Weeknight Rescue//July 2021//Week 32

two plates with vegan eggplant meatballs and a glass of red wine

As we roll into August, I’m pulling out a whole slew of recipes that celebrate summer. I plan on soaking up every last sunshiny drop. Enjoy!

SUMMER ROLLS W/ PEANUT DIPPING SAUCE

These aren’t just for summer, but it is nice to have a no-cook supper this time of year. They’re paired with a barely spicy peanut sauce, which makes them a bit more filling. I also like to assemble a quick side of sliced cucumbers with a splash of rice vinegar. If you want to share the work of assembling the rolls, set it up DIY style and let everyone make their own.

BEEF AND MUSHROOM BLENDED BURGER

Blended beef and mushroom burgers are a lighter fix to quench your burger craving. Just add your favorite bun and any toppings, maybe with this summer potato salad on the side. I posted a demo of how these burgers are done over on Instagram, so tune in there.

LAZY GIRL’S ENCHILADA PIE

Built on a foundation of summer produce, now is a great time to make this simple enchilada casserole. I call it “lazy” because you layer all of the ingredients instead of rolling up each individual enchilada. Any Mexican sides are fair game: sour cream, guacamole, pinto beans, extra salsa.  A salad on the side adds nice crunch.

GRILLED CHICKEN KEBAB WRAPS

yogurt marinated chicken skewers

I’m crazy about these chicken kebabs, which are tender and tasty thanks to a fabulous yogurt marinade. The chicken gets speared onto skewers and can be done under a broiler instead of a barbecue if you prefer. The Middle Eastern flavors of the dish are a nice match for this Quinoa Tabbouleh. 

EGGPLANT MEATBALLS WITH TEMPEH IN TOMATO SAUCE

Even though you can buy eggplant year-round, it’s never better than it is during the summer. It’s also excellent in these vegetarian meatballs paired with homemade or store-bought marinara sauce. Heat up a baguette to set on the table for sopping up all the goodies.

YOGURT PARFAIT ON A PLATE

The farmers’ market is teaming with local berries and this is one delicious way to enjoy them. It’s a pretty presentation and means you get a little bit of everything in each bite.

CAFE CON LECHE ICE POPS

two cafe con leche ice pops on a grey plate

These are a decidedly grown up spin on an ice pop. The milky coffee freezes into a tasty treat, but is also delicious poured over ice as a cooling drink. They’re made using instant espresso, which is widely available in supermarkets. Feel free to swap in decaf espresso if you want to avoid the kick of caffeine.

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