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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.

My Back Pocket

2014-05-02 | 0 comments
This week’s plan is comprised of recipes that come straight from my back pocket. These are the ones that I go to when I don’t have time to think about dinner. They are solid, trusted hits. Let’s break it down.
​We are celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a house favorite of Fish Tacos and Red Rice. I love this tortilla method – a nod to La Taqueria on Mission Street. The tortillas are layered with a bit of cheese and then warmed in a pan. The cheese melts and makes them just a bit crispy. The fish is quickly marinated in garlic and lime and then simply broiled. It can also be grilled using the same marinade.  The red rice is a simple preparation that adds authenticity to any Mexican menu.
A Spring Roast Chicken Dinner is a good one to share with company or just your crew. It is so versatile that it will work no matter the weather. It is the easiest roasting method for both the chicken and potatoes. The result is a juicy, tender, flavorful chicken. The potatoes are roasted right in the same pan – I like cast iron skillet – and are soft and perfectly seasoned. Meanwhile, a quick blanche of these seasonal vegetables and then it’s right into a bit of olive oil. Are we in Paris?   
It’s Wednesday, it’s 3:00 PM and this Real Mom has no plan! I always seem to have half a bag of carrots in my veggie drawer. I took a quick scan of the pantry and Wednesday’s choice was made. This Carrot-Ginger Soup is a speedy 30 minute version that I think stands up to the much more involved original recipe. We enjoyed it as our main dish but it is also a lovely first course if you are entertaining-maybe add a dollop of crème fraiche? I paired it with speedy dinner rolls made from whole wheat pizza dough – they are hearty, dense and filling – in a good way!

Finally, on Thursday, it’s Cheesy Chicken & Rice. This is one from my Mom’s back pocket that I have made for my kids since they were little.  It’s the dish she made with leftover roast chicken and I do it the exact same way. Now there is nothing fancy going on here just chicken, rice cheese and broccoli.  That’s probably why the kids are so psyched when they see it.
Each of these dinners are easy to execute and full of flavor. That is exactly why I can rely upon them every time. I hope a few of these become just as reliable for you. Enjoy!


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