Garnish with Lemon http://www.garnishwithlemon.com Enliven your family meals Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:49:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Blueberry Baked Oatmeal http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/blueberry-baked-oatmeal/ http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/blueberry-baked-oatmeal/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/?p=6439

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 Break out of your breakfast rut with Blueberry Baked Oatmeal. It’s nutritious and delicious and guaranteed to start your day on the right foot.

Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

Can we talk breakfast?

I always start the school year with a bang and make great breakfasts for the kids. Then October comes, and we have resorted to ready-made oatmeal, frozen waffles and bowls of cereal. Fast forward to January, and I won’t even tell you what we are eating for breakfast. But, let’s be realistic; getting out of bed for a bowl of cold cereal when its 10 degrees outside isn’t really enticing. So it’s time to up my game and add a few more items to my standbys. I’m a sucker for oatmeal, especially when it’s cold out. And since I always have blueberries on hand, this Blueberry Baked Oatmeal is perfect addition to our breakfast rotation….

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Meat and Cheese Stromboli http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/meat-cheese-stromboli/ http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/meat-cheese-stromboli/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/?p=6581

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Consider this Meat and Cheese Stromboli the way I happily justify feeding pizza to my family twice in one week.

Meat and Cheese Stromboli It’s true that stromboli is merely pizza in rolled up form, but somehow I feel better calling it by another name if we’ve already reached our takeout pizza quotient for the week. (No, I didn’t miss the irony of this statement given the fact that I blog about food for a living, but you gotta keep it real.) Some weeks are just crazy busy, and there are times when I just need something quick and easy that everyone will actually eat. This Meat and Cheese Stromboli fits the bill perfectly. You control everything, from the fillings to the sauces, and everyone walks away from the table with full bellies and satisfied smiles. #Winning…

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/chocolate-peanut-butter-oatmeal-bars/ http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/chocolate-peanut-butter-oatmeal-bars/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/?p=6582

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Need a dessert for the big game? Look no further! These chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars have a double dose of peanut butter and are party ready in 30 minutes!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

I have a confession to make: I throw desserts out.

Can you believe it? You may already know that I truly dislike leftovers of any kind, and, unfortunately, I have passed this trait on to my children. Now they won’t even eat leftover dessert. That, my friends, takes not eating leftovers to a whole new level!

Last week I made a pan of bars that sounded amazing on paper. They had 4 layers of goodness – brownies, caramel, nougat, and ganache. Seems like a slam dunk dessert, right? Well, apparently not as I still have ¾ of that pan sitting in my fridge. Not only were they underwhelming, but they were rather putzy to make. Clearly my ROI here was not good. So I regrouped and tried something else. Now these Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars that took 30 minutes from oven to table? Devoured. Every last crumb….

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Cheesy Chile Chicken Dip http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/cheesy-chile-chicken-dip/ http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/cheesy-chile-chicken-dip/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/?p=6580

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Nothing says party like a bag of chips and this warm Cheesy Chile Chicken Dip!

Cheesy Chile Chicken Dip

I have no problem admitting that I watch the Super Bowl primarily for the ads and the halftime entertainment. Very rarely do I have any investment in either participating team. But that doesn’t mean I’ll miss the opportunity to hang out with friends, eat myself silly and relax on the couch for a few hours. Others may choose their seats based on the best view of the TV and the game, but my game plan is all about the food. And come Super Bowl Sunday, you’ll find me positioned squarely in front of this Cheesy Chile Chicken Dip….

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Ranch Chipotle Chicken Wings http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/ranch-chipotle-chicken-wings/ http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/ranch-chipotle-chicken-wings/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/?p=6584

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Super Bowl Sunday is all about the food and the commercials, right? Ranch Chipotle Chicken Wings are a win – no matter who you are cheering for on Super Bowl Sunday. 

Ranch Chipotle Chicken Wings

There’s something that makes me love a food even more when it is completely socially acceptable, if not expected, for you to eat with your fingers. Who’s with me? And what football party is complete without wings? Not any that I attend.

When I saw this recipe for Ranch Chipotle Chicken Wings in my latest Food Network Magazine, I knew it wouldn’t be long before they were on our table. And let me tell you, they were every bit as good as I thought they would be. …

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Tequila Old Fashioned http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/tequila-old-fashioned/ http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/tequila-old-fashioned/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/?p=6583

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Need a cocktail for your upcoming Super Bowl party? You can’t go wrong with this Tequila Old Fashioned.

