Weeknight Rescue//Week 22//May

Oven Baked Tofu Parmesan with a spatula in a baking dish

I spent the better part of last week laid up with back pain, so I barely entered the kitchen. After plenty of rest, ice, heat, and Netflix, I’m back on my feet again and excited to get cooking. Apparently I was in need of comfort as I put this menu together, so you have a stack of pancakes coming your way, a creamy “healthyish” chocolate pudding, and my Tofu Parm, about which one reader recently commented, “I am Italian and love Chicken Parm, but this tops the cake of a taste alike. Will make this time and time again.”

Enjoy!

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Saucy Instant Pot Chicken with Olives

Instant pot chicken thighs olive and kale on a black and white plate and pink napkin

This is the newest addition to my Instant Pot recipe collection. Chicken, olives, kale (or other leafy greens) cook into a tender, comforting meal that is delicious over polenta, noodles, or another favorite grain. It’s also great as a leftover the next day.

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Baked Tofu Parmesan

Oven Baked Tofu Parmesan with a spatula in a baking dish

Here’s a good one for meatless Monday. The tofu is breaded and baked until crispy and then layered with sauce and cheese. Add steamed or roasted broccoli and dinner is done. Leftovers are tasty a day or two later.

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Collard Green Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa and Crème Fraîche

collard green tacos with tomatillos salsa

I think corn tortillas are tailor made for delicious, veggie-centric tacos. These are done with a super simple salsa, but feel free to use a store-bought tomatillo salsa if you prefer. If you want to make this entirely plant-based, use a dairy-free plain yogurt in place of crème fraîche. On the side, I’d do up warm beans, either from a can or these slow cooker pintos

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Tuna Pasta Nicoise

Tuna Nicoise Penne

This feels like a good recipe to bridge from spring to summer. I find cherry tomatoes to be the first of the tomato family to start getting good. They pair up in this pasta with many of the classic Nicoise Salad ingredients. It’s good the next day, too.

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Vietnamese-Style Pork Lettuce Wraps with Ginger Lime Dressing

Pork and peanut lettuce wraps on a wooden board

These lettuce cups are like Vietnamese-style tacos with a killer ginger lime dressing to finish. Since they’re pretty light on the appetite, you might want to add steamed brown rice or a favorite Asian noodle tossed with fish sauce, sesame oil, and sliced scallion.

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Whole-Grain Blender Kefir Pancakes

stack of whole wheat pancakes with pat of butter, apricots and other fruits

Do these up for weekend brunch or treat everyone to breakfast-for-dinner one night. These are super nutritious, all done and then poured from a blender, and excellent embellished with maple syrup and anything you have in your fruit bowl.

Dark Chocolate Creamy Cashew Pudding

Vegan dark chocolate pudding with cashews and chocolate chips in little jars with spoons

A chocolate treat that’s on the healthier end of the spectrum. The creaminess comes from cashews that soak overnight and get blended into the rest of the ingredients. It makes a tasty dessert or after school snack, or can be packed into little containers for school lunches. My kids are fans.

Comments

05.15.2021 at9:27 AM #

Pamela Prime

Oh Katie, I’m glad you are feeling better but oh that back pain🥲
I think these recipes look so delicious especially the lasagna and the pancakes ( I’ll try with GF four?)
❤️

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