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.


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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Super Foods for a Super You

February 26, 2013

Superfoods || The Average Girl's Guide If there’s one thing that’s true, it’s that not all calories are created equal. A snickers bar and an avocado are probably close in calories and fat, for example, but they’re miles away in health-factor. And, I’d argue to say the avocado tastes better (sooo good). The term superfood is a little over-used lately, but perhaps with good reason. Certain foods can be powerful health aides and possibly minimize needed meds. A win in my book.

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Peanut Butter Cookies

December 13, 2012

Have I shared with you that I’m a bit fanatical when it comes to peanut butter? No joke, I eat a pb + j sandwich every single morning. I’ve been wanting to make peanut butter cookies for ages so finally went for it after seeing a cookie contest in Parade mag this past weekend. The perk is that these are gluten free, which I tried all fall (maybe oddly, I’m now doing a “low-gluten”/emphasis on healthy, whole foods lifestyle) so these are perfect. They can be a bit flaky, so base your cooking time accordingly.

1 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup crushed peanuts
optional: I’m definitely trying chocolate next time with this. Just saying!

Preheat oven to 325.
In a bowl, beat sugar, peanut butter, egg and vanilla extract.
Place small scoops of the batter (approx. 24) on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. TAGG tip: when working with a sticky batter, spray your scoop/spoon with non-stick cooking spray; much easier.
Bake for approx. 12 minutes, or until brown. Remove, let cool for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Best Thanksgiving Sides

November 20, 2012

Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

When it comes to Thanksgiving, I must confess I’m a sides girl. I could leave the turkey behind in favor of all of the delish side dishes. Here’s a few I’m spying to make with my brother as we prepare to have our family over for Thanksgiving dinner. Definitely thankful for these!

corn pudding ||  brussel sprouts with apples || sweet potato casserole (my/gram’s recipe, and one of TAGG’s first posts) || two-cheese squash casserole  || perfect cranberry sauce ||  || best ever green been casserole || butternut squash soup ||

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