Dinner with my Family

Dinner With My Family #20: Quinoa Monk Bowl

Veggie Quinoa Monk Bowl I’m not quite sure where we picked up this simple recipe. I was extremely doubtful about it the first time we tried it, but now it’s a staple in our home. Give it a try – you might just be surprised. What You Need You’ll need… 1 1/2 cups uncooked quinoa …

Dinner With My Family #19: Slow Cooker Pot Pie

Vegetable Pot Pie My favorite meals are ones that are flexible enough to incorporate whatever we have on hand as well as incorporating whatever might be on sale at the grocery store or at the farmers market. This way, we minimize the food we waste while also taking advantage of sales, minimizing our food costs. …

Dinner With My Family #18: Baked Salmon with Asparagus

Baked Salmon with Asparagus One of my favorite things to do in the kitchen is to cook an excellent meal with minimal dishes to do afterwards. If I can make something delicious with only the silverware, plates, and perhaps two more items in the sink, then it’s a big win for me. This leads us …

Dinner with My Family #17: “Magic” Jambalaya

Vegetarian Jambayala Karen writes in: I really like it when you show meals that you can use bits of leftovers in easy. Could you do some more of those? Sure! We do meals like this all the time at our house. One of our favorites is what I like to call magic jambalaya. All you …

Dinner With My Family #16: Penne with Cannelini and Tomatoes

Homemade Pasta: Penne with Cannelini and Tomatoes One common thing I like to do on weekdays when I don’t have enough leftovers for lunch is to prepare something that will make a casserole dinner for my family that I can easily pull a lunch’s worth of food from for myself right then. I prefer meals …

Dinner With My Family #15: Egg (or Tofu) Scramble and Burritos

One of the most popular posts I’ve ever done on The Simple Dollar was my post about bulk breakfast burritos, which is fitting because they’re one of my favorite meals. They were loaded with eggs and other goodness to make a delicious little breakfast. Of course, over the years, I’ve refined the burritos a bit. …

Dinner With My Family #14: Kung Pao Shrimp Skillet Meal

When I was a college student, one of the meals I consistently ate was ramen noodles. I could often pick up twelve packages of it for $1. I would take it home, boil it up, add the seasoning packet, and enjoy. Over time, my taste buds became a bit more discerning – and I became …

Dinner With My Family #13: Fajitas Bonitas

This is one of those dishes that’s surprisingly quick, but tends to be very impressive when it hits the table. I can easily get this from “glimmer of an idea” to “meal on the table” in forty minutes – even less if I get the vegetables prepped in advance. It makes the whole house smell …

Dinner With My Family #12: Slow Cooker Jamaican Red Bean Stew

Jamaican Red Bean Stew Kevin wrote in this week asking me if I could show some meals that utilized a slow cooker, as he’d love to cook more inexpensive and healthy dishes at home but he’s often strapped for time in the evenings. I’m happy to oblige. One of our favorite slow cooker recipes is …

Dinner With My Family #11: Enchiladas, Vegan or Otherwise

Several people have emailed me recently, asking why I’m vegan. It’s not political at all. My dietitian simply recommended it based on some minor health issues that could potentially escalate into something serious. My diet (for now) is vegan with an occasional piece of fish (maybe once a week or every ten days). Eventually, I …

Dinner With My Family #10: Curry Pumpkin Soup and Sandwiches

Vegan Curry Pumpkin Soup I’ll be the first to admit that when I heard of the idea of curry pumpkin soup, I thought it sounded dreadful. Pumpkin soup? Are you kidding? My wife really wanted to try a curry pumpkin soup recipe she found in our copy of Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, …

Dinner With My Family #9: Spinach and Artichoke Calzone

Spinach and Artichoke Calzone This week, I’m going to take two previous food articles (chicken, broccoli, and mozzarella calzones and fried rice with artichoke hearts) and smash them together, creating my single favorite meal I’ve found since going vegan. Seriously. I’ve enjoyed these calzones more than anything else I’ve tried. So, yes, along the way, …

Dinner With My Family #8: Fried Rice with Artichoke Hearts

Veggie Fried Rice with Artichoke Hearts Artichoke hearts are one of my favorite foods on earth. Whenever I see fresh artichokes on sale at the grocery store, I buy several, then look for ways to use artichoke hearts in every dish I can think of. What I usually do is take the artichokes home, remove …

Dinner With My Family #7: Spaghetti di Pesto alla Genovese

Spaghetti di Pesto alla Genovese Recipe I love Italian food. Sure, it can be pasta heavy, but it’s also often heavy on the fresh vegetables and the herbs, creating some delicious tastes, amazing aromas, and surprisingly healthy dishes. One dish we often make is what we call, in our own slang, “pesto pasta.” Basically, we …

Dinner With My Family #6: “Anything” Soup

“Anything” Soup We live in Iowa. This winter has been a long one and, for the past week or two, incredibly cold. Of course, that means we’ve been cooking a lot of warm, hearty winter meals recently. One of my favorites among these is what we call “anything” soup. Simply put, it’s a simple soup …

Dinner With My Family #5: Burgers and Fries!

Veggie Burgers and Baked French Fries Yep, burgers and fries! Here’s a peek at my wife’s plate (she was handling some of the picture taking while I was getting the children seated): (I think she put some sort of barbecue sauce on them as a condiment.) So, how exactly is that a healthy meal? For …

Dinner With My Family #4: Bean Burritos

Bean Burrito Recipe Here’s what I’ve had for a lunch and for a supper over the past few days: Bean burritos. Very simple. Very inexpensive. Very tasty. Freshly sliced apples on the side are a nice sweet accompaniment. What You Need You’ll need cooked beans, roughly two heaping tablespoons worth for each small burrito. You’ll …

Dinner With My Family #3: Stir Fry with Asparagus

Stir Fry with Asparagus Recipe Earlier this week, I discussed using grocery flyers to plan meals and mentioned that I’d be using some of the items I discovered there to make this week’s meal. It turned out that my craving for asparagus was just too strong and I wound up using it as the foundation …

Dinner With My Family #2: Pasta with Olives and Tomatoes

Pasta with Olives and Tomatoes Our family loves pasta. Our oldest child claims that olives are his favorite food and has been known to sit and eat a bunch of them all at once. Thus, pasta with olives is something that frequently hits our table. What You Need This is a very simple dish, so …