Weeknight Rescue//Fall 2022//Noodles w/ Peanut Sauce, Sausage & Apple Skillet, Chicken/Tofu Skewers with Crunchy Slaw, IP Rice and Vegetable Soup, Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

Instant Pot Rice and Vegetable Soup

I had the good luck of a visit from my sister this weekend, which meant the meal plan got pushed to the back burner. My apologies for its late arrival! It’s packed full of nourishing dinners (plus a few fun favorites …don’t miss those Chocolate Chip Cookies). If you’ve never made the Instant Pot Rice and Vegetable Soup, it’s kind of a sleeper and a personal favorite that I will be making for sure this week!

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Easy Noodles with Peanut Sauce & Veggies

Noodles with peanut sauce in white bowls

An easy fix for dinner that’s good warm or cold. It’s flavors are reminiscent of the peanut sauce you might get in a Thai or Vietnamese restaurant, only tossed with noodles and crunchy vegetables. You could also add shredded chicken to the mix if you like.

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Sausage, Apple & Sausage Skillet

Sausage with cabbage and apples

Dinner really doesn’t get much easier or quicker than this one-skillet supper. Green or red cabbage both work here, along with any variety of apple (I prefer tarts ones, such as Pink Lady or Granny Smith).

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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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Instant Pot Rice and Vegetable Soup

Instant Pot Rice and Vegetable Soup

I am looking forward to brewing up this nourishing soup. If you don’t own a pressure cooker, the soup can be made on the stove (with a little more time and maybe a bit more broth). Easily elevate it with protein-rich options like chickpeas or cooked chicken. 

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Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

spaghetti squash lasagna

This is one of the most popular recipes on the blog and a true fan favorite. If you want to take a few shortcuts, here are three that you might find handy: 1. swap a 24-ounce jar of store-bought pasta sauce for homemade 2. use pre-grated Mozzarella 3. cook the spaghetti squash in the microwave using this method.  

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Chocolate Chip Cookies (with a few healthy swaps)

Healthier chocolate chip cookies on parchmet

I recently gave this recipe a tune up and I’ve made it several times since. It’s a bit of a makeover of the classic Toll House recipe, which whole-grain and nut flour, olive oil in place of some of the butter, nuts, and good dark chocolate chips.

Loaded Lentil Nachos

Lentil Nachos

Since we are deep into game-day season, I figured something scrumptious to snack on is in order. It’s a spin on standard nachos that works good ingredients into the mix, including lentils, salsa, and two kinds of cheese that transform into a creamy sauce. Add a crunchy slaw or vegetable crudité on the side and it can qualify as dinner.

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