Weeknight Rescue//Cheesy Baked Pumpkin Pasta/ Chopped Chicken Salad/Pork Chops w/Apples/ Sweet Potato Black Bean Bowls/Fish Sliders

White bowl with sweet potato black beans avocado and a green sauce with a blue napkin

It’s really starting to feel like the holidays and as so many of us do this time of year, I’m gearing up for some requisite baking over the weekend. I’ve included the recipes I’ve got planned as well as five dinners to get you through!

Cheesy Baked Pumpkin Pasta with Kale and Bacon

Creamy Baked Pumpkin Pasta with Kale

This has all the elements of comfort food that we crave this time of year — pasta, cheese, warmth, deliciousness. It also happens to pack in six cups of vegetables and is so seasonal, now is the time to make it.

Chopped Salad with Chicken and Lemon Oregano Dressing

chopped salad with chicken on white plates with blue gingham napkin

If you’re looking for something light and crunchy, this salad is the ticket. It’s tossed with a lemony dressing seasoned with oregano and a little kick of heat. You can make the salad vegetarian by substituting one can of chickpeas or four hard boiled eggs for the chicken.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Bowls

White bowl with sweet potato black beans avocado and a green sauce with a blue napkin

These nourishing bowls are a fan favorite in my house. Roasted sweet potatoes, brown rice, black beans, and avocado get dressed up with a tangy, slightly spicy cilantro sauce. Add pickled jalapeños, Cotija cheese, toasted pepitas or whatever else strikes your fancy.

Easy Pork Chops with Apples

Easy pork chops with apples and maple mustard sauce

This is the sort of supper my mom made on the regular every fall when we were kids. My version has a little something extra in the form of a quick pan sauce built on Dijon mustard and sour cream. It’s delicious with the chops.


Fish sliders on pretzel buns with pickled jalapenos

Using store-bought breaded fish fillets is a huge time and energy saver for these fish sliders. Shredded cabbage and a simple creamy caper dressing add great texture and flavor to these. I’m always game for an extra vegetable side and these crispy baked sweet potato “fries” would be a great addition (or just a plate of crunchy raw veggies). 

Maple Coconut Granola

Jar of Maple Coconut Granola Recipe

My best granola yet and I’ll be making a triple batch to package up for holiday gifts. It lasts a few weeks, travels great for shipping, and is easy to make. If you plan to give this for gifts, too, be sure to make enough to stash in your own pantry as well.

Aunt Franny’s Lemon Coconut Walnut Bars

Lemon Coconut Walnut Bars

My aunt Franny’s Lemon Coconut Walnut Bars are a seasonal must in my house. I routinely give these bars as gifts, since it’s easy to make up a big sheet pan (no cookie cutters needed). They’re sturdy, appropriately sweet, and oh so good. They also freeze well.


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