Category Archives: Easy

Fusilli arrabiata over kale. 1/11/23

I made a spaghetti sauce that started with sautéed mushrooms, onions, and garlic and added two tablespoons of tomato paste, a tablespoon of dried oregano, and a 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes. Since arrabiata means “angry” in Italian my … Continue reading

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Tilapia sub with coleslaw 1/10/23

Tonight’s simple dinner satisfied a craving for a sub. John cooked the fish quickly in a pan on the stovetop. I toasted the rolls under the broiler. I also made the coleslaw and some tartar sauce. The tartar sauce is … Continue reading

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Salmon bowl. 1/9/23

This is a family favorite but to be honest I am getting tired of all these bowls. I am sure that especially our daughter is not going to be happy about that! Last night all I could think of is … Continue reading

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Chickpeas with ditalini and vegetables 1/7/23

Here’s a big pot of goodness burbling away on my stove top. The main components are chickpeas, some sort of small pasta, and vegetable or chicken stock. After that, use what you have vegetable-wise. I used onions, garlic, zucchini, carrots, … Continue reading

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Shrimp and grits with broccoli. 1/6/22

Tonight John cooked up the rest of our smaller frozen shrimp that we had purchased for Christmas Eve. I took the time to cut each one in half to slow down my eating. By doing that, when John asked if … Continue reading

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Chicken and gravy with squash and green beans 1/5/23

Using rotisserie chicken, packet gravy, and an Instant Pot for the butternut squash makes this dinner a snap. I set the Instant Pot on high for 15 minutes and the butternut squash came out with a texture that was easy … Continue reading

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Fettucine and zoodles with mushrooms and broccolini 1/4/23

Two vegan dinners in a row! It is such a pleasure not to be eating in an unhealthy manner. John was in charge of cooking the pasta and I was in charge of cutting up vegetables, zoodling the zucchini, and … Continue reading

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Vegan Afghani style lentils with rice and kale 1/3/23

Quick-cooking red lentils form the base for this dinner entree. It is spiced up with garlic, onion, ginger, cumin seed, turmeric, and cayenne. First you cook up the spices in a little oil, then add the garlic, onion, and ginger … Continue reading

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Chilean sea bass, farro mix, broccoli. 1/2/23

I am starting off the new year with one of the best “diet” dinners in our repertoire, Chilean sea bass with delicious sides. John roasted the sea bass in a 400F oven for 13 minutes. It was flavored with olive … Continue reading

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Polenta with meatballs and tomato sauce, vegetables. 12/30/22

In an effort to make room in the refrigerator we decided to have a leftover dinner rather than the fish we had intended. We will eat the fish tomorrow for lunch. This is an amalgam of the polenta we had … Continue reading

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