Weeknight Rescue//Week 42//October 2021

healthy baked pumpkin pasta with kale

This week’s menu has a little something for everyone … pizza, pasta, vegetarian dishes, old favorites and a blog newcomer. If you’ve never made my Baked Pumpkin Pasta, give it a whirl. It’s a winner.

BROTHY CHICKPEAS WITH OLIVE OIL GARLIC CROUTONS

two bowls of chickpeas with garlic olive oil croutons and forks

These braised chickpeas are a new personal favorite. They taste like comfort in a bowl, lapped in a flavorful broth, topped with crunchy garlic croutons, and finished with a drizzle of olive oil. Nourishing and delicious.

NO-KNEAD SHEET PAN PIZZA

Easy, No-Knead Sheet Pan Pizza

I just made this with my niece and nephew (pint-sized pizza aficionados) and they gave it their full approval. Make it your own by using your favorite pizza toppings and add a salad on the side. Got leftovers? No problem. The pizza is great the next day and freeze well, too.

DELICATA SQUASH TACOS

It’s delicata squash season, a hearty fall vegetable that is terrific in a taco. Slice them thin, roast, and then pile onto corn tortillas with pickled onions and other favorite taco fixings.

CHEESY BAKED PUMPKIN PASTA WITH KALE AND BACON

Creamy Baked Pumpkin Pasta with Kale

This may look like a mess of cheesy decadence, but it’s mostly just a whole lot of veggies. You make a “cream” sauce using pumpkin, cottage cheese, milk, and Cheddar, toss that with pasta, kale, and bacon, and get it in the oven. If you’re vegetarian or bacon-shy (is that a thing?), just leave it out.

Saucy Instant Pot Chicken with Olives

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

Another dish that hits the sweet spot between comforting and nutritious. Chicken, olives, kale (or other leafy greens) cook into a tasty plate that is excellent over polenta, noodles, or another favorite grain. It’s also great as a leftover the next day.

MICROWAVE OATMEAL

How to make microwave oatmeal

A friend who lives in Spain messaged me this week to say she turned up this recipe in a Google search and her three kids loved it. It’s an easy swap for store-bought packets of oatmeal that’s cheaper with less packaging. Win, win, win!

LIGHTER ARTICHOKE DIP

Whether you need something to nosh on during a football game or for family movie night, this artichoke dip is a good bet. It also happens to be pretty good for you, with nearly five cups of vegetables. Pair it with crackers, chips, bread, or whatever you’d like as an appetizer, snack, or part of a meal.

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