Weeknight Rescue//Week 45//Fall 2023

plate of creamy afghan chicken

I’ve got my eye on several of the recipes in this week’s line up, most notably the chicken smothered in yogurt sauce, the lentil tacos, and the Big Chewy Molasses Cookies. I hope you find a few recipes that grab your eye, too. Enjoy!

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.

Afghan Chicken in Creamy Yogurt Sauce

plate of creamy afghan chicken

This recipe comes to me by way of my friend, Humaira, who is from Afghanistan and skilled in the kitchen. You braise chicken legs and thighs on the stove in a generous amount of turmeric, onions, garlic, and coriander, then stir yogurt in at the very end and top with a heap of fresh cilantro. It’s a real keeper. 

Sweet Potato Black Bean Bowls

White bowl with sweet potato black beans avocado and a green sauce with a blue napkin

A relative newcomer to the blog, these nourishing bowls are a fan favorite in my house. Roasted sweet potatoes, brown rice, black beans, and avocado get dressed up with a tangy, slightly spicy cilantro sauce. Add pickled jalapeños, Cotija cheese, toasted pepitas or whatever else strikes your fancy.

Slow Cooker Lentil Tacos with Indian Spices

two lentil tacos on a plate

Get lentils going in your slow cooker with Indian spices and you’ve got a mega nourishing filling for a twist on traditional tacos. Pile the lentils onto corn or flour tortillas and finish with yogurt, cilantro, and if you have some on hand, a favorite Indian chutney.

Thick Roasted Sweet Potato Slices

sheet pan with roasted sweet potato slices

Last week I quickly tossed together a pan of sweet potatoes to roast one morning and then tucked them on the side of my lunch salad. So tasty and so easy to prep.

Big Chewy Molasses Cookies


I’m ready to fill up my kitchen with cinnamon and ginger and all the requisite smells of the season. These cookies are an excellent way to do that…big, chewy molasses discs…a favorite from my childhood.


12.03.2023 at7:54 AM #

Lisa Burke

My husband and I make the sweet potato bowls all the time!

12.03.2023 at7:54 AM #

Katie Morford

A fave in our house too!

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