Weeknight Rescue//Fall 2022//Black Bean Soup/ Sweet Potato Latkes/Pasta with Simple Tomato Sauce, Chicken Taquitos/Crunchy Slaw with Tofu or Chicken Skewers

stack of 7 sweet potato and butternut squash latkes with more latkes on a plate

As we roll into Hanukkah and approach Christmas, I thought some very simple dinner recipes might be appreciated. You’ll also find a very delicious latke recipe from the fabulous Amelia Saltsman, and my tried and true cranberry muffins, a stack of latkes with a twist, and a bunch of healthy recipes for dinners at home. Enjoy!

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Three-Ingredient Black Bean Soup

This black bean soup is about as quick as it comes as far as getting dinner on the table. I like to set up a little toppings bar and include favorite fixings, such as salsa, sour cream, avocado, crumbled bacon, and/or fresh cilantro. You could serve the taquitos below alongside the soup, if you like. 

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Sweet Potato Latkes

Sweet Potato Latkes

These latkes are delicious any time of year, but are especially timely during Hanukkah. Made with squash and sweet potatoes, they’re a little different than the norm. I like to serve them with crème fraîche and a colorful salad, such as this Baby Kale one.

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Crunchy Asian-Style Salad with Chicken (or Tofu) Skewers

Crunchy Asian Salad with Chicken or Tofu

I know cold weather cooking tends to lean on hearty soups and starchy sides, but I like to mix in dishes that are on the lighter side. This bright, flavorful salad does it for me every time. Top it with broiled or grilled skewers of either chicken or tofu. Leftovers make an excellent lunch.

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Pasta with Simple Tomato Sauce

Simple Tomato Sauce for Pasta

Sometimes a basic plate of pasta with red sauce hits the spot. This sauce couldn’t be easier and is delicious tossed with any shape of pasta you like. Add freshly shaved Parmesan and a crisp salad (I’ve been leaning heaving on this dressing I developed for Simply Recipes).

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Oven Baked Chicken Taquitos

Easy Baked Chicken Taquitos

I recently made a double batch of these taquitos and stashed the extras in the freezer. They’re baked, not fried, and quick to pull together (especially if you start with a rotisserie chicken from the market). Substitute pinto or black beans for chicken if you want a meat-free version. Bottom line? They’re very tasty …I like to douse them with my favorite taco sauce (Cholula) and serve with a side of avocado, and dish of black beans.

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Cranberry Streusel Muffins

Whole-Grain Cranberry Streusel Muffins

I baked a batch of these beauties this morning as a welcome home gift for my kids, who are arriving this week. They’re very popular around here and are a “must-make” when cranberries are in season. If you have leftovers, they freeze surprisingly well.


Green Smoothie with Orange, spinach and hemp seeds

This smoothie is a tasty way to set your day off on the right foot. It’s packed with nutrient-rich fruits and veggies and so tasty, it goes down easy.    


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