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Baked Parmesan Drumsticks

Baked Parmesan Drumsticks

Who out there struggles with meal planning and cooking at home? Anyone get tired, forget to prepare things ahead of time, and wind up ordering pizza too often? No, just me? Actually, it was me before digestive illness and a massive dietary change forced me to figure out how to plan and cook healthy meals [...]

Honey Soy Baked Chicken

Honey Soy Baked Chicken

I ran across this recipe on Pinterest a while back and it’s become a huge hit in our house… especially on nights where I know I won’t have a lot of time to prep dinner. The original recipe called for bone-in chicken thighs, but I prefer to use boneless and skinless thighs. One, because I’m [...]

Quick and Easy Freezer Meals

Quick and Easy Freezer Meals

I began to meal prep a couple of weeks before the arrival of Baby 2K. I did this for our family before M was born and it worked well for us. When you’re recovering from birth, breastfeeding, and adjusting to life with a newborn, cooking dinner for your family is not high on your list [...]

TJ’s Hidden Veggie Meatloaf (aka Meat Cake)

TJ’s Hidden Veggie Meatloaf (aka Meat Cake)

My mom’s meatloaf was a favorite meal of mine when I was a kid; slathered in ketchup and served with mashed or roasted potatoes. I’m sure she served a veggie with it, but I probably didn’t eat it because I hated pretty much ALL cooked vegetables when I was a kid. Little did I know [...]

Chicken Stew with Biscuit Dumplings

Chicken Stew with Biscuit Dumplings

When I was was in college I lived with my grandmother, who was born and raised in Missouri during the Great Depression. Chicken and Dumplings was one of those homey, comfort foods that she taught me to make that we loved to share on a chilly, rainy night. Below is the recipe she taught me. Years [...]

Healthy (and Gluten Free!) Blender Pancakes

Healthy (and Gluten Free!) Blender Pancakes

We had a snow day recently (it’s not as common as you’d think in upstate New York!) and we’ve sort of developed a tradition over the past two winters that every time we have a snow day, mama makes pancakes. I don’t know if the kids understand the connection or just think “Oh…no school? It [...]

TJ’s Hidden Veggie Minestrone

TJ’s Hidden Veggie Minestrone

I know the origins of Minestrone soup are sketchy and there’s no specific rule out there that says anyone’s version is right or wrong. All I can find is that it should have vegetables. Some say it should also have beans and zucchini and be served with noodles. Some are vegetarian, some aren’t. In an [...]

Quinoa Enchilada Bake

Quinoa Enchilada Bake

My friend recently introduced me to the wonderful world of quinoa. At first I thought it was merely health food and I didn’t want to have anything to do with it, but then I realized you can substitute it for almost any grain or pasta. Perfect! I like to think that we eat pretty healthy [...]

Creamy Avocado Pesto Sauce

Creamy Avocado Pesto Sauce

This creamy avocado pesto sauce is perfect over chicken, fish or alone on pasta. It’s quick and easy to make in a blender. I love to serve it cold over pasta and grilled chicken for dinner on a warm night. Delicious and simple! It’s got a tiny bit of kick, but it’s not spicy. My [...]

Olive Garden’s Knock-Off Pasta Fagioli

Olive Garden’s Knock-Off Pasta Fagioli

I found this recipe on Pinterest over a year ago and it’s become a meal that I make in any season and have brought to many different parties and dinners. It makes a huge amount, so make sure you have room in your fridge or freezer for leftovers. In fact, I halve the original recipe [...]

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