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Back-To-School Recipes

It’s September, the kids are in school and it’s time to get back into the routine of family dinners. If you’re looking for inspiration this fall, here are a few mainstays at the Zimmern household. I’ll admit, these are not all 30 minute recipes and some may take planning ahead. But, they’re all fairly easy and I guarantee they’re crowd-pleasing meals the whole family will rally behind.

 

Apple Cider Braised Pork

Apple-Cider Roasted Pork

I make my family a version of this practically fool-proof savory pork dish a few times a month. Get the Recipe >>>

 

 

Pork Chili

Pork & Black Bean Chili

Be sure to serve this chili with lots of toppings—limes, minced chiles, hot sauce, sour cream, sliced avocado, crumbled aged cheddar cheese, corn chips and warm flour tortillas. Get the recipe >>>

 

 

Mozzarella in Carrozza

Mozzarella in Carrozza

Mozzarella in carrozza is the ultimate cheesy sandwich with soft, gooey mozzarella nestled between egg-battered bread that’s fried until golden. I love to whip these easy sandwiches up for a special after school snack, or a weeknight dinner accompanied by a big salad. Get the recipe >>>

 

 

Butter Fried Chicken

Butter-Fried Chicken

This fried chicken entrée makes everyone happy. My son starts screaming “butter chicken” and runs up and down the hallways when he comes home from school and learns what’s for dinner. Get the recipe >>>

 

 

Squash Risotto with Bacon and Leeks

Risotto with Bacon & Squash

Creamy, comforting and oh so satisfying, I love this butternut squash risotto. It’s also an easy way to feed a crowd. Get the recipe >>>

 

 

Curry-Carrots

Curry-Glazed Carrots

The flavor combination of carrots, curry, orange and ginger is amazing, not to mention incredibly nutritious. Get the recipe >>>

 

 

Roast Chicken

Roasted Chicken with Ratatouille

Family meal night across America just got easier, and so did entertaining on a budget. Ratatouille paired with roast chicken pieces is a classic combination that even your kids will devour. Get the recipe >>>

 

 

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Cold Peanut Sesame Noodles

This is a simple, approachable dish with complex flavors that speak to kids and adults. Topped with fresh cilantro, scallions and cucumbers, these cold peanut-sesame noodles have become a favorite meal in the Zimmern household. Get the recipe >>>

 

 

Pot Roast

Perfect Pot Roast

Nothing says comfort food like a perfectly tender pot roast. It’s a staple in my cooking repertoire, and once you’ve tried it, I’m convinced it’ll become a regular meal at your house too. Get the recipe >>>

 

 

Lasagna al Forno-web

Lasagne al Forno

I prefer to make this classic Italian recipe with hearty eggplant slices and mushrooms in place of meat-heavy layers – it makes for a lighter, fresher meal. Get the recipe >>>

 

 

Meatloaf

My Grandma’s Meatloaf

If you’re on the fence about meatloaf, this recipe will certainly change your mind.  The whole family will love this meal, and the delicious meatloaf sandwich leftovers you’ll be serving the rest of the week. Get the recipe >>>

 

 

Menietti

Menietti in Vegetable Soup

These little menietti dumplings are my new favorite recipe. I can’t stop making them. Get the recipe >>>

 

 

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