Weeknight Rescue // Week 1 // Aug. 2018

Welcome to the first installation of Weeknight Rescue, a new feature on Mom’s Kitchen Handbook designed with one thing in mind: to make it easier to plot out weekly meals. Below you’ll find three dinner recipes, one good thing to batch cook and use throughout the week, a bonus recipe, and a printable grocery list with everything you’ll need to make it happen. This is early days, so I’d love to hear your feedback. Kindly leave comments below. Also, if you are not a subscriber already, be sure to pop your email address in the SUBSCRIBE box on the right of this page to be sure you get your weekly meal plan. 

NO NOODLE ZUCCHINI  LASAGNA
Vegetarian Zucchini Gluten Free Lasagna

Serve with a crusty baguette and an arugula salad dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar (or try this vinaigrette). If you have kids who love lasagna but don’t love tofu, give this a whirl, since they might just like it (especially if you keep the secret ingredient to yourself). 

 

PESTO PASTA WITH CHICKEN

Basil and Pistachio Pesto with Chicken. Mom's Kitchen Handbook

Serve with buttered green beans and/or a crunchy salad (Romaine, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber tossed with dressing). The dish serves four, but the portion is on the smaller side, so if you have teenagers or hearty appetites, you might want to scale up the recipe (worse case you have leftovers, which are great for school or work lunches).  Lastly, if you need a MAJOR short cut, buy basil pesto at the market and assemble the rest according to the recipe (I won’t judge).

THREE-INGREDIENT BLACK BEAN SOUP

Little cheese quesadillas or tortilla chips and guacamole make a suitable side. Alternatively, serve with corn on the cob or Corn Salad with Avocado and Quick Pickled Onions (enjoy fresh corn while it’s still in season!). 

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LIGHTER GREEN GODDESS DRESSING

low fat basil green goddess dressing

Make a batch of this creamy dressing to drizzle over salads, use on sandwiches in lieu of mayo, or pack into small containers to serve with vegetables for school  lunch or afternoon snack (kids love to dunk). It’s particularly good with tomatoes and cucumbers, which are extra tasty this time of year. 

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI MUFFINSDouble Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Made with yogurt, zucchini, and whole grain flour, this is sort of a cupcake/muffin hybrid. They make a nice treat for after school or dessert and beg for a glass of milk to go with. Make them in a mini muffin tin if you want to keep the portions in check. 

Comments

08.26.2017 at 6:31 AM #

Jessica @ Small Bites by Jessica

Love this new series Katie! Delicious recipes for this week

08.26.2017 at 6:31 AM #

katiemorford

Thanks Jessica.

08.26.2017 at 2:29 PM #

Firouzeh Foroutan

Going to the grocery store with your list now!! THANK YOU!

xo

08.26.2017 at 2:29 PM #

katiemorford

Oh good! Happy shopping!

08.26.2017 at 9:14 PM #

Jennifer

Love this series already!! Thank you!

08.26.2017 at 9:14 PM #

katiemorford

You are welcome. It was fun to pull together.

08.27.2017 at 12:09 PM #

Patti

HI Katie – This is such a great idea and for sure – it’s going to be a part of our families dinners! Thank you!!

08.27.2017 at 12:09 PM #

katiemorford

Thanks Patti. I hope it’s sarah approved 🙂

08.27.2017 at 3:45 PM #

Sophie Ziegler

This is the best! Thank you!!

08.27.2017 at 3:45 PM #

katiemorford

Thank you Sophie! I appreciate the feedback.

08.28.2017 at 6:33 PM #

Erin Gordon

Just made the chocolate muffins – YUM!!!

08.28.2017 at 6:33 PM #

katiemorford

That makes me so happy!

09.22.2017 at 3:01 AM #

kelly http://kitchentuts.com/

OMG!!! mY KIDS SURELY LOVE THIS thing, YOU MAKE IT VERY COLORFUL AND KIDS EVER HAPPY TO EAT SUCH THINGS. iLL DEFINITELY TRY THIS RECIPE.
My kids are not interested in eating vegetables they just want fast food, now I decide to put something spicy at home. I follow your recipes.

09.22.2017 at 3:01 AM #

katiemorford

Good for you. Honestly, if you consistently put out vegetables and let your kids see you eating them and don’t push, they will very likely learn to like and possibly even love vegetables. Thanks for the comment.

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