Weeknight Rescue//Summer 2023//Week 36

White bowl with sweet potato black beans avocado and a green sauce with a blue napkin

I’m a little late to the party with this week’s meal plan. Apologies! I hope you still have room in your week for a recipe or two. If you’ve never tried my banana date shake, it’s so simple and yummy. Ad the Tex Mex Salad is not to be missed. Enjoy!

Pounded Chicken with Tomato, Olive, and Avocado

Grilled chicken paillard topped with tomato, olive, and avocado salad on a white plate with a fork and knife

This is light and easy enough for everyday cooking, but is also the sort of dish I’d serve guests. As for side dishes, a loaf of crusty bread and simple green salad would do if you want to keep things simple. The grilled vegetables recipe down below would also work on the side.

Harvest Bowls with Glossy Green sauce

white bowls with sweet potato, black beans, and green sauce

These nourishing bowls are a fan favorite in my house. Roasted sweet potatoes, brown rice, black beans, and avocado get dressed up with a tangy, slightly spicy cilantro sauce. Add pickled jalapeños, Cotija cheese, toasted pepitas or whatever else strikes your fancy.

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).

Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Figs

Sliced pork tenderloin on a cutting board

I’m making this for Sunday supper at home tonight along with roasted root vegetables. It’s simple, so seasonal, and very delicious. If you don’t have fresh figs, you can use another seasonal fruit, such as seedless grapes or sliced pears (instructions in the post).  

Tex Mex Chopped Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

This is a recipe I developed for Simply Recipes and forgot about entirely. It’s full of flavor and crunch and well worth sharing. You can assemble the salad ingredients, make the dressing, and cook the chicken ahead of time, and then assemble just before serving. It’s also a good one to pack up for school or work lunches. (photo credit Alison Bickel)

Herb Crème Fraîche with Grilled Vegetables

grilled vegetables creme fraiche

Gather up your favorite grilling vegetables, get them good and tender on the barbecue, and whip up a side of herb crème fraîche to go with. This makes a terrific side dish or a light main, maybe with a side of beans or lentils or the grilled chicken above.

Banana Date Shake

Creamy Banana Date Shake

This shake is a study in simplicity. It has just four ingredients, all of which you may already have in your pantry and fridge. Best of all, it tastes like a creamy treat, even though it doesn’t have a lick of ice cream or a spoonful of sugar. Be sure to freeze your banana before making this.


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