Weeknight Rescue//Week 23//Spring

Chicken paillard with capers on a white plate with salad and tomatoes

It’s going to be a busy week around here (my baby is graduating high school!) and I suspect that may be the case for many of you. As such, I honed in on easier recipes for the week, including Slow Cooker Pinto Beans, my so simple Lavash Pizza, and a Cottage Cheese Dip that is my kind of comfort food.

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Beef and Mushroom Blended Burgers

Burger with lettuce, onion, and tomato on a thin bun with pickled jalapenos and ketchup on the side

These days, when a burger craving hits, this is my go-to recipe. It’s a blend of mostly beef with some finely chopped mushrooms. The mushrooms blend in seamlessly and make for a lighter and very juicy burger. Add whatever fixings you like and these crispy sweet potatoes on the side.

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Slow Cooker Pinto Beans

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans in a pot with a big spoon

Make a big pot of these tried-and-true slow cooker pinto beans to use a spring board for supper. Make it “beans and rice” night or taco night and add any favorite fixings: tortillas, cheese, salsa, guacamole, pickled jalapeños and so on. You’ll undoubtedly have leftovers, so enjoy those for lunch or breakfast topped with a fried egg and hot sauce.

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Prosciutto Arugula Lavash Pizza

square slices of pizza with arugula on a wooden board

Dinner doesn’t get any easier that this pizza, built on whole-wheat lavash (which works deliciously as a quick crust). A big salad on the side is standard in our house, made with the season’s first cherry tomatoes and sliced cucumbers.

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Easy Chicken Paillard

easy chicken paillard

Have dinner on the table in no time. This no-fuss meal is a lot lighter than its more traditional twin. Add roasted veggies, a simple grain dish, or a tossed salad to fill out your plate. If you have any leftovers, lunch the next day will be equally delicious.

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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 a plate of fresh strawberries and a dark chocolate bar to share.

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Easy Cottage Cheese Dip

Easy Cottage Cheese Dip

This is a good one to whip and set out before dinner to tide everyone over. It’s nourishing and comforting. I also eat this for lunch on the regular.

Super Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie with Orange, spinach and hemp seeds

This smoothie is another tasty way to reboot your routine. It’s packed with nutrient-rich fruits and veggies and so tasty, it goes down easy.

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