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Menu Planning for Busy Families

Now that school is back in session and kids sports are underway, your evenings have probably gotten much busier. Instead of turning to takeout, delivery, or fast food, put a little time into meal planning so your family can eat smart. These are a few different strategies you can use to make it easier and quicker to cook more meals at home no matter how busy you are. Continue reading

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MyPlate Inspired Dishes from Northern Mexico

Do you want to bring more spice and flavor to your home-cooked meals? The traditional Mexican diet is rich in spices, peppers, beans, corn, rice, and tortillas that you can use to help spice up your everyday cooking. These foods are the staples of popular dishes like fajitas, tacos, carne asada, and tamales. Typical family meals in Northern Mexico are influenced by the ranch culture of growing their own food or raising livestock, like beef cattle, chickens, and goats. Continue reading

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Quick and Healthy Indian Themed Dinners

Welcome to Northern India, where cooking is an important family affair and meals are full of flavor. Big Indian families lead to many helpful hands in the kitchen and traditional recipes might take all day to prepare. Hinduism is the largest religion in India, which is why there are many vegetarian dishes. A typical Northern Indian meal uses rice and beans as staple foods paired with vegetables and Indian spices, such as curry. Continue reading

Fall Recipe Inspiration

 

Pumpkin spice might be the official flavor of fall, but there are other seasonal foods that deserve a spot on your menu. Root veggies, winter squash, leafy greens, apples, pears, and more are in season in fall. As the nights cool off and the days get shorter, comfort food is back on the menu. It’s not too hot to use the oven again and a hot bowl of soup sounds satisfying, not uncomfortably sweaty. And for everyone not yet ready to give up the taste of summer, the last tomatoes, squash, and bell peppers of the season are still at the market. Enjoy the best of both seasons with this fall recipe inspiration. Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Recipes for Winter Meals

The holiday season is an especially busy time of year. And cold winter weather is finally setting in for Virginia. Which means it’s the perfect time to add slow cooker meals to your weekly meal plan. Slow cooker recipes are the ultimate one pot meal. They usually need just a little bit of prep-work, and then the slow cooker does the rest. And nothing beats walking in the door after a long day to the delicious aroma of dinner that’s ready to eat. Continue reading