Weeknight Rescue // January 2021 // Week 4

umami chicken

This week’s menu is chock full of favorites. Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese, for starters. And my go-to Winter Chopped Salad. Plus, Sticky Pretzel Cereal Bars! I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do.

Tomato Soup and Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese

Tomato soup and grilled cheese is the kind of comfort food I loved as a kid. The soup is creamy, but without the standard heavy cream (secret ingredient: olive oil). It gets its thickness using a trick from the Italian school of cooking (blending in a slice of stale bread). And the grilled cheese is done panini-style using a waffle iron. Head to IG on Wednesday, where you’ll find a demo of this comforting combo.

Oven Baked Vegetarian Tofu Parmigiana

Oven Baked Tofu Parmesan

I’ve heard from many of you that this has been a great gateway for your family to embrace tofu. It’s breaded and baked until crispy and then layered with sauce and cheese. Add steamed or roasted broccoli and dinner is done. Leftovers are tasty a day or two later.

Umami Chicken

chicken adobo

This is simple cooking using pantry basics that requires very little work for the cook. You can pair it with anything you’d like: any grain, salad or vegetable — fresh, frozen, canned or otherwise. The extra sauce in the bottom of the pan can be used to flavor the sides you choose.

Fish Sliders with Creamy Caper Dressing

Using store-bought breaded fish fillets is a huge time and energy saver for these fish sliders. Shredded cabbage and a simple creamy caper dressing add great texture and flavor. These crispy sweet potato “fries” make a picture-perfect side.

Slow Cooker Pork Tinga Tacos

Cooking pork low and slow in a crock pot with a serious hit of chipotle is an excellent starting point for weeknight tacos. From there it’s a matter of gathering your best taco fixings with a salad or street corn on the side.  

Flavorful and Flexible Chopped Winter Salad

Flexible Chopped Winter Salad in bowls with forks

This recipe may be new to the blog, but it’s a longtime staple in my house. Enjoy it for lunch or as a dinner side dish. Add diced chicken (this slow cooker method is a good one) to make it a main dish supper. It will last a day or two in the fridge, which makes it a great leftover for lunch.

Sticky Pretzel Cereal Bars

This is the perfect after school snack, even if school is right in your own living room. It’s crunchy, salty, and sweet all at once, with enough good stuff in there to keep everyone satisfied until dinner.


01.23.2021 at9:23 AM #


Great recipes this week – I have yet to try some of these like the vegetarian tofu parmigiana. Yum! Thanks for sharing…

01.23.2021 at9:23 AM #

Katie Morford

Oh good. Enjoy!

01.27.2021 at8:39 PM #

Richard Tunner

Such a fabulous recipe list! I can’t wait to cook it tonight. Thank you!

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