Weeknight Rescue//2022//Week 14

spring vegetable pizza on lavash with mint

You’ll find lots of crunch and color in this week’s menu, not to mention a recipe for one of my favorite cookies. Enjoy!

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CHEESY TEX MEX SKILLET SUPPER

Mexican skillet supper of ground beef and beans topped with cheese in a skillet with colorful Mexican tablecloth and guacamole

This is always a crowd pleaser in our house. It’s a mess of Tex Mex flavors done in a single skillet. Serve with tortilla chips for scooping plus a crunchy salad or slaw.

SPRING VEGETABLE FLATBREAD PIZZA

Spring Vegetable Pizza

I pull this out every spring when asparagus and peas come into season. It’s quick to pull together (especially if you use store-bought pesto) and marries fresh mint, lemon zest, goat cheese, and plenty of veggies.

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PORK TENDERLOIN LETTUCE WRAPS W/ GINGER LIME DRESSING

spooning dressing over pork lettuce wraps

These lettuce wraps are like little tacos with Vietnamese flavors and a killer ginger lime dressing to finish. Since they’re pretty light on the appetite, you might want to add a side of brown basmati rice or a favorite Asian noodle tossed with fish sauce, sesame oil, and sliced scallions. Folks who don’t eat pork, swap in chicken thighs. Vegetarians could use firm or extra-firm tofu.

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WARM SPINACH SALAD WITH CRISPY PROSCIUTTO AND SOFT EGG 

Warm spinach salad with soft egg in a vintage red bowl with fork and a bin of flaky salt

Gently cooked spinach with a balsamic splash, crispy bacon, and a soft egg are enough to make a light supper. Serve with a crusty baguette for soaking up that oozy yolk. 

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SPAGHETTI WITH BUTTER, EGG, AND CHEESE

Spaghetti with Butter, Egg, and Cheese

This is about as easy as it gets when it comes to getting dinner on the table. One pot and just a few ingredients, it’s foolproof and delicious. Blanched broccoli tossed with olive oil and equal parts lemon juice and balsamic vinegar makes a quick side. Tip: blanch the broccoli in the same boiling water you plan to cook the pasta (scoop out the cooked broccoli with a slotted spoon, then cook the pasta).

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CHINESE CHICKENLESS SALAD

Vegetarian Chinese Chickenless Salad

This is a flavorful, nourishing salad that’s makes a great desk or school lunch or a light supper. Assembly is pretty darn quick, especially if you prep the cabbage and veggies ahead of time.

COWBOY COOKIES

Cowboy cookies on a piece of white parchment paper

If you’re like me and appreciate a cookie packed with goodies, this one’s for you. It’s both wholesome and decadent, made with oats, nut butter, chocolate, coconut, dried fruits, seeds, and nuts. Make a batch of dough and freeze half for a rainy day. Bake the rest to tuck in the pantry for when a sweet tooth strikes.

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