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Dinnertime Survival Guide

I was over the moon when Cooking Light asked me to write a cookbook for busy parents. I’m pretty darn proud of the finished product, Dinnertime Survival Guidewhich officially launched this week. I set out to write a cookbook I’d want to read myself–one that was easy to scan, that had a line-up of recipes that sounded yummy to all of us, and that took into account the stress, time-crunch, and chaos that can be family dinner. A photo with every recipe was a must too.

Dinnertime Survival Guide

I spent many months cooking and trying out the recipes for my family. My boys rated each one with a thumbs-up, thumbs-down, or thumbs-in-the-middle.

We all had our favorites. I loved Salmon Cakes with Lemony Garlic Sauce. My husband still swoons over the Maple-Mustard Glazed Chicken every time I make it. Henry was a huge fan of the Easy Garlic Fries, crispy baked fries tossed in a garlicky butter sauce. And Sam, the toughest customer at my table, now happily eats fish thanks to the T-Riffic Tilapia Tacos. For more details on what’s inside, read “A Peek Inside My New Cookbook!

Dinnertime Survival Guide

As soon as the books were delivered to my doorstep, one immediately became my kitchen copy. It’s already got the requisite drips and spills on its pages, like any well-loved cookbook should have. Now I want to share it with YOU.

I’m giving away two copies of Dinnertime Survival GuideTo enter:

1. Leave a comment telling me your biggest challenge when it comes to getting dinner on the table every night.

2. For one additional entry, share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media and leave me a comment telling me that you did.

The giveaway ends Wednesday April 30th at noon Eastern Time. (U.S. residents only please.) 

To purchase a copy of Dinnertime Survival Guide, go here.

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Younger Next Week by Elisa Zied

When my kids were younger, it was easy to make excuses for my lack of self-care, like regular exercise or some mysterious thing I’d read about called “me time”. But as the kids get older (and I get older too) my stubborn refusal to put myself somewhere on my to-do list isn’t cutting it anymore. Entering my 40s, I vowed to do better (read: “Project 40“). But now, two years later, I haven’t made nearly enough progress.

That all became crystal clear when I got the new book by fellow dietitian Elisa Zied, Younger Next Week. Elisa, a mom of two boys who motivates 44,000+ people through her popular Twitter feed, says she wrote the book because she knew a lot of women who were letting the stress of everyday life get in the way of looking and feeling their best.

Yep, that sounds familiar.

Younger Next Week is my reminder that making healthy tweaks to my diet, incorporating relaxation techniques, and making fitness a priority aren’t optional if I want to look and feel younger than my 42 years. The book opens with a quiz to find out where you’re starting (my score showed definite room for improvement) then presents a 7-Day Vitality Plan that includes a meal plan and recipes, guidelines for exercise, and tips for handling stress.

Elisa calls her book “a permission slip” for women to prioritize taking care of of themselves.

Just what I need. How about you?

I’m hosting a giveaway of one copy of Younger Next Week.  To enter, leave a comment telling me why YOU need this book. For one additional entry, “like” Elisa on Facebook or follow her on Twitter, then leave me a comment telling me that you did. Giveaway ends Monday April 7th at noon Eastern Time. (US residents only, please.)

As a bonus, here’s a recipe from the book, Romaine Salad With Raspberries, which I tried and loved (I used mixed greens because that’s what I had).

Romaine Salad with Raspberries from Younger Next Week by Elisa Zied

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Romaine Salad With Raspberries
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Serves: 7
 

Ingredients
  • Dressing:
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Salad:
  • 5 cups torn romaine lettuce
  • ½ medium red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded, deribbed and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • ¼ cup toasted walnuts

Instructions
  1. Prepare the dressing by placing the raspberries in a fine sieve over a small bowl to catch the juice. Using a fork, mash the raspberries to extract their juice. Disard the pulp. Add the lemon juice, honey and mustard to the raspberry juice and whisk. Slowly add the olive oil in a thin stream, whisking constantly until the dressing has emulsified. Stir in the salt and pepper and set the dressing aside.
  2. Place the romaine lettuce, onion and bell peppers in a large bowl. Add the whole raspberries and the dressing and toss gently.
  3. Spoon the salad onto individual plates and garnish with walnuts. Serve at once.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of Younger Next Week.

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March 3, 2014

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{Recipe} Dark Chocolate Mixed Nut Butter

February 20, 2014

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{Recipe} Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce

February 13, 2014

Lately, I’ve been a little obsessed with homemade pizza. I’ve been experimenting with crusts, adjusting baking times, and tinkering with oven temperature in a quest to nail the perfect pie. I’m still making Citizen Mom’s homemade pizza dough, as well as this new favorite from Dinner A Love Story. There are nights I carried away and […]

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{Recipe} Peaches & Vanilla Green Smoothie

February 5, 2014

The Polar Vortex got me dreaming of warmer temperatures in faraway places–where thermometers have never seen minus 10 degrees at high noon and where you don’t need to wear a ski mask to take out the recycling. That was the inspiration for this smoothie, a new favorite of mine. Close your eyes and it’s part […]

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{Recipe} Banana Oatmeal Cups

January 2, 2014

When I first made these oatmeal cups by Roni from Green Light Bites a few years ago, I fell in love with them–because I always had the ingredients on hand, because they were the perfect thing to grab as a breakfast or quick snack or pop into lunchboxes, and because my kids gobble them up. I […]

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5 Last-Minute Holiday Food Gifts

December 15, 2013

I get a little frazzled around the holidays. That means I don’t always plan ahead (read: I never plan ahead) and gather little gifts for friends and party hosts. Since I love to cook and bake, food gifts are a natural choice. So when I need something fast, I turn to things I already have on […]

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