Family dinners

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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Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Pitas [Recipe]

May 2, 2014
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I love Greek food. We have a family-owned restaurant nearby that we love to visit and the chicken and pita bread is amazing. I’ve been playing around with these Greek pitas for some time and finally got to the point where I’m able to confidently say “these are good!” I like that they are easy […]

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Broccoli & Red Pepper Stir Fry [Recipe]

April 16, 2014
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Do you ever find yourself in a vegetable rut? I do.  We gravitate toward salads, roasted veggies, smoothies and raw veggies with dips.  I’ve been wanting to make more stir fries so when I saw this easy recipe on Produce for Better Health, it was a no brainer. This turned out great. The broccoli is […]

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The Secret to No-Fail Spanish Rice [Recipe]

March 13, 2014
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I have attempted many times to make Spanish rice for my family, only to be left dissatisfied.  It wasn’t until I was testing recipes for Fearless Feeding (where the recipe is adapted from) that I learned the secret.  Actually, four secrets. The first is to sauté the rice in oil until it is lightly browned.  This […]

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