Tequila Old Fashioned

Full disclosure: I was inspired to recreate this recipe at my nine-year old’s birthday party.

Honestly, it’s not as bad as it sounds.

Granted, there have been days when Grady has driven me to imbibe at 5pm, but this was not one of those occasions. In fact, we were out to dinner with my mom and my older brother to celebrate Grady’s 9th birthday. Drinks were ordered (root beer for the birthday boy), and my mom’s cocktail caught my eye across the table. Naturally I asked for a taste (we’re family; germs don’t matter), and I was blown away by this Tequila Old Fashioned. In fact, it might just be my new drink of choice for some time to come….

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5 Pea Recipes to Shake Up Your Weeknight Meals http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/5-pea-recipes-to-shake-up-your-weeknight-meals/ http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/5-pea-recipes-to-shake-up-your-weeknight-meals/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/?p=6578

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You can never have too many tricks up your sleeve when it comes to veggies. Check out these 5 Pea Recipes To Shake Up Your Weeknight Meals!

5 Pea Recipes to Shake Up your Weeknight Meals

Let’s talk frozen veggies: super convenient, full of nutrients, and easy to prepare. All great things, right?

Not if my kids won’t eat them. 

My biggest frustration in the kitchen is getting enough vegetables in meals that my kids will eat. I always have bags of frozen vegetables in the freezer, but we need a little more variety than just butter, salt and pepper – Bor-ing! And if I’m bored with it, how can I expect my kids to be excited about their veg? But I also don’t want to spend another 45 minutes preparing a fancy side dish as I’m already operating as a full-service taxi for my kids and their activities. I’ve got 15 minutes MAX to dedicate to making veggies taste good so I don’t get the “Ugh, Really Mom?” face. (Yeah, you know that face.) These 5 Pea Recipes to Shake Up Your Weeknight Meals are some of my favorite ways to beat veggie boredom. 

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Easy Lasagna http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/easy-lasagna/ http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/easy-lasagna/#comments Sat, 10 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/?p=5161

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Nothing warms the soul more than comfort food. And this Easy Lasagna is at the top of my comfort food list!

Easy Lasagna

We all make resolutions to eat a little healthier every January, don’t we? But with the deep freeze that has been happening here lately, eating a salad for dinner just isn’t appealing. Don’t get me wrong; I LOVE salads for dinner, but when I have 3 layers of clothes plus a space heater just to keep me from shivering, a salad just isn’t going to cut it.

Cold weather like this calls for comfort food. And that’s when it is time to break out the lasagna. Easy Lasagna, to be specific. …

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Edamame Hummus http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/edamame-hummus/ http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/edamame-hummus/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/?p=6572

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Makeover your usual veggie dip with this protein-packed Edamame Hummus. 
Edamame Hummus

I think I should move to Italy.

Or Spain.

Actually any place where they practice mid-afternoon siestas or riposos (or just plain ol’ naps).

You see, I have this terrible habit of getting suuuuuper sleepy right around the time the kids get home. Seems counterintuitive, doesn’t it? They walk through the door like caged animals who have just been sprung from their cages, bursting with energy and enthusiasm. Me? I’m totally dragging. Find me a horizontal surface to lay down on, and I’ll be snoozing in minutes. Since naps aren’t part of our typical daily agenda, I need a different sort of pick-me-up to improve my lackluster performance. Fortunately I found a tasty solution to my temporary lull in energy with this Edamame Hummus.

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Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/slow-cooker-italian-wedding-soup/ http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/slow-cooker-italian-wedding-soup/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/?p=6442

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Minimal effort equals maximum reward in this belly-warming Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup.

Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup Brrrrr….

We’re staring down a sub-zero week here in Minnesota. Yes, that’s right; I said WEEK. We knew it was coming, as January is typically the coldest month of the year here, but that knowledge doesn’t make the transition any more bearable. In fact, you’ll probably find me grumbling about the weather most of the week. Fortunately, I’ve lived here long enough to know that the best way to fight the cold is the bring the heat – or hot soup, in this case. And this Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup simmers into belly-warming perfection all day long with no more than 10 minutes of effort on my end….

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