Posts Tagged ‘What’s for Dinner?’


Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

sole with dates and apricots

During the spring season, I started using Sun Basket for 3 meals during the week.  Sun Basket specializes in gluten-free and Paleo meal delivery.  Similar to Blue Plate and Hello Fresh, they send you all the ingredients and a recipe card.  You follow the directions and eat delicious food.  One of my favorite meals was Sole in Parchment packets.  It was so simple, including clean-up.  The flavors were amazing and the fish was cooked perfectly.  I plan on eating this again and again.  The recipe is here if you would like to try it too!

Sole in Parchment | Where is June?

I also found a similar recipe from Williams-Sonoma.  Puttanesca flavors in a packet.  I bet it is really flavorful too.  I am sucker for anything with kalamata olives and capers.

Give these simple recipes a try and let me know what you think.



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Friday, July 25th, 2014

summer salad staples

Salad is a go-to on hot days.  Of course it is healthy, but more importantly, making a salad doesn’t heat up your kitchen {or make you sweaty!}.  I have been using these summer salad staples on a weekly basis.  The Chopped Summer Garden Blend is the ultimate base on which to build a salad.  I love the bite size pieces and the cabbage gives it a great crunch.  The first time I bought this salad mix in the produce section, I noticed it had a recipe for a lime dressing on the back.  Being VERY lazy in the summer, I ventured over to the salad dressings.  Low and behold, Paul Newman hooked me up!  Newman’s Own Lite Lime Vinaigrette is the bomb!  Seriously.  The zing of lime makes everything taste SUPER fresh and delicious.  Salad is obvious, but I also used this mix and dressing for a slaw on fish tacos.  DeeLish.

Looking for an easy summer salad?

BBQ Chicken Salad w Lime Vinaigrette

BBQ Chicken Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Chopped Summer Garden Blend

Diced Grilled Chicken

Black Beans {drained and rinsed}

Fresh Avocado {diced}

Corn {grilled, if possible}

Red and Yellow Pepper {diced}

Toss with Lime Vinaigrette.  Serve into individual bowls and top with your favorite barbeque sauce.


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Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

The All-American Slider

Yes, I do love to cook and I try new recipes all of the time.  Many of them include healthy, whole foods like kale and squash.  But sometimes you just need a good burger.  I have pretty much perfected the slider, or mini burger.  Or at least Big W thinks so.  These are totally kid approved!

The All-American Slider

1 lb of organic ground beef {10% fat}

1 tbs. Lawry’s Seasoned Salt

2 tsp. {low sodium} Soy Sauce

3 slices Tillamook Medium Cheddar Cheese

12 King’s Hawaiian Original Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

Combine beef, seasoning, and soy sauce with your hands.  Make small patties by using your palm as the guide.  The patty should will be no bigger than your palm.  Grill or cook on the stove stop until done to your liking.  Just before taking the burgers off the heat, cut each slice of cheese into quarters {or fold and break apart with your hands} and top each patty with cheese.  Place into sliced rolls and serve!

I think the secret is the Lawry’s and the rolls.  Who doesn’t love those incredibly soft, sweet Hawaiian rolls?  You can jazz these up with guacamole, bacon, or barbeque sauce.  My boys like them simply with ketchup.  The All-American Slider.  You can’t go wrong!


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Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

slow cooked pot roast

Whoa!  The weather has taken a turn.  A turn toward cold, dark and WET!  I seem to be entering hibernation mode.  All I want is my sweats, big cups of coffee and comfort food.  Last Friday I decided a pot roast was the key to my happiness.  I used the Pioneer Woman’s recipe for the Perfect Pot Roast.  Using one pot and simple ingredients {chuck roast, vegetables, beef stock, and herbs} it fit all my criteria for a great recipe.  The meat was so moist and tender it fell basically fell apart when I sliced it.  I will warn you.  It cooks 4+ hours in the oven.  With busy weekday schedules, it is most likely a weekend or Sunday dinner.  But it so worth the wait!  Plus, we had a huge amount left over.  It gave us a bonus meal of French Dip Sandwiches {using this au jus recipe}.  Who doesn’t love bonus meals?

Stay warm and dry.



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Thursday, October 17th, 2013

apple + goat cheese + pecan pizza

Pizza night.  Who doesn’t love it?  It is the all time favorite meal in my house.  My boys love a delivery [or a DiGiornio] pizza.  Keep it simple-that’s what they like.  However, I love to try new toppings- that at first might seem unusual for a pizza.  This Apple, Goat Cheese, and Pecan Pizza is the perfect example.  The fresh ingredients make it savory with a little sweetness!  It has it all.  If you are superwoman, make a crust from scratch.  I don’t have superpowers on a Wednesday night.  I use Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza shells [trust me, anyone who tries them loves them!], but you can use any pizza crust.

Start with a layer of thinly sliced apples.  Top with goat cheese and fresh thyme.  {So pretty, isn’t it?}


Once out of the oven, scatter pizza with toasted pecans.  Finally top with baby arugula dressed with honey dijon- citrus dressing. Dig in!

apple + pecan pizza

I am so excited to be bringing back the series In the Kitchen-A Weekly Plan!  Please check the blog tomorrow for a week’s worth of dinner ideas.


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Friday, September 6th, 2013

Thai-Style Pork Stew

I am back and ready to answer that age-old question.  “What’s for dinner?”  During the busy weekdays the slow cooker is a family’s best friend.  It is equally as great on the weekends.  Fix it in the morning and enjoy your time together.

Give this Thai-Style Pork Stew a try this weekend or put it on your menu for next week. It uses nothing but simple ingredients-including creamy peanut butter!   Don’t forget the green onion, chopped peanuts, and limes to put on top.  They make this dish fantastic.

Have a great weekend!!

Need another slow cooker idea?  Try Pulled Pork!


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