The Mom 100 Cookbook {Review and Giveaway}

by Jennifer Donovan

Are you a foodie? Or a functional cook? Or perhaps your children’s complaints and picky eating habits have removed any desire that you ever had to cook.

Unfortunately, no matter our feelings on the subject, dinner must be served each night. And I think that most of us seek to be cost-effective and healthy, which means we all need to have some sort of menu ready-to-go that we can serve our families.

As I looked through Katie Workman’s The Mom 100 Cookbook: 100 Recipes Every Mom Needs in Her Back Pocket, I realized that there is something in here for everyone: the descriptions, gorgeous photos, and Katie’s obvious love of fine food will definitely appeal to the more gourmet foodies out there; however, the straight-forward instructions will help and inspire those of us who are struggling; and picky kids don’t stand a chance against her tips to encourage children to try new things (like fish). The title of the introduction explains it all: “How to pick your battles and find happiness in the kitchen.”

But she’s also a realist and knows that some kids are not going to eat what we want to eat, and as adults, we don’t want to eat as simply as some kids do. Instead of making “adult food” and “kid food” each night, Workman offers the ingenious “fork in the road” concept on some of her recipes. Take a pasta recipe with a simple sauce and set some aside for the kids before adding more spices and vegetables to please the adults.

I highly recommend this book whether you are an accomplished cook or simply like to look.

The Mom 100 Cookbook has chapters on

  • Breakfast
  • Lunches
  • Snacks
  • Soups and Salads
  • Poultry
  • Comfort Foods
  • Pasta and Pizza (“The Magic Words”)
  • Company Dinners
  • Desserts
  • and many many more

Each Monday, we have a book review and giveaway for you straight from our 5 Minutes for Books team (and check out our all-books site if you are interested in more reviews and giveaways). Making Sense When Life Doesn’t is still open for entries. The winner of our book giveaway closing today, Barefoot Books’ World Atlasis #29 Marcia Goss.

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Richelle August 13, 2012 at 12:47 am

My go to is homemade chicken pot pie. Not sure if it’s amazingly healthy, but it has one pound of vegetables plus one pound of potatoes (I like to keep the skin on). I also make the crust so it’s awesomeness :)

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2 Susan P. August 13, 2012 at 1:35 am

I make a Cuban dish, picadillo, that I make with more sauteed cut-up vegetables and serve with black beans and white rice. I always have all the ingredients on hand.

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3 Jennifer, Snapshot August 13, 2012 at 9:54 am

I think that’s something my kids would love. I need to try that!

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4 Susan P. August 13, 2012 at 1:39 am

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5 Jennifer, Snapshot August 13, 2012 at 10:01 am

Thanks, Susan. I think I fixed it!

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6 Angel S, August 13, 2012 at 2:23 am

Shrimp salad. Love it!

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7 Beth A. August 13, 2012 at 7:10 am

Pasta with salad and garlic bread is my easy go-to meal!

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8 Harmony B August 13, 2012 at 7:17 am

Its not very healthy but the kids love chicken parm. I bake the chicken instead of frying. we always have veggies

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9 gail August 13, 2012 at 10:03 am

any kind of pasta, like spaghetti, macaroni

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10 Helen August 13, 2012 at 10:09 am

My go-to meal is scrambled eggs & toast.

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11 Denise M August 13, 2012 at 10:13 am

Taco salad with ground turkey, salsa and avocado

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12 Kathleen August 13, 2012 at 12:07 pm

My Go To meal is Pizza. It is healthy with the choice of toppings. The all time favorite is BBQ/Ranch Chicken and Bacon with Spinach.

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13 Christine Jensen August 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Chicken Enchiladas! My kids love them and they are pretty simple (and a healthy recipe)

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14 Jennifer, Snapshot August 13, 2012 at 5:08 pm

My kids and I love Mexican too!

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15 Don August 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Lean chicken tacos are our favorite meal.

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16 Jennifer, Snapshot August 13, 2012 at 5:05 pm

My kids love tacos too — actually any kind of Mexican goes over well!

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17 Jennie August 13, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Spaghetti or lasagna. It’s easy to sneak some extra veggies into the sauce too.

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18 Lily August 13, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Wow! This book sounds interesting! I’ll prefer the pasta and pizza chapter.

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19 Brandy W. August 13, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I think my stir-fry is the healthiest go-to food in our home!

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20 Jennifer Thomas August 13, 2012 at 10:13 pm

My boys actually love eating a big salad as long as I put hard boiled eggs in!

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21 Jennifer Donovan August 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm

My 8 – year- old son went through a big salad phase recently too!

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22 Anne Lehnick August 13, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Tacos are usually a hit with the whole family

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23 Patricia Crowley August 13, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Baked Chicken with Rice and broccoli!

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24 Jonita August 13, 2012 at 11:14 pm

The hubby and I make a mean hamburger, but that doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily healthy! Just that the kids will eat it without complaint. :)

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25 Melissa Mc August 14, 2012 at 12:40 am

“functional cook” — yep!!
Green chili chicken in a crockpot. Fool proof, makes enough to eat on all week (tacos, enchiladas, salads) and the kids love it.

