Weeknight Rescue//Cauliflower Tostadas, Roast Pork and Figs, Baked Tofu Parm, Spaghetti and Clams, Reset Button Salad

Sliced Pork Tenderloin on a cutting board

As we head into Halloween weekend, I’ve got a line-up of wholesome, easy recipes, along with a seasonal cake just perfect for spooky parties.

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CAULIFLOWER TOSTADAS WITH CHIPOTLE SAUCE

Cauliflower tostadas with avocado, cabbage and chipotle cream with lime slices

Though not exactly traditional tostadas, these are definitely crave-worthy. The dish is on the lighter side, so add a side of homemade or canned pinto beans or the black beans below.

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PORK TENDERLOIN WITH ROASTED FIGS

Sliced Pork Tenderloin on a cutting board

This was on the menu at our house last week, using figs from our backyard tree. Delicious! Since it was just two of us at the table, I cut the recipe in half. If you don’t have fresh figs, you can use another seasonal fruit, such as seedless grapes or sliced pears (instructions in the post).  

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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 steamed or roasted broccoli and dinner is done. Leftovers are tasty a day or two later.

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WEEKNIGHT SPAGHETTI AND CLAMS

cast iron skillet with spaghetti and clams

This is sort of an heirloom recipe, since it was inspired by the pasta my grandfather made us growing up. It’s simple, affordable weeknight cooking that relies on canned clams and spaghetti. Consider adding a green salad (with this dressing).

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RESET BUTON SALAD WITH CARROT MISO GINGER DRESSING

carrot ginger miso dressing

I like to lighten things up sometimes with one of my favorite colorful salads. The Carrot Miso Dressing is all done in the blender and darn tasty. The salad is incredibly nourishing with plenty of pleasing crunch.

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SIMPLE POT OF BLACK BEANS (or this Instant Pot Version)

Bowl of black beans with pot

A simple pot of beans are excellent any time of day. Serve them alongside the Cauliflower Tostadas above or make them the center of a DIY taco bar, do up  burrito bowls, or whirl them into a quick soup.

MARBLED CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN LOAF CAKE

Slices of marbled chocolate pumpkin cake with a knife

Pumpkin and chocolate are a dream team in this supremely moist loaf cake punctuated with dark chocolate chips. You can also bake it in a muffin tin for single-serve treats (might be just the thing for a Halloween buffet).

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