Sheet pan meals are the best! You place your entire meal on the tray, chicken and protein together, cook them and all there is to the cleanup is throwing away the parchment paper and you are done! This recipe uses lemony sumac and a great spice mix to coat both the chicken and the vegetables. The cauliflower, carrots and onions roast until they are carmelized and their sweetness comes out – making for a great balance with the chicken and roasted lemons. (Adapted from Cooking Light)
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This dinner salad has a delicious mix of salty and sweet, crunchy and smooth. The salty feta and pungent pickled onions are balanced by the sweet raisins, delicata squash and balsamic dressing, while the smooth avocado contrasts with the crunchy nuts. My kids love this salad and polished off the entire tray – you never know what might happen when you serve a filling salad for dinner…!

Fish Tacos

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The first time I learned about fish tacos was when we moved to Colorado – they are a big deal here…Unlike meat tacos, fish tacos are served in a soft corn tortilla, topped with smoky and spicy grilled fish, crunchy slaw, salsa and a lime infused sour cream – which together make the perfect bite. Use your favorite store bought salsa, or try this fresh salsa for an extra treat. (Adapted from Bobby Flay)
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This is our go to salad and dressing, which you can throw together while someone is setting the table. My favorite way to make this dressing (or any dressing) is to put all of the ingredients into a small jar with a lid and shake it well. Once you get the hang of it, you can switch up the vinegars, oils and spices and make it your own!

Israeli Salad

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This bright and refreshing salad goes well with many meals, and especially well alongside the Sumac Chicken

Arugala, Fennel and Orange Salad

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This bright and citrus-y salad is perfect for the winter when oranges and lemons are in season. The combination or Arugala, fennel and orange is a classic for a reason. Along with the lemony vinaigrette and the peppery arugula, this salad may just become a winter staple in your home.

Sabich Sandwiches

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This is a great vegetarian meal that includes fresh summer veggies, protein and is packed with flavor. I set up all of the toppings and let people choose what they want to put in in their pita pocket – just as they do at a falafel stand – but don’t skip the tehina! It brings it all together. Try swapping out the traditional Middle Eastern falafel sandwich with this this Sabich sandwich for a great weeknight dinner.

Mexican Chicken Salad

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This is a great (almost) no cook meal! I throw this together if I have some leftover grilled chicken and the rest of the ingredients are pantry and produce staples. Arranging it on a platter makes it look as good as it tastes!

Cucumber Salad

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This cucumber salad is easy, refreshing, and the recipe is really easy to remember: Equal parts sugar and vinegar and double part water. You can make more or less liquid depending on how many cucumbers you are using. Once the cucumbers have been eaten, you can even add new cucumbers to the liquid and after a half hour, you will have a new batch of cucumber salad for lunch the next day!

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.