Pan-Seared Fish with Lime & Basil.

Pan-seared mahi-mahi with lime and basil in a cast iron skillet

You guyssss! I have been a fish-cooking failure for YEARS. I would get all, “We need to eat more fish around here!” and then I would make terrible, sad fish (I mean, once it managed to be both dry and mushy?! #how), and feel like I wasted all the dollars, and be afraid to try again for a long time. But I’ve been making this pan-seared fish with lime and basil for the last few months and it’s one of the fastest things I make, AND ALL MY KIDS LIKE IT. (They ask for seconds!! I think the only other protein my people ask for seconds of is hotdogs…and, I’m sorry, but you’re 3 and I’m cutting you off at one hotdog. But you can have as much fish as you want!) So in a way, it feels miraculous, but it’s also tender and flaky fish with a crispy top and little puddles of melted, nutty butter with tangy lime and basil, so maybe that’s not really such a surprise after all. Continue reading “Pan-Seared Fish with Lime & Basil.”

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Beef Vegetable Soup.

a large pot of beef vegetable soup with carrots, potatoes, green beans, peas, and corn

This is my mom’s beef vegetable soup recipe, and it’s The Best. It’s cozy and hearty, with tender beef and tons of vegetables. And you know how soups can be kind of same-y? I love all the different textures here, and that you can really taste the sweetness of the carrots and corn in the savory broth. I love making soup on a weekend so Jay and I can eat the leftovers for lunch the next week (this is one of those the-leftovers-are-even-better meals), but I also make it during the week since I can get it started in peace when my kids are napping and let it gently simmer until dinnertime. It’s also great if you only cook it long enough for the veggies to be tender! Continue reading “Beef Vegetable Soup.”

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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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Balsamic Chicken in the Crockpot (or Instant Pot).

Balsamic chicken is an easy crockpot meal in a tangy tomato sauce!

**This post is brought to you by my sister, Laurie…with occasional interjections by me, so I can brag about my Instant Pot.**

Laurie: I’ve made this balsamic chicken several times now and it’s not a fluke. We really like it! That’s basically all the reason I need to add it to our regular rotation. But there are so many other good reasons! Continue reading “Balsamic Chicken in the Crockpot (or Instant Pot).”

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Shortcut Burrito Bowls.

Shortcut burrito bowls are great for busy weeknights, since they can be on the table in minutes thanks to some easy time-savers!

I really wanted to name these “shorty-shorty-shortcut burrito bowls” or something that more eloquently celebrates how many corners you can cut and still have a really good, healthy dinner. We’re trying to plan ahead for quality family time since Jay’s schedule gets a little crazy this time of year, and we decided that Wednesdays we’ll do an easy, early dinner and the beach. This was the perfect meal to get us out the door in record time! (Okay, that’s a lie, it still took us 100 years to get out the door, but that wasn’t dinner’s fault. It was more the putting on of suits and changing of diapers and forgetting of sunglasses and searching for flip-flops and general disorganized corralling of excited kids. Maybe I need some sort of sheepdog to help with this process?) Continue reading “Shortcut Burrito Bowls.”

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Pesto Pasta with Burst Tomatoes.

Quick and full of summer flavor, pesto pasta with burst tomatoes is easy and delicious.

The irony of this post is that it has taken me a Whole Lot Longer to find time (and, you know, 2 hands) to type it than it did to actually make and consume. Pesto pasta is a great summer meal since it’s ready in the time it takes to cook the noodles, which is a plus in my book (even when I’m not holding/wearing/feeding a newborn)! Continue reading “Pesto Pasta with Burst Tomatoes.”

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