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Mom to Mom: The Update on 90 Days of No Repeat Dinners

Back in August, my close friend Maureen Slaughter (a mom to two boys) told us about how she had challenged herself not to repeat a dinner all summer long. Today, she gives us an update about how it all turned out. 

Our summer of "No Repeat Dinners" came to an end last month. I found it to be a very rewarding challenge.  Originally, my family was not crazy about the idea, but it was actually enjoyable to plan meals together, try new things and get out of our dinner rut. And, most importantly, my children lived through having their beloved chicken parmesan only once all summer. They saved it for the last week of the summer, and they savored every bite.

Photo by Leo Reynolds on Flickr.We tried at least one new dinner recipe each week, which revealed some new meals to add to our dinner rotation. Tilapia with lemon, turkey meatball sandwiches, and parmesan crusted pork chops were all successes! However, we had some failures along the way – food experiments that we can cross of the list. I try to convince myself that these failures give us a greater appreciation for the more successful meals.

I'm pleased that some of our favorite meals were very simple to make including roast chicken, grilled pork chops and cheese omelets. And several can be made in big batches and frozen for a future meal like shredded roast beef, chicken tacos and pulled pork BBQ.

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Weeknight Dinners: Roasted Vegetable and Quinoa Salad

This week’s recipe comes from Ginger Friesen, one of our recent “Go West Moms You Should Know” for her role in creating MealBaby, a free service that allows you to easily coordinate the delivery of meals to family and friends.

Photo by hownowdesign on Flickr.Friesen contributed this recipe for Roasted Vegetable and Quinoa Salad. She says she and her husband and their two young sons are “flexitarians, meaning we eat vegetarian (almost vegan) at home but will eat meat when we go out or are eating at others' homes.” Flexitarian! I’d never heard that term before, but I love it. Anyway, this recipe sounds particularly savory for a cold, rainy night, and we all know those nights are just around the corner. P.S. I’ll admit to never having cooked quinoa before. This recipe might convince me to finally give it a try! -- Tara

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