Southwestern Turkey Taco Salad Recipe An alternative for Taco Tuesday

Southwestern Turkey Taco Salad -- an alternative recipe to Tacos for Tuesday

Just like your family, mine loves Taco Tuesday. But I love to change it up a bit every now and then. Last week, rather than regular tacos, I announced that we'd be having Taco Salad. Naturally, I was hit with the whining and complaining. Sure, they like salads, but how dare I mess with Taco Tuesday?! Compromising, I picked up a box of Ortega Fiesta Flats Flat Bottom Taco Shells and created a dinner that everyone liked enough to tell their friends. (Don't worry. They were permitted to … [Read more...]

February Meal Plan One month of dinners, planned.

February meal plan. One month of family dinners, planned. The variety of chicken, beef, fish, pork and vegetable dinners creates a perfect menu plan for your family

February Meal Plan Week 1 Monday: Slow-Cooker Chicken and Pasta Soup Tuesday: Rachael Ray Mega Turkey Nacho Dinner Wednesday: Cheesy Veggie & Black Bean Tortilla Casserole Thursday: leftovers Weekend: Pizza, Zucchini Lasagna & Salad Week 2 Monday: Salmon with Yogurt Dill Sauce and side of spinach Tuesday: SPOT (Sausage, Potato, Onion, Tomato... and cheese) (I can't believe it's been so long since I made this!) Wednesday: Chicken Vegetable Pot Pie Thursday: leftovers Weekend: … [Read more...]

Homestyle Ranch Cornbread Muffins A Perfect Complement to my Standard Chili for the Big Game

Made from scratch, these cornbread muffins were excellent and easy to  make

For the past several years, I've been wanting to host a football party. It didn't have to be a big game party... afterall, that's always on a school night, and, almost always, way too late on a school night for a party. Any game would do, as long as I could host a good old football playoff party. One where we'd casually gather, watch football if we wanted, and enjoy wine and beers while the kids played outside. A casual party where we could just sit back to relax all Sunday. Last weekend, … [Read more...]

January Dinners Making your meal planning so much easier

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I have to share how stressed I was last week. I skipped sharing the January meal plan on Monday, thinking everyone would be able to easily find it because it's always sliding by in the slider at the top of's home page. Whoa. Was I wrong! The slider on the webpage only holds the 5 most recent posts, so I can't even begin to tell you the number of emails I received that asked what happened to the meal plan... it disappeared from Julieverse! I explained that readers can always type … [Read more...]

January Meal Plan 1 month of dinners planned for your family

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Happy 2016! It's a time for new beginnings, yes? January and September are the most popular months for readers to decide to dive in to Meal Planning. So, I'll make it easy to help you out.  Here's everything you need to know to get started with meal planning for your family dinners:  basic tips for meal planning post. Want to make it even easier? Get meal plans in your email inbox by subscribing to the Julieverse daily emails (plus you’ll receive other Julieverse posts each day.) Popular … [Read more...]

December Meal Plan Calendar A Menu for the 5 Weeks Leading to the New Year

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I was SO wanting to cook on the grill last night. With 65 degree weather at 5 pm, I'm kind of wondering what stopped me. But, if I'm honest with myself, it's that I didn't want to fight the hectic 5 pm grocery store mob to get burger buns. Instead we stuck with the plan and had a delicious baked potato soup. Onward! This week's menu plan has several easy soups and crock-pot dinners, plus another version of turkey meatloaf that will make my family's warm hearts sing. And because … [Read more...]

December Meal Plan A month of menus for your family dinners

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  You all won't believe this, but I'm working on something big for January. It has to do with Meal Planning and healthy family dinners and, oh! There is so much excitement here! So, keeping this week just as easy, I am definitely sticking to the menu plan. And, look! It has a whole bunch of family favorites like Taco Soup and Turkey Meatloaf. And because Hanukkah began just last night, I'll remind you that here are several Hanukkah-themed posts that have appeared on Julieverse in … [Read more...]

Here’s Your Family’s Dinner Menu Plan for December

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  Isn't December just wonderful? Okay... that's a bit of sarcasm. I mean, it's a great month, but it gets a little overwhelmingly busy. Take this week, for example. I returned from a marvelous vacation over the weekend with a fairly empty week. In a matter of 24 hours being home, I'd added 7 appointments, 3 playdates and 3 calls to my schedule. Of course, I also couldn't skip CyberMonday yesterday, so I spent a bit of time watching the sales. And, suddenly, dinner time was upon us. Thank … [Read more...]

Recipes and a Meal Plan for November; Includes Thanksgiving Leftovers Ideas

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I came up with a brilliant plan last week. One of the kids owed me about an hour and a half of my life, because he or she might have wasted it in a temper tantrum. It was only fair, really, for me to require said child to give me that hour back by being my right-hand-man (or woman.) So, last week, this child started cooking dinners while I sat back and gave directions. I love cooking, but I love watching the kids learn about cooking even more. Watch out, kids. You may soon be creating my grocery … [Read more...]