Weeknight Rescue//2022//Week 9

It’s a flavorful line-up this week, with influences from all over the globe. I’ve also worked in some tips so you can get more bang for your buck in terms of time in the kitchen. As always, the shopping list is at the bottom of the page.

Baked Tofu Parmesan

Oven Baked Tofu Parmesan with a spatula in a baking dish

Here’s a good one for meatless Monday. The tofu is breaded and baked until crispy and then layered with sauce and cheese. Add the Roasted Broccoli using the recipe below and dinner is done. Leftovers are tasty a day or two later. Make a double batch and freeze extras for a rainy day.

Easy Noodles with Peanut Sauce and Veggies

easy noodles with peanut sauce

I made this for lunch last week and it was gone in no time. We all forgot how much we love these flavors. It’s reminiscent of the peanut sauce you might get in a Thai or Vietnamese restaurant, only tossed with noodles and crunchy vegetables. Adjust the heat how you like with more (or less) sriracha.

Umami Chicken

This is simple cooking using pantry basics that requires very little work for the cook. You can pair it with anything you’d like: any grain or vegetable — fresh, frozen, canned or otherwise. You can do this bok choy and just leave out the tofu. The extra sauce in the bottom of the pan can be used to flavor the sides you choose. Tip: Make more than you need and use the leftovers in the salad below (just pull off the skin and bones off the chicken).

Chicken, Avocado, and Orange Salad

chicken salad with avocado and orange

I’m crazy about the combination in this seasonal salad. It manages to be both light and satisfying. If you have kids who aren’t so fond of salad, set theirs up deconstructed-style with the orange, avocado, chicken, and greens arranged on a plate rather than tossed in a bowl. On the side? Warm sliced baguette for sopping up any dressing that pools on your plate. 

Slow Cooker Pork Tinga Tacos

Cooking pork low and slow in a crock pot with a serious hit of chipotle is an excellent starting point for weeknight tacos. From there it’s a matter of gathering your best taco fixings with a salad or street corn on the side.  

Oven Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and Parmesan

Close up of roasted broccoli on a sheet pan

My everyday, go-to method for cooking broccoli is a snap to do and mega tasty. You can use the same approach for myriad other vegetables, such as cauliflower or root veggies.  


jar of coconut granola bark

A recipe from Best Lunch Box ever, you make this bark by pressing coconut granola onto a cookie sheet, baking it, and then breaking it into shards. It’s a good one to make on the weekend and pack into lunches, enjoy for snacks, or crumble over plain yogurt for breakfast. 


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