Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Beef and Mushroom Meatloaf Patties with Pan Gravy (grain-free : primal : gluten-free)

This recipe for meatloaf patties is loaded with veggies, which lightens them up so you'll never miss the usual breadcrumbs used in meatloaf.  I included lots of spices, so these have a great flavor punch. My husband and my three-year-old were clamoring for more and more!

Beef and Mushroom Meatloaf Patties with Pan Gravy
Serves 6-8
  • 1Tb butter
  • 1/2 white onion, minced
  • 1 stalk celery, minced
  • 12 medium-sized cremini (brown) mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp celtic sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tsp gluten-free naturally fermented tamari soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sucanat
  • dash of liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 egg, preferably from a pastured hen
  • 1&1/2 pounds ground beef, preferably grassfed
  • 1&1/2 tsp celtic sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 2 Tb sour cream
  • 1-2 Tb each butter and refined coconut oil, for cooking in
  • Pan gravy:
    • 2 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
    • 2 Tb white rice flour (omit for grain-free, or replace with arrowroot)
    • 2 Tb butter
    • 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
    • 1/2 to 1 tsp celtic sea salt, to taste
    • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  1.  In a medium skillet over medium-low heat, melt 1 Tb butter. Saute the onion and celery for about 5 minutes, sprinkling with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper. Stir in the mushrooms and continue to saute for another 10-15 minutes, until the mushrooms have released their moisture and cooked down a bit. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, vinegar, fish sauce, sucanat, liquid smoke, dried parsley, and dried thyme. 
  3. Add the spice mixture to the veggies and stir it all together.  Cook for a minute or so, and then turn off heat. Allow to cool. (The preceding steps can be done early in the day and then cooled in the fridge until an hour or so before dinner.)
  4. In a large bowl, lightly beat the egg.  Add the sour cream and cooled veggie/spice mixture.  Stir it all together. 
  5. Add the ground beef, 1&1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper. Use your hands to mix it all together well.  Pat the mixture down lightly and then score it with your hands into eight equal sections (these should be pie-shaped sections).  Form each section into a meatloaf patty.  There will be 8 patties total. 
  6. Heat a very large (12-inch), heavy-bottomed skillet  over medium-high heat. Melt 1-2 Tb each of butter and unrefined coconut oil and swirl it around to coat the bottom of the pan.  Add the meatloaf patties to the pan.  Cover the pan with a splatter screen if you have one. Let them cook for 5 minutes, and resist the urge to move them around while they are cooking.  Flip the patties over, and cook for another 5 minutes. You may need to lower the heat a bit towards the end of the cook time. Remove the patties to a plate while you make the gravy.
  7. To make the gravy, melt 2 Tb butter in the same skillet over medium heat.  Whisk in 2 Tb rice flour and stir while you cook for a minute or so. (Skip the flour if you want to use arrowroot instead of rice flour. You'll add the arrowroot in the next step instead.)
  8. Add the chicken stock while whisking constantly.  (If you want to use arrowroot instead of rice flour to thicken the gravy, you'll need to dissolve the arrowroot into a small amount of liquid and then whisk it into the warm chicken stock.) Bring to a low simmer and allow to cook down for a few minutes, stirring often.  Whisk in the poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper.  Taste, and adjust the salt as necessary.
  9. Ladle the gravy over the meatloaf patties and serve!  These patties are great alongside a side salad or even some potatoes.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Our Homeschool Curriculum (for a preschooler and a 1st-grader)

As a follow-on to my post about our homeschool routine, I wanted to share what curriculum we are currently using.  I apologize that this post is so long, but I wanted to get it all down in one post so that those who don't homeschool won't be inundated with irrelevant posts.

Before I began homeschooling in earnest a couple years ago, I researched various schooling and homeschooling methods and philosophies.  While there are some good ideas in each of the different schooling methods, the two methods that really resonate with me are Classical and Charlotte Mason.  My own homeschooling philosophy is largely a combination of these two methods.

My 3-year-old son is doing preschool work and my nearly-6-year-old daughter is in 1st grade. In our few short years of experience, I've learned that flexibility is key to successful homeschooling. Although I planned out our year back in July, I've made a few large changes to our approach as the year has progressed.

