Again with the "What’s for dinner?"

D-i-n-n-e-r? It’s the question that plagues me each and every day. On my best days, I have food in the fridge and game plan in place by 3PM. The other 350 days of the year, it’s chicken and salad, spaghetti or my kids’ favorite – breakfast-dinner. Most of the time, it’s fairly healthy. It is always a grind because I am sick-to-death of my own cooking.

That’s why I was overjoyed to be included in the launch of the Disney food channel featuring famed chef Cat Cora and the Muppets. Love those fur balls.

As for the invite to this soiree?? Someone at Disney must have read about my recent fast food debacle, took pity on me and decided I could benefit from a little cooking help. Alas, I found myself at the Professional Culinary Institute with 25 other mommy bloggers and the producers of’s food channel. So. Much. Fun.

Together, we recreated some of Cat Cora’s best family dishes, including the Mini Greek Burger Gyros with Garlic Sauce and Spring Greens. It was delicious and easily something my kids would eat. It’s also something that I would have never attempted to try on my own. The mere length of the title would have scared me off. Boy, was I wrong. There are so many ingredients hidden in here (including a couple of my faves – feta cheese and Kalamata olives). These little bites of yumminess are a great new taste sensation with a familiar package that’s impossible for a kid to resist. Your husband? Well, he might just spontaneously do the dishes after this meal.

And, for the budding young chef in your family, Disney also unveiled Hasty Tasty Cooking Tips. These are 3-minute video vignettes that show Cat Cora and Angelo, the Muppet, race against the clock to cook up bite-size recipes. It’s a great way to get the kids involved with the actual meal planning and cooking – which is next on my family to-do list. Mama doesn’t need to be cooking EVERY night, right? Right!
Back to me … the house frau and domestic goddess needing go-to meals that actually appeal to ME. And, since it is against my religion to cook separate meals for picky eaters, I suppose it should also appeal to those other peeps taking up residence here too.

No surprise, my favorite recipes are titled “20 Meals in 20 Minute.” I can do anything in 20 minutes! Heck, if I turn on an iCarly episode for the kids, I can cook dinner and shower too. Here are a few of my favorite quick and healthy dinner recipes from Cat Cora at

Gnocchi with Zucchini Ribbons and Parsley Brown Butter
Mustard Crusted Salmon
Tuscan-Style Tuna Salad
Easy Beef Burgundy (slow cooker)
Chicken Marsala with Fettuccini (slow cooker)

From one mother to another … thank you, Cat Cora, for refreshing my attitude on dinner. Maybe, I’ll even break out the table cloth and light some candles tonight.

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