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Cooking Light, the nation’s leading epicurean brand, has teamed up with author, mother of two boys and registered dietitian Sally Kuzemchak to publish a celebration of the family meal with tips and tricks on solving your toughest dinner dilemmas with Dinnertime Survival Guide. ($24.95) that came out this Tuesday, April 22, 2014!!

These days, parents are juggling more roles, time shortages and responsibilities than ever before. But somehow, some way, dinner still has to get on the table. Cooking Light’s Dinnertime Survival Guide is the perfect handbook to help moms and dads navigate mealtime by arming them with strategies, tips and over 150 easy and healthy recipes. Whether the struggle is trying to feed a picky eater, needing time saving tricks, working with what you have on hand or adjusting to a tight budget, Dinnertime Survival Guide highlights numerous solutions for you and your family which will guarantee easier mealtimes.

Dinnertime Survival Guide was written to assure you that you’re not alone when sometimes making dinner is a pain or your least favorite part of the day,” says author Sally Kuzemchak. “Its goal is to arm you – a parent with your heart in the right place – with a game plan for dealing with the very real obstacles that make it a challenge to pull off – like crazy schedules, a tight budget, lackluster skills in the kitchen, or kids who are tugging at your pant leg while you’re trying to cook. For every challenge, there are strategies from my own playbook, plus input from experts on how to better deal with each one.”

Highlights include:

  • Seriously Smart Advice: Hard-won kitchen wisdom from Sally and other moms around the country.
  • Crazy Mealtime Tricks: If you usually plate food in the kitchen, start serving meals family-style. You’ll find it a simple change but one that will empower your family and make them receptive to new things. Another trick? Serve dessert with dinner. This type of outside-the-box thinking may be just what you need at the dinner table.
  • Tasty Recipes: 150 recipes that are doable no matter what predicament you’re in and that your whole family will eat.
  • Solutions for the Top 10 Challenges: Hectic schedules, picky eaters, stuck in a food rut? Sally has these and many more covered.

The recipes and stories shared in Dinnertime Survival Guide are sure to inspire busy moms, dads, and families everywhere. As a young, amateur home cook, these recipes are budget friendly, easy to follow, and fun! Of course some are easier than others but everything tastes delicious!

To order your own copy of this fabulous cookbook, click here!

Photo credit: Dinnertime Survival Guide

Photo credit: Dinnertime Survival Guide

Last week, when I was cooking at my dad’s house I decided to take a whip at the Salmon Packet recipe. It’s a super easy recipe that takes only about 20-30 minutes to cook. I wanted to share this great recipe with all of you to try it yourself!


Salmon Packets
Hands-on time: 15 min. Total time: 30 min.

Place squares of foil on the countertop, and set up an assembly line with veggies so everyone can add their own. Top each square with a salmon fillet, seal, and bake. Let the kids peer through the oven window toward the end of the baking time to see the packets puff up. When time’s up, you can either remove the baked fish and veggies from the packets to plates or let everyone eat right from the foil.


  • 1 ¾ cups sliced zucchini
  • 1 cup red bell pepper strips
  • 8 lemon slices
  • 5 (6-ounce) skinless salmon fillets
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into 4 equal pieces
  • 4 dill sprigs
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


1. Preheat oven to 400°

2. Cut 4 (14-inch) squares of foil. Place zucchini, red bell pepper, and lemon slices in center of foil squares. Top each with a salmon fillet, butter, and a dill sprig; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Fold foil over fish and vegetables. Tightly seal edges.

3. Place foil packets on a jell-roll pan. Bake at 400° for 15-2o minutes or until fish flakes easily when with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from oven; cut open packets and serve.

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 packet)

Calories 345; Fat 18.3g (sat 5.6g, poly 5.2g); Protein 39.5g; Carb 3.7g; Fiber 1 g; Chol 123mg; Iron 1.9mg; Calc 38mg


Here’s to eating well with great friends & family!


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