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Gumbo

Gumbo

Serves: 10-12

Time: 3 hrs

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Sausage Taster

Now my gumbo starts as a sacrilege because it has no shrimp or other seafood. That’s because my family doesn’t much like shrimp etc. So this is a chicken and sausage gumbo. Otherwise it’s more traditional then much of what you see on the web because it actually uses okra which many don’t.

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Fakes Baked Fish

Greek Lentil Baked Fish (aka Fakes Fish)

Serves: 4

Time: 40

Kid Friendly Tasks: Feta crumbler

This is the companion recipe to my Fakes Greek lentil soup recipe and I often make them together. I just made it up on my own one day. The soup, when cooked down slightly, has a set of flavors (which as you can see below, I enhance with a few extra spices) that goes really well with bland fish and feta. I like it because it makes a more well-rounded meal than just soup but is a light, healthy way to serve fish (except for the feta liberally spread everywhere of course, whistles innocently).

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Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos

Serves: 3

Time: 25

Kid Friendly Tasks: Toppings

Tonight’s version is fish tacos (no relation to Baja fish tacos though) and is, in my humble opinion, my best version yet. The secret is the soy sauce which was a new add for me. It ups the complexity of flavor (and the salt, so add it and then the salt) nicely. Other than the superiority of this version of the recipe, fish tacos in general are nice for several reasons. First and foremost, you don’t have to have defrosted anything to make them. Thus you can walk in the door at 5:30 and have dinner done by 6:30 with something as a main course that isn’t pasta, but still has a decent number of veggies included. The second reason is that my daughter will eat the fish because it’s mild (you can’t get more bland then Tilapia) which just leaves convincing her brothers that this isn’t really that bad. We’re working on that. These even reheat well and the leftover can make a lunch for someone. I usually serve these with rice, corn or black beans. They are not at all spicy because my kids, like most, don’t do spice.

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Cajun Tilapia Sandwich

Cajun Tilapia Sandwich

Serves: 2

Time: 25 mins

Kid Friendly Tasks: Pepper Picker

This sandwich, or more specifically a version thereof, is served at the Press Grille along with some chips and loud music. It is seriously trashy, but comes together quickly at home to make. I keep all of the various ingredients on hand mainly frozen and just add them one by one to a single skillet before masterfully dumping them all into a sandwich, which I also serve with chips and loud children. What could be better?

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Spinach and Cheese Crepes

Spinach and Cheese Crepes

Serves: 4

Time: 20 mins

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Adding Ingredients

Crepes are a great go-to dish to master because they are so flexible. You make them very much as you would a pancake, but you can put anything in them. The savory version can have spinach and cheese, ham and cheese, chicken and mushroom, you name it. It’s a great way to turn odds and ends into something tasty…

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