Weeknight Rescue//Week 5//Winter 2024

How to make banh mi

The line up for this week includes a few recipes I haven’t thought about in a while, including the very delicious Chicken Banh Mi. If you’ve already started your Super Bowl meal planning for next weekend, I highly recommend that Cheesy Artichoke Cauliflower Dip. It’s so good! You may want to check out these other healthyish game day eats.

Spinach and Feta Filo Pie

I’m crazy about this spinach pie! It’s wholesome and tasty. The recipe calls for frozen spinach, which is one of the reasons it’s relatively easy to assemble (no washing, stemming, or cooking the spinach in advance). Leftovers are terrific the next day reheated in the oven.

Red Lentil Coconut Curry Soup

coconut curry red lentil soup

Definitely one of my top soups of all time, this is both filling and incredibly nourishing. If you’ve got homemade chicken or veggie brought on hand, pull it out. There is nothing like homemade stock for making a terrific pot of soup!

Hanoi Chicken Banh Mi

Close up of a chicken banh mi sandwich on baguette with cucumbers, red chiles, and cilantro

Make sandwich night a little more interesting with flavor-packed banh miIt’s a Vietnamese sandwich made with marinated chicken, pickled vegetables on a crusty baguette. If you can, make the vegetables ahead of time, so it’s easier to pull everything together come dinnertime.  

Baked Tofu Parm

Oven Baked Tofu Parmesan with a spatula in a baking dish

If you’ve got tofu skeptics in your life, this dish may just turn the tide. The tofu is breaded and baked until crispy and then layered with sauce and cheese. Add roasted broccoli (or the Modern Caesar salad below) and dinner is done. Leftovers are tasty a day or two later.

Steak on Arugula with Parmesan and Balsamic

steak on arugula with parmesan and balsamic

We don’t eat beef often, but when we do this is an excellent (and so simple) way to enjoy it. I often opt for flank or skirt steak, since it cooks quickly and is more budget-friendly than plenty of other cuts (flanks steak is particularly lean as well).

Modern Caesar

modern caesar

The addition of shaved Brussels sprouts and colorful radicchio adds texture and a big hit of nutrients to a classic Caesar. Make it a main dish by adding a soft cook egg on the side or tossing slices of cooked chicken or chick peas into the mix.

Cheesy Artichoke Cauliflower Dip

cheesy artichoke cauliflower dip

For me football is the side show to the main event of the Super Bowl: the snacks (I also enjoy the ads, the halftime show, and now, keeping tabs on Taylor). This dip is one of my very favorites to set out during the game. The recipe swaps in lighter versions of sour cream and mayo and adds a hefty serving of cauliflower into the mix. The whole hot and delicious mess makes for a better-for-you recipe that won’t leave you with a food hangover once the football fun is done.


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