Dinner with my Family

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For most of 2011, I’ve been posting a regular series entitled “Dinner With My Family” on Friday afternoons. In those posts, I’ve discussed inexpensive homemade meals that my family has enjoyed for dinner. Some of these meals were also incredibly quick to prepare, and I made an effort to try a variety of meals to …

Dinner With My Family #37: Ratatouille Pot Pie

Ratatouille Pot Pie Recipe Our garden is producing a few last-minute things – well, mostly onions at this point. Along with that, we have our ongoing crusade to use up all of the things in our pantry and freezer, including such items as cans of diced tomatoes and premade pizza crust (as I mentioned before, …

Dinner With My Family #37: Curried Chickpea Stew

Curried Chickpea Stew Recipe My wife loves this recipe and finds reasons to make it often. It’s helped by the fact that we had a giant harvest of squash this year, so we had to find lots of ways to use it. I like curried soups and stews, so that definitely contributed to my desire …

Dinner With My Family #36: Wisconsin Farmhouse Chowder

Wisconsin Chowder Recipe As we slip deeper and deeper into fall, our family is starting to eat more cold weather food – thicker soups and chowders and so on. Hand in hand with this is our ongoing effort to slowly clear out the recesses of our pantry and our freezer by using items that have …

Dinner With My Family #35: Peanut Butter and Apple Wraps

Peanut Butter and Apple Wraps This week’s goal was simple. What sort of healthy lunch can we make with the stuff on hand that’s in the spirit of fall (and has some of the flavors of the season), while still being relatively light, appeals to the kids, is inexpensive and uses a lot of what …

Dinner With My Family #34: Sandwich Pockets

Vegetarian Sandwich Pockets As I’ve mentioned several times, Sarah and I are making a special effort to spread out our trips to the grocery store – and with some real success. Part of this is simply using things that we’ve had in the refrigerator, the cupboard, and the freezer for a while. One item that’s …

Dinner With My Family #33: Vegetarian Gumbo

Vegetarian Gumbo Recipe At this point in late September, we’re starting to reach that point of using what things are still coming in from the garden along with the things we can find in our freezer and pantry to make new dishes. We’re also starting to move into more “fall”-type dishes, such as heartier soups …

Dinner With My Family #32: Butternut Squash Casserole

Butternut Squash Casserole Recipe Right now, our garden is providing us with a small mountain of butternut squash. We have more of it than we know what to do with. As a result, we’ve been eating a lot of it lately and experimenting with it in different ways. Of the things we’ve tried, this was …

Dinner With My Family #31: Mixed Garden Stir Fry with Rice Noodles

Vegan Stir Fry Right now, we have an abundance of vegetables coming from our garden, far more than we can easily consume. Bell peppers. Onions. Tomatoes. Broccoli. Green beans. They’re all coming in at once. Naturally, that means we’re eating these vegetables a lot. They serve as side dishes in many of our meals and, …

Dinner With My Family #30: Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe Bell peppers are appearing by the dozen in neighborhood gardens, which means it’s time to figure out some great uses for them. My favorite use is to take five or so, clean them out, and stuff them with rice and other goodies. Even if you don’t have a garden of your …

Dinner With My Family #29: Grilled Fish Fillets with Tomato and Corn Relish

Grilled Fish Fillet Recipe By fish fillets, of course, I’m speaking of whatever type of fresh fish you prefer – swordfish, salmon, catfish, or whatever else you like. In our case, we used fresh catfish fillets. These fillets had never been frozen and were actually caught in a river just a day or two before …

Dinner With My Family #28: Personal Pita Pizzas

Pita Pizza Recipe Pita bread has such a wide variety of uses that we always pick some up if there’s a sale on it. One particular use for it is making individual micro-pizzas, where each person can have the toppings they want on their own pizza. This allows everyone to have the toppings they want …

Dinner With My Family #27: Crock Pot Couscous

Crock Pot Couscous Recipe One challenge my wife and I take on (and something that I post about in this series roughly once a month) is the challenge of converting unusual recipes into something that’s delicious straight out of the crock pot. Many people look at a crock pot as a device for cooking roasts …

Dinner With My Family #26: Feta and Chickpea Pita Sandwiches

Feta Chickpea Pita Sandwich Recipe I love pita bread. Pita bread makes it easily possible to really experiment with almost anything as a sandwich filling. Hence a sandwich made from crumbled feta cheese and chickpeas that turned out to be surprisingly delicious. This recipe is based on one found in the Bon Appetit Fast Easy …

Dinner With My Family #25: Avocado-Spinach Panini

Avocado-Spinach Panini Recipe My wife and I love making “panini” sandwiches at home, even though we don’t have a panini press. We’ll experiment with ingredients, then cook that sandwich up beautifully. This exact panini recipe is based on one from the July/August 2011 issue of Vegetarian Times, with a few twists of our own devising. …

Dinner With My Family #24: Crock Pot Enchilada Casserole

Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole Recipe Once a month or so, we try to make something interesting and new using our slow cooker. Often, we try to make modifications of ordinary dishes to see if they’ll work in the slow cooker. Sometimes this works well and you end up with a good replication of the original dish. …

Dinner With My Family #23: Zucchini-Quinoa Lasagna

Zucchini-Quinoa Lasagna Recipe One of my favorite food blogs out there is Peas and Thank You, which focuses on healthy cooking with children in mind. I often find myself browsing it when trying to think of interesting food ideas that my children might really enjoy. Recently, I came across a wonderful recipe for zucchini and …

Dinner With My Family #22: Cooking Out with Healthy Options

Healthy Cookout: Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers and Potato Salad This past weekend, we had several houseguests over for dinner. For these houseguests, we had a very summer-y American meal: we made some potato salad, fired up the grill, and cooked a few things. The only catch is that my current dietary restrictions keep me …

Dinner With My Family #21: Stone Soup

Stone Soup Recipe One of my children’s favorite bedtime stories is the classic tale Stone Soup. The basic story is as follows: Some travellers come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty cooking pot. Upon their arrival, the villagers are unwilling to share any of their food stores with the hungry travellers. The …