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*NEW* Weeknight Recipe Roundup - Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less

I don’t know about you, but I am getting bored of our usual recipes and need some new cooking inspiration. When I was looking around for recipes, it occurred to me that it has been a while since I did a weeknight meal recipe roundup for the blog, so here you go! These recipes are perfect for weeknight dinners as they can be made in 30 minutes or less (active time). As I am vegetarian, I have included quite a few recipes that I have been eyeing, but there are also plenty of options for you omnivores. Check out the recipes & hope you enjoy!

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Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup: Delicious, Vegetarian Side Dishes

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. I love coming together with family and friends to share a meal and focus on our many reasons to be grateful. While I am a vegetarian, my husband and children are not. Without the centerpiece of turkey on my plate (I substitute with "nurkey") my focus has always been on the side dishes. Below is the tried-and-true menu of recipes compiled over the years that we will be having at our house, as well as some new recipes that we might try out this year.

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Weeknight Recipe Roundup - Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less

The kids are (finally) back in school this week as of Wednesday and I am playing catch up on all things work and home. In thinking about what might be most helpful to you mamas and papas out there who are adjusting to the new normal of school and home routines, I thought a quick roundup of recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less (active time) would be ideal for this time of year. Check them out, hope you enjoy, and may the first few weeks of school be as smooth as possible for you and yours!

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Summer Cooking & Entertaining Inspiration

I have been looking through my recipes and combing the internet for some new cooking inspiration as we will be hosting several get-togethers at our place over the summer, and I am generally wanting to expand my recipe repertoire these days. There is something about the change in weather that makes me want to mix up what I am cooking and eating. Given that I haven't done a recipe roundup in a while, I thought I would share some ideas with you in this week's post.  

Below is a list of tried-and-true recipes compiled over the years that we will definitely be making at our house this summer. Following that are a variety of recipes that I hope to try out soon. Enjoy!

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Five Days and Five Time- and Sanity-Saving Ideas, Day 1

It’s the New Year. Many of us are thinking about, or are already making progress on, better organizing our lives. And some of us have already given up (been there). In an effort to keep us motivated (myself included), I am going to post one practical, time-saving idea a day over the next five days. These five ideas may save you time, and, in some cases, money, as well as sanity. You will have to put in some time at the outset, but these suggestions will likely leave you less frazzled in the long run. Many are tried- and-true approaches that have made a big difference in the life of my family (others I am still working on).

Some of the ideas may not work for you and your family or may not be a priority; that’s fine. Pick the one idea (two if you are feeling particularly ambitious) that you think would make the biggest difference in your and your family's life and adapt it as needed. Then, once you have incorporated it smoothly into your weekly routine, you can try out some of the other ideas.

Day 1:     Meal Planning...

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Get Lucky in 2018! New Year's Day Brunch Recipes

Whether it is a small gathering of just our nuclear family or a larger event with friends and neighbors, we like to start the new year right with a New Year’s Day Brunch emphasizing lucky foods. The menu is eclectic, but definitely favors our southern roots. It has just the right mix to ensure luck, love, progress, and success in the new year…

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Non-Traditional Christmas Eve/Christmas Menu

As I mentioned in a previous post, we are all about Thanksgiving in my house. Hands-down, it is my favorite holiday. We cook for a week in anticipation of that meal. In the past, we did a repeat variation of Thanksgiving for Christmas Dinner, but years ago, roughly coinciding with having a toddler and a young baby underfoot, we threw that idea out and decided to go for something far simpler and non-traditional that would stop stealing Thanksgiving's thunder and create its own. These days, we take an Italian-inspired approach. Christmas Eve is focused on pasta and seafood + artichokes, my favorite. The recipes we will be having this year are... 

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Our (mostly) Vegetarian Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. I love the idea of coming together with family and friends to share a meal and focus on our many reasons to be grateful. While I am a vegetarian, my husband and children are not. Without the centerpiece of turkey on my plate (I substitute with "nurkey") my focus has always been on the side dishes. While the decadence of the carb-bomb of Thanksgivings past is certainly something I have enjoyed, these days I try to make a more healthy-ish meal. Without completely tossing the carbs, my compromise is to up the vegetable quotient of the dishes I serve. 

Below is the tried-and-true menu of recipes compiled over the years that we will be having at our house...

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