Weeknight Rescue//April 2021//Week 15

vegan meatballs made with eggplant and tempeh on a white plate with red sauce and a fork

This week’s menu features seasonal ingredients (asparagus, peas, and strawberries) and dishes that lean towards simple and comforting. If you’re feeling especially burned out on cooking this week, you’ll find two recipes that take about 10 minutes to make: the Crispy Avocado Tacos and the Dinner Omelet. If you have a little more time on your hands and want to try a different take on meatballs, check out the Vegan Eggplant and Tempeh recipe. Enjoy!

EASY SPRING VEGETABLE FARRO RISOTTO

Spring Farro Risotto

Asparagus and peas are in season and are excellent in this no-stir, no-fuss oven risotto done with farro instead of rice. You can prep the asparagus and shell the peas ahead of time (or use frozen peas), so it’s easier to pull together at the dinner hour. A shower of Parmesan cheese pulls it all together.

CRISPY AVOCADO TACOS

Crispy Avocado Tacos

Serve with a side of Instant Pot black beans or slow cooker pinto beans along with cut up cucumber, jicama, and other raw vegetables doused with lime and chili or Tajin. Alternatively, this Mexican-style slaw is delicious with tacos. Got avocado-shy kids? Just make the kid’s tacos with tortillas and cheese and serve the avocado on the side. Who knows….they may just try it one of these days.

VEGAN EGGPLANT MEATBALLS WITH TEMPEH IN TOMATO SAUCE

If you’ve never tinkered with tempeh before this is your chance. These meatballs are tender and tasty. Make the easy sauce featured in the recipe or take a short cut and use one from a jar (I’m a fan of Rao’s brand).

PORK CHOPS WITH GINGER RHUBARB COMPOTE 

Pork Chops with Ginger Rhubarb Compote

I spied the first rhubarb of the season, so thought I’d get going with one of my favorite spring dishes: savory grilled chops with a tangy rhubarb side. This roasted asparagus or the arugula salad below (plus some little boiled or roasted potatoes on the side) will make a balanced supper.

The Perfect Omelet

How to make the perfect omelet

If you are battling cooking fatigue , this is a good fix for dinner. All you need is a simple green salad and a bit of crusty bread. Easy.

STRAWBERRY ARUGULA SALAD

Enjoy this springy salad for lunch or add it to your supper menu alongside the Farro Risotto or Pork Chops above.

Wild Blueberry Yogurt Parfait with Maple Seed Brittle

A simple yogurt and fruit parfait elevated with a crunchy brittle made of quinoa, seeds, and pecans. With very little added sugar and all the nutritious upsides of wild blueberries, it’s as suitable for breakfast as it is for dessert.  

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