Preschool Curriculum for 3-year-old

  • Reading
    • I read picture books aloud to my son at least once a day. A few times a week during this reading time, I will show him specific letters in the book and talk about the phonetic sounds those letters make. 
    • One method I learned from Maria Montessori's writings was to only teach two things at a time. For instance, if you are teaching colors, only show two colors; trying to teach all the colors at the same time can be frustrating for kids whereas just remembering red and yellow is relatively simple for them to do. To apply this concept to reading, I make sure that during any reading session, I emphasize no more than two letters. I also try to pick letters that look very dissimilar, such as A and T for instance.  
    • I try not to interrupt the flow of reading to talk about the letters and their phonetic sounds.  Instead, I talk about them before we read the story, usually focusing on letters on the cover page or first page.  
    • We are also using the Bob Books Alphabet Books to further emphasize letter recognition and phonetic sounds.  My son and his older sister both love these books.
  • Fine Motor Skills
    • About twice a week, I work on fine motor skills with my son. These skills will be necessary once he starts writing. I primarily use Kumon workbooks for teaching fine motor skills. I've used Kumon workbooks for both of my kids, starting when they were two years old. Both of my kids have loved using these books. 
    • Kumon books are great because they use a very gradual progression to teach basic coloring, pencil skills, cutting, and gluing. I love the Kumon workbooks for preschool work; I don't like them at all once they get into grade-school type work as they are too repetitive and suck the fun right out of school. 
    • The following list shows the preschool fine motor skills books I use for my kids when they are 2-3 years old.
  • Free Play
    • In the preschool years, play time is hugely important in brain development.  So, while we do a little school work throughout the week, most of the time my 3-year-old son is just allowed to play.
    • At least once a day (weather allowing), both kids are sent outside to play for 30-60 minutes.  

