Weeknight Rescue//Week 51//December 2020

Beautiful Arugula, delicata squash, and pomegranate salad in a large shallow bowl on white background

It’s just hitting me now that this menu will take us right up to Christmas Eve. How did that happen? Regardless, for those of you celebrating, I’ve tucked a few recipes in here that you may want to work into your holiday menus (and a few that work well for nights when you don’t want to do a whole lot in the kitchen).

Instant Pot Farro Risotto with Mushrooms and Pecans

farro risotto with mushrooms

This cozy, nourishing supper happens to be vegetarian, but you won’t miss the meat. If you like, serve this on Christmas as a side or main and up the fancy-factor by using wild mushrooms in place of some or all of the creminis. Make it 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 in a week that may be busy on the cooking front, 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 salad or veggie side for a very delicious dinner. Consider the Arugula/Delicata Squash Salad below and I’d say this qualifies as holiday table-worthy.

Cheesy Baked Pumpkin Pasta with Kale and Bacon

Creamy Baked Pumpkin Pasta with Kale

This has all the elements of comfort food — starch, cheese, warmth, deliciousness. But it also happens to pack in six cups of vegetables and is so seasonal, now is the time to make it. It’s filling enough to be a one-dish supper, but make a bright salad of butter lettuce with this vinaigrette and maybe some fall fruits if you have the energy (and ingredients).

Slow Cooker Indian-Style Dal Tacos

Slow Cooker Indiant-Style Dal Tacos

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.

Arugula and Delicata Squash Salad with Pomegranate and Goat Cheese

Arugula, delicata squash, and pomegranate salad

Make this salad for your holiday table or as part of an everyday supper. Either way, it’s bright and festive and so so good! If you want an extra flavor boost, add 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, sumac, or curry powder to the squash before roasting. 

Cran-Raspberry Pecan Tart with Whole-Grain Crust

cran-raspberry pecan tart

I’m crazy about this seasonal tart! It features an easy press-in-the-pan crust that’s filled with a combo of cranberries and raspberries, so the flavor really pops. It can be made a day ahead, so if you want to serve this for Christmas you can do the work in advance.


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