Sea Bass over Potatoes and Leeks

This is my go-to company fish dinner, if I am having guesys on a weeknight. The creamy and buttery sea bass topped with crunchy garlic rosemary breadcrumbs is already a delicious mouthful. Plating the fish over warm potatoes, leeks and a pungent balsamic dressing pushes this dish over the top. It is rich tasting, and just filling enough for a special weeknight dinner.
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Sometimes the best pasta dishes are the simple ones, with a few powerful ingredients. This dish uses anchovies, which impart a deep (but not fishy flavor) and lots of garlic and some pepper flakes for a kick. The spinach and the breadcrumbs add some additional brightness and crunch. And the best thing is, you can throw this pasta dinner together in the last minute.

Smothered Hamburgers and Onions

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This is hamburgers like you’ve never before had them – unless you are a member of my husband’s larger family, in which case, I am revealing to the public one of their family’s treasured recipes. These are hamburgers browned in a sauté pan and then slowly simmered with tons of thinly sliced, browned sweet onions. Serve these with mashed potatoes and steamed or roasted broccoli you will have a very happy family….

Meatball Minestrone Soup

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When I tell my 9 year-old son that we are having meatball minestrone soup for dinner, I get a fist pump… This soup is packed with Italian spices, veggies, noodles, and of course meatballs! This is a hearty “One Pot” meal for all the various eaters in your family – big and small. I like to serve this with crusty bread. Spread some pesto on the bread for an extra treat!

Veggie Burgers

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I have been in search of a really delicious (and easy to make) veggie burger for a long time, and so far, this is the one. It has great smoky flavor, a nice variety of vegetables and best of all, it bakes in the oven or on the stovetop, so there’s no grilling involved. I like to make extra and freeze them on a parchment lined sheet tray. Once frozen, you can put them in a ziplock bag and rewarm for another dinner down the line.

Mac ‘N Cheese

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Mac n cheese is THE comfort food, for both kids and adults. This mac n cheese has all of the creaminess of your standard recipe, but instead of cream, you can use skim milk or any reduced fat milk you have. To add some color, throw in some frozen peas at the end. And you can also flake in some tuna, if you want to turn this into tuna mac n cheese.

Eggplant Parmesan

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Eggplant Parmesan is both a classic and a great meal that uses the abundant end of summer eggplant. Even those who generally don’t run towards eggplant will love it covered with crunchy breadcrumbs and layered with marinara sauce and melted cheese. This version, moves away from the classic fried eggplant and uses baked and breaded eggplant slices instead, making this a healthier choice that still boasts the same depth of flavor. If you are short on time, use your favorite store bought marinara or you can make your own. (See recipe below) Serve this with a green salad and your dinner is set.

Salmon Burgers

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In my house growing up, salmon burgers (or croquettes as we called them in the 80’s) were made from cans of salmon mixed with some eggs, breadcrumbs and maybe a little something green or crunchy if we were lucky. Easy, but it was never my favorite dinner. When I came across this method for making salmon burgers in an issue of Cooking Light, I knew it would be a hit. Instead of canned salmon, this recipe uses fresh salmon that is par-baked and them mixed with fresh and punchy flavors that are a far cry from the dull croquets of my youth. Serve with Sweet and Tangy Cruciferous Slaw on the side.