Grilled Skirt Steak

This is the perfect recipe to use for fajitas, stir fry or just a big BBQ with a side of potatoes and veggies!

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Super Pretzel PB&J

With the first day of school right around the corner Rachael Ray Magazine editors challenged me to come up with an after school snack using Super Pretzels. 🥨

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Summer Salad

Summer is almost over in Florida and my sisters are not happy with me because I'm already discussing school. In Long Island they are still in the middle of their best summer weather and they don't want to even think about winter. So here's a salad Ali makes for all of you that are still enjoying your summer. It really can only be enjoyed during the summer because that's when the watermelon is the best!  

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School Mode

I'm feeling it.  We have school starting in 2 weeks and I am feeling the stress of it.  Getting all of the supplies, uniforms and backpacks.  It's a lot.  And once school starts we are going non-stop from morning until night.  It's always a rush to get to school and to get homework done and to eat a healthy dinner early enough so everyone gets to bed on time and feels good for the next day!  I'm tired thinking about it.    

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Sweet Cherry 🍒 Pie 🥧

Cherries are one of my favorite fruits. Right now they are in season and so good. We are having Sunday dinner at my parent's place and I said I'd bring dessert. I instantly thought of cherry pie.

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Smoothie Bowl

So, I love my smoothies and I love my acai bowls and I really love make ahead meals that are healthy!  This is basically a smoothie made into individual servings and frozen till ready to eat just like the acai.  These smoothie bowls are perfect for an after school snack on the go!    

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Bring on the brunch

Who doesn't love brunch?  You get the best of both worlds.  There's always a variety of foods and something to eat for everyone.

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Make Ahead

I have two boys that are growing fast and are always hungry.  I'm constantly looking for healthy snacks and meals to fill their bellies up so they stop eating!

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Acai Bowl

In the summer I always crave something cold and healthy in the morning to start my day.  Most of the time I make my smoothie, but recently I've been on an Acai bowl kick instead. It is so refreshing and healthy!

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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

This pulled chicken recipe is super easy and you only need a couple of ingredients.  I love serving this on top of the shoepeg corn salad with a side of cornbread.  You can enjoy a summer meal without having to BBQ...

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Fancy Beans

This is a recipe I got from the back of a can of Bush's Beans.  I have changed it a bit over the years.  It is an excellent side dish that I usually serve with white rice and store bought Rotisserie chickens for a quick, healthy dinner! 

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Bowties with Broccoli

It's not a secret that I love pasta and I love vegetables.  So, this is one of my favorite inexpensive, quick dinner meals!

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Momma’s Meatballs

I can make these every day for a year and they still won't be as perfect as my mom's.  Not sure what she does to them.  But this is her recipe and they are amazing!  Sunday dinner usually has these on the menu.

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Annie’s Crumb Cake

Take a break in the the middle of the day. Sometimes all we need is a cup of coffee and a little piece of cake to keep us going for the rest of the day😊. You don't have to tell anyone you had a piece of cake in the middle of the day or that... Continue Reading →

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Holy Guacamole

Avocados are amazing. In my house, we all love them. I can't keep up with buying them.  They are expensive! I complain because I find my husband's avocado pits all over in cups because he has been trying to grow an avocado tree for years. But I wish he'd grow one already. It would save us some money!

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Simple Side

This is one of those side dishes that can be thrown together last minute. We all have some sort of rice in our pantry and veggies that need to be used. As well as rice I always have a bag of frozen peas. I served this with salmon and it really was amazing! But remember you can use any rice or vegetables that you have available.

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Strawberries and Cream

So, as a kid I was a very picky eater. I didn't really like much and tortured my poor parents. Breakfast was a challenge. My sisters always laugh that my mom would go in the fridge and ask me for an hour, do you want this, how about this, etc?

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Zucchini Pie

This is more than a zucchini pie to me. It brings back  memories of my Grandma when we were little. Every week she drove from Brooklyn to Long Island to spend the day with my mom, me, and my sisters. She either brought a car full of paper towels and tissues, a weeks worth of... Continue Reading →

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Mita’s Slow Cooker Chicken

This is another one of Mita's recipes. It's simple and tasty! You can use this chicken for any of your Mexican dishes that calls for shredded chicken. I usually use it for my chicken tacos. In the shell, I layer a simple coleslaw salad, then the chicken, top with Mexican shredded cheese and home made... Continue Reading →

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Blizzard Soup

My sister Jen has been making this lentil and sausage soup for a while.  She was stuck home in a blizzard, so I was finally able to get her to write down the recipe for me.

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Salsa Salsa

We all love salsa. It's spicy, healthy and goes great with chips or on your tacos. I didn't know how much I really loved salsa until I had this one! One of my closest friends, Mita, is an amazing cook! She specializes in Indian and Mexican food, but can cook anything. We met when our... Continue Reading →

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Shhh.. it’s a secret

I've been eating homemade chicken soup since I'm a little girl. My grandma used to make it and freeze it in containers. My mom did the same thing.  My mom's note:  She used to make it the day before, because overnight the fat settles on the top.  She would scoop off the fat, heat and serve.  ... Continue Reading →

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Friday Night Pizza

Many people enjoy ordering pizza on a Friday night. It's affordable, fills the family and no one has to cook. We just can't seem to find a good pizza place to order from in Florida. It stinks! That's why I usually make homemade pizza on Friday nights. It's still affordable and fills the family, but... Continue Reading →

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Fill em Up!

Believe it or not, when I make salmon everyone eats it!  I never have any left over. It seems like when I make it, nobody gets filled. So I usually make this orzo side dish along with it to fill them up and it is amazing! I love pasta and I love vegetables, so for... Continue Reading →

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Fresh Market Meal

Both of my sisters do a great job of balancing their full-time work with family life.  Neither of them ever feed their family dinner by driving through a fast food window.  It's not an option.  But how do they get a healthy meal on the table when there is only so much time in the... Continue Reading →

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Smoothies

Good morning!  Smoothies are a quick breakfast when you are rushing around in the morning and want to eat clean! I prepare our smoothies for the whole week so we can grab them on the go, in the am or whenever.  I feel like it can't be done without the NINJA!  In my opinion a... Continue Reading →

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Poolside Pasta Primavera

The boys and I visited Michelle for some poolside fun and it was a blast like usual.  I will be sharing some of the other things she prepared in future blogs, but this is my favorite!  Pasta Primavera!

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Summer Plans

I think at this point in the year all of our minds go to summer. Vacation? Should we send the kids to camp? Can I handle camp mom? If so, how will I entertain them all summer? And how I will I keep them fed and full all summer? It's non-stop... I personally love summer. ... Continue Reading →

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