What’s for dinner this week? I’ve got you covered with a tasty line-up for this Weeknight Rescue. Find the complete shopping list at the bottom of the page.

HANOI CHICKEN BANH MI
How to make banh mi
If you’ve never made your own Vietnamese-style sandwiches, you are in for a treat. Truth: this recipe is a little more involved than many on my site, but the results are worth the effort.  You can make the pickle and marinate the chicken a day ahead, making lighter work of the sandwiches come dinner time.  

THREE-INGREDIENT BLACK BEAN SOUP

Easy black bean soup

I’m making up for the extra work with the banh mi by including this black bean soup, which 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 or these sweet potato “fries” make a suitable side. 

SAUCY SLOW COOKER TURKEY MEATBALLS

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs


My mom cooked this for a family dinner last week and even my brother, the professional chef, approved. Considering how easy these meatballs are to make, I’d say that’s a success. Serve them straight up in shallow bowls with crusty bread on the side or spoon over roasted vegetables such as broccoli or cauliflower. Parmesan on the side is a must. 

DIY TRAIL MIX
Make your own trail mix

Take a trip through the bulk bins as your local market and choose your favorite nuts, dried fruits, seeds, cereals, and yes, chocolate if you like. Then bring your haul home and make up your own trail mix just the way you like it. 

CREAMY BANANA DATE SHAKE

Creamy Banana Date Shake

This shake is a study in simplicity. It has just four ingredients, all of which you may already have in your pantry and fridge. Best of all, it tastes like a creamy treat, even though it doesn’t have a lick of ice cream or a spoonful of sugar.

 

Weeknight Rescue Meal Plan