1st Grade Curriculum for (nearly) 6-year-old

  • Reading 
    • Reading has been my top homeschool priority in Kindergarten and now 1st grade. This means that, on a hectic week when all of our plans fall away, I make sure reading still gets done. Reading is the only subject that is "studied" 5 days a week in our 1st grade. When we started 1st grade back in August, my daughter was already reading fairly well.  (I'll talk more about how I taught my daughter to read in a future post.  For now, you may find my list of Favorite Resources for Teaching Reading helpful.)  
    • For the first half of 1st grade, our reading lessons looked like this:
      • My daughter would choose what to read from a small stack of books I set out.  These were initially early reader books and Progressive Phonics books, progressing up to chapter books such as Magic Treehouse books.
      • She would read aloud to me for 20 minutes every morning.
      • After she finished reading, I would read to her for 20 minutes.  This was a great motivator for my daughter. 
    • My daughter's reading skills blossomed so much during the first half of the year that she is now reading at a 5th-to-7th grade reading level. So for the second half of 1st grade, I have restructured her reading lessons to look like this:
      • Four days a week, my daughter chooses what to read from a small stack of books on the couch.  These may include topic books that relate to our current history and science lessons as well as full-length fiction books such as Doctor Dolittle and Dealing With Dragons.
      • She sits quietly and reads by herself for 30 minutes. Often, she will continue reading for another 20-30 minutes after the timer has gone off, but I have to watch out to not let her read for too long (else she won't have any interest in doing any more school work or even play for the day, but will just read and read.)
      • I pre-read all the books my daughter reads, so she and I will often discuss the books she is reading throughout the week. This is a great way for me to assess whether she is comprehending the books she is reading.
      • One day a week, my daughter reads aloud to me from a full-length book OR she reads picture books to her brother (I just make sure the picture books she reads to him are somewhat challenging and have great writing, such as The Leaf Men. You can see a video of her reading to her brother here.)
    • My daughter always has access to plenty of books to read in her free time, some of which are below her reading level and some of which are the same ones she reads for her daily lessons. She often chooses to read for the duration of our daily quiet time in the afternoon (which is about 2 hours long). 
  • Writing 
    • My daughter does handwriting practice at least 3 times a week. I don't use a specific writing curriculum.  Rather, I make custom pages for her each day based on her interests. There are tons of writing workbooks out there, but I find that my daughter stays motivated if I customize her writing practice to whatever she's interested in at the time. For instance, I may write out a favorite quote from a book she's reading, or even let her dictate a letter or story that she'd like to write (if it is long, then she can work on half of it one day and the other half the next day).  
    • My daughter really likes cursive writing and asked to learn it, so she typically practices cursive two days a week.  I either print something from the computer or hand-write it out, and then my daughter traces the words and letters. 
    • Once a week, she practices printing.  My daughter got fairly proficient at printing during kindergarten (when she would trace the words and letters), so for 1st grade printing, I write/type out the words and then she copies the words herself. Or, we play a game where we write to each other to have a conversation. To make this work, my daughter uses a chart of words to know how to spell the words she wants to write.
    • I use several free fonts to create the writing sheets on the computer.  Print Clearly is the font I used when she was still learning to print.  For cursive, I use Learning Curve font.
  • Math
    • We do formal math lessons 3 times a week, and I also work in random math things at other times (like weighing food at the grocery store, looking at price tags, measuring for baking, etc). 
    • We started the year using Singapore Math curriculum. We followed it for the first couple months of 1st grade, but then I noticed that my daughter was getting less and less interested in doing her math work. I don't want math to seem like drudgery, so I took this as a cue that it was time to change what we were doing. So now we play math games and read math books instead of following the Singapore Math curriculum.  The result is that my daughter now loves math!
    • We play math games twice a week. 
      • Card games
        • Addition or Subtraction War is a great way to learn math facts without having to do lots of worksheets.
        • 21 (also known as Blackjack) is a great way for kids to learn addition and strategy as they try to reach 21 without going over.  Both of my kids love to play this game, which they call the "Hit Me" game (since that is what you say when you want another card).  I've made this game even better for teaching a real understanding of what the numbers mean by using a number line. (I made a number line on the wall using painter's tape and a permanent marker.)  We each select a colored token (which are really poker chips) and with some masking tape we show how many we have on our cards.  As we get more cards, we move our tokens along the number line.  This way it is easy to tell how close we are to 21 and also to see what happens when we bust (and go past 21).    
      • Dice games
        • Yahtzee is great for teaching addition and number recognition.
        • First to 100 is a game for teaching addition and visual knowledge of numbers up to one hundred. Each player rolls two dice and adds them together.  Using a hundred chart, each player colors or crosses out the number they rolled.  First to reach 100 wins. (This game can be played in reverse to learn subtraction by calling it First to 0.)
      • Monopoly is a great game for teaching larger numbers and the concepts of buying/selling. Since it can be such a long game, I typically limit the game to one hour long and we each start the game with two properties.
    • Once a week, I read aloud a math book. 
      • Life of Fred is a series of math books that tell stories about Fred, a 5-year-old math genius who teaches classes at a university.  The chapters are nice and short, and the end of each chapter gives a chance for us to practice math from the chapter (which we usually do on a lap-size dry erase board). Both of my kids love hearing about Fred. I think it is awesome that this book series actually goes up all the way through Calculus! 
      • Even though she didn't like doing the worksheets on a regular basis, my daughter still loves for me to read from the Singapore Math textbooks and work through them with her.  She actually takes these books to bed with her in the evening frequently to read them on her own.
    • Once every week or two, my daughter gets to do Khan Academy for math (which is free and has short arithmetic demonstration videos and a chance to try her own arithmetic).
    • Once or twice a month if I am too busy to play math games (such as on Cleaning Day), I will pull out a few math worksheets (either the Singapore Math worksheets, or free worksheets from Enchanted Learning).  My daughter doesn't mind doing math worksheets so long as she isn't required to do them very often.
  • History and Science
    • We use the methodology outlined in The Well-Trained Mind for history and science.  There is a four-year cycle that starts with 1st-4th grade, and then gets repeated again from 5th-8th grade and again in 9th-12th grade, with more detail and rigor each time.
    • We study history once or twice a week. For 1st grade history, we are using Story of the World Volume 1: Ancient Times as our history backbone, and then reading lots of applicable books from the library as a supplement. 

