Weeknight Rescue//Fall 2023//Week 44

bowls of brothy pasta with Parmesan

I imagine most of you have your Thanksgiving menus all 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 squash soup that I make each year and set on the stove for lunch on Thanksgiving day.

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.

4-Ingredient Sweet Potato Enchiladas

Slice of Sweet Potato Enchilada

With just four ingredients, these enchiladas are a snap to make. I’m crazy about the flavor combo of sweet potatoes and the chiles in the enchiladas sauce. Serve it with this salad on the side if you want some crunch!

Brothy Tortellini with Sausage and Kale

bowls of brothy pasta with Parmesan

This dish lands somewhere between a pasta and a soup. It’s satisfying and nourishing, with everything you need for a balanced supper right in one bowl. Do up some garlic bread on the side if you’re in the mood.

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.

Marbled Chocolate Pumpkin Loaf Cake

Slices of marbled chocolate pumpkin cake with a knife

Pumpkin and chocolate are a dream team in this supremely moist loaf cake punctuated with dark chocolate chips. It’s the sort of thing to leave out on the counter and let any folks milling about tuck into a slice. Alternatively, swap it in for a pie on your Thanksgiving table.

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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