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April 25, 2016

20 Simple Weeknight Dinners

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It’s Monday. There’s a good chance you haven’t even thought about what you’re going to eat this week. It’s cool. I too have no idea. I went through some pictures on my phone this morning to find some inspiration and forgot about some of my family’s favorite dinners.

Let me inspire you with 20 Simple Weeknight Dinner Ideas:

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1. Fancy Ramen

A package of ramen (yes! Top Ramen!) is fortified with a ton of spinach, some seaweed, sesame seeds, sesame oil and an egg! Hot sauce for good measure. You can see more on how I cook the egg in the ramen in this Smoked Salmon Ramen recipe.

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2. A Big Ass Sandwich

I think the one pictured above is a hot pastrami sandwich with cheddar, beet sauerkraut and mustard. Served with chips!  I almost never eat a sandwich at lunch time, so I make up for it sometimes by throwing together one for dinner.

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3. Grilled Flatbread Sandwich

I grill a flatbread in my panini press  and topped it with hummus, sliced tomatoes, fresh mint, feta, salt/pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice and a spritz of olive oil.

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4. Baked Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Really so simple and satisfying. It’s always nice to have pasta leftovers (cold!) the next day.

Find the recipe here

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5. A Gigantic Chopped Salad

A perfect way to relieve the tension from work- CHOP A BUNCH OF THINGS. I got my aggression out on this Chopped Salad with Spiced Chickpeas a few weeks ago.

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6. Cheeseburgers and Fries

My family loves this option because (FRIES!). I tried making my own fries once and it was a lot of work. I buy frozen fries and plop them in the oven. I cook our burgers in a cast iron skillet because it helps get a nice crust! On these particular burgers, I had some prosciutto in the fridge to get rid of so I cooked the pieces in the skillet. It was like having bacon cheeseburgers.

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7. Roasted Sausage, Tomatoes & Asparagus

I put everything on one baking sheet in the oven at 400F for about 30-35 minutes with a little glug of olive oil, salt & pepper.

Serve with rice. The tomatoes get so juicy.

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8. Roasted Tomato Pasta with Basil

If you have leftover tomatoes, roast them! 400F for 20-30 minutes with olive oil, salt & pepper. Boil pasta/drain/stir in tomatoes, fresh basil, salt/pepper/and a nice spoonful of pesto. Dinner winner.

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9. Oven Baked Ribs

The second I get home from work, I get ribs going in the oven. This means between 4-6 I can go about my business and finish dinner off around 6:30. This weeknight dinner is Orange Soy Glazed Ribs!

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10. Fried Rice

I usually have some rice in our fridge for my meal prep so I can make a quick fried rice with it. If I have bacon, it turns into Bacon Fried Rice! 

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11. Breakfast (for dinner!) Tacos

Eggs + Cheese + Avocado + Hot Sauce = Breakfast Tacos!!

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12. Soup/Salad/ Grilled Cheese

I always have a few portions of soup tucked away in our freezer. I just defrost and reheat and serve with a grilled cheese sandwich and soup. This particular soup is one of my favorites- Cream of Spinach Soup.

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13. NACHOS

Need I say more? It’s my go to dinner for Casey and I when he’s super hungry and I have little time. Put it all on a baking sheet and broiler! Or… you can make your own nacho cheese sauce. Check out this Nacho Party situation… 

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14. Chicken in Lettuce Cups

These are one of the simplest things to make. Just cook ground chicken with red peppers, sauce & cashews and serve them in lettuce cups. My family LOVES this recipe.

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15. Pigs in Blankets 

All you need is some dough, hot dogs & mustard— OH! And poppy seeds and a little oven time and you are good to go. Here’s how to do it.

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16. Pesto Pasta & Caesar Salad

If you’re a pesto fan like I am, you’ll want to keep a jar of pesto in your fridge for last minute dinners like this pesto fettucini dish served with a simple Caesar Salad. 

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17. Roasted Vegetables with Cheese 

Cauliflower or broccoli can be a full on dinner if you roast it and cover it with cheese. The melty/crunchy bits are my favorite part. Sometimes I add it to a baked potato. If you’re all for eating a bunch of vegetables at dinner (some weeks call for it after really indulgent weekends), you’ll like this Roasted Broccoli with Tahini recipe.

