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Deep South “Dawg”

  It’s grilling weather and you can be sure we’ve already had our share of burgers and hotdogs around here.  Great for weeknights because they are super fast, perfect for weekends – especially when you’ll be entertaining a crowd.  I mean, is there ever a time when these two classics AREN’T awesome? Everybody has a […]

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Pasta for Dinner… Pasta for Lunch. Make Ahead Meals that are Portable

Disclosure: I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central for the National Pasta Association. I received pasta samples and a stipend to facilitate the creation of pasta recipes as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Now that the kids are back to school are you finding your […]

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Southern Grape and Pecan Chicken Salad

I LOVE chicken salad.  Yummy chicken with fresh grapes and pieces of southern pecans….it is what makes a southern summer sandwich!  One of my favorite fillings for a simple lunch but also makes its debut on many a party table here in the south.  The only thing that makes it more awesome {and a bit […]

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12 Non-Sandwich Ideas for Back to School Lunches

Are your kids tired of the same ol’ pb&j?  Maybe you’re looking for other nutritional ideas besides the basic sandwich?  Whatever your motivation is, I’ve got a DOZEN yummy lunch ideas that ARE NOT sandwiches.  No loaf bread was used or harmed in this post. LOL. There are a couple of “sandwich-like” ideas here to […]

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Simple Southern Tuna Salad

Tuna salad can be made in a 101 ways – with mayonnaise and without tends to be the biggest difference.  Since I am a southern gal, you can bet my tuna salad has mayo. Is it better than the other?  Well, that is totally up to who is eating it. If you grew up on […]

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Simple, Homemade Spaghetti O’s

Do you kids love those canned spaghetti o’s {or maybe its you who has a secret love of spaghetti o’s}. Now you can have them – ahem – feed them to your kids without the worry about processed foods, preservatives, and artificial blech.  Plus, this recipe is SO simple and cheap to make! You’re going […]

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Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad in a Jar

This recipe is one of my new favorites because I can make a few jars early in the week and they will keep for 3 to 5 days. I have lunch ready in fridge whenever my heart desires. Packing the wet and heavy ingredients in the bottom and the delicate items on the top means […]

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Veggie Packed Refried Rice

This refried rice is keeping a REAL food secret.  Shhh. Don’t tell you’re kids, but this yummy kid friendly dish is PACKED with “nutritiousness.” There are some yummy scrambled eggs involved and LOTS of wholesome veggies.  And, you’ll never guess one veggie I used…RADISHES. Yep. Radishes.  Before this little experiment I had only eaten radishes […]

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Manly Meat and Potato Quiche

Quiche. Men think its lady food – too dainty and not nearly enough filling.  But, I’ve got a solution for that – fill that quiche will the things guys love – meat and potatoes, and maybe, just maybe, you can get your manly man to jump on board with this dish.  REAL food can be […]

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A WHOLE Week of Busy Weeknight REAL Food Meals

One question I get most here is how to get real food on the table in a hurry – especially on busy weeknights when most families are short on time.   A misconception that a lot of folks have about real food is that it has to take a long time to prepare.  While there are […]

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