Leftovers Tonight? You Bet!

Ever find yourself short on time or have unexpected guests drop by, right around dinner time? Here’s a meal-planning method that makes for quick, easy lunches or dinners. I call it SMP, or “Strategic Meal Prep.” A step beyond the traditional definition of “leftovers,” SMP is about preparing food for storage, fresh from the oven, stove-top, or mixing bowl, by immediately refrigerating or freezing it, depending on how long before you plan to serve it. Being able to feed your family their favorite meal any hour of the day or night, and portioning entrees for an individual servings or a family of five are just a couple advantages of this time-saving strategy.

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Veggie & Ground Turkey Lasagna

I love making this dish. It’s one of those “use-what-you-have-in-the fridge” recipes that make it easy and fun to prepare. Using a few basic items along with fresh veggies, you can make a delicious, healthy lasagna every time …

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Food Storage Solutions – Solved!

We eat a lot of leftovers in our home. When developing most of my recipes, I usually measure the ingredient portions to make enough for future meals, so it’s important to have a healthy way to save and preserve all those extras. After experimenting with other storage options, I soon discovered one size does not fit all …

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Roasted Organic Beets

When I was young, my mother would buy beets at the local store when they were in season. She’d bring them home and put a few aside to preserve, then roast the rest. Frankly, I wasn’t a big fan back then, but I’ve come around . . .

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Stir-Fry Zucchini

This quick and easy stir-fry is the perfect complement to any dinner. Try it on a bed of veggie quinoa, or as a meal on its own! Use ingredients you have on hand (organic, whenever possible) and keep it simple and real …

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Chicken Veggie Kabobs

Here’s a simple recipe that makes it easy to add those important veggies in a fun and colorful way. These kabobs are so easy to make and delicious on their own. Add a side of veggie quinoa or serve on a bed of butter lettuce leaves, sprinkle with fresh parsley or basil and enjoy!

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Chocolate Banana Buttons

I had a few bananas that had ripened perfectly. Fortunately, I also had a couple simple ingredients in the pantry to put them to good use …

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Honey BBQ Chicken Thighs

Finding organic chicken has become much easier to do, with options ranging from breasts, wings, drumsticks, thighs, and whole chickens. Thankfully, there are plenty of healthy recipes available to create delicious, easy meals!

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Banana Peach Ice Cream

Some friends of ours had spent a weekend at the beach. They shared stories of their walks along the shore, snacks in the open air restaurants, and a visit to an ice cream shop for a “sampling” of the 40+ flavors offered. My mouth began to water at the choices …

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