Weeknight Rescue//Spring 2023//Week 15

Dutch oven of Easy Mussels with toasted baguette

You’ll find lots of good stuff on the menu this week, including some Easter planning inspo (this Easter Menu is a good starting point). For those celebrating Passover, my friend Jessica Levinson is a real pro and has lots of recipes you may want to tap into, which you can find here.

Pizza with Ground Lamb and Middle Eastern Spices

Lamb Pizza

When it comes to springtime, I always think about including lamb on the menu. This isn’t a particularly traditional way to eat it, but it’s darn tasty. It starts with store-bought, whole-grain naan that you top with a savory blend of onions, ground lamb, spices, and diced tomatoes. Fresh mint and quick pickled red onions make a bright finish. Feel free to make it in the oven or fire up your grill and get the job done there. If you can’t find naan, you can make these using store-bought pizza crust (Boboli, for example) or lavash.

Vegetarian No-Noodle Zucchini Lasagna

Zucchini Lasagna

I tend to make this in the summer, but it grabbed my eye this week. It’s layers of zucchini, tofu, cheese, and sauce. I like to serve it with a warm baguette for swiping sauce from my plate. I usually cut myself a break and use jarred tomato sauce instead of homemade, which makes the whole thing come together with ease.

Mussels in White Wine & Garlic

Dutch oven of Easy Mussels with toasted baguette

A big pan of garlicky mussels and a good baguette for sopping up all the juices always feels like a celebration at the table to me. It’s a good one if you are skipping meat for Good Friday. Just add a generous salad and dinner is done.

Dinner Party Chicken

Dinner Party Chicken braised chicken thighs

I call this Dinner Party Chicken because it’s a terrific dish to make when company comes over. It’s delicious and can be made ahead of time. That said, it’s certainly suitable for a family dinner and is excellent a day or two later. Feel free to vary the type of whole citrus slices you use, such as blood oranges, limes, and Meyer lemons. A nice pinch of saffron along with 1 chopped tomato is a tasty variation, too.

Collard Green Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa and Crème Fraîche

collard green tacos

Tomatillos are in season and can easily be transformed into a tasty salsa for these vegetarian tacos. Of course, there’s no shame in subbing store-bought salsa verde if you are short on time. On the side, I’d warm up a can of beans or do a batch of these slow cooker pintos

No Yeast Whole-Grain Lemon Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

No Yeast Whole-Grain Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls are an Easter morning staple around my house. These are a whole-grain version made with buttermilk, brown sugar, and a lemony glaze. They are pretty unfussy as far as cinnamon rolls go, and rise with baking powder instead of yeast (that means they can be in the oven in about 30 minutes!). If you want to make more traditional, yeasted rolls, I’ve had luck with this recipe by Maria Sinskey, which is adapted from her Family Meals cookbook.

Basil Lime Edamame Avocado Toast

Edamame Avocado Toast with radishes and salt

Elevate your avocado toast by blending in a full cup of nutrient-rich edamame. The added punch of protein and fiber makes for a filling spread that’s excellent crowned with everything from thinly sliced radishes to tiny microgreens. It’s tasty for breakfast or lunch and doubles as a dip for crunchy vegetables, pita chips, or whole-grain crackers.


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