Weeknight Rescue//Winter 2023//Week 52

Slow cooker chicken marbella on a plate with parsley garnish

Week 52! The last Weeknight Rescue meal plan for 2023. Pat yourself on the back for feeding yourself and your family this year. Here you’ll find items that might be just right for a New Year’s Eve gathering, to cozy up with on New Year’s Day, and to start the year off nourishing yourself well. Happy New Year!

Savory Winter Vegetable Pie

savory winter vegetable pie

For a pretty, plant-based main, I love this savory pie for brunch or lunch or supper. It’s made with roasted squash, kale, and mushrooms that get folded into a base of eggs, cottage cheese, and glorious Gruyère. It’s got a very unfussy, whole-grain crust that uses olive oil instead of butter and can be made ahead and reheated.

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..

4-Ingredient Sweet Potato Enchiladas

Slice of Sweet Potato Enchilada

You can’t get much more simple than this recipe (with the exception of my 3-ingredient black bean soup). With just four ingredients, it’s a snap to make and even your veggie-phobic family members might give it a thumbs up. Serve it with this salad on the side if you want some crunch!

Slow Cooker Chicken Marbella

Slow cooker chicken marbella on a plate with parsley garnish

The roots of this Chicken Marbella recipe are from the Silver Palate Cookbook, a 1980s classic that was a runaway best seller. The dish is a sweet, savory, tangy combination of chicken thighs, prunes and olives. After several hours of cooking low and slow, the chicken is fork tender and infused with fabulous flavor. Add a big handful of chopped kale to the pot an hour before it’s done for a veggie boost. And serve with any favorite grain or simple egg noodles.

Reset Button Salad with Carrot Miso Dressing

reset button salad with carrot miso dressing

I like to lighten things up sometimes with one of my favorite colorful salads. The Carrot Miso Dressing is all done in the blender and darn tasty. The salad is incredibly nourishing with plenty of pleasing crunch.

Smoked Salmon Potato Chip Canapés

Smoked Salmon Potato Chip Appetizer

We will be making these on New Year’s Eve in our house. It’s a recipe so simple that you can practically make with your eyes closed. Pour a glass of bubbly and you have an instant party. 

Pineapple Orange Green Smoothie

A glass and a jug of pineapple orange green smoothie

A smoothie is how I like to start my mornings when I want to be especially mindful about eating well. This one is a very hydrating blend that happens to be full of vitamin c and leafy greens (it’s also uncommonly tasty).  If you want ideas for boosting the protein without adding protein powder, check out this post .


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