Weeknight Rescue//Week 38//September 2021

Fish sliders on pretzel buns with pickled jalapenos

Scanning through the recipes in this week’s menu, the word that comes to my mind is balance. It’s got mega-healthy recipes, such as the Reset Button Salad and the Super Green Smoothie, and a few crowd-pleasers, including pizza and crispy fish sliders. It all adds up to a deliciously balanced week.

CHICKEN THIGHS WITH MAPLE CIDER VINEGAR GLAZE

If you’ve never had vinegar chicken, give it a whirl. This one has a refreshing salad on the side that pairs well with the tangy glaze. A whole-grain side of farro, sorghum, or brown rice tossed with fresh herbs and a squeeze of lemon might be nice, too.

RESET BUTTON SALAD WITH CARROT MISO GINGER VINAIGRETTE

carrot ginger miso dressing

I consider this the ultimate “reset” salad, perfect for when you’re looking for a break from heavy meals. It’s packed with colorful vegetables and served with a tangy, delicious miso dressing. If you’re serving it for a main dish, consider adding cooked chicken, chickpeas, or baked tofu for added protein and heft.

FISH SLIDERS WITH CREAMY CAPER SAUCE

Fish sliders on pretzel buns with pickled jalapenos

Using store-bought breaded fish fillets is a huge time and energy saver for these fish sliders. Shredded cabbage and a simple creamy caper dressing add great texture and flavor to these. I’m always game for an extra vegetable side and these crispy baked sweet potato “fries” would be a great addition (or just a plate of crunchy raw veggies). 

SLOW COOKER PINTO BEANS

Do up a pot of these pinto beans to use as the foundation for taco night or a rice and beans dinner. Add sliced avocado, your favorite salsa, corn or flour tortillas, and if you’re in the mood, this tasty Mexican Street Corn Salad.

PROSCIUTTO ARUGULA LAVASH PIZZA

Dinner doesn’t get any easier that this pizza, built on whole-wheat lavash (which works deliciously as a quick crust). If you’re an arugula superfan, toss a big handful with a splash of olive oil and balsamic and add it to the pizza after it’s out of the oven.

SUPER GREEN SMOOTHIE

Green Smoothie with Orange, spinach and hemp seeds

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

No-Bake Almond Butter Bars with Dark Chocolate

Everyone in my house is crazy about these bars. They are ridiculously good, especially with a glass of cold milk. Feel free to use another nut or seed butter if you like.

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