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 Mix and match meals

Starch + veggies + meat
 
Starch Options (these go in the oven first to cook):
Potatoes (purple, red, sweet — go crazy), cut into chunks
Carrot strips (cut carrots into thin strips)
Butternut squash (Peel and cut butternut squash into chunks)
 
Vegetable Options (these go in at the same time as the meat):
Asparagus (cut off bottom of stalks)
Green beans (trim ends)
Brussels sprouts (halve or quarter, depending on size. Note: These should cook the ENTIRE time, so to put them in with the starches.)
 
Meat Options (these are the ones I’ve tried, but go ahead and be adventurous):
Pork chops (I use boneless, avoid very thin)
Salmon fillets
White fish fillets
 
These instructions are for feeding two people! You may need to use two baking sheets for more.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and cover a baking sheet in foil. Spray a little olive oil over the foil and layer on your starch. Bake in oven for about 15 minutes. While the starch is baking, prep the veggies and meat. 
When 15 minutes is up, remove baking sheet and mix up your starch, being sure to move them to one side of your dish. In remaining space, arrange meat and vegetables, lightly coating them in oil. Return to oven and bake for another 13 to 15 minutes. Season as desired. Serve hot and enjoy the lack of cleanup. 





Mix and match meals
Perishables

05/05/16



 Being a mom to two toddlers makes life particularly interesting. I am a busy lady but I also laugh a ton. I change a lot of diapers but I also get a million hugs. I hear a lot of squeals and screams but I also hear “I love you” numerous times during the day. It’s an intense life, but it’s mine and I genuinely love it — except around dinnertime. 

Recently, dinner has been stressing me out! I know I am not alone in this. Hard-working people all over this country come home, and the last thing they want to think about is prepping and cooking a meal. It’s overwhelming some days. 
This week’s column is all about saving you time and stress when you come home at dinnertime. Rather than ordering out or whipping up something artificial in the microwave, I am here to offer you a solution that has been making my life a million times easier during the last few weeks. Rather than focus on one particular fresh ingredient, I am offering you a way to cook a few meals using an array of only fresh ingredients. My favorite part about it all is that it is easy. The only dishes I wash are the ones we eat with and my cutting board. The rest is balling up the tin foil. 
I am married to a meat and potatoes guy. Luckily, he has branched out significantly since meeting me, but he still lights up when we have some kind of meat, some kind of starch and a vegetable. So when I started piecing together easy meals using that formula, he was on board. 
— Allison Willson Dudas 





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