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  • Nancy Boudreau, RYT, CHHC

Food for Thought: A little inspiration to get you dancing in the kitchen

I love to cook–It’s my love language. But sometimes I get into a rut and need a little inspiration. You too?

If you’re looking for new, easy, delicious recipes to try out, I’ve got you covered.

If you missed these posts, here are some links to my favorite soups, how to grill or roast vegetables, and how to make a super salad.

These are my go-to websites for cooking inspiration. The recipes are easy to follow and family-friendly. Doesn't matter if you're vegetarian or eat everything but the kitchen sink, these sites make it easy for you to find something delicious to make.

Here are some of my all-time favorite apps, side dishes, and meals.

Make this no-knead artesian bread and you’ll look like a rock star. It takes some time but is so easy to make. Dump the ingredients in a bowl, mix, cover with plastic wrap, and let time work its magic.

Need appetizers? This Baked Clam Dip is the recipe I’ve been making for years, with a few modifications: I cut the recipe in half and leave out the garlic and garlic salt. You can serve the clam dip on Ritz crackers or use it to stuff mushrooms. So good!

This classic warm spinach and artichoke dip is cheesy, creamy, gooey goodness - ‘nuff said!

Potatoes, cheese, and bacon - What’s not to love? My go-to holiday potato side dish is this twice-baked cheddar potato casserole.

In my humble opinion, the Connecticut-style buttery lobster roll is the best. Instead of the split hot dog bun, serve it on ciabatta bread.

Want fried shrimp without the grease and mess? Try this quick and easy oven-fried shrimp. Panko crumbs give it the fried crunchy texture without all the grease.

Don’t worry if you forgot the tartar sauce, you probably have all the ingredients you need to make it at home.

And you can’t have fried shrimp without french fries - I think it’s a law. Make these crispy oven fries to go with your shrimp and it'll feel like you’re on vacation at the shore.

If you're feeding a crowd, this pulled pork can be made in the slow cooker or Instapot. Instead of the apple cider vinegar and water, I use a bottle of beer for the cooking liquid.

If you prefer beef, this barbeque beef brisket fits the bill. It’s slow-cooked in the oven with a dry rub, then topped with barbeque sauce. It's tender, juicy and packed with flavor.

Eggs – It’s what’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This broccoli frittata or this crustless broccoli cheddar quiche make a delicious and satisfying breakfast or lunch. Paired with a side salad and a glass of wine, a simple light dinner.

Marinade a shoe in this Healthy Teriyaki Sauce and it would taste delicious, but I recommend trying it on chicken, pork, fish, beef or tofu. This recipe uses honey instead of the usual corn syrup found in most bottled teriyaki sauces so it has just the right amount of sweetness. I've also made this using maple syrup instead of honey and soy sauce instead of tamari and it was excellent.

This Rice & Bean Casserole is super simple. Just dump everything into a baking dish, cover tightly with foil, and bake. Make sure you have guacamole or some fresh avocado to serve with it.

I hope this gives you some ideas and a little inspiration to try something new in the kitchen. Bon appétit!

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