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18. Burrito Bowls

Make a batch of rice. Stir in salsa. Instant spanish rice. Add your favorite meat on top, some beans and all of the burrito fix ins. Chips add a nice crunch…or scoop out your burrito bowl with the chips. No one complains about burrito bowl night around here.

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19. Charcuterie Platter

Snack dinners are my favorite. I almost always try to add vegetables in there somehow….Gotta balance all of the cured meats!

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20. Apricot Glazed Chicken

Don’t you just love a recipe that takes little to no effort? All you have to do for the Apricot Glazed Chicken recipe is mix the glaze/bake the chicken and serve with rice. Leftovers are great too.

Now, your turn! What are some of your simple GO-TO weeknight dinners? I’m so curious!

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April 24, 2016

My Everyday Life: Week 16

Here’s what My Everyday Life – Week 16 looked like:

Made eye contact with a giraffe this week.

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Took a ton of pictures of ELLA. Did you know her name is Ella? Now you do!

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Found this tucked in one of my books.

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Prickles.

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Three.

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U R N

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He loves that he can make faces out of the letters in his name.

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A warm welcome from our friends in St. Helena!

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Saturday sleepover at Helen Jane’s house.

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Casey and Cooper were rocking out with their guitar….

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Helen Jane made us TACOS! I got the best plate in the house. Xox Dorothy.

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True Love.

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There are always fun things to look at when you go to the Hearn house.
They are my people.

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Handwriting goals.

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I made dosas for One Potato this week!

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Cooper reads to the cat in my bed. She snuggles.

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Getting all dressed up for his spring performance at school.

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We celebrated with pizza.

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Schmoo.

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I haven’t been eating eggs…but I’m back on the train. I don’t know why I stopped.

Oh… cuz I don’t feel like cleaning a pan in the morning.

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Cabbage is trippy.

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Basil oil in peas.

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One of my favorite outfits from my Spring Capsule Wardrobe.

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Waiting for pizza.

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Happy paws on to do lists.

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I made biscuits. 

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Polenta Lasagna. I’m gonna recreate it and post it here! It’s a cool idea.

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Pea bubbles.

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Sunbather.

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I sprinkle this stuff on everything.

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Things organized neatly.

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The paws.

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Perched.

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Eyes like a vampire from Twilight.

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MONDAY.

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Fired up the grill this week. I grilled prosciutto and we made PLTs.

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Did you know that only giraffes in captivity lay down?

Giraffes in the wild can’t or else they’d be eaten.

That’s something I learned on our field trip to Safari West. 

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Primate inspection.

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Moody.

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I liked their reflections.

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Never been a flamingo fan. Their eyes creep me out.

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Kiss the edge of the frame.

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The best.

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The glasses my grandmother gave to me.

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Dyed.

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Bees buzzing, this flower and the sound of kids riding scooters down the street.

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We wait.

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Cuddles.

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LOX BAGEL PIZZA!

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April 22, 2016

I LOVE LISTS

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Welcome to I Love Lists Friday! Let’s see what the internet has for us this week:

  1. Must make: Mini California Sushi Roll Cones
  2. Are today’s parents getting a raw deal?
  3. If I was ever on a kiss cam….
  4. TINY BABY ANIMALS
  5. Normal Food vs. Hipster Food
  6. Sometimes I miss bullet journaling.
  7. A really cute spring outfit.
  8. Laura’s Vegan Pop Tarts look great!
  9. Ryan- check out these NY photos
  10. This is currently my desktop wallpaper.
  11. What was in Prince’s Fridge? (RIP, Prince)
  12. I love the Duplass Brothers
  13. Something good to do while you’re brushing your teeth
  14. An iPhone addict meditated for 365 days. Congratulations, buddy! I’ve done 4.
  15. Something uplifting for you:
  16. Jack & Coke / Gin + Tonic / Manhattan  hmmm
  17. Love all of these temporary tattoos
  18. Happy to report that my closet still looks like this! Except with my Spring Capsule
  19. Cindy Sherman + Aging
  20. This is why we do Art in my house…besides it being therapeutic.

Things that caught my eye:

Sweet recipes to make this weekend:

Gluten Free Fudgy Brownies (they’re amazing!)

Grapefruit Yogurt Cake (like a citrus cake doughnut!)

Citrus Smoothie Bowls– Perfect weekend pick-me-up