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Favorite Family Recipes: Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna from bell’alimento

This week, most kitchens are dedicated to preparations for Thanksgiving turkey plus all the trimmings. If you happen to be a vegetarian who is gearing up to say “no, thanks” when Aunt Martha passes the bird for the seventh time, then you need a back-up plan. Not to mention we all have experienced picky eaters at the dinner table. Skip the drama with a fancy, yet easy to follow recipe that will surely become a family favorite. Who knows, you may have just started a new family tradition. Roasted-Squash-Lasagna-www.bellalimento.com-008-533x800

Paula Jones at bell’alimento has a Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna recipe that you could serve as one of your favorite family recipes any night of the week, but also makes an exceptional pinch hitter for poultry around the Thanksgiving table. 

If you have a full kitchen, you can make this dish in advance by preparing it the night before and covering before you place in the refrigerator over night.  When you’re ready to bake the following day, let the dish come to room temperature and then bake according to directions. If you want to dress it to impress, fry a few sages leaves to use as a crispy garnish and loosen a few tablespoons of the squash puree with extra stock to drizzle around plate. Now that’s fancy!

According to Paula, your friends and family will “think you ran off to culinary school.”

Well, maybe not but your table will be mega-impressed and your little ones won’t be whining at your holiday event when you tell them they get to eat lasagna! 

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Favorite Family Recipes: Spaghetti and Meatballs

There’s nothing more comforting then a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs. Whether you’re a new mom stocking the freezer with reheat-able meals for post-baby or a dutiful neighbor bringing dinner to a friend, you can’t go wrong with a hearty classic.

Tanya Schroeder loves the combination of ground pork and ground beef that make her Spaghetti and Meatballs on Lemons for Lulu hearty and flavorful. Her entire family reached for seconds – even her son who typically avoids red sauce.

One of the best things about this recipe is that you can modify it if you’re cooking for a crowd — make a double batch so you can feed your family dinner (and leftovers!) and still have enough to bring to a friend.

Pair with a loaf of crusty Italian bread and a fresh green salad…and maybe even that glass of red wine you’ve been eyeing for nine months.

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And to keep your little ones polite during dinner, here’s some advice about teaching table manners to them!

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Favorite Family Recipes: Garlic Chicken Legs from Dine and Dish

Before the baby is born, most moms are all about stocking the freezer full of delicious and healthy meals to defrost and eat once your family has grown by one tiny person.

In the early days of parenthood, you’ll never go hungry. Between dinner drop-offs and surprise take-out from neighbors, you will probably have more food than you and your partner can reasonably consume. However, once the take-out offerings from friends and family begin to slow down and you’ve made your way through the casserole stockpile you amassed during your third trimester nesting phase, you’ll still have a family to feed.

Now that you’re a family of three (although one might not be eating solids yet), it’s all about convenience and nothing is more convenient than a simple chicken dish made in the slow cooker.

The Garlic Chicken Thighs from Kristen Doyle at Dine & Dish is a simple recipe: you throw it in the crockpot and forget about it, leaving the flavors and seasonings “to party with the chicken all day.” At dinnertime, throw together a simple green salad and you have a tasty and delicious meal.

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Photo Credit: Kristen Doyle. Used with permission.

 

And to keep your little ones polite during dinner, here’s some advice about teaching table manners to them!

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