12 Recipes for Strawberry Season

It is strawberry season here in New Jersey!

Strawberries are one of our family’s favorite fruits and we’re lucky enough to have several amazing farms that offer strawberry picking within an easy drive – so we tend to go overboard.

We eat a ton of them, make jam to last the year, and end up cooking them up in so many different ways. Here are a dozen of our favorite ways to use them!

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Red, White & Blue Salad

This simple salad is a fun way to add patriotic colors to your table! Full of produce that’s in season locally between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, it is particularly perfect for the season.

This salad comes together so quickly that it’s an easy one to add to your holiday table, regardless of what you already have on the menu!

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9 Awesome Vegetarian Burgers

Summer is, without a doubt, burger season and if you’re looking for great, meatless options, I have you covered!

Whether you want a great basic recipe, unique flavors, or a kid pleaser, this list has something for you.

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Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Pulled Chicken

I think slow cookers are under appreciated during the summer months. Everyone loves the hearty stews and chilis when the weather is chili – but how often do you break it out when it’s hot outside?

I really is the perfect kitchen tool on hot days because it cooks without heating up the house. The trick is to pick a meal that doesn’t feel like it’s made for fall.

These sandwiches are a perfect example. These are saucy, but not heavy and the slaw makes them feel fresh and perfect for a hot day.

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Dream Dinners – 20 Years of Helping Get Dinner on the Table

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

I often get asked how I manage to dinner every night, and my answer is always the same: Dream Dinners.

I was introduced to Dream Dinners a little more than 5 years ago, just after my daughter was born and they immediately became part of my regular dinner rotation. I love to cook – I am, after all, a food blogger – but the craziness of having a newborn, a two-year-old, and a husband who frequently got stuck at work late absolutely sucked the joy out of dinner.

Dream Dinners gave me a way to get a meal on the table I could feel good about and look forward to without losing my sanity. We’re now out of the baby stage and into the shuttling-kids-around-for-sports stage, but Dream Dinners is still an integral part of our dinner plans.

This month, Dream Dinners is celebrating their 20th birthday – 20 years of helping families like ours tackle dinnertime! – and I couldn’t be more excited to help spread the word.

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One-Pot Mediterranean Pasta

This dinner is the ultimate meal for a busy night. With a few pantry staples and less than 30 minutes, you’ll have dinner on the table in no time! And my favorite part? There’s almost no chopping – it’s all just dump-and-go.

This one-pot pasta cooks the spaghetti right in the sauce, so it’s faster and results in fewer dishes. Add in a salad and some bread to complete the meal.

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Classic Spanakopita

Spanakopita is a classic greek dish. A hearty layer that mixes spinach, feta, and egg is sandwiched between two flaky layers of phyllo. It’s something I’ve loved for years – and made different versions of – but I hesitated to dive into a more traditional recipe.

This is a dish that takes a little time and patience – but it’s definitely worth the effort.

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10 Meatless Meals Kids Love

There’s a good chance that if you’re observing Lent and have kids, Friday dinners are a rotation of pizza, macaroni and cheese, and fish sticks. At the end of a long week, it’s hard to come up with something everyone will eat – so I’ve rounded up ten meatless meals my kids are always happy to see on the table.

These meals are real kid-pleasers! And they’re parent-pleasers too.

From one-pan or pot meals, to easy make-ahead casseroles, you’ll find something here your family will love that you won’t dread making on a Friday night.

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Cranberry Salsa

Need an appetizer for your holiday get together but don’t have the time for anything involved? This is your answer.

Cranberry Salsa is sweet and tart and pairs perfectly with salty tortilla chips. Better yet, it only takes 6 ingredients and 5 minutes to make. Jalapenos add flavor and color, but not a lot of heat so this is perfect for everyone – even those who don’t like spicy salsas.

This red-and-green salsa is perfect for the holiday season! It’s festive and easy – what more could you want?

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Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast

This comforting meal is perfect for a busy weeknight – with only five minutes of prep, you’ll have a dinner packed with fall flavors thanks to a few simple ingredients and the magic of the slow cooker.

The star of this recipe is the cranberry sauce – which also makes it an ideal use for any cranberry sauce leftover from Thanksgiving dinner!

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