Weeknight Rescue//December//2021

Best Greek Chicken and potatoes

This week’s menu makes good use of so many seasonal ingredients, from cranberries to winter squash to pomegranate. I’ve also pulled a few favorites from the archives, most notably the Greek Chicken & Potatoes (delicious!). Enjoy!

Instant Pot Farro Risotto with Mushrooms and Pecans

farro risotto with mushrooms

This cozy, nourishing supper happens to be vegetarian, but you won’t miss the meat. You can make it in the Instant Pot if you have one or on the stove top if you don’t (instructions are in the headnote of the recipe).

Tomato Soup and Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese

tomato soup and waffle iron grilled cheese

If you need something simple and comforting in a week that may be busy on the cooking front, this is it. Get the kids to help with the sandwiches, since making them in the waffle iron is pretty fun. The soup recipe makes just enough for four bowls, but feel free to double it for lunches the next day.

Gorgeous Greek Chicken and Potatoes

Best Greek Chicken and potatoes

This six-ingredient dinner is not to be missed. It’s all done on a single sheet pan and loaded with flavor thanks to the magical mashup of olive oil, garlic, lemon, and oregano. All you need is a veggie side or salad (I’d go with this crunchy one) for a very tasty dinner.

Cheesy Baked Pumpkin Pasta with Kale and Bacon

Creamy Baked Pumpkin Pasta with Kale

This has all the elements of comfort food — starch, cheese, warmth, deliciousness. But it also happens to pack in six cups of vegetables and is so seasonal, now is the time to make it. It’s filling enough to be a one-dish supper, but make a bright salad of butter lettuce with this vinaigrette and maybe some fall fruits if you have the energy (and ingredients).

Slow Cooker Indian-Style Dal Tacos

lentil tacos

Get lentils going in your slow cooker with Indian spices and you’ve got a mega nourishing filling for a twist on traditional tacos. Pile the lentils onto corn or flour tortillas and finish with yogurt, cilantro, and if you have some on hand, a favorite Indian chutney.

Arugula and Delicata Squash Salad with Pomegranate and Goat Cheese

Arugula, delicata squash, and pomegranate salad

A bright and colorful salad that is a favorite this time of year. The sweet delicata squash plays off the tangy pomegranate and peppery arugula quite deliciously. If you want an extra flavor boost, add 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, sumac, or curry powder to the squash before roasting. 

Little Cranberry Cardamom Loaves with Tangerine Glaze

Cranberry quick bread

Now is the time to trot out all things cranberry and these little loaves are a good place to start. Enjoy the bread sliced with tea or coffee in the morning or for an afternoon treat. Or make a few batches to wrap up and give as gifts.


12.30.2021 at5:37 PM #

Diane Southworth

When do you think you might be entering new recipes into Week Night Rescue?

12.30.2021 at5:37 PM #

Katie Morford

Sorry I missed this. Week two of the year just came out!

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