Weeknight Rescue // Week 5 // February 2020

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Welcome to the weekend, friends. For those of you gearing up for the big game, I’ve got a whole line-up of recipes, which you’ll find here. In the meantime, below you’ll find the menu for the week!

SLOW COOKER CHICKEN MARBELLA

Slow Cooker Chicken Marbella

This is a longtime classic from the Silver Palate Cookbook, only adapted for the slow cooker.  It’s honestly a good one to make for company, but doable during the week as well. If I have leftovers, I’ll turn it into a second meal by shredding the chicken a bit and spooning everything over egg noodles or farro. As for vegetables, I’d suggest doing a big sheet pan of your favorite roasted roots: fennel, carrots, onion, squash, sweet potatoes, you name it. 

CRISPY AVOCADO TACOS

Corn tortillas, Cheddar cheese, avocado, crunchy lettuce, salsa. That’s it, yet these tacos do not disappoint. It’s all about getting some crisp in your tortillas in a hot skillet. If you’ve got kids who aren’t so keen on the green stuff, leave it out or add a spoonful of black or pinto beans instead (which alway make an excellent side dish in addition to this colorful slaw).

SPAGHETTI SQUASH LASAGNA

A winter favorite that I can’t seem to get enough of. You’ll find no pasta in this lasagna, just layers of cooked spaghetti squash, tomato sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella. The effect satisfies everyone’s craving for Italian flavors, just a whole lot lighter and veggie-packed. I like to heat up a baguette and serve that on the side along with a green salad. 

CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP

A bowl of delicious comfort, that’s what this soup is all about. It’s got all the basics of a standard chicken soup, but with a powerhouse of flavor thanks to lime, cilantro and a hit of heat. No sides needed here, though a crumble of cotija cheese over the top is a nice touch. 

SPAGHETTI WITH BUTTER, EGG AND CHEESE

Spaghetti with Butter, Egg, and Cheese

This is about as simple as it gets when it comes to getting dinner on the table. One pot and just a few ingredients, it’s foolproof and delicious. Blanched broccoli tossed with olive oil and equal parts lemon juice and balsamic vinegar makes a quick side. Tip: blanch the broccoli in the same boiling water you plan to cook the pasta (scoop out the cooked broccoli with a slotted spoon, then cook the pasta).

HEALTHY BREAKFAST COOKIES

Cookies? For breakfast? Yes! These are hearty and wholesome and perfect for a quick morning meal along with a glass of cold milk or cup of tea.

A KALE SALAD KIDS WILL LOVE

This is a salad hearty enough to make ahead and use for a few days alongside supper or as part of lunch (just add chicken or chick peas for a protein boost). 

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