Family dinners

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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The Lesson My Children Learn Every Time I Put a Meal on the Table

April 8, 2014
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This is The Feeding Diaries, an ongoing series about the feeding escapades in my house. It’s been a tough few weeks. My brother has been in the hospital with a serious health condition, turning my world upside down and draining me of energy. Despite all of this, I still come home and put a meal on the […]

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Cheesy Pasta with Broccoli [Recipe]

March 5, 2013
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My site was down over the weekend so I apologize if anyone was trying to access it. While there were some hiccups during the site redesign, it is done now so check it out when you have time (for those of you who get my email newsletter just click through). I’m also extending the Fresh […]

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Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese [Recipe]

December 18, 2012
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I realize this is my third macaroni and cheese recipe I’ve posted. The truth is I really don’t make it very often, but macaroni and cheese made with butternut squash sounded really good! I got it from the new cookbook Cooking Light sent me, The New Way to Cook Light. This recipe is a keeper. […]

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20-Minute Shrimp and Broccoli Surprise [Recipe]

July 19, 2012
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After looking up a couple of recipes for roasted and baked shrimp, I came up with this simple combination. I like to buy the bags of broccoli from Trader Joe’s that are ready to go. This time I used the combo of cauliflower and broccoli — my two roasted faves! I served this with Big […]

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Pollo Asado Bowl [Recipe]

June 19, 2012
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Last week I had pollo asado on the menu but realized mid-Monday that I had forgotten to take the chicken out to thaw. So I got another idea — cook the chicken in the slow cooker. This turned out surprisingly well and made for good leftovers. I’ve kinda been obsessed with coming up with “bowl” […]

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10-Minute Brown Rice Cakes [Recipe]

March 13, 2012
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I’ve had this Tex Mex recipe from Weelicious on my “recipes to try” list for quite some time. I finally made them and they were not only easy, but tasty. I made the first batch plain and smaller — and realized there wasn’t going to be enough for us all. I got creative with the […]

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Why I Won’t Tell You to Eat Healthy This Holiday Season

November 25, 2011
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Thanksgiving is over. The holidays are here.  It’s official. You are going to see articles about eating healthy and how to avoid overindulging this holiday season.  I can almost rehearse the tips: Avoid creamy sauces, choose fruit for dessert and cut calories where you can.  I don’t like the eat-healthy-during-the-holidays advice because it feeds the illusion […]

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Shrimp Tacos with Black Beans [Recipe]

November 9, 2011
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When I got Real Simple’s A Month of Easy Dinners in the mail, I knew I had to try the Shrimp Tacos on the cover. While their picture was way better than mine, it didn’t show up in the taste which was excellent (hopefully Santa is getting me a new camera this year). This is […]

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