Weeknight Rescue//Fall 2022//Genius Butternut Squash Soup/Spaghetti w/Butter, Egg & Cheese/Baby Bok Choy with Pork and Tofu//Turkey Sandwiches with Muhammara//Warm Spinach Salad with Crispy Prosciutto

Rotisserie chicken sandwiches with muhammara

I imagine most of you have your Thanksgiving menus at set, but in case you’re still looking for inspo, here is a whole line-up of ideas. As for what’s on the meal plan, it’s a combo of simple meals, ideas for making use of leftover turkey, and a brunch dish that’s great to make ahead and have on hand for extra friends and family who may be visiting.

Genius Butternut Squash Soup

Serve this on a night when you want something simple and cozy or add it to your Thanksgiving menu. Because it’s made with coconut milk instead of cream, it perfect for folks who don’t do dairy.

Spaghetti with Butter, Egg, and Cheese

Spaghetti with Butter, Egg, and Cheese

This is about as easy as it gets when it comes to getting dinner on the table. One pot and just a few ingredients, it’s foolproof and delicious. Blanched broccoli tossed with olive oil and equal parts lemon juice and balsamic vinegar makes a quick side. Tip: blanch the broccoli in the same boiling water you plan to cook the pasta (scoop out the cooked broccoli with a slotted spoon, then cook the pasta).

Baby Bok Choy with Pork and Tofu

A longtime blog favorite, this is savory, sweet, and a little bit spicy. Serve over cooked rice and it’s a complete meal.  Need a side? Sliced cucumbers and radishes doused with rice vinegar, a pinch of sugar, and a crack of black pepper will do. 

Turkey Sandwiches with Muhammara

Rotisserie chicken sandwiches with muhammara

This recipe was developed with chicken in mind, but it’s also a terrific way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Just whiz up the savory muhammara in your food processor, tuck in arugula or any extra salad greens, and you’ve got an excellent lunch or dinner on your hands.

Warm Spinach Salad with Balsamic Dressing

It might be nice to have something a little on the lighter side in the lead up to Thanksgiving. This warm spinach salad is filling and really tasty. For a vegetarian version, swap the prosciutto for roasted or sautéed mushrooms.

Mediterranean Egg and Spinach Strata

mediterranean strata in a cast iron skillet

A one-pan brunch dish that is packed with vegetables and loaded with the flavors of the Mediterranean. You can assemble the dish in advance and stow it in the refrigerator a day ahead of time, baking it just before serving.

How to Make Turkey Broth

How to make turkey broth

Don’t toss those turkey bones! Your future self will be so grateful that you turned them into a golden broth to stash in the freezer. This method shows how easy it is to do. You can make it with your Instant Pot if you prefer, figuring 45 minutes and either quick or natural release.


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