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Serving pork lettuce wraps on a sheet pan

Easy Everyday Pork Lettuce Wraps

This is really the only time my boys get excited about lettuce on the menu. These everyday go-to Pork Lettuce Wraps are totally adaptable to whatever vegetables lurk in the crisper drawer, or sub in frozen mixed vegetables in a…

Skillet with Roasted Pepper Shakshuka and Toasted Pita Bread

Roasted Pepper Shakshuka

Meet your new mid-week flavor pick-me-up, a la Roasted Pepper Shakshuka. This spin on the traditional Middle Eastern dish is smokey, full-bodied and warmly spiced, not spicy hot, thanks to fire roasted tomatoes, jarred roasted bell peppers (time saver!), and…

Place setting with white rice and cuban picadillo

Cuban Picadillo

Ground meat and poultry are perfect for weeknight cooking, but it’s so easy to get in a recipe rut with them. And while there is nothing wrong with meat sauce and chili and lettuce wraps, sometimes Wednesday deserves a little…

How to plan a week of dinners

How I Plan Our Weeknight Meals (Almost) Every Week

What's the number one frequently asked question I receive? How do you come up with your weekly dinner plans? Much of what drives me to plan our weekly dinners in advance comes back to saving. Saving time and money are motivation…

Cast Iron Skillet with Chicken Thighs and Rice

One Pan Arroz con Pollo Verde

I can't claim Peruvian authenticity with this One Pan Arroz con Pollo Verde, but I'll stand behind it's simplicity. Simmering the rice in stock, salsa verde, and shredded cheese makes it ultra-creamy. And because this cooks on the stovetop and…

Tuna Salad Sandwich on Plate with Strawberries

Tuscan Tuna Sandwiches

Proven to convert even the most staunch tuna haters, these Tuscan Tuna Sandwiches are a bit more involved than the ol' standard, but totally worth a few extra minutes. The white bean spread and tuna salad are also easily prepped…

Sheetpan with roasted cauliflower and potatoes, grilled naan, and cilantro yogurt sauce

Sheetpan Aloo Gobi with Cilantro Yogurt

This Sheetpan Aloo Gobi is my roasted version of the traditionally sautéed Indian entree of potatoes and cauliflower. It's delicious as a meatless main dish served alongside toasted naan, or works well as a side for chicken or lamb. And…

My Top 5 Tips for Meal Planning During Holiday Weeks

Before you let a long weekend or midweek holiday throw a wrench in your meal planning and prep mojo, consider an adaptable, recipe-less gameplan to prevent weeknight dinner hour panic. This approach works well for those weeks when schedules are…

White plate with rice topped with beef and vegetable stir fry

Quick Sweet Chili Beef Stir Fry

Wondering what to do with the ground beef you bought on special, aside from the usual meatballs, meatloaf, meat sauce regulars? Try it in a stir-fry! This Quick Sweet Chili Beef Stir Fry is on the table in 20 minutes,…

Sheetpan Topped with Sweet Potato Fries, Vegetarian Chili and Shredded Cheese

Trader Joe’s Recipe: Loaded Sweet Potato Fries

As if we needed another reason to eat (healthier) festival/fair/carnival food on a weeknight, this recipe requires just three ingredients from your neighborhood Trader Joe's (or substitute your fave grocery brands, see sidebar) and 30 minutes. Save yourself the dishes…

Meal Prep Guide: How to Store Prepped Vegetables

You’ve mapped out a dinner plan and shopped for groceries. Now you plan to get ahead by chopping vegetables to have at the ready when it’s time to cook. Before you do, read up on how to best store them to ensure they’ll be as delicious on day three as the day you bought them.

Soft flour tortillas stuffed with easy bean filling, topped with avocado and diced tomatoes

Pantry Recipe: Mixed Bean Tacos

If you're facing down a near-empty fridge with a gaggle of hangry kids raiding the snack shelf, let me help. Mixed Bean Tacos are the ultimate "make somethin' from nothin'" recipe, adaptable to whatever types of canned beans lurk in…