Weeknight Meals: Back to School Edition!
MONDAY: It’s the night before school starts, and we need something I can put together relatively quickly. The gluten-free version of my weeknight lasagna was the unanimous vote in my house. We’ll have it with a wedge salad and homemade jalapeño ranch.
TUESDAY: The first day of school! I want to hear all the stories and reports from my crew, so we’ll have Asian Lettuce Tacos that cook up in about 15 minutes flat. Use ground dark meat chicken or pork and serve with tons of veggie toppings on the side (shredded carrots, julienned red peppers, cucumber, shelled edamame, cilantro and lime wedges).
WEDNESDAY: A friend and I are hosting a book party for Pamela Salzman, who will be in town promoting her must-have new cookbook Kitchen Matters. I need something for dinner that can be thrown in a slow cooker in the morning and forgotten. We’ll do French dip sandwiches on crusty rolls with melted provolone and dipping sauce on the side. I’ll show you how to throw it together in five minutes flat on Instagram stories. To make, purchase a beef roast (plan on 1/2 pound per person), Trader Joe’s Onion Soup Mix, a quart of beef stock, crusty rolls and provolone. To keep things simple, we’ll have carrots and ranch on the side.
THURSDAY: Sushi night! I’m trying to recreate the warm rice hand rolls from Kazunori in Santa Monica. We’ll steam a bit pot of sushi rice and make small hand rolls with sheets of nori. I’ll let my kiddos pick their own veggie fillings (avocado, cucumber, carrot, etc) and we’ll move meatless Monday to Thursday this week.
FRIDAY: Headed to the Coldplay concert, so dinner will be simple and kid-friendly. Either gluten-free Trader Joe’s rice fusilli with Rao’s tomato sauce or pesto. If you’re spending Friday night at home or entertaining friends, try this new recipe I posted for Tamari-Honey Chicken Drumsticks. Finger lickin’ good!