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26 CrystalGB August 14, 2012 at 8:28 am

Grilled chicken, salad, and baked potatoes.

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27 Rea August 14, 2012 at 8:50 am

I think that my go-to dinner is probably spaghetti with homemade pasta sauce. I cook up a big batch in the crockpot and freeze it. Sometimes I’ll toss in things like shredded carrots.

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28 Nicole O August 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Our weekly go-to meal is taco salad. Full of veggies, lean ground beef and black beans. What I love about it is everyone can make it their own; mine extra spicy, kids’ extra cheesy!

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29 jenn b August 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm

my kids love baked chicken with potatos

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31 anne August 15, 2012 at 10:02 am

Eggplant parmesan. a favorite.

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32 Dexie August 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Lemon chicken with a side of steamed broccoli.

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33 Emily N August 15, 2012 at 6:17 pm

My go to is spaghetti.

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34 Daniel M August 15, 2012 at 9:14 pm

breakfast quick and easy (pancakes or eggs)

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35 Jenna P August 15, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Usually chicken taco salad bowls… eating one right now

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36 Kristi C August 16, 2012 at 6:05 am

My go-to meal is chicken fajitas.

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37 Daiva August 16, 2012 at 6:29 am

I’m desperate for new ideas! Chicken Parm works for us and easy to make

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38 Charlotte Padgett August 16, 2012 at 12:21 pm

pancakes with sausage and/or scrambled eggs.

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39 Lori Hart August 16, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I like to grill burgers or ka-bobs

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40 dario August 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm

our go to dinner is pasta and sauce which is healthy but pretty much blah

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41 Kylie C August 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm

My family loves omlettes/scrambles I usually add Spinach, mushrooms, cheese, and some chunked chicken.

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42 nannypanpan August 16, 2012 at 5:48 pm

I MAKE WHOLE GRAIN SPAGHETTI THAT EVERYONE EATS
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43 Maryann August 16, 2012 at 6:42 pm

I make a chicken baked dish that has lots of vegetables in it.

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44 Tia August 16, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Mine is Chicken and Noodles.

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45 Christine August 16, 2012 at 10:06 pm

a big salad

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46 Caitlin McClure August 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm

I don’t have one. I’m about to be a new mom!

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47 Tarah August 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Would spaghetti be counted as healthy? There are vegetables in it!

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48 Kristy Thiel August 17, 2012 at 4:17 pm

I don’t have a go-to meal and could really use this!!

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49 Susan Chester August 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I make chicken or steak burritos when I am in a hurry to get dinner on the table.

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50 april yedinak August 19, 2012 at 1:32 pm

my quick go to is to make a giant salad with all the veggies I have

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51 Noreen August 19, 2012 at 9:20 pm

1/2 lb ground sausage, 1lb mushrooms, 1lb pasta, 1/4 cup Alfredo sauce
Cook sausage until brown, add finely chopped mushrooms and sauté until soft. Cook pasta according to directions, we used fiori pasta or the butterfly ones. Drain pasta and add to mushrooms and sausage. Add Alfredo and eat.

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52 amy marantino August 20, 2012 at 12:03 pm

we like rice and beans.

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53 Diane F August 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm

My go to dinner is spaghetti or tacos. It’s something that everybody likes.

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54 Staci A August 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Grilled chicken salad or wraps with lots of veggies.

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55 Karen Gonyea August 20, 2012 at 5:34 pm

I don’t have any healthy go to dinners, I have tons of not so healthy go to dinners – pizza, tacos, lasagna…..

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56 Brooke R. August 20, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Cornflake chicken is a fave in our house!

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57 Jessica T August 21, 2012 at 12:50 am

Cauliflower hash – a healthy breakfast for dinner!

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58 Deana C August 21, 2012 at 8:00 am

My go to dinner is chicken noodle soup

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59 Marianna August 22, 2012 at 9:05 am

I don’t have one! I’m desperate and tired of take out! lol

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60 Tamar August 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm

For us, it’s SALMON.

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61 Kimberly B. August 23, 2012 at 3:11 am

I need this book as I don’t have an on the go recipe.

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62 Jammie August 23, 2012 at 4:14 am

Salad with all the fixens. We love just to have salad as a main meal.

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63 Ellie A. August 23, 2012 at 9:29 am

My crockpot is what I actually use for go to meals. I’ve learned it doesn’t matter what you throw into it will end up tasting pretty good Ha.. So you see I need this book so my kids don’t have to ask what’s for dinner & I say Crockpot surprise :)

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64 kendra W August 24, 2012 at 3:30 am

A chef salad! We eat those often, and we add all the great veggies.

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65 kathy pease August 24, 2012 at 10:11 am

we like to make spaghetti with turkey meatballs

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66 Melanie August 24, 2012 at 11:54 am

My go to “I don’t have time to cook” meal is breakfast for dinner – eggs with wheat toast and fruit. mmm

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67 jen August 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm

chicken tacos is my go-to healthy dinner everyone loves!

