Veggie-Packed Taco Bowls with Roasted Sweet Potatoes. (Whole30 approved!)

A veggie-packed taco bowl with roasted sweet potatoes and slices of avocado

A couple of weeks ago, I dabbled in the Whole30. (If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a grain-free, sugar-free, dairy-free way of eating, and the goal is to help you to understand how different foods make you feel.) I have a ton of respect for people who commit and do it – I’m probably never going there, but I dipped my toes in and at the very least, I’m still doing a weird thing wherein I eat a big salad for breakfast a few times a week, and taco bowls with roasted sweet potatoes were born! Continue reading “Veggie-Packed Taco Bowls with Roasted Sweet Potatoes. (Whole30 approved!)”

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Soy Sauce & Honey Marinated Flank Steak.

Soy sauce and honey marinated flank steak is simple, juicy, and flavorful thanks to hints of garlic and ginger.

For some reason, flank steak had fallen out of our rotation. A couple of months ago, I bought some on a whim at Costco, and that night all the stars aligned, and the combination of sweet and savory flank steak, a baked sweet potato, and roasted broccoli was a freaking home run. Everyone ate everything, people had seconds, and no one complained about any part of the meal! My girls are pretty good eaters, but there aren’t a ton of meals that get that universal approval. Continue reading “Soy Sauce & Honey Marinated Flank Steak.”

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Pot Roast.

a bowl of pot roast with tender meat, potatoes, and carrots

The summer after I graduated from college, I lived at home and taught at my church’s day camp in the mornings and worked at a gym doing personal training in the evenings (have I even told you that was my pre-kid job?!). I had a really interesting variety of clients (words that do not begin to describe) and was getting my first dose of people telling their trainer All The Things. On the nights I worked I finished at 8 and I have the most vivid memory of driving home starving to find this meal waiting for me. Pot roast made by your mom – is there anything better?? Continue reading “Pot Roast.”

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Giada’s Meatball Stew.

We love a cookin’ show around here, as my 4-year-old calls them, and I saw the episode of “Giada at Home” where she makes her hearty meatball stew a few years ago on vacation. (There’s something magical about having access to cable TV on vacation, I’m just saying.) Even though it was summer and we were at the beach, I wanted a bowl of meatball stew something fierce. Continue reading “Giada’s Meatball Stew.”

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Crockpot BBQ Beef.

crockpot bbq beef sandwich

I just love it when dinner cooks itself!! This is the best, best kind of crockpot meal – absolutely minimal prep, and at the end you have a pot of saucy, tender shredded bbq beef that makes a deliciously messy sandwich (or the perfect topping to a baked potato or rice – anything that will soak up all that flavor)! Continue reading “Crockpot BBQ Beef.”

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Glenn’s Chili.

This hearty chili is full of celery, peppers, and onions, with lots of layers of flavor!

When I was in college, my roommate Rachel’s family moved several states away. Sweet family friends, Glenn and Trish, became her Florida family and by extension, an extra family for me! We would arrive at their house in Rach’s Camry, wearing our thrift store t-shirts and worn out from exams and a few too many tubes of cookie dough and $5 Pizza Masters pizzas. They would welcome us with open arms, and curling up under the corduroy duvet cover in their guest room was like being in a peaceful oasis.

…That is, until Glenn decided to wake us up for breakfast. With an air horn. Continue reading “Glenn’s Chili.”

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