Mom's Kitchen Handbook

Weeknight Rescue//Week 46//Fall 2021

I’ve got lots of fall flavors for you this week! Of particular note is the recipe for Chicken Thighs with Maple Vinegar Glaze (a newish favorite) and the cozy Chai at the tail end of this week’s menu. I’m also looking forward to making the Ravioli with Butternut/Brown Butter Sauce. Delish!

Ravioli with Butternut Squash and Brown Butter

Parmesan & Black Pepper Ravioli pairs up with a creamy sauce made of roasted butternut squash and brown butter. It’s easy enough for weeknight family dinner but elegant enough for a dressier occasion, too. Serve it as a main course or dole out smaller portions and enjoy it as a starter. 

Chicken Thighs with Maple Vinegar Glaze

I made this a few weeks ago and my hubby declared it a new favorite. The tender chicken has a sweet/tangy glaze that pairs perfectly with a refreshing salad on the side. A whole-grain dish of farro, sorghum, or brown rice tossed with fresh herbs and a squeeze of lemon might be nice, too.

Tomato Soup and Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese

Tomato soup and grilled cheese are a classic comfort meal. Here, the soup is creamy thanks to olive oil instead of heavy cream. It’s a snap to pull together, as is the grilled cheese, which gets done in a waffle iron. If you have a panini press, feel free to use that instead.


This is yumminess in a bowl that’s been a hit since I first posted it. For a vegetarian version, simply leave out the sausage or swap in a cup or two of cooked grains or pasta for added heft once the soup is done.


The combination of tender sweet potatoes with just-so-spicy turkey chili is a good one. It’s a one-dish meal that’s nourishing and flavorful. Feel to serve the chili in bowls for any kids who aren’t so keen on sweet potatoes.

Pumpkin Spice Blueberry Muffins

Pumpkin season is in full swing, so now is a good time to bake up a batch of these nourishing muffins. They’re tender with an extra hit of sweetness from blueberries you can pull right from the freezer.

Easy Chai

Brewing a pot of cozy chai is my kind of self-care. This is a quick and easy version that I love to sip on chilly afternoons. Make it decaf and share with your kids.

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