Tuscan Cannellini Beans with Mushrooms, Spinach, and Pesto

Tuscan Cannellini Beans Recipe with Mushrooms, Spinach, and Pesto - Andrea Meyers

Last week we had our first hard frost. Autumn had been teasing us with frost warnings for almost a week, though nothing had come of it yet. We’d picked the last of the tomatoes and peppers, and our counters overflowed until we made the last batch of sauce and Michael chopped about 10 pounds of… 

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Breakfast Oatmeal with Peanut Butter, Bananas, and Honey

Breakfast Oatmeal Recipe with Peanut Butter, Bananas, and Honey - Andrea Meyers

My boys have been eating oatmeal for breakfast since they were toddlers. We started with just some quick oats and milk, and I quickly figured out that they liked applesauce stirred in with their oatmeal. Over the years, I’ve done a lot of healthy variations with additional whole grains, applesauce, apple butter, raisins or Craisins,… 

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Sweet Potato, Chicken, and Spinach Curry with Quinoa

Sweet Potato, Chicken, and Spinach Curry Recipe with Quinoa - Andrea Meyers

All that wet, cool weather we had last week kept us indoors. Every time I had to go out, I got drenched and chilled. I was ready for the fall temperatures, just not eight inches of rain in six days. Thank you very much, Tropical Storm Karen. Staying trapped indoors for a week got a… 

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Butternut Squash Au Gratin with Mushrooms and Bacon

Butternut Squash Au Gratin Recipe with Mushrooms and Bacon - Andrea Meyers

I think this post officially beats my record for the earliest Thanksgiving recipe, but I can’t help it; this butternut squash au gratin is just too good to wait until Turkey Day. Make it for Sunday dinner sometime with roasted chicken, turkey, or pork, and then again for Thanksgiving dinner. It’s definitely a keeper.

Shrimp in Tomato Gravy with Creamy Grits (aka Shrimp and Grits)

Shrimp in Tomato Gravy with Creamy Grits Recipe (aka Shrimp and Grits) - Andrea Meyers

Grits may not be high on everyone’s list of comfort foods, but I just love them when they are made with some milk and cheese. It’s like wrapping up in a warm shawl or sweater; they fill you up and warm the belly. And I like their versatility, because they are great for breakfast, lunch,… 

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Persian Jeweled Rice, aka Wedding Rice (The Kids Cook Monday)

Persian Jeweled Rice Recipe (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

Fragrant rice dishes are one of my favorite food memories from my time in the Middle East. Widely known as pilaf (aka polow, pilav, pilau, pulao, and other names), these rice dishes vary in texture and ingredients based on the country of origin. Pilafs may include spices, meat, nuts, dried fruits, and vegetables, and have… 

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Moroccan Roasted Salmon with Mango Salsa and Quinoa Spinach

Moroccan Roasted Salmon Recipe with Mango Salsa and Quinoa Spinach - Andrea Meyers

School has started again, and just like every year, we get crazy busy with school activities, sports, and other things that fill our weeknights and weekends. All of the above on top of work can put a damper on dinner preparations, leaving me scrambling some days. Lately, that’s been more often than not.