Weeknight Rescue//Week 33//August 2021

I included my brand new Pounded Chicken recipe in this week’s menu, since summer tomatoes cropping up everywhere. You’ll also find a one-ingredient treat that smacks of a snow cone, perfect for these fleeting days of heat. One side note: after taking a pause from cooking videos, I was back at it on Instagram last week doing a demo of gorgeous Roasted Apricots. Easiest summer dessert and absurdly tasty. You can follow me @katiesmorford and find the demo here.

POUNDED CHICKEN WITH TOMATO, OLIVE, AND AVOCADO SALAD

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

This is one tasty and very healthy summer supper. It’s 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 Watermelon Wedge Salad below would also work on the side.

HALIBUT IN PARCHMENT WITH CORN AND MUSHROOM

Vintage plate with halibut corn, mushrooms and a white napkin

A fancy-looking, but not fussy-to-make recipe that is worth doing now that corn is 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

Much as I love a classic burger, portabello mushrooms on the grill are pretty tasty, too. Just add a swipe of pesto, roasted peppers, and a slice of cheese.

HOMEMADE GNOCCHI WITH NANA’S TOMATO SAUCE

If you feel like a bit of a cooking project, try this homemade gnocchi from Maria Sinskey’s terrific cookbook The Vineyard Kitchen. Complete the meal with any grilled vegetables or a simple arugula salad with balsamic vinaigrette on the side.

CHEESY TEX MEX SKILLET SUPPER

With corn and zucchini in season, this is a good one for a quick dinner. Serve as is or add a basket of warm tortillas and avocado on the side.

ONE-INGREDIENT GRAPE GRANITA

There’s no need for a snow cone machine to make snow cones! Just one ingredient and a cookie sheet is all it takes. Your kids just may think you’re a genius.

WATERMELON WEDGE SALAD WITH FETA, MINT & ALMONDS

A bit slab of watermelon cut into wedges is a playful way to serve a salad. Top with feta, mint, almonds and serve with a knife and fork.

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