Weeknight Rescue//Week 52//December 2020

Rotisserie chicken sandwich with muhammara and arugula in white ceramic dish

Week 52! The last Weeknight Rescue meal plan for 2020. Pat yourself on the back for feeding yourself and your family during a challenging year. And since this line-up brings us into 2021, Happy New Year!

Roasted Broccoli with Hazelnuts, Tahini, and Raisins

broccoli with tahini sauce recipe

I figure this very delicious and mega nourishing roasted broccoli might be a welcome break from heavier holiday dishes. It’s not exactly a main dish, but if you add another salad or side dish (such as roasted root vegetable, these lentils or this tabbouleh salad), it will be enough to make a meal.

Healthy Spinach and Feta Pie

Healthy Spinach and Feta Pie

A lighter spin on a Greek-style spanikopita, this is an excellent make-ahead dish that doubles as a leftover for lunch. Don’t worry, filo dough is pretty easy to work with and seeing that golden puff come out of the oven is darn satisfying. As for sides? Maybe start with a cup of tomato soup  or your favorite store-bought boxed soup.

Chicken Sandwiches with Spicy Muhammara

Rotisserie chicken sandwich with muhammara and arugula in white ceramic dish

I’m always game for sandwich night and this recipe works great with whatever you have on hand — a rotisserie chicken from the market or any meat or poultry leftover from the holidays. Clear out your produce drawer to make a salad or cut up crunchy vegetables (use extra muhammara as a dip!).

Instant Pot Beef and Butternut Squash Chili

Instant Pot Beef & Butternut Squash Chili

The Instant Pot makes quick work of a dish that is traditionally cooked low and slow. The results won’t disappoint. The beef and butternut squash make a winning pair and using taco seasoning mix just means fewer ingredients to worry about.

Skillet Steak with Cilantro Chimichurri and Crispy Potatoes

skillet steak with cilantro chimichurri

If you’re looking for a recipe to ring in the new year, this might be a good fit. The potatoes are addictively crispy and the chimichurri — a combination of cilantro, parsley, garlic, vinegar, and olive oil — is magic spooned onto steak. If you want a leaner, quicker cooking (and possibly cheaper) cut, go for flank instead of strip steak..

Smoked Salmon Potato Chip Canapés

Smoked Salmon Potato Chip Appetizer

Here’s another idea for a New Year’s Eve nibble that you can practically make with your eyes closed. Pour a glass of bubbly and you have an instant party. 

Whole-Wheat Kefir Blender Pancakes

Since it still feels like holiday season, shuffling around in the kitchen over a stack of pancakes might be in order. These are super nutritious, all done and then poured from a blender, and excellent embellished with maple syrup and anything you have in your fruit bowl.


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