Weeknight Rescue//Week 42//Fall 2023

Cajun Fish with Lemon and Tartar Sauce

You’ll find a few items on the menu that might be just right for Halloween…notably, my cute Ghost Pops and the Instant Pot (or slow cooker) Chili (perfect for fueling trick-or-treaters before the games begin). Also, I just posted a Halloween recipe that is so CRAZY good, particularly if you have a thing for chewy, chocolatey, nutty candy: Date Almond Dark Chocolate Bark! Find the “how-to” video and recipe here.

Instant Pot Farro Risotto with Mushrooms

farro risotto with mushrooms

This is a nourishing and very tasty vegetarian dish that you can make in the Instant Pot if you have one or on the stove top if you don’t (instructions are in the headnote of the recipe).

Tomato Soup and Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese

tomato soup and waffle iron grilled cheese

If you need something simple and comforting, this is it. Get the kids to help with the sandwiches, since making them in the waffle iron is pretty fun. The soup recipe makes just enough for four bowls, but feel free to double it for lunches the next day.

Gorgeous Greek Chicken and Potatoes

Best Greek Chicken and potatoes

This six-ingredient dinner is not to be missed. It’s all done on a single sheet pan and loaded with flavor thanks to the magical mashup of olive oil, garlic, lemon, and oregano. All you need is a veggie side or salad (I’d go with the Celery Salad below or this crunchy one) for a very tasty dinner.

Instant Pot Beef and Butternut Squash Chili (or this slow cooker version)

Instant Pot Beef & Butternut Squash Chili

I love the ease of this chili! Canned beans and tomatoes, ground beef (or turkey or Beyond burger for a veg version), butternut squash (use frozen or pre-cut for ease), and a packet of taco seasoning mix. I like to set up a little toppings bar and include any favorite fixings: pickled jalapeños, shredded cheese, scallions, sour cream, avocado, taco sauce, onions, you name it.

Cajun Fish with Lemon Caper Sauce

Cajun Fish with Lemon and Tartar Sauce

The best way I know to dress up a mild white fish, such as sole or tilapia, is with a favorite spice blend, lemon, with a creamy sauce on the side. This recipe has all three. It cooks up in a matter of minutes and is perfect paired with a butter lettuce salad (maybe with sliced tangerines or orange tossed in) and this dressing. Lightly buttered whole grains, such as brown rice or farro, or little roasted potatoes would round out the meal.

Celery Salad with Dates and Pecorino

Celery, nut, date, and cheese salad on a plate with a striped napkin and forks

Poor celery is a bit of an underdog in the kitchen, which is why I love this salad so much. It shows off celery at it’s best and is a terrific light side for so many main dishes. The celery is paired with salty Pecorino (you can substitute Parmesan), slivers of Medjool dates, chopped nuts, and a dressing with a spicy kick. Bright, refreshing, and an easy side to so many mains.    

Boonana Ghost Pops

healthy halloween treats for kids

I have to pull this one out every Halloween, since it’s such a fun one and a snap to make. It involves just three ingredients: Bananas, dunked in vanilla yogurt with mini chocolate chip eyes.


Post Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *