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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.

I Hear Ya

2013-10-04 | 0 comments
You guys are MY inspiration. In more ways than you can imagine but now you’ve inspired this week’s plan. Here are a few of the most popular questions that we get here at Real Family Real Food.
Q: What’s your weeknight dinner when you are tight on time?
A: That’s easy – it’s Monday’s House Pasta. I don’t even really think while I’m doing it. I can help with homework, roll the laundry, finish work emails for the day and make a minimal mess in the kitchen with this one. It’s hearty and tastes as though Mama has been babying it all day. Use whatever veggies or herbs you want or have around. It is a family favorite because it tastes homemade – because it is!
Q: I need a dinner that I can be my go-to when I want to bring dinner to a friend. Got one?
A: I do. It’s Tuesday’s Roast Chicken Dinner. Please – stop with the lasagnas. One is enough. If you didn’t get in the cue quickly, it’s a guarantee that someone already delivered one – a big one. But, this is Roast Chicken is even better – psych!
Q: I just saw so many different kinds of squash at the Farmer’s Market but I really need a new way to cook them for my kids. I only roast them. Maybe a soup?
A: Soup is a great idea. Almost any thick fleshed squash such as Acorn, Butternut, pumpkin, etc. works in Wednesday’s Roast Acorn Squash and Gruyere Croutons. The apples are a kid-friendly, familiar flavor and cheesy toast? Both are dealmakers. Bonus – it freezes very well.
Q: My family is rarely together for dinnertime these days. Got any ideas for a portable, real food dinner?
A: Thursday’s Thai Chicken-Peanut Lettuce Wraps and Green Tomato Salad oughtta do it. Both recipes can be made ahead and, in fact, get better as the flavors marinate. You can use warmed, whole wheat tortillas for the wraps  - now its totally portable.
Well that was fun! Keep your questions and ideas coming. I read them all and love to share.
Have a great weekend!


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