Easy meal ideas

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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30 Meal Challenge (Meal #1): Slow Cooker Chicken with White Beans

January 3, 2015
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I ran across my very first slow cooker cookbook while going through my cookbooks. It was included as a gift with my first (and current) slow cooker. I tried many recipes in this book but when faced with this book again all I could remember was one: Italian Chicken with White Beans. The kids ate […]




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Why We Need Radical Honesty About Family Meals (Yes, From You Too)

December 1, 2014
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Family dinners. Everyone knows they need to make time for them. And, of course, that includes planning them. But life has a way of getting in the way. Often times, this ritual can take a hit and the guilt parents face hits a record high. There’s been a trend of honest articles where parents admit to […]




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5 Easy Ways to Expand Your Family’s Meal Base

July 30, 2014
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This is Kitchen Revamp, an ongoing series about simplifying cooking in my house It’s been a busy day and it’s time to think about dinner.  You can either try that new recipe that will take twice the time with questionable results or stick by an old standby that you know works.  Odds are, if you’re like […]




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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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CookingLight Dinnertime Survival Guide: Book Review and Giveaway

April 23, 2014
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I’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of CookingLight Dinnertime Survival Guide: Feed Your Family, Save Your Sanity written by dietitian, Sally Kuzemchak. If you don’t know who she is, Sally is the blogger behind Real Mom Nutrition.  She shares her own challenges feeding her family with humor and grace — and offers realistic solutions. That’s what Dinnertime […]




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