknight Rescue Meal Plan