    • our hallway history timeline
      • Each week, we read a chapter from Story of the World as well as one or two picture books/fairy tales that compliment the ancient culture we are studying.  I have chosen to deviate slightly from the order presented in Story of the World (which is chronological but therefore jumps around a bit from place to place); rather, we are studying one ancient civilization at a time so we can really immerse ourselves in each ancient culture for a month or so.
      • We also use the Story of the World Activity Book that gives lots of ideas for projects and crafts that can compliment the history lessons, as well as lists of other books that correspond to each chapter in Story of the World.
      • I made a history timeline in our hallway, where we can keep track of important people and events as we go. This helps to create an overall understanding of what was happening around the world at different times in history.
    • We study science once or twice a week. For 1st grade science, we are focusing on animal science, the human body, and plant science.  
      • A great idea from Charlotte Mason was to use stories to teach rather than text books. This allows the child to really engage with the material in a real way, as they imagine the story happening.  
      • In the first half of 1st grade, we studied animals. There is a set of wonderful stories from the early 1900's by Clara Pierson. These stories interweave facts about animals, plants, and insects with nice stories, most of which have a moral lesson as well (similar to Aesop's fables). We often chose one animal or insect from each story and learned more by either reading topic books from the library or watching short videos on the internet.
      • In the second half of 1st grade, we are learning about plants through gardening. This is something that gets reinforced each year when we plant our seeds, watch them grow, harvest the fruits of our labor, and then watch the plants die as the weather changes.
      • We are also focusing on the human body this semester. Every week or two, we learn about a new part of the human body, and we are making a life-size model that we add to as we go.I find that I am most pleased with old books for teaching about the human body.  The more recent human body encyclopedia-type books are too graphic intense for my taste, and I don't like that there is no narrative which carries over from one page to the next.   Some of my favorite books for teaching about the human body are:
      • Twice a month, we do nature study.  This is another aspect of Charlotte Mason's schooling philosophy that I really like.  Nature study for us may be as simple as collecting and studying Fall leaves or paying close attention to the changes in our yard throughout the seasons.  We also take nature walks, looking at the flora and fauna in our neighborhood as well as the nearby desert landscape. Each of us has a nature notebook, where we can write about our observations or draw pictures of creatures and plants we encounter. At this age, I still help my daughter with writing in her notebook by writing down the words she wants in the notebook, and then letting her trace the letters (and this would count as a writing lesson too).   
  • Virtues
    • Because I think that learning to be a kind, respectful, and diligent person is just as important as learning to read and write, I am teaching our kids about virtues. Once or twice a month, I write up a page listing a virtue for us all to work on. This paper includes a definition of the virtue, plus some examples of how each person in our family can put the virtue into practice. For instance, one month we focused on the virtue of compassion.  The examples of putting compassion into practice included giving my daughter a hug when she is having a hard time, and being quiet and calm when Daddy arrives home after a rough day at work. Some of the virtues we will work on this year are:
      • Compassion
      • Fairness
      • Faith
      • Honesty
      • Patience
      • Gratitude
  • Art
    • At least once a week, my daughter gets to work on art projects.  Sometimes, these projects are as simple as freeform painting, and other times they are full-blown craft projects.  
    • Once or twice a month, we have a family drawing class. This is a great activity for our whole family, and I've been amazed to see that even I can learn how to draw well!  We are using Drawing with Children to guide our family drawing classes. 
All told, this seems like a lot of work.  But, in reality, we are done with school work each day by around noon. This leaves us plenty of time for a daily quiet time as well as free play time for the kids.

Do you have any favorite curriculum options to share?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Real Food Convenience Foods and Compromises

Given unlimited time and energy, everything my family eats would be homemade and prepared in the most nourishing ways.  In the real world of time constraints and competing priorities, though, I have to make some compromises.  These store-bought compromises and convenience foods give me a little break from the kitchen, without sacrificing our health.  

