Weeknight Rescue//January 2023//Week 5

Fish sliders with caper dressing

This week’s menu in one word? Yummy! The flavors run the gamut from sheet pan pizza to a very delicious Afghan noodle soup. Don’t miss the Almond Butter Bars at the tail end. Enjoy!

No-Knead Sheet Pan Pizza

Easy, No-Knead Sheet Pan Pizza

This is a favorite make-at-home pizza that I make year-round. It’s pretty unfussy, is done in a big sheet pan, and like all pizza, makes an excellent breakfast the next day (try topping it with a fried egg).  If you don’t feel like making your own pizza crust, pick up about 1 1/2 pounds of dough from your local market or pizza shop.

Roasted Carrots with Harissa Yogurt

roasted carrots with yogurt with a dish of harissa and mint on the side.

This was my favorite dinner at home last week. You roast carrots until tender, pile them onto Greek yogurt embellished with harissa, and finish it all with fresh mint and almonds. Yum! I served it with warm farro, so it was hearty enough for a main dish (brown rice or sorghum will work if you’re gluten-free).

Pork Tenderloin Lettuce Wraps with Ginger Lime Dressing

Pork lettuce wraps with dressing and peanuts on the side

These lettuce cups are made with sliced pork tenderloin, piled with raw veggies, and finished with a killer ginger lime dressing. Since they’re pretty light on the appetite, you might want to add steamed brown rice or a favorite Asian noodle tossed with fish sauce, sesame oil, and sliced scallions.

Fish Sliders with Caper Dressing and Slaw

Fish sliders on pretzel buns with pickled jalapenos

Using store-bought breaded fish fillets is a huge time saver for these fish sliders. Shredded cabbage and a simple creamy caper dressing add great texture and flavor. I’m always game for an extra vegetable side and these crispy baked sweet potato “fries” would be a great addition (or just a plate of crunchy raw veggies). 

Aush (Delicious Afghan Noodle Soup)

Aush, Afghan soup with noodles, chickpeas, spinach and ground meat with a check napkin

A friend was raving about this soup the other day, so I figured it was time to pull it out for the meal plan. It is so full of fabulous flavor, thanks to the spiced ground lamb (or beef) that crowns every bowl. If you haven’t yet made aush, I recommend you give it a whirl.

Sautéed Kale with Lemon and Garlic

bowl of sauteed kale with olive oil and lemon wedges

One of the quickest ways to turn a bunch of kale into a tasty side dish. The combo of garlic and lemon with a little hit of chili flakes works magic on this nutritious leafy green.

No-Bake Almond Butter Bars

no-baked chocolate almond butter bars

Everyone in my house is crazy about these bars. They are ridiculously good, especially with a glass of cold milk. Feel free to use another nut or seed butter if you like.


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