Family dinners

The Side Strategy That Has Saved My Family’s Mealtime

July 30, 2015
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When Big A turned two, I realized that making two meals for dinner wasn’t working. But getting her to the table right as she was entering the picky stage was no easy task. What kept our family meals going in those early days was having something at the table she accepted. It helped her adapt […]

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10 Healthy BBQ Side Dish Recipes for Summer

June 29, 2015

Now that summer is here, grilling is here too. What that really means is my husband does all the work while I prepare a few easy side dishes. I reached out to my dietitian friends to get some BBQ food ideas. And boy did they deliver! So here are 10 side dish recipes to give […]

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Vegetable Medley Side Dish [Recipe]

May 26, 2015
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I’ve been working on side dishes for my dinner rotation. I’m trying to ensure I have a variety of veggies and seem to be short on green been and mushroom dishes. So when strategizing I thought of this Green Bean and Mushroom Medley from All Recipes I usually make for Thanksgiving. I made some modifications […]

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Black Bean Brownies [Recipe]

March 9, 2015
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I’m re-posting this dessert from 2012, updating the recipe and picture. I made these last night and was reminded how awesome they are! The kids couldn’t get enough. I’ve been wanting to try this recipe I found on the Meal Makeover Mom’s blog for some time now. I don’t usually “healthify” dessert but these sound so intriguing. I have […]

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Slow Cooker Ham and White Bean Soup [Recipe]

December 18, 2014
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It’s been a crazy last week of school before vacation so I was glad to have this soup on hand for a quick meal. I have been looking for a slow cooker white bean soup recipe and finally found this one on Budget Bytes. I made some changes, like adding ham and broth, but it’s […]

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Roasted Vegetables: Sweet Potato & Zucchini [Recipe]

November 21, 2014
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When I first started cooking, I experimented with roasting veggies and quickly became hooked. I like making a huge batch for dinner and then using the leftovers all week putting some in packed lunches, pasta dishes or scrambled eggs. Lately, I’ve been making this colorful combo of veggies I found on My Recipes. The original recipe […]

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Meat and Veggie Lasagna [Recipe]

November 14, 2014
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It dawned on me that I didn’t have a “go to” recipe for meat lasagna. I mean, I had recipes I tried but none of them really stuck. So I messed around and came up with this combination. What I like about lasagna is that you can make it ahead of time and then just […]

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Baked Chicken & Bean Taquitos [Recipe]

July 22, 2014
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A couple of years ago Big A discovered the joy of taquitos (or what we called “rolled tacos” in my day).  This isn’t surprising as she loves food that is crispy, which is probably why she’s not super enthusiastic with my usual baked chicken taquitos.  Of course, I’m competing with Rubio’s chicken taquitos, which are […]

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Summer Kale Salad [Recipe]

July 8, 2014
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Every year my husband and brother-in-law run the Camp Pendleton Mud Run, and every year they ask me to do it. This was the first year I said yes. It was fun but a trek up there (about an hour from where we live). The course was hilly with lots of obstacles and, towards the […]

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3 Ingredient Crepes [Palachinke]

May 16, 2014
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Both of my parents immigrated to the U.S. from the former Yugoslavia and I grew up with Serbian food traditions.  One of my favorites was palachinke, a Serbian crepe.  My mom made it with just flour, eggs and milk and we usually filled it with jam or cinnamon sugar. Other recipes call for adding butter, […]

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