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68 Beth C August 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Waffles and ham!

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69 Ed Nemmers August 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Macaroni and cheese!

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70 benita August 24, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Our go to dinner is baked eggs. It’s topped with melted parmesan cheese. Yummy! We vary the veggies we serve with the meal.

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71 Jeni Lutz August 24, 2012 at 7:26 pm

chicken and waffles

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72 Jennifer Paige August 24, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I can make mashed potatoes and be positive that it will be loved by the family.

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73 Theresa H August 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm

don’t have a go to meal because we have two new vegetarians in the house but we do love baked shells

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74 Chelsea M August 24, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Zucchini stuffed with spanish rice with some chicken in it! Very, very yummy (:

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75 Samantha August 24, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Definitely spaghetti with vegetables!

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76 Saver Sara August 24, 2012 at 10:26 pm

made ahead turkey meatballs with veggies

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77 shawna August 24, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Grilled chicken salad.

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78 Leslie L. Stanziani August 24, 2012 at 11:17 pm

I honestly need help with healthy,kid friendly recipes.I am almost 34 and am going in next week for 2 heart stents due to blockages.

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79 Renee G August 24, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Our favorite go to dinner is spaghetti.
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80 Jen August 25, 2012 at 12:18 am

My go-to dinner is shrimp linguine! Super easy, takes 15 minutes, and tastes very gourmet. Butter, fresh garlic, parsley flakes, olive oil, fresh grated parmesan, and a little white wine (I prefer something sweet – New Age). Add raw peeled shrimp that have had the tails taken off, and cook until pink and no longer. Serve over noodles. So good and SO easy!

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81 Ciara B. August 25, 2012 at 12:37 am

i don’t really have one (yet)
my son is still a baby but i’ve recently been starting to get into cooking

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82 Carole I August 25, 2012 at 12:59 am

Semi-homemade spaghetti sauce with whole-wheat pasta :)

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83 Sarah Y August 25, 2012 at 1:00 am

chicken stir fry with white rice

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84 Gianna August 25, 2012 at 1:02 am

Minestrone with pasta and parmesan.

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85 Dawn Reid August 25, 2012 at 2:23 am

chicken broccoli casserole

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86 Trisha McKee August 25, 2012 at 4:09 am

I do asparagus with Feta cheese and red onions but yes, desperate and need this book!!

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87 susan smoaks August 25, 2012 at 7:14 am

i like to roast veggies and have that with grilled chicken

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88 Rosey August 25, 2012 at 8:13 am

Cashew Chicken is our go-to healthy meal.

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89 Melanie Montgomery August 25, 2012 at 9:51 am

Chicken tenders and mashed potatoers

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90 Jenny August 25, 2012 at 10:22 am

Chicken, mashed potatoes, and veggies

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91 Lisa August 25, 2012 at 10:46 am

we usually eat Chicken Parmesan

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92 Angela W August 25, 2012 at 11:01 am

Pasta with veggies and a fresh salad

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93 Melissa VandenBerg August 25, 2012 at 11:05 am

My kids love salad which is great! Sometimes we just add chicken and maybe a baked potato….simple!

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94 Heather August 25, 2012 at 11:18 am

My go to dinner is homemade chili!

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95 James Coyne August 25, 2012 at 11:24 am

I love tuna casarole

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96 tamatha hunter August 25, 2012 at 11:35 am

chef salad with pretty much every raw veggie, meat & cheese in the frig.

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97 Melissa B. August 25, 2012 at 11:48 am

My go-to dinner is whole wheat chicken wraps. I bake chicken tenders then put them in whole wheat tortillas with low fat ranch dressing, lettuce and tomatoes.

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98 Paula Tavernie August 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Grilled Salmon!
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99 christal c w August 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Mine is usually tacos in some way or another

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100 Amber S. August 25, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Spaghetti and salad.

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101 SHEILA tf August 25, 2012 at 4:04 pm

baked fish, rice and peas

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102 Rachel August 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I feel desparate most days

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103 shirley zolenski August 25, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Wow that’s sad. I have a go to dinner (spaghetti) but I wouldn’t say it is necessarily all that healthy

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104 Jennifer B. August 25, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Baked boneless skinless chicken breast with long grain rice.

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105 heather c August 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Healthy? Hmmm. Errr… Uuuhhh… Yikes. Grilled chicken and steamed broccoli.

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106 Emily August 25, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Pasta is always our go-to dish.

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107 brenda Elsner August 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I would have to say my homemade chicken pot pie. It is something that I can make that everyone will eat.

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108 Amy DeLong August 25, 2012 at 7:56 pm

chicken taco!
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109 Veronica Garrett August 25, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Lasagna is my go to meal.

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110 Marie McMullen August 25, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Mine is anything with chicken. Usually a stir-fry. Gets all done in one pot, and the veggies get into the meal. Plus I have experimented with different seasionings to make the same old stir fry just a bit different every time.

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111 Sand August 25, 2012 at 10:15 pm

My go to healthy meal is ginger chicken with veggies.

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