Many people have been asking me for recipes, recipes and more recipes coupled with “what do you eat for dinner?”  Let me tell you, it is ever so glamorous.  It all starts around 4pm (sometimes a little later) with “oh, ef…I need to make dinner” and then I procrastinate a bit hoping that the clean food fairies will do me a solid just this once.  Alas, I find myself opening and closing the refrigerator and pantry countless times until it comes to me (I can make something easy for the kids and have my hubby make something yummy when he gets home! or)  I’m going to throw this and this and this together, and then I cross my fingers.  Sure, sure…I’m all for meal planning in advance and sometimes I get into a good groove and we plan…but not always (or even often).

Tonight was no exception.  I actually had a vague idea of what I was going to make around nap time (which is stellar for me) unfortunately, I dreamed I had more of the ingredients than I did for the dish that I was going to make, so I  improvised.  My inspiration came in the form of summer squash from the garden.

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Now, now, now don’t get me wrong our dinner ALWAYS looks like this…oh wait…do you know how much work it was for me to get this shot?  First, I had to make some Annie’s Mac & Cheese because we had a playdate at our house and I wasn’t going to force this deliciousness on the palette of an unsuspecting 5-year old, I wasn’t even sure if my kids were going to eat it.  Happily, they did and I discovered this after getting the plates all set up for a super pretty picture (whilst a two year old was holding onto my leg screaming singing “mommy, mommy, mommmmmmmmy”) and I ran to get my phone only to find this when I came back…

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…and two happy girls!

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I missed getting a shot of our dog enjoying it off of the floor, too!  But all in all this turned out super well and it was FAST and EASY (11 minutes start to finish).

All you need to do is:

Make a 1/2 cup of dry quinoa and then add some cubed avocado, black beans, cilantro, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Halve and deseed your summer squash (or zucchini) and stuff those babies! Voila a healthy dinner in 11 minutes!

Oh, and just so you aren’t fooled by my oh-so-glamorous life…this post is brought to you from the sanctity of my car, in our driveway, while the kids are getting into bed, before I run out to do groceries for a barbeque we are hosting tomorrow.  Yes, so glamorous!

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