Happy Weekend!  I am celebrating my nephew’s bar mitzvah this weekend, so we have a lot of family events. Hubs and I are hosting a brunch at our home on Sunday. I am breaking it all down in Monday’s newsletter.  Subscribe here if you don’t already.  For my monthly online cooking class subscribers, I am doing a live zoom “office hours” on Wednesday at 5:00 pm PT. Check your email for the link!  Here’s your dinner planner for the week:


Meatless Monday: Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie (great time to give the test-run before the holidays!)

Tuesday: Creamy Polenta with mushrooms, white beans and braised greens, method here. (swap sauteed shrimp for the white beans if you prefer an animal protein.)

Wednesday: Weeknight arroz con pollo p. 215 from Quicker than Quick + a green salad with red cabbage and radishes and everyday salad dressing #2 (or make the creamy chipotle dressing from the Mexican chopped salad on p. 67)

Thursday: Black bean and beet burgers, carrot salad with avocado

Friday: Lasagna Cupcakes (feel free to add cooked ground beef or turkey or sausage or a meat substitute), served with broccolini sautéed with thinly sliced garlic. I also have this roasted vegetable lasagne.

Saturday brunch: gingerbread pancakes

Sunday (first night of Hanukkah): slow cooker whole roast chicken, onion-braised brisket, maple mustard roasted vegetables, roasted fish, use this method, Moroccan Roasted Carrots with Orange and LATKES! Recipes for skillet latke,  zucchini latkes and Brussels sprouts latkes.  A non-latke option if you get tired of latkes, are these cauliflower fritters. Kale salad with creamy lemon dressing,  homemade applesauce



Here’s what you can do ahead if it helps you: 


Make cauliflower-potato topping for shepherd’s pie and cut vegetables for filling

Make salad dressing

Wash greens


Season chicken for arroz con pollo

Steam beets, cook brown rice, and cook black beans (if making from scratch) for burgers


Assemble black bean and beet burgers

Grate carrots for salad


Make pancake batter and refrigerate covered




I have LOVED seeing all your creations of my recipes on Instagram. If you make any of my recipes, please tag me @pamelasalzman #pamelasalzman so I can check them out! I have a free Monday newsletter with my thoughts, new recipes, and things I’m loving lately. Subscribe here!

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