Taco Salad

Make your own taco seasoning with this recipe and cut down the salt and other preservatives. This is a great task for kids. One recipe makes a double batch of the seasonings which can be stored in the cabinet for Beef and Bean Tacos another day.  

Orzo Salad

Orzo Salad can be made in the morning or even the night before. Serve the salad for lunch or pair it with marinated flank steak or salmon. The salad is also a crowd pleaser and holds up well at a summer pot luck.

Bruschetta

This is the perfect summer appetizer or addition to your meal to showcase fresh tomatoes and herbs. Use the best tomatoes you can find, grape tomatoes cut in 4 also work well with less water content. Use fresh or dried herbs, whatever is handy. Mix the topping ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. You can also toast the bread before hand so that when your guests arrive you just have to top the bread and broil for a few minutes.

Lemon Chicken

Chicken can be prepared ahead of time and reheated in the oven. Set the ingredients of the lemon sauce in a pot and cook just before dinner.  

Spinach and Cheese Quiche

Once you try this recipe a few times you can start to experiment with different ingredients. My kids often make this recipe on their own after school for dinner and I just pre-bake the pie shell ahead of time which ensures a crisp crust. For instructions to make mini quiches see sticky tips below. For dinner serve with a salad.

Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff is a recipe handed down to me from my mom and I still love her to make it for me if we are visiting for dinner. It is best served on egg noodles, brown rice with a side of green.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Though it is not traditionally an Indian side dish consider serving Chicken Tikka Masala with a side green vegetable making it a more nutritious option for your family.