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Mini Meatloaves and Stovetop Mac & Cheese (URS: Dinners for $10 or Less)

mini meatloaf and mac

Talk about quick and cheap eats! This meal features mini meatloaves full of flavor as well as a made-from-scratch mac and cheese. Filling comfort food that won’t disappoint, all for less than $10. Creating a dinner for four under $10 is not rocket science. Anyone who shops the sales and coupons can probably pull it […]

Vegetable – Beef Minestrone Soup (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Soups)

Vegetable beef minestrone

Minestrone soup, chock full of veggies, beans, pasta, and beef will really hit the spot on the next cool night. We’ve had a few chilly nights this past month, but fall hasn’t really hit San Diego yet. Our locale just doesn’t know the seasons. Summer goes from July to October; Fall lasts from November to […]

8 Quick Breakfasts for the Cool Days Ahead (Apple Cheddar Oatmeal Recipe)

Cheddar Apple Oatmeal

The cooler temps of fall are starting to settle in. Make sure your kids start the day right. Try one of these quick, nourishing breakfast ideas provided by Life as MOM contributor, Jessie Leigh. One of the greatest challenges I think I face in sending my children off to public school each day is ensuring […]

Easy and Versatile Rice Bowls (URS: Picky Eaters)

Rice bowl with beans and cheese

Rice Bowls are an easy and versatile dish to serve to everyone, even picky eaters. I don’t really like to address the idea of “picky eaters” because I think the term is very relative. If someone doesn’t like what you like, you might call them picky. And that’s not really fair, especially to kids who […]

Creamy Noodles with Ham and Tomatoes (URS: Chef’s Choice)

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If you’re the chef, you get to decide what’s for dinner. Share a favorite recipe with us and check out how I give leftovers new life. This month I’m doing a Pantry Challenge. What that means is that I’ve been trying to make good use of the things that we already have in the pantry, […]

Grilled Pizza (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Cooking Out)

grilled pepperoni pizzas

Can’t stand the heat? Get out of the kitchen! Cooking out doesn’t have to be limited to meats and burgers. Try grilling pizza. The first time we grilled pizza was about five kids and ten years ago. It was amazing! And then we didn’t do it again for quite some time. Last summer we took […]

Avocado and Egg Breakfast Sandwich (URS: Breakfast)

avocado and egg breakfast sandwich

Hard cooked eggs and toast make a fabulous base for an easily assembled and highly portable breakfast sandwich. Breakfast can be a tricky meal. It’s the most important, but it’s also happening at a busy time. Mornings can be a rush. Somedays, I get the kids fed, but forget to feed the Mama. That’s when […]

Easy Greens Tart with Feta Cheese

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Leftover greens combine with a buttery crust and a filling enhanced by eggs, cream, and feta cheese, to create a delicious easy greens tart. This week on URS we’re talking dairy products. And how timely. I’m currently reading The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love, next month’s Booking It selection. I’ve been […]