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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.

The Dinner Dance

2014-03-07 | 3 comments
Quick, quick, slow, slow.
Ah, middle school cotillion. Where I learned that boys have unbelievably sweaty palms, speak in a string of grunts and make me nervous.
It is also my approach to our menus this week- two quick, two slow. I figure we need to slow down sometimes and thoughtfully connect with our food. I know that sounds a bit corny but this is the nourishment that we are providing to our crew. It’s an extension of our caring for them and we have made the commitment to it. The other days we just need to get ‘er done – with real food.
The Slow Jam and The Hustle
There are two real food gems in The Plan this week. One is quick and one is slow. Thursday’s do chua (pickled daikon and carrot) is a Vietnamese standard that is so simple, so delicious, so bright – it adds the perfect crunch to any sandwich. Start it a day or two before you need it and just let it slow jam like Barry, yeah... The hustle is Wednesday’s dressing. It’s Mom’s old school Italian – it’s a total throwback that will taste just like the salads of the 70’s - in a good way.
Teach Me,Teach Me How to Dougie
It’s your kitchen and your time. Your music can set the mood. I promise that if you take a moment to add music to your prep time, it will be so much more fun for you and your family. They should see you enjoying your time in the kitchen. So, set your Pandora or Spotify to your favorite jams and boogie the time away!!
To the Left, To the Left
Lastly, throw on the Cupid Shuffle and rip through the after dinner dishes with the kiddos.


t m

2014-03-11 18:59:32

The stuffed pasta shells were a hit in my house!

t m

2014-03-12 19:24:48

My husband isn't a fan of scallops so I cooked shrimp for him instead of scallops. I also happened to have some frozen brown rice which I popped in the microwave, so I think this dinner took me 10 minutes to make! Quick, yummy, and healthy too! Thanks!


2014-03-15 22:14:38

Love the frozen brown rice - super time saver. Way to keep it real!

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