how to cook dinner, every single night

dinner every night

YOU KNOW HOW THE KIDS WANT DINNER EVERY NIGHT? This relentless demand is actually one of the things that TERRIFIED me before becoming a parent. In my NYC single days I often ate a PB&J or cereal for dinner. You know, with a bowl of ice cream later on. Perhaps in front of the TV. Sure, I… 

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Pesto shrimp pasta

Pesto Shrimp Pasta

I WAS EXHAUSTED. It turns out that having a toddler and a baby (plus a husband, house and job) is tiring. I just needed a quick dinner but it had to be healthy. We’d been relying too heavily on pizza around here, being Rome you can imagine how often this possibility comes up, and I was craving something more fresh. That’s when I saw these giant shrimp at the store. Sold!

Ina Garten’s Lentil soup with sausage

WE LOVED IT, PHOEBE DIDN’T. Such is life, especially when you’ve got a toddler. This lentil soup, originally inspired by the Barefoot Contessa, is a favorite for Paul and me but this time I added a couple of special ingredients: lentils that Paul got from the Salone Del Gusto food festival plus fresh turkey sausage…. 

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Ina Garten’s Roasted tomato basil soup

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I’VE MADE IT BEFORE BUT THIS TIME, I ADDED A LITTLE MORE OOMPH. By now you know that I love my Barefoot Contessa. But you also might be aware of her delicious yet wildly fattening food, a dilemma for someone who is already 14 pounds heavier than usual, also trying to keep a 17-month old… 

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Pan roasted chicken with apples

IT’S DINNER TIME AND  it’s fall and that means…apples. This recipe was featured in my most recent Food Network magazine (which I actually love, for many reasons, but won’t go into that now). It’s simple, seasonal and really good! For Honey-Mustard Chicken and Apples, you brown the chicken thighs (which are juicier, cheaper and more… 

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Quesadillas cubed

Quick idea for a toddler-friendly lunch or dinner… one whole wheat tortilla cut in half + cheese + turkey, chicken, ground beef or beans put one side of the tortilla in a pan and add the cheese plus protein, making sure to get cheese on top and bottom because it’ll be the glue, and add… 

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Ina Garten’s white bean and rosemary soup

white bean and rosemary soup, Foodlets.com

I LOVE THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA. I just do. I always have, I hope I always will. Her recipes are always delicious, they inspire me to try new things and she just seems fun, doesn’t she? With that husky laugh and a button down shirt, there she is making all manner of soups, roasted chicken and… 

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