Weeknight Rescue//Fall 2022//Turkey Taco Salad, Pesto Pasta with Chicken, Beef and Butternut Chili, Salmon Burger Lettuce Wraps, Spinach and Feta Pie

Instant Pot Beef & Butternut Squash Chili

This week’s menu is a mash-up of old favorites with a few newcomers in the mix. It’s officially fall, so I’m also bringing out a few cozy recipes to welcome the new season. Enjoy!

Turkey Taco Salad

Close up of a chopped taco salad with avocado, ground meat, radishes, and limes

This crunchy chopped salad tossed with old-school turkey taco meat is a longtime family favorite. If you want to make this vegetarian, swap in Beyond Meat or use black beans instead. Top with crumbled tortilla chips and you’ve got a main dish meal on your hands.

Basil and Pistachio Pesto Pasta with Chicken

The dish serves four, but the portion is on the smaller side, so if you have teenagers or hearty appetites, you might want to scale up the recipe (worse case you have leftovers, which are great for lunch the next day). If you need a short cut, buy basil pesto at the market and assemble the rest according to the recipe.

Instant Pot Beef and Butternut Squash Chili

Instant Pot Beef & Butternut Squash Chili

Since fall is here, it’s time to roll out the butternut squash recipes. First up is this delicious, nourishing Instant Pot chili. Beef and butternut make a winning pair and using taco seasoning mix just means fewer ingredients to worry about. Swap in ground turkey or even a meat alternative (ie Beyond brand) for the beef if you like.

Salmon Burger Lettuce Wraps with Sriracha Lime Dressing

hand holding a salmon lettuce wrap

I just made these this week, scaling down the recipe since it was just two of us. It’s an inventive way to enjoy the convenience of frozen salmon burgers, done in a lettuce wrap with crunchy veggies, avocado, and a tangy/spicy sauce. The meal is on the lighter side, so if you have hearty eaters, throw an extra burger or two in the pan or do up a side of steamed rice.

Healthy Spinach and Feta Pie

Healthy Spinach and Feta Pie

A lighter spin on a Greek-style spanikopita, this is an excellent make-ahead dish that doubles as a leftover for lunch. Don’t worry, filo dough is pretty easy to work with and seeing that golden puff come out of the oven is darn satisfying. As for sides? Maybe start with a cup of tomato soup  or your favorite store-bought boxed soup.

Breakfast Toast with All the Toppings

Toast piled with all kinds of sweet and savory toppings is a breakfast staple in my house. There’s no end to creative ways you can top toast and you’ll find loads of ideas here if you’re looking for some inspo.

Cashew Coconut Energy Balls

Coconut Fig Energy Balls on a small plate with cashew, lemon and whole figs

These energy balls are a snap to make and tasty to eat. The figs adds naturally sweetness and pairs deliciously with lemon and coconut. Stash the energy balls in the fridge for a quick healthy treat or pre-workout bite.  

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