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Thai Shrimp Soup

This Thai Shrimp Soup is made with creamy coconut milk, and it is a perfect meatless recipe for Lent or any time of the year.

Thai Shrimp Soup - An easy weeknight meal for Lent - Shrimp and baby bok choy cooked in coconut milk

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Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup

I love Thai food because it is zesty, spicy and full of flavor.  This Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup combines the delicious flavor of coconut along with traditional Green Curry Paste for a a tasty seafood soup.

Quinoa with Chorizo and Chayote Squash Recipe

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This is a delicious main dish using quinoa and spicy chorizo sausage.  I love chorizo, but it isn’t exactly low fat, so I wanted to use just a little for the taste, and have most of the dish be more healthy ingredients.

quinoa with chorizo and squash

Easy Seafood Pasta Recipe

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This past summer my husband and I planned a special anniversary cruise. We went on a cruise once before, on our honeymoon, and had talked for years about how much we would like to cruise again. Finally our kids were old enough that we could leave them behind without (too much) worrying, and enjoy a relaxing vacation by ourselves! I spent hours planning out excursions, planning special dinners and getting advice from experienced cruisers about all the best shows and events, to make this a vacation to remember.

Arugula & Sausage Pasta Skillet

Arugula and Sausage Pasta Skillet - this easy one dish skillet meal combines arugula with Italian sausage, tomatoes and pasta for a delicious and quick weeknight dinner. Arugula Recipes

One of the best things about summer is all the fresh and tasty vegetables that are available. Being able to eat vegetables right after they are picked is amazing. I belong to a CSA to make sure I get plenty of fresh local vegetables every week, and a few times this summer I have received leafy green arugula, which I used to make this Arugula & Sausage Pasta Skillet.

Arugula and Sausage Pasta Skillet - this easy one dish skillet meal combines arugula with Italian sausage, tomatoes and pasta for a delicious and quick weeknight dinner. Arugula Recipes

Arugula is a leafy green vegetable with a spicy peppery taste that stands out more than the greens I usually cook with like spinach. I have tried it in salads, but I especially like it cooked, and it goes perfectly with Italian flavors like spicy sausage and tomatoes.

Zucchini Sausage Casserole

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This time of year I am inundated with zucchini!  So I am always trying to come up with different ways to serve zucchini, like this Zucchini Sausage Casserole.

Zucchini Sausage Casserole - an easy to make casserole featuring zucchini and Italian Sausage cooked on the stove top in less than 30 minutes.

My family and I are members of a CSA, so we get a big box of seasonal vegetable from a local farm every week.  I made this recipe by using a whole bunch of the vegetables we received, including zucchini, yellow summer squash, fennel, onions and green pepper.  I thought sausage would combine well with the flavors, and it certainly did!  I used hot Italian sausage because my family likes spicy foods, but sweet would work well too.

Chimichurri Burger

Burgers are a staple food in my house and many others in the summer time!  It is quick and easy to grill some up and have dinner ready, but without variety burgers can get boring.  Here is a fun variation I made this week, using a traditional Argentinian Chimichurri sauce to spice up the burgers.

chimichurri burger

Chimichurri sauce is a garlicky sauce made with fresh parsley and oregano that is very easy to make at home.  I have lots of parsley growing in pots on my deck, and Chimichurri sauce is one of my favorite ways to use it. The sauce is traditionally used on grilled steak, but it works well on burgers too!

White Clam Pizza Recipe

Looking for a quick and easy family meal? This White Clam Pizza is ready in less than 15 minutes, and is a great way to add a little bit excitement to a quick family meal.

White Clam Pizza - a quick and easy family meal that can be ready in 15 minutes

Smothered Pierogies & Kielbasa Skillet

One dish casserole with Pieorgies and Kielbasa - a quick and easy weeknight meal the whole family will enjoy

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Looking for a quick weeknight dinner? My favorite weeknight meals are ones that can be made in one pan, like this recipe for Smothered Pierogies and Kielbasa Skillet.

One dish casserole with Pieorgies and Kielbasa - a quick and easy weeknight meal the whole family will enjoy

My mother recently gave me her old cast iron skillet, so I have been enjoying making one dish recipes. This recipe features potato filled pierogies cooked with vegetables and sausage for an all in one stove top casserole.

Easy Shrimp Pad Thai

This Easy Shrimp Pad Thai recipe is great for a family weeknight meal and ready in under 30 minutes.

This Easy Shrimp Pad Thai recipe is one of my family’s favorite dinners! It is quick to make, and can easily be made on a busy weeknight in less than 30 minutes so you can have dinner on the table quickly.

This Easy Shrimp Pad Thai recipe is great for a family weeknight meal and ready in under 30 minutes.

Pad Thai can seem like a complicated meal, but it is really not that difficult. The recipe is long, but almost all the work is just chopping up different vegetables. The key to making this Shrimp Pad Thai is to take the time to chop everything up and get all the ingredients ready to go because it cooks quickly. I like to put all the ingredients in bowls next to the stove, and then just dump them into the pan one at a time.

Shrimp Scampi with Tomatoes

My family loves seafood, so I make sure I serve it for a dinner regularly. And seafood dinners don’t have to be complicated! This Shrimp Scampi with Tomatoes meal is quick and easy, and sure to be a family favorite.
 
shrimp scampi with tomatoes
 
Using frozen shrimp makes meal preparation fast, so that I can have a tasty dinner on the table in 20 minutes. I combined SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood Co.‘s Shrimp Scampi with fresh grape tomatoes and green onions for a fresh coastal flavor.

Cheesy Chicken and Rice in Puffed Pastry Cups

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Cheesy Chicken and Rice in Puffed Pastry Cups - an easy family dinner or quick appetizer

This time of year my family is very busy and we are always looking for ways to save time. It is important to my family to sit down together for a family meal most week nights, but that doesn’t mean it has to be an elaborate time consuming meal. I find that a frozen dinner is a great way to save time and still allow us to enjoy eating together. And it is fun and easy to add a little bit of a twist to the dinner to make it even more special, like I did this week when I served Marie Callender’s Cheesy Chicken and Rice in Puffed Pastry Cups.

Puffed Pastry Cups with Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole