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My Certosa-Inspired Cabbage Salad

I didn’t post much about my trip to Italy here on GreenLiteBites — most posts were reserved for TheUnworldlyTravelers and JustRoni. Here I like to archive my home kitchen adventures.

Surprisingly, I didn’t immediately come back inspired to re-create many of the amazing meals I ate there. I think they needed to stew in me for a bit because now I’m finding myself dreaming of some of the dishes I was lucky enough to experience. Read the rest of this post »»

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Simple Honey Lemon Salmon

I don’t know what’s up with The Husband lately. He’s either finally maturing in the food department or I’ve just simply worn him down after years of making things outside his dietary comfort zone.

This is another recent meal I served that he raved about.

Note: The Husband’s food “rave” pretty much means an unsolicited “This is good.” That’s all the excitement I’ll ever get out of his non-foodie mouth for a home-cooked meal. Read the rest of this post »»

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Simple Chicken and Oat Stew With Northern Beans

Aack! I’m still behind on posting but I have to put off the 2 ideas I have waiting in the wings to share a crockpot meal I made for dinner this weekend.

It came out A-MAZING! Even –are you ready for this??– The Husband agreed!

He, the man who doesn’t like chilies or stews or one-pot anything!

I was shocked to say the least. This is totally my kind of meal, and it’s nice to have him on the same page for a change.

The kids? Read the rest of this post »»

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Using Leftovers: Simple Steak Fajitas!

OMG, I’m on a roll in the kitchen lately! So much so I have 3 ideas photographed and waiting in the wings to be posted but I’m putting them on hold to share what I just made myself for an early lunch.

I’m also announcing a new category of ideas I’ll be sharing specifically for leftovers. I’ve been getting smarter when making dinners: buying slightly larger cuts of meat, roasting an extra potato or 2, even cooking something alongside dinner just because the oven is on. Read the rest of this post »»

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Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Bulb

I have grown to love all that is butternut. It’s true. I can honestly eat it any old way. When I started pureeing it for baby, I think I liked it more than he did!

Unfortunately, the family doesn’t agree with me. The only way I can kind of get them on board the butternut bandwagon is in fry form. Which is OK, and I can only hope as the boys grow they learn to appreciate it in other forms. The husband? He is hopeless and just doesn’t share my love for winter squash. Read the rest of this post »»

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Candied Ginger and Nutmeg

Over the years, I have really simplified my dinner sides. There’s always a vegetable, of course. Our go-to’s seem to be broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, sugar snap peas, or peas, just roasted or warmed in the microwave with a little salt. All 3 boys pretty much eat any of those without complaint. The toddler is wavering on Brussels sprouts and asparagus, but he’ll come around.

In the “starchy” side department, I normally do brown rice, squash fries, corn or some form of potatoes Read the rest of this post »»

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