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Mary Beth's Blog

I want to eat real food. I want my family to eat real food. Armed with this plan, I know I can do it. I am a real person, with real kids in a regular ol' kitchen cranking out dinner. Find out my inspiration for the menus, what's happening in my kitchen, and the achievements on the kid-friendly front.

Can I Just Check the Box?

2014-03-18 | 0 comments
 C'mon, sometimes we just need to check the dinner box. But, can we still feel good about our choices? Can they be real food choices? Hells ya! 

As I peek ahead, next week is particularly busy. We’ve got birthdays, overlapping sport’s seasons, play practice, a traveling husband and … work!  Listen, we have to eat. And while I’d be cool with a glass of wine, an aged Gouda and fist full of almonds, my gang needs a bit more substance. I’ve got a plan to ensure that we sit down, eat a real dinner and get right back to our crazy schedule.  Let’s break it down.
I’ll knock out my grocery shopping between meetings on Monday. While unpacking, I’ll take 5 whole minutes to season Tuesday’s beef and stash it in the fridge. Monday’s Crab Salad Melts and Roasted Veggies are ready in less than 30 minutes. Check!
Tuesday is a mind-blower. The cooking method is genius and perfect for my 3, yes 3, carpool afternoon. I will pop the Eye-of Round Roast into a 500º oven for less than 30 minutes, turn the oven off and walk away – for 2 ½ hours! Not joking. The result is a low and slow roasted beef that is worthy of Sunday dinner. Check!
Wednesday, it's Curry in a Hurry. ‘Nuf said. Check.
Thursday’s Skillet Pot Pie was my Mom’s go-to for leftover beef, steak or even ground beef. I use strategic, time saving purchases to ensure a speedy success. I buy a quality pre-made piecrust, pre-sliced mushroom and frozen organic veggies.  It all comes together in about 30 minutes and tastes like a fancy all-day stew. Check!
When we have super busy weeks like this, let’s make dinner a priority while we check the box.  It’s probably the only time I will get to look my crew in the eyeballs all week!


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