Weeknight Rescue//March 2023//Week 11

plate of creamy afghan chicken

I think it’s going to be a busy week in cooking for me, since I want to make every last recipe on this week’s menu. The roasted cabbage is a must if you’ve never cooked cabbage this way before. And if you want to bake banana bread, put some bananas aside now, so they’re good and ripe when the time comes!

Weeknight Spaghetti and Clams

cast iron skillet with spaghetti and clams

This is sort of an heirloom recipe, since it was inspired by the pasta my grandfather made us growing up. It’s simple, affordable weeknight cooking that relies on canned clams and spaghetti. Consider adding a green salad (with this dressing).

Farro and Fig Salad with Arugula and Feta

Farro and Fig Salad with Arugula and Feta

This farro is proof that you don’t need meat at the center of the plate to call it dinner. Add a simple vegetable on the side to fill out the meal, such as roasted sweet potatoes. If your crew demands more protein on their plate, toss chickpeas with herbs, lemon and olive oiI or pick up a rotisserie chicken.

Afghan Chicken in Creamy Yogurt Sauce

plate of creamy afghan chicken

If you’re yet to make this recipe, you’re missing out. You braise chicken legs and thighs on the stove in a generous amount of turmeric, onions, garlic, and coriander, then stir yogurt in at the very end and top with a heap of fresh cilantro. It’s deeply spiced without being spicy and is a real keeper. 

Huevos Rancheros

Top 10 “breakfast for dinner” meals of all time. It’s a family recipe from my husband and made the cut in my cookbook Rise & Shine. Enjoy it for Father’s Day brunch or a weeknight supper. It’s really a one-dish meal, but you could always do up some black or pinto beans on the side.  (photo credit Erin Scott)

Beef and Mushroom Burgers

Burger with lettuce, onion, and tomato on a thin bun with pickled jalapenos and ketchup on the side

This recipe has become my go-to burger. The beef is blended with finely chopped sautéed mushrooms, which means the burgers are cheaper, lower in saturated fat, and a little lighter on the planet. More good news? The mushrooms blend seamlessly into the mix and they’re darn juicy.

Roasted Cabbage Wedges with Scallion Miso Butter

Wedges of roasted cabbages on a sheet pan with pan of miso butter

With St. Patty’s Day this week, it’s only right to honor the Emerald Isle with one of their most beloved veggies: cabbage! Here the method for cooking isn’t Irish at all, but entirely delicious. Any extra sauce is excellent spooned over that other staple of the Irish table: boiled potatoes!

Tender Banana Bread with Walnuts or Chocolate Chips

A loaf of Tender Banana Bread with Walnuts cut into thick slices on parchment with a bread knife

A homey, wholesome loaf of banana bread like this one never lasts long at my house. It’s tender, just sweet enough, and excellent with dark chocolate chips or walnuts (or no adornment at all).



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