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Since they didn't want to hurt your feelings, your family tipped us off, hoping we'd deliver the message. Here's what's on their minds.
More Taco Nights!
Interactive meals add fireworks to a ho-hum weekday dinner. Grill pizzas, roll up stir fried pork and vegetables in lettuce wraps, assemble fajitas just the way you like them. Even fondue can be a filling supper if you dip cubed ham and vegetables along with bread. This post on how to be a dinner hacker has even more non-boring meal ideas.
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One Equals Three
Stop putting pressure on yourself to serve the classic-and outdated!-meat and two full sides every night. At the same time, serving one meat (say, a roasted chicken) with a time-saving salad and baguette gets old fast. Our idea? Skip the meat altogether. Try this delicious pasta with roasted butternut squash and sage.
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Use More Olive Oil or Butter...Pretty Please?
Finishing a dish with either one of these fats is one of the main reasons restaurant food tastes so good. It gives an appetizing gleam to a dish and enhances the flavor. You don't need to use a lot; a drizzle or a small pat is fine, and won't sabotage your family's health.
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Wing it More Often
While you're fretting over buying all the right ingredients for a recipe, or stopping at the grocery store to buy turmeric, your family's at home, wishing you were hanging out with them while they play catch with the dog in the backyard. News flash: Your dining companions don't care about recipes. They're not checking to make sure you use the right amount of parsley; and they sure don't mind that you take a little poetic license with the garlic. Here's how to cut yourself loose from cookbooks and have more fun in the kitchen.
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