Beet Latkes, Simple Sole and AsparagusEducation Outside's Beet Latkes
march 24, 2015

This recipe is quick and easy, and it got both of my children eating beets. Last week my daughter came home raving about the delicious beet latkes her garden class made in school that day, so I had to try them at home. She was right, they are very good. Thanks to @EducationOutside for helping my kids learn to love real, healthy food!

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Pasta with Meatballs and Farmer' CheesePasta with Lisa Leake's Meatballs
february 11, 2015

We love meatballs at my house and these are good! More carrots than usual, but that doesn't seem to be a problem. I served them with Nigel's Naked Sauce from Eatwell Farm and our son Gus' Farmstead Cheese, which he made at Louella Hill's Cheesemaking for Kids Class.

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Macaroni CasseroleLisa Leake's Macaroni Casserole
february 5, 2015

Walks like a duck, talks like a duck. I'm going to call this macaroni and cheese and add it to my quest for the perfect recipe. This one calls for 1 cup of "add-ins", like  frozen peas or chopped steamed broccoli. Knowing my kids' abhorrence for the peas I add to chicken pot pie, I asked for their input. Surprisingly, my vegetable-averse son asked for steamed cabbage. 

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Alfredo with ShrimpLisa Leake's Alfredo with Shrimp
february 4, 2015

Shrimp cook fast. Shrimp are high in protein. Shrimp taste good. I usually only need two good reasons to do something, so that's enough for me! This recipe has the added bonus of using spinach, which is a frequent part of our weekly CSA box. And it makes whole wheat pasta tolerable. That's five reasons to make it for dinner. Five!

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Teriyaki Flank Steak SaladLisa Leake's Teriyaki Flank Steak Salad
february 3, 2015

I neglected to mention this yesterday, but after dropping last night's Teriyaki Salmon on the grill I re-used its marinade for tonight's flank steak. I just can't let a half cup of soy sauce go to waste. Even my son took note of its long pouring time during preparation.

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Grilled Teriyaki SalmonLisa Leake's Grilled Teriyaki Salmon
february 2, 2015

Lisa Leake's book 100 Days of Real Food does a wonderful job of laying out most of the reasons why I choose to cook the way I do. Delicious food made with real ingredients instead of heavily processed or artificial ones is just better, and she tells us why.

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Asian Inspired RiceAsian Inspired Rice
february 2, 2015

Brown rice, avocado, cilantro, peanuts and sauce - this one is kind of like a healthy casserole. It's pretty tasty and was a big hit with my husband but, sadly, not with my kids. 

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Mustard VinaigretteLisa Leake's Mustard Vinaigrette
february 2, 2015

Vinaigrette is one of the salad dressings we rely on heartily at my house. I usually don't buy pre-made dressings, because they taste bad and are made of creepy ingredients. Plus, whipping up a simple one at home takes just a few minutes and costs a lot less.

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Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole
january 25, 2015

Pretty much anything called a casserole these days gets me thinking I'm stuck in the 1970s, and this recipe is no exception. In fact this whole book is a little bit like that. My husband calls it "comfort food." But I call it "what my Mom made," which while not necessarily a bad thing can seem a bit dated, seeing as I'm no spring chicken myself. 

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