Weeknight Rescue//Fall 2023//Week 37

Instant Pot Farro Risotto with parmesan and kale in a shallow grey bowl

It’s officially fall, people, so I trotted out a few seasonal recipes to celebrate. We’ve got plenty here for vegetarians, plus a yummy Vinegar Chicken recipe (with a crunchy fennel side salad). I’m also sharing my peanut butter cookie recipe that got 1.6 million views on TikTok (the vintage cookie sheet I used was quite the controversial talking point in the comments section ;). Happy cooking!

Cauliflower Tostadas with Chipotle Sauce

Cauliflower tostadas with avocado, cabbage and chipotle cream with lime slices

Though not exactly traditional tostadas, these are definitely crave-worthy. The dish is on the lighter side, so add homemade or canned pinto beans or the black beans below if the tostadas alone won’t quite cut it.

Instant Pot Farro Risotto with Mushrooms

farro risotto with mushrooms

This is a nourishing and very tasty vegetarian dish that you can make in the Instant Pot if you have one or on the stove top if you don’t (instructions are in the headnote of the recipe).

Chicken Thighs with Maple Cider Vinegar Glaze

If you’ve never had vinegar chicken, give it a go. This one has a refreshing salad on the side that pairs well with the tangy glaze. A whole-grain side of farro, sorghum, or brown rice tossed with fresh herbs and a squeeze of lemon might be nice, too.

Simple Pot of Black Beans (or this Instant Pot Version)

Bowl of black beans with pot

Home cooked beans are excellent any time of day. Serve them alongside the Cauliflower Tostadas above or make them the center of a DIY taco bar, do up  burrito bowls, or whirl them into a quick soup.

Spinach and Feta Pie

Healthy Spinach and Feta Pie

I just made this for dinner last night and am looking forward to lunching on leftovers. The recipe is a lighter spin on a Greek-style spanikopita. Don’t worry if filo dough is new to you. It’s pretty easy to work with (I’ll be posting a how-to video for this recipe on Instagram this week, so tune in there). As for sides? Maybe start with a cup of tomato soup  or your favorite store-bought boxed soup.

Carrot Miso Dressing

carrot miso dressing in a glass jar with a spoon

I love to whirl up a jar of this tangy, super nutritious dressing on the weekend and use it to dress salads and as a veggie dip during the week.

3 (or 4) Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

You only need three basics for these cookies: peanut butter (or any nut/seed butter), brown sugar, and eggs. I always add chocolate, too (nothing goes better together than peanuts and chocolate). It’s one of my very favorite cookies and couldn’t be quicker to make. Watch the how-to video on Instagram.


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