Weeknight Rescue//Fall 2022//Pork Chops and Apples, Baked Pumpkin Pasta, IP White Bean Soup, Farro Cakes, Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Cast iron pan with a dish towel around the handle and Creamy Baked Pumpkin Pasta with Kale

I’ve got lots of fall flavors for you this week! Of particular note is the recipe for Pork Chops with Apples and the cozy Chai at the tail end of the menu. I’m also looking forward to making the Cheesy Baked Pumpkin Pasta. Delish!

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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. The Roasted Delicata Squash recipe below is a snap to make and a terrific side dish.

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Cheesy Baked Pumpkin Pasta with Kale and Bacon

Creamy Baked Pumpkin Pasta with Kale

This has all the elements of comfort food — pasta, cheese, warmth, deliciousness. But it also packs in six cups of vegetables and is so seasonal, now is the time to make it. If you’re feeling ambitious, make your own pumpkin puree from a whole pumpkin. You might also like this fall favorite as an alterative, Ravioli with Butternut Squash and Brown Butter.

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Farro Cakes with Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce

Farro, a hearty grain with Italian roots, is the foundation for these vegetarian patties that pair with a tangy lemon dill yogurt sauce. Double the recipe and refrigerate (or freeze) the extra patties for lunch or even brunch. Serve these with an arugula salad with this vinaigrette or a this Kale and Crispy Chick Pea Caesar. 

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This is yumminess in a bowl that’s been a hit since I first posted it. For a vegetarian version, simply leave out the sausage or swap in a cup or two of cooked grains or pasta for added heft once the soup is done.

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Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with jalapenos and lime

The combination of tender sweet potatoes with just-so-spicy turkey chili is a good one. It’s a one-dish meal that’s nourishing and flavorful. Up the fun factor by serving some toppings on the side, such as pickled jalapeños, salsa, diced avocado, or sour cream.

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Roasted Delicata Squash with Maple Syrup and Thyme

Halved Roasted Delicata Squash on a sheet pan with thyme, maple syrup, and butter

Delicata squash seems to be more widely available than ever before, which is a good thing indeed. It’s such a tasty variety and I know of no easier way to prepare it that this recipe. Seasonal squash, butter, maple syrup, herbs. So good!

Easy Chai

easy chai recipe

Brewing a pot of cozy chai is my kind of self-care. This is a quick and easy version that I love to sip on chilly afternoons. Make it decaf and share with your kids.


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