Frozen Veggies and Fruits

Of course, fresh seasonal veggies and fruits are the best option.  I buy lots of veggies and fruits fresh, but I also buy some frozen.  Frozen veggies and fruits are great because they require no prep work, such as washing and chopping.  They also don't spoil quickly as fresh produce often does.  While some fruits and veggies do not freeze well, I find that the texture and taste of the following are not hurt by freezing:
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • peas
  • spinach
  • hash browns
  • green beans
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • blackberries
I should note that, with frozen veggies, I always cook them anyway. I'm sure that frozen veggies will not stand in for fresh ones when they will be consumed raw. My favorite way to prepare frozen veggies is Simple Buttered Veggies. I cook hash browns in butter on the stovetop.  As for frozen fruit, I top frozen berries with yogurt or use them in muffins, smoothies or ice cream.

Luncheon Meats and Sausages

While they are not easy on the budget, organic nitrate-free lunch meats and sausages are a great meal helper when we are in a time-crunch.  My family usually eats lunch meats or sausages once or twice a week.

I have to watch out for so-called "nitrate-free" meats that contain celery juice, because I react to the nitrates in the celery juice by getting extremely lethargic after eating them. This pretty much rules out any commercially available beef or pork hot dogs, but I have found that I can eat Shelton's chicken or turkey dogs with no adverse effects.

I prefer to buy Organic Prairie brand lunch meats because most of them don't contain celery juice (which is often used to replace nitrates in meats, but in the long run results in consumption of even more nitrates). 

The following are my preferred lunch meats and sausages.  None of these cause me to have a nitrate reaction.
  • Organic Prairie Roast Turkey Breast
  • Organic Prairie Smoked Turkey Breast
  • Shelton's Turkey or Chicken Hot Dogs
  • Applegate Farms Chicken and Apple Sausages
  • Applegate Farms Roasted Red Pepper Sausages


Snack and Convenience Foods

When it comes to snacks, there are a few storebought items that I regularly purchase. I limit the amounts of these that we consume by not stocking up on them.  Rather, I only buy a small amount at a time.  Since I only grocery shop every two weeks, we often run out of these items, and I think that is fine. (I buy most of these items at our local health food store, but I've included product links below in case you want to see what these brands look like.)
  • Go Raw Spirulina Super Chips - These crackers are wonderful because they are made with sprouted seeds and made at low temperatures so they are still raw.  The only downside to these is the price, as they are rather expensive.  I buy no more than one or two packages of these a month.
  • Sesmark Rice Crackers - I buy rice crackers made with white rice rather than brown since we've had problems with brown rice. These crackers are great topped with cheese, nut butter, or cream cheese. I limit these to one package every two weeks.
  • SeaSnax - SeaSnax are made from seaweed, olive oil, and salt. The kids and I love these crispy snacks.  We eat no more than one package of SeaSnax a week, because they are expensive.  I especially like to take SeaSnax along when we go to the park for playdates, so my kids have something salty and crunchy to eat when they see other kids eating snacks that we don't consume.
  • Kettle Brand Potato Chips - Kettle chips are GMO-free and are cooked in safflower or sunflower oil (which I prefer over canola oil).  At our local health food store, these chips come in fairly small bags of only 5 ounces.  As a family, we generally eat less than one bag of these chips a week, but they are a great treat to have.  We mostly stick to the simple flavors, like Sea Salt.  I've noticed that most of the other flavors contain ingredients I'd rather not consume on a regular basis.
  • Gluten-Free Sugar Cones - For an occasional treat, I buy gluten-free ice cream cones.  These aren't perfect, as they do contain some sugar and soy lecithin.  But we eat so few of these that I don't see a problem.  We generally eat no more than one box of ice cream cones per month (they come in a package of 12 cones). 
  • Organic Popcorn - Once a week during our family movie night, we have homemade popcorn. I cook the popcorn in refined coconut oil and top it with plenty of butter and celtic sea salt.  What makes popcorn a compromise is that corn should ideally be soaked in lime water before consumption to maximize nutrition.  But, since we only eat popcorn once a week, I'm fine with this compromise.
  • Black Olives - We love to eat black olives as a quick snack alongside some cheese or nuts.  I buy organic Mediterranean olives packed in a glass jar.  My 3-year-old son in particular loves to eat lots of olives.
  • Just Peas - Just Peas are a great crunchy snack that only has one ingredient: peas!  Both of my kids have loved these dried peas since they were 1-year-old.  I like having such an easy veggie side dish to add on to any lunch.
  • Just Fruit Munchies - Everyone in our family loves these dried fruit snacks.  One great thing about them is that they include some sour fruits (like sour cherries, green apples, and raspberries) so there is a nice mix of sweet and sour in each bag.  They are great straight from the bag, or even sprinkled on top of yogurt. The only downside to Just Fruit Munchies is that they are expensive.  
  • Bubbies Fermented Pickles - In the summer, I make lots of Fermented Bread and Butter Pickles.  But the rest of the year, we buy lots of Bubbies fermented dill pickles at the store. While Bubbies sauerkraut and bread & butter pickles are pasteurized, their dill pickles are not pastuerized so they are a wonderful probiotic-rich food! My 3-year-old son often asks for pickles, and he will devour them!  My husband doesn't like many fermented foods, but he does love Bubbies fermented dill pickles. (I have tried making homemade dill pickles numerous times, but they are never as good as the Bubbies pickles.) These pickles are expensive, but this is one expensive food that I am willing to buy lots of. We go through a large jar of pickles every two weeks. 

Sushi Rolls

We typically eat out once or twice a month.  While we don't eat at any of the typical fast food restaurants, one great fast food option for us is sushi rolls from a local Japanese restaurant.  The kids and I LOVE sushi rolls!


Back when I was working outside the home, I didn't have time to make homemade condiments.  So I compromised by buying storebought condiments, such as ketchup and mayonnaise. One great trick with storebought condiments is that you can ferment them very easily!

I do also buy jam and peanut butter at the store. These are items we don't eat much of, and I'm happy to have them readily available. We use St. Dalfour jam which is sweetened with only fruit juice, and Maranatha no-stir peanut butter.  When I have time, I do sometimes mix in some crispy pecans and cashews to make pecan-cashew-peanut butter.

It's All About Balance     

I don't want to spend all of my time in the kitchen, and I also don't want to spend too much time worrying about our diet.  I try to relax and go with the flow, rather than getting mired in dietary minutiae.  By and large, our diets consist of nutrient-dense, real foods lovingly prepared at home.  But I'm happy to also take advantage of some easy and no-preparation required foods as well.

What compromises do you make to lessen time spent in the kitchen?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Cream Cheese Banana Pancakes (grain-free : primal : gluten-free)

A wonderful Saturday morning breakfast: pancakes! This recipe for cream cheese banana pancakes is easy to mix up and grain-free as well. These pancakes aren't particularly fluffy, but the cream cheese and bananas give these pancakes a great, rich flavor. Everyone in my family enjoyed these pancakes.

Cream Cheese Banana Pancakes
Makes about 16 pancakes
  1. Mash the bananas in a small bowl using a fork or potato masher
  2. Whisk the coconut flour in a small bowl to break up any clumps. 
  3. Put the softened cream cheese and eggs in a medium bowl.  Beat them together with a hand mixer until well-mixed. 
  4. Mix in the salt and vanilla. Then mix in the coconut flour.
  5. Mix in the mashed bananas.   
  6. Preheat a large griddle or skillet over medium heat.  I like to use a two-burner cast iron griddle whenever I make pancakes, and it is well seasoned through years of use so the pancakes won't stick. You'll know it is ready when a drop of water sizzles. 
  7. Because these pancakes are a bit delicate, make sure they are not too large. Use a 1/8 cup or medium scoop to measure out the pancake batter, and cook the pancakes in butter over medium-low heat.  If the bottoms are cooking faster than the top can set, turn down the heat.  
  8. Top these pancakes with some softened butter (cold butter is too hard to spread and will rip these pancakes).  Add some maple syrup, raw honey, or jam. A side of bacon goes great!
  9. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge, with a piece of parchment paper in between if you'll be stacking them. To re-warm the pancakes, use a toaster oven set on 200 degrees for a few minutes.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Our Favorite Easy Dinners

As a follow-on to my post about our easy dinner routine, I thought I'd share a list of our favorite easy dinners.  

Our Favorite Easy Dinner Meals
Quick and Easy Stovetop Meals:
Easy Meals that Freeze Well:
What are your favorite easy dinners?