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5 Family Meal Ideas for late Spring (#5)

The strawberries have come and gone in North Carolina, indicating that the end of Spring is near, but the green tomatoes popping up on my backyard tomato plants tell me that a bountiful summer is just around the corner. I can practically smell the basil from my office! I am getting pretty pumped about the upcoming Summer menus that I’ll be sharing with all of you.  Every couple of months, we usher in a whole.. Read More

Spring Family Menu 4 – Easy Family Meals x 5

It’s still Spring (technically), but summer is near.  This week’s menu features 5 easy family meals with a couple of little surprises for the grill.  I love grilled food! Not only does the grill impart a distinct, flavorful char on things we cook on it, but it makes clean up quick and easy.  I also find that cooking outdoors helps to keep our (indoor) kitchen nice and cool in the warmer months. Meal #1:.. Read More

Spring Family Menu 3

Our 3rd week of Spring Family Menu Ideas includes 6 complete dinners to satisfy grownups and kids, alike.  For our crew, this menu will start on Saturday and run through Thursday since we’ll be heading out of town on Friday for Memorial Day.  We’re hoping to invite some of our new neighbors over for dinner on Saturday night to enjoy the Smoked Pork BBQ! MEAL 1: Pork BBQ Sandwiches, Green Beans, Roasted Potatoes, Spicy Artichoke-Spinach Dip.. Read More

Spring Family Menu 2

Ideas for our Family Menu for the week include 6 scrumptious meals.  We started our week on Sunday night with the Chicken Tacos. MEAL 1 Chicken Tacos, Spanish Rice & Warm Corn/Avocado Salad MEAL 2: Quinoa Cakes + Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad MEAL 3: Stuffed Shells, Garlic Bread & Parmesan Zucchini MEAL 4: Pizzadillas (think Quesadillas with pizza ingredients) + Tomato/Cucumber Salad MEAL 5: Chicken Lettuce Wraps + Udon Noodles with carrots, cabbage and zucchini MEAL 6: BBQ Meatballs, Rice.. Read More

Seasonal Ideas for Dinner – Spring

Our family menu lineup for the week of May 3rd through May 9th includes these 5 ideas for dinner: Meal 1: Chilaquiles Verde, Mango + Avocado Salad, Corn -on-the-cob Meal 2: Perogies, Sauteed Zucchini & Squash, Salad Meal 3: Homemade Chicken Tenders, Macaroni & Cheese (from scratch), Steamed Broccoli Meal 4: Naanzas (individual pizzas made on Naan) + Salad Meal 5: Italian Baked Chicken, Pasta and Garlic Bread