Weeknight Rescue//Week 8//Winter 2024

roasted carrots with yogurt with a dish of harissa and mint on the side.

My aim with these meal plans is always balance: some vegetarian dishes, almost always a chicken dish, a variety of flavors, some dishes on the lighter side and others more comfort foods, mostly easy dishes with something a bit more time-consuming in the mix. I feel like I’ve got you covered on all fronts this week. I hope you like it!

Salmon Curry with Vegetables

Salmon Curry

This is an excellent (and easy) ways to cook fish using a combination of Thai curry paste and light coconut milk. Serve with steamed rice and dinner is done. Want dessert? Make a plate of fresh fruit, such as pineapple, kiwi, and mango. Head here for a tutorial on cutting a pineapple.  

Noodles with Peanut Sauce and Veggies

Noodles with peanut sauce in white bowls

Noodles slathered in barely spicy peanut sauce and tossed with crunchy vegetables? What’s not to love. Choose whole-grain noodles to bump up the fiber and nutrients. A small salad of sliced cucumbers doused in seasoned rice vinegar is an easy side. 

Chicken, Orange & Avocado Salad with Pumpkin Seeds

Chicken, orange, and avocado salad

A light, bright supper salad that manages to be filling at the same time. If you have kids who are not so fond of salad, set theirs up deconstructed-style with the orange, avocado, chicken, and greens arranged on a plate rather than tossed in a bowl. On the side? Crusty bread for sopping up any dressing that pools on your plate.

Kitchen Sink Minestrone

two bowls of minestrone with spoons

This recipe has built-in flexibility and is intended to use whatever you have on hand. I find it incredibly satisfying to clean out the fridge AND make a nourishing pot of soup in one fell swoop. Maybe you do, too!

Little Lamb Chops with Mint Gremolata

lamb chops with mint gremolata

Serve these chops with the roasted carrots below or a side of little waxy red or yellow potatoes. A crisp salad with a simple dressing like this one will do nicely as well. The sauce is easily doubled and pairs just as well with salmon as it does with lamb. A mini food processor is ideal for making the gremolata, but you can also do it by hand.

Roasted Carrots with Harissa Yogurt and Mint

Roasted Carrots with Harissa Yogurt

These are delicious as a side to roast chicken or meat (such as the lamb chops above), but also excellent as part of a vegetarian meal. If you’re going the vegetarian route, put two cups of warm, cooked farro (tossed with olive oil and salt) or another favorite grain between the yogurt and carrots just before serving. Swap in cauliflower for carrots and the dish is just as tasty.

Tender Banana Bread with Walnuts or Chocolate Chips

A loaf of Tender Banana Bread with Walnuts cut into thick slices on parchment with a bread knife

A homey, wholesome loaf of banana bread like this one never lasts long at my house. It’s tender, just sweet enough, and excellent with dark chocolate chips or walnuts (or no adornment at all).


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