Persian Sweet and Sour Fish

The warm flavors of this Persian fish are perfect for the colder months. The mix of flavors in this recipe, which include fresh ginger, curry powder, tamarind paste, lime and cilantro, is middle eastern cooking at its best. This sweet and sour fish, is more like a fish stew and goes really well with some crusty bread to sop up the sauce. (Adapted from Joyce Goldstein, The New Mediterranean Kitchen)

Maple Bread Pudding

Bread pudding is one of those indulgent breakfasts (or breakfast for dinner!) to save for a special occasion. The creamy bread inside with the addition of maple syrup and the crunchy caramelized exterior are the perfect combination. Prepare this in advance and reheat on the morning after Thanksgiving for a delicious breakfast treat for all your guests. Adapted from WebsByMegan.

Make Your Own Panini

Make your own panini dinner rivals taco night in our house. We lay out a spread of different cheeses, along with condiments, like pesto and an array of mustards, and of course lots of different fun veggies to choose from. You can use the below list as a starting point for inspiration. Everyone picks their favorite fillings and waits patiently (☺) while their Panini cooks and gets brown and crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside.

Meatball Minestrone Soup

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!

Fish and Veggie Chowder

Somehow I always end up making this Chowder on a Sunday. I think it’s a great way to end the weekend and get ready for the week ahead. It bubbles on the stove in the late afternoon, sending delicious aromas of sautéed onions and peppers throughout the house, and then the family sits down for a nice warm bowl of this hearty soup and enjoys the last few hours of calm before the busy week begins…. Serve this with some good crusty bread on the side.