Daily Lunches – a (simplified) guide

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Lunch is the mid-day reset. No plan survives contact with the enemy. -Helmuth van Moltke The perfect plan- set out in the morning, in the early hours before the house wakes up and the day rolls away from the station- never unfolds quite as I’d hoped. The lessons aren’t finished as early as I’d have liked, the house is a bigger mess. The phone calls I intended to make still linger in my mind and the laundry sits, complaining quietly … Read More

Adding Margin to your Days

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What does it mean to add margin to your days? Ah, margin. The two red lines gently guiding you to give more breathing room to your paper. I can see those lines so clearly when it comes to paper and pen- but when it comes to my time, it’s just so easy to fill my page to overflowing. In fact, I rarely consider margin at all when I am planning my week- let alone my meals. Rather, I am usually … Read More

Cook dinner by formula, not recipe

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by Tracy Grossmann I think we tend to view people who develop recipes as sitting in a lab, using beakers and grain-measuring tools, precisely doling out the exact amount needed for perfection. If the recipe calls for 1/4 teaspoon and we fudge it up to 1/2, well, the whole thing might just collapse. In reality, most of our recipes come from a time when people dumped, poured, and stirred in the same ingredients to hone their favorite dishes, learning over … Read More

Recipe: Pizza Flatbread – Easy Kid Lunch

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Lunches always baffle me. It seems like it should be so easy, but I’m often stumped. Leftovers are nice, since we’re home for lunch, but we only have leftovers about half the time. So, often, we fall back on the kids’ favorite that they can make themselves: cheese melted on chips and sliced apple. Last week, however, we were going to be out for a picnic lunch with friends, and I was going to make pizza for dinner. An idea … Read More

Fried Rice Family Dinner, a home cooking “recipe”

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The fridge is full of bits and pieces of leftover meals from the week, but no one is excited about eating a meal of leftovers – especially when there’s not enough of one thing to go around. Let’s remake it into an entire new meal that seems fresh and new, instead of leftover buffet! That’s what fried rice, a recipe in Simplified Dinners, is best for! Simple, homemade fried rice will remake leftovers into a great all-in-one family dinner. Here’s … Read More

Refreshing Iced Herbal Green Tea – no sugar!

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The weather is heating up and a cold, tasty beverage is exactly what hits the spot on a hot afternoon. But so many of the iced drink options are calorie-laden, full of sugar or juice or dairy. I wanted a drink that I could drink glass after glass without guilt or counting – that I could slug while still keeping my weight loss plan. I’ve hit upon the simple drink that fits the bill: iced herbal green tea. I can … Read More

Homemade Yogurt by the Gallon

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Homemade yogurt is simple and inexpensive. There is a learning curve and there are a few details you must pay attention to, but it is a mostly hands-off process that can deliver yogurt to your fridge at a fraction of the cost. I’ve been making homemade yogurt for over 7 years, with differing levels of success. I think I’ve tried every method Pinterest boasts, except for trying a specialty yogurt maker. No, I want my yogurt family-sized. I want to … Read More

Crazy Simple Lasagna Bake – or freeze!

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Lasagna is a lot of work. I only make it once a year or so as a special meal for guests, generally. But it’s so yummy. And it’s so filling. It’d be nice for it to be a family staple, but it would have to be less messy, less work, and take less time. There is a way. It’s called Crazy Lasagna. Crazy Simple Lasagna In a large skillet, brown ground beef (1/2-1 pound) with a diced onion until it’s … Read More

Recipe: Chocolate-Covered Coconut Patties

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These are my husband’s request every birthday. It always makes me happy when he does, because I first made them as an inspiration, out of my pantry cupboards & imagination. I had just made some homemade peppermint patties, saw shredded coconut in my pantry, and wondered if the peppermint patty recipe could take some variants. So I set out to try my hand at inventing other flavors of patties. This was the first one I tried, and it’s actually the … Read More

3 Ingredient Chipotle Chicken Marinade Recipe

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Sometimes chicken is bland. That is why I am going to share with you a simple, 3 ingredient chipotle marinade recipe. It’s too easy to simply serve up chicken as the protein for the meal without taking the time or thought to make it pop. It doesn’t have to take much time or thought, I promise. Just a tad. And only 3 ingredients. Chipotle Chicken Marinade will make your chicken stand on its own, even if you use it (or … Read More

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