Weeknight Rescue // April 2021 // Week 14 – Mom’s Kitchen Handbook

I’ve got a colorful line-up of recipes this week and the first signs of spring on the menu. You’ll also find a recipe that might be just right for Easter morning. Happy cooking.

If you’ve never tried your hand at Afghan cooking, this is a delicious place to start. Chicken thighs in a turmeric-spiced yogurt sauce are delicious over brown basmati rice. On the side, toss together equal parts diced tomatoes and cucumbers with a little red onion and a splash of lemon juice and olive oil.

Simple Tomato Sauce for Pasta

Sometimes a basic plate of pasta with red sauce hits the spot. This sauce couldn’t be easier and is delicious tossed with any shape of pasta you like. Add freshly shaved Parmesan and a crisp salad. For a second veggie, try roasting asparagus using this method.

A longtime blog favorite, this is savory, sweet, and a little bit spicy. Serve it over cooked brown rice and it’s a complete meal.  Need a side? Sliced cucumbers and radishes doused with rice vinegar, a pinch of sugar, and a crack of black pepper will do. 

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. Tune in on Wednesday, when I’ll demo this over on Instagram.

Called “lazy” because you layer all of the ingredients instead of rolling up each individual enchilada. The result is no less tasty. Any Mexican sides are fair game: sour cream, guacamole, pinto beans, extra salsa.  A salad on the side adds nice crunch!

No Yeast Whole-Grain Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls are an Easter morning staple around my house. These are a whole-grain version made with buttermilk, brown sugar, and a lemony glaze. They are pretty unfussy as far as cinnamon rolls go, and rise with baking powder instead of yeast (that means they can be in the oven in about 30 minutes!).

A healthy diet is all about balance, right? So enjoy those cinnamon rolls, but make room for the likes of this creamy green smoothie. If you don’t have protein powder, no worries. It will be plenty nourishing without it.

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