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Family Dinner Guide – Week 2

31 May

Screen Shot 2013-05-24 at 10.03.06 AMWe’d like to welcome back Belinda DiGiambattista!  

She’s checking in to see how preparing dinner last week went for you. Did you find it challenging, manageable, intimidating or fun? Share your stories with us!

Belinda has planned out another week of nutritious family dinners for you. Keep up that momentum, and have fun cooking!   

“What’s for dinner?” – Week 2

Welcome to week two of your new commitment to creating healthy, planned-ahead dinners for your family!

With all the effort you put into Sunday’s prep work, it had to be satisfying when you walked in the door every evening around 6pm to know the answer to the question, “what’s for dinner?” That said, Sunday was a lot of work. Last week’s secret was to not have to ‘think’ about dinner during the week, and this week’s secret is getting the prep done with a little extra support.

My secret weapon for getting all the prep done is my wonderful babysitter. She comes over once a week to finish up any prep that I was unable to get to. I provide her with the same instructions described in my blog post, and she arrives while the kids are still at school so that she can focus on preparing the food.

Getting help from time to time, whether it’s a babysitter, your family or friends, is certainly a life changing experience.

5472456147_e69e8c7f1bThis week, our menu is:

Monday:  Sole, steam julienned vegetables, kale salad, and brown rice (or wild rice)

Tuesday – Kids’ Choice Night:  Turkey tacos with pico de gallo

Wednesday:  Cheese frittata (optional: add spinach and/or ham), side of broccoli, side salad and an optional side of bacon or veggie bacon

Thursday – One Pot:  Black bean quinoa with red bell peppers

Friday: Whole wheat cheese ravioli with marinara sauce served with a salad and crudités

This week’s Grocery List for a family of four is right here. Plan to have these items in the house by Saturday evening and you are ready to go. Planning – check. Groceries – check. What’s for dinner? – check.

Here is your personal Sunday prep for the week as well as your Nightly Prep Guide that will take the guess work out of every night.

Have fun.

Good luck.

And enjoy homemade meals every night of the week!

Photo courtesy of LifeSupercharger

summer abundance

8 Aug

Along with the abundance of sunshine, long days, summer storms, blinking fireflies and brilliant sunsets, summer is a bountiful time for growing and consuming fresh, nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables.

Take advantage of this time to stock up on ripe summer tomatoes, sharp and sweet onions, colorful cilantro, and fragrant basil, among many other delicious foods.

What to do with all of those tomatoes, onions, cilantro and basil? Chop yourself up some fresh pico de gallo or bruschetta, and bask in the glory of summer-time food.

Pico de gallo:


  • 3 summer tomatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • squeeze of fresh lime or lemon juice
  • pinch of salt


Rinse tomatoes and cilantro. Chop the tomatoes and red onion, then add to a mixing bowl. Pluck off the leaves of your cilantro, stack them and finely chop, or give them a good rough chop. Sprinkle the cilantro all over your chopped ingredients, then squeeze fresh lime or lemon juice into your bowl (depending on how citrus-y you like it). Sprinkle with a pinch of salt, toss and enjoy them with tacos, burgers, eggs, rice, tortilla chips etc…

Another option is a simple sauté of tomatoes, onions, chopped garlic and olive oil to use as a base for a tomato sauce, which also makes for a great addition to soups or to season beans.



  • 3 summer tomatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 bunch of basil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil


Rinse tomatoes and basil. Chop the tomatoes, red onion and finely chop the garlic, then add to a mixing bowl. Pluck off the leaves of your bunch of basil, stack them and finely chop for a chiffonade, or rip them into smaller pieces. Add the basil to your bowl, then pour the olive oil and balsamic vinegar over your chopped ingredients. Toss and enjoy them atop fresh crusty bread, add to pasta, pizza, salad, eggs, pita chips or just enjoy with a fork!