Weeknight Rescue//Summer 2023//Week 34

plate of french lentil salad

Since it’s Labor Day weekend, I threw in a few recipes for your holiday gatherings that are just as suitable for dinner during the week. You’ll also find one of my favorite make-ahead lentil salads that you can stash in the fridge for weekday lunches. Enjoy!

Cilantro Lime Yogurt-Marinated Chicken

Cilantro Lime Yogurt Grilled Chicken

Consider this flavorful, tender chicken for Labor Day. It’s so tender and flavorful and can be made with chicken thighs as well as breasts. Pair it with Quinoa Tabbouleh or Fattoush Salad and any grilled vegetables you like. I posted a video of the “how to” over on Instagram, which you can find here.

Halibut in Parchment with Corn and Mushrooms

Vintage plate with halibut corn, mushrooms and a white napkin

A fancy-looking, but not fussy-to-make recipe that is worth doing before corn is no longer in season. You can prep the mushrooms and shear the corn off the cobs ahead of time. Pulling it together after that will be snap. Make sure you have parchment paper on hand, since you will need it! 

Pesto Portabello Mushroom Burgers

This is a terrific plant-based alternative to a standard burger. Make it for Labor Day or any weeknight supper. Just add a swipe of pesto, roasted peppers, and a slice of cheese.

Loaded Chicken Quesadillas with Avocado Salsa

loaded chicken quesadillas

These quesadillas are a good way to use up leftover chicken or repurpose a rotisserie chicken from the store. Pair quesadilla wedges with a plate of crunchy veggies and a simple guacamole (1 avocado smashed with a few teaspoons lime juice, a tablespoon of minced onion, and a pinch of salt). Swap in black beans for chicken to make these vegetarian.

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs

white dish with slow cooker turkey meatballs and crusty bread

These meatballs are quick to make and cook right in the sauce (no browning on the stove or oven). I serve them in shallow bowls with a crusty baguette and broccoli or cauliflower on the side. Of course, piling them on top of spaghetti is fair game, too. I made them on Instagram a while back. Check that out here, so you can see how this dish comes together.

Avocado Deviled Eggs

Avocado deviled eggs

Just one simple swap — avocado in place of mayo — makes these deviled eggs every bit as creamy and delicious as their classic counterpart. Be sure to use ripe avocado and be prepared that the yolk will have a greenish hue! Any leftovers are tasty smashed into a chunky spread and spooned over toast.


plate of french lentil salad

I’m crazy about this nourishing lentil salad. It’s a terrific one to batch cook on a weekend or evening and enjoy for a few days afterward. Pull it out when you need a simple vegetarian main or to serve as a side dish to fish or chicken. It’s also excellent packed up for work or school lunches.


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