Amee's Savory Dish

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Amee's Savory Dish is all about healthy living. I share recipes that are suitable for a fit lifestyle, fun treats for kids, organic gardening tips, workout reviews and love featuring other healthy foodies around the web.

What's one of the first recipes you taught your kids to make?

What's a delicious no cook recipe?

What's a great breakfast for a special occasion?

What's your go-to cooking shortcut?

Amee Livingston

My biggest time-saver is pre-cooking chicken breasts to freeze and have on hand for fast meal preparation. I freeze a mixture of diced and whole breasts to be used in a variety of ways. Chicken is a wonderful lean protein and so incredibly versatile!!!
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What's your favorite recipe for a dish that can be made ahead and frozen?

Amee Livingston

I love this Creamy Ham and Spaghetti Casserole! It's really easy to throw together on busy nights and it freezes beautifully to be cooked later. A family friendly meal with all the food groups in one dish.
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What is an easy vegetable recipe that your kids love?

Amee Livingston

Roasted veggies are a big hit. Roasting brings out the natural sweetness in vegetables, which is more pleasing to a little person's palate. This roasted carrot recipe is delicious!
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What is your favorite quick breakfast recipe?

Amee Livingston

My kids love chocolate chip banana muffins, so I make them in large batches, wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze in large ziploc bags. They can just grab one out of the freezer, pop it in the microwave for a few seconds and breakfast is done. Best of all, it's a healthy recipe! Serve with a glass of milk and fresh fruit and it's a great way to start the day. :) http://www.ameessavorydish.blogspot.com/2011/04/chocolate-chip-banana-muffins.html
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What's your family's favorite easy crock pot recipe?

Amee Livingston

My family loves this recipe for Sweet and Spicy Crockpot Chicken! You can adjust the heat by choosing mild, medium or hot salsa. It is great over rice or shredded in tacos. It's so easy and kid-friendly.
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If you had to get dinner for your family at a fast food restaurant tonight, which would you choose and what would you order?

Amee Livingston

My family has a weakness for Chick-fil-A! We don't eat out much, but when we get fast food, it's always our first choice. I love their food, the customer service and the business philosophies of the company. We are happy to support such a good organization that is constantly giving back to the local community. There are some healthy choices on the menu. I usually go for the grilled chicken salad or sandwich on a whole grain bun. For the kids, the grilled chicken sandwich, chicken soup or the grilled chicken wraps are a smart choice. They offer fruit cups and milk, so you can dine out and no break the scale or the bank. :) The sodium content is high in a lot of fast food choices, but everything in moderation can work in a healthy lifestyle.
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What's your family's