When it comes to dinner my house is totally dull. I race in the door around 6:30 p.m., daughter and husband quickly follow — or vice versa — and then we want to immediately feed our daughter so in order to sit with her, we wind up bringing something in, eating leftovers or quickly creating something lame-ish. This average girl’s meals have become beyond pitiful. I need to spice things up!  While I love breakfast for dinner as much as the next girl, it’s becoming excessive. Pre-daughter we used to cook all the time, nothing fancy or elaborate but healthy, satisfying and fulfilling meals instead of a haphazard options where I’m frequently hungry again by 9:30 p.m. — never ideal for someone with a high snack factor.

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eggplant and tofu in garlic sauce || peach and roasted vegetable salad || shrimp + arugula pasta || buffalo turkey burger 

Does you have the same issue?  Or have created a solution? What are your go-to meals and strategies to ensure a quick, good meal on the table?

I recall making extra chicken, for example, one night so I can repurpose it the next night but hasn’t been happening. The goal eventually is to get home earlier but isn’t that always easier said than done? I find so many recipes, pin dishes, and even load up on cookbooks on my counter (with bookmarks shoved in, embarrassingly enough!) that never go anywhere. Well, I do keep making the same banana bread recipe over and over! #win

I’m determined to create at least one amazing, pretty quick new dish my family can enjoy. And, yes that means slightly coaxing my ultra picky daughter to try a bite. I’ll be back next week to report how I’m spicing things up in the kitchen — maybe with a fun Asian or Indian dish, or just playing around with ingredients like I used to enjoy. We’d make sushi, spring rolls, test marinades, grill, create chilis, and have the best time. But now… nada. Talk with TAGG in the comments section about your favorite recipe, or if you’re like me and ready to get crackin’ in the kitchen again. Excited for what’s in store!

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