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30 Meal Challenge (Meals 26-30): The Final 5!

February 24, 2015

I’m glad I took the 30 meal challenge even if it took me well over 30 days! Finding time to really focus and figure out my family’s “meal vision” has helped tremendously. I’ve decided to rotate (and continue to master) about 25 meals instead of the original plan of 30. I still have to refine […]

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5 Things Parents Who Create Happy Mealtimes Don’t Do

February 18, 2015
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Most parents understand, intellectually, that the kitchen table should be a happy place. But then reality hits: crazy schedules, complaining kids and nutrition standards that seem impossible to meet. The truth is there is a lot that can get in a way of creating enjoyable family meals.

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30 Meal Challenge (Meals 22-25): Three Kinds of Soup and Pork Tenderloin

February 2, 2015
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Up to meal 25! I know I haven’t met my goal of 30 days but I’m pretty close. Only 5 more meals. I focused on soups last week. For lunches, I like to have either soup or salad with my meal because it has staying power. Nothing is worse than feeling hungry an hour after […]

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30 Meal Challenge (Meals 18-21): Crust-Less Quiche, Italian Dishes & Chicken Tenders

January 26, 2015
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Kind of a mish mash of meals today. Let’s dig in… Crust-less Quiche I would love to find more ways to cook eggs other than breakfast. I’ve tried frittatas a few times and some are okay, but none have stuck. My husband is opposed to quiche because of memories of having to eat it during […]

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30 Meal Challenge (Meals 15-17): Shrimp Two Ways and Salmon Cakes

January 21, 2015
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This challenge is getting difficult but I’m more than halfway there! Today I’m highlighting two shrimp meals and my never-ending attempt at Salmon Cakes. Baked Orange Shrimp I like cooking with shrimp because it cooks fast and is easy to defrost.  I posted this baked shrimp and broccoli recipe awhile ago but I want something […]

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30 Meal Challenge (Meals 11-14): Simple Chicken Recipes

January 16, 2015
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Okay, I can see that I cook with chicken a lot.  What I have been trying to do is to incorporate substitutions if I feel we are in chicken overload. For example, the chicken Alfredo and quesadilla recipes can easily work with shrimp.  Once I decide on a base recipe, it’s easy to switch out […]

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30 Meal Challenge (Meals 8-10): Vegetarian Dishes

January 12, 2015
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Everyone needs a good amount of tasty vegetarian meal options. Here I have a tried and true veggie lasagna along with two meals I’m trying to perfect. Let’s take a look: Black Bean Sliders I developed this recipe for Fearless Feeding and I remember really liking it.  So why don’t I make it? I think […]

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30 Meal Challenge: (Meals 5-7) Two Type of Tacos and Chicken Enchiladas

January 9, 2015
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Maybe it’s because I grew up living so close to the border, but my favorite food is Mexican. I love salsa, beans, guacamole and tortilla chips. I really think when made right, it’s some of the most nutritious and satisfying food around. Here are the meals I’m focusing on today: Meal #5: Turkey Tacos I […]

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30 Meal Challenge (Meal #4): Salmon Prepared 3 Ways

January 6, 2015
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The very first time I made salmon was when I lived in New York more than 10 years ago. I had a tiny kitchen, the kind you’d miss if you didn’t look left while walking into my 350 square feet apartment.  I decided to cook for real every Sunday night for my boyfriend (now husband). […]

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30 Meal Challenge (Meals 2 & 3): Tuna Noodle Casserole & Turkey Chili

January 5, 2015
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For my next two meals I have both a “tried and true” and “want to make.”  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, see post #2 in this series. First, the want to make… Meal #2: Tuna Noodle Casserole As I was brainstorming meals, tuna casserole came to mind. I didn’t grow up […]

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