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Sunday Suppers with Lunchbox Love--Italian Wedding Soup

This Sunday is Easter and, while we don't celebrate it, our close friends always invite us to their holiday celebration. The main dish varies from year to year but, the one thing that never changes is the soup. Every year, my friend makes the most delicious Italian Wedding Soup to start the meal and everyone at the table has to restrain themselves from filling up before the rest of the meal.


Sunday Suppers with Lunchbox Love--Sticky Cola Short Ribs

As my kids get older, they are becoming more and more open to trying new foods. At a friends' house recently for dinner, my kids tried ribs for the first time and loved them. Of course, the fact that they were sweet helped entice them. I looked for a similar recipe and came across this amazing recipe from Joy of Kosher. I like to use a cola that uses sugar, and not high fructose corn syrup, something like Boylan's. 


Sunday Suppers with Lunchbox Love--Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

This Sunday evening, friends from abroad are arriving for a weeklong visit. After such a long flight, I want to make sure our guests are able to enjoy an easy, hearty meal. But, like so many of our weekends, the day is going to be crazy with sleepover pickups, theatre rehearsal, and birthday parties, with a whole lot of cleaning in between. This Slow Cooker Chicken Taco recipe, from 5 Dollar Dinners, is the answer to an easy and satisfying meal that everyone in the house will love.


Sunday Suppers with Lunchbox Love--Seared Chicken Thighs over Cauliflower Puree (PaleOMG)

It feels as though the school year goes on, weekends get crazier and crazier. Birthday parties, school events, weekend sports, and family get-togethers--it all adds up to a lot of running around. Sunday suppers become even more important as we become busier but I don't want to spend too much time in the kitchen. This recipe, from PaleOMG, is simple and delicious, a perfect combination of hearty chicken thighs and easy cauliflower puree.


Lunchbox Inspiration: The Best Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Quaker granola bars are a staple in my house. With two working parents and two athletic, always-on-the-run teenagers, granola bars are a simple, somewhat wholesome, thing to eat. However, like most prepackaged foods, there are so many unnecessary ingredients so I set about to find a better version for my family.


Sunday Suppers with Lunchbox Love--Shakshuka

Growing up on Long Island, we ate a typical American diet--whatever it was, you could be sure it did not have much seasoning other than salt, pepper, and, maybe, garlic powder. So, when I met my Israeli husband and his family, it was as if a whole world of flavors opened up to me. Every dish had fresh herbs and spices that shocked my taste buds at every turn. The best dishes, however, were often the simplest, like this Shakshuka recipe from Smitten Kitchen.


Sunday Suppers with Lunchbox Love--Chicken Buerre Blanc Lazydays Islamorada

My uncle has a house in Duck Key in Florida, one of the most beautiful places that I've been to in the US. While there are many tourists that come through the Keys, there is a local, laid-back attitude that permeates everything in the area, including the food. There's a restaurant in Islamorada called Lazy Days where you can sit in tables on the sand and relax while eating some of the freshest seafood around.


Sunday Suppers with Lunchbox Love--DIY Popcorn Bar

The Academy Awards are this Sunday and, each year, we get together with friends to celebrate the event. Each year we have a different theme and sometimes we all like to get dressed up and have a fancy party. This year, however, we are going to be very casual. My friend, who is hosting the event this year, is going to have a DIY Popcorn Bar, very similar to this one from Sarah's Cucina Bella.


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