Weeknight Rescue//Week 13//2024

asparagus smoked salmon tart

I imagine some of you are in the throes of preparing for Easter brunch or lunch or supper, while others are coming and going from spring break. Either way, some ease is in order, so I put together a meal plan with a few Easter-worthy recipes and some lighter, simpler meals.

Instant Pot Chicken in Salsa Verde

instant pot chicken in salsa verde

Pull out your Instant Pot and get a batch of this savory chicken going. It’s tasty tucked into blistered corn or flour tortillas with all your favorite taco fixings. This Mexican Street Corn Salad would be terrific as a side dish.

Pasta with Asparagus, Peas, Lemon, and Crème Fraîche

White bowl with rigatoni pasta, asparagus, peas, with white wine and a half lemon

A bright, springy pasta that’s packed with vegetables and just enough luscious crème fraîche to make you want seconds. Pair it with a simple arugula or green salad with this vinaigrette. For dessert? How about the first strawberries of spring?

Little Lamb Chops with Mint Gremolata

lamb chops with mint gremolata

We always have lamb at the center of our Easter table. This year, we will be doing a boneless roast instead of chops, but will serve this herby sauce to finish things off. I like to serve lamb with a side of red or yellow potatoes tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper, and maybe chopped rosemary roasted in a 425 degree oven until golden. A crisp salad with a simple dressing like this one will do nicely as well. The sauce is easily doubled and pairs just as well with salmon as it does with lamb. A mini food processor is ideal for making the gremolata, but you can also do it by hand.

Asparagus and Smoked Salmon Tart

asparagus smoked salmon tart

I’m crazy about this savory tart. It looks far fancier than it is. The recipe has just five core ingredients and puff pastry is pretty darn easy to work with. It’s ideal for Easter brunch, can be cut into appetizer-size bites, but also works for lunch or a light supper. I posted a “how-to” video on Instagram, which you can find here.

Warm Spinach Salad with Crispy Prosciutto and Soft Egg 

Warm spinach salad with soft egg in a vintage red bowl with fork and a bin of flaky salt

Gently cooked spinach with a balsamic splash, crispy bacon, and a soft egg are enough to make a light supper. Serve with a crusty baguette for soaking up that oozy yolk. 

Fancy Pea Toast

Smashed Pea Toast with Feta

I’m starting to see fresh English peas at the market and this is a tasty way to use them. They’re cooked and smashed onto crostini with marinated feta. I like to serve these as a appetizer or as part of a light lunch. Delish!

Lemon Yogurt Olive Oil Cake

slice of lemon yogurt olive oil cake

This is the ultimate spring cake. It’s simple, lightly sweetened, and terrific with fresh fruit and whipped cream. Make it a day ahead, if desired, since it holds up well overnight.


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