Salad Nicoise with Seared Pepper Crusted Tuna If you are looking for a light but filling dinner salad, try this salad Nicoise. In addition to having all of the regulars, like olives, tomatoes, string beans, and eggs, this version kicks it up a notch with a seared pepper crusted ahi tuna. I love to use red and green peppercorns, which have a slightly sweet taste. Make sure everyone gets a few slices of the tuna and feel free to add any additional veggies that you love!
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Have you ever made a pasta dish where you cook the pasta in the sauce itself? The advantage of this method is the pasta absorbs so many good flavors, instead of just pouring the sauce on top and coating it. This is a relatively simple sauce and the spinach adds great color and a deep flavor – I always add extra spinach, to get the extra veggies in and make this a full dinner. (Adapted from Cooking Light)

Huevos Rancheros

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If you’re like me and prefer a savory breakfast for dinner instead of a sweet one, this is an easy and flavorful breakfast for dinner. This recipe for huevos rancheros has a base of beans and is topped with a homemade salsa, fried egg, feta and cilantro, but feel free to play around with this and use your favorite vegetables and condiments. You can add sour cream, guacamole or anything else you have on hand. (Adapted from Sunny Anderson)
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Chicken Paprikash with Knokerly

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Does it get more Hungarian than Chicken Paprikash? This dish takes all of the most popular Hungarian vegetables, green peppers, onions, tomatoes and of course lots of paprika, and slow cooks them with chicken until they are very tender and melt in your mouth. You can serve this with rice, which you can cook with the chicken and vegetable, but if you want to be authentic, try making the Knokerly, which are delicious Hungarian dumpling noodles. They soak up the gravy and were always my favorite part of dish when I was young. If you want to taste Hungary on a plate, this is the dish for you!
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Once a week, when I was in High school, we would eat dinner at my grandparents house and this was a standard. My grandmother came from a world where to feed people was to serve them meat and potatoes. This dish has always been a favorite of m Uncle Tom’s and has now become a frequently requested dinner by my husband. You can cook this in the traditional method using a pot on the stove for a few hours, or use a pressure cooker to pull this dish together in less than 30 minutes.

Persian Sweet and Sour Fish

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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)

Wedge Salad

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The wedge salad is back! When I was growing up, salad meant iceberg lettuce. Now that we have all of these readily available microgreens, we have forgotten how satisfying a bit of crunchy iceberg can be. If you want to mix up your dinner side salad, try this great throwback wedge salad. I like to serve mine with a simple thousand island dressing, but feel free to use a ranch or blue cheese dressing if you wish.

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)

Spanish Omelet

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I remember making Spanish Omelets as a kid – in fact, I think this is one of the first full dishes I really learned how to make on my own. The great thing about this is that there is not one formula for making this omelet, so it’s a great last minute meal when you have nothing but the basics in your pantry and fridge. In my version, you just fill it with your favorite sautéed vegetables and cheese, top it with a simple tomato sauce and you have an easy and delicious dinner on the table in minutes. Keep this recipe in mind for the day before Thanksgiving, when in the midst of all the preparation chaos, there are still hungry little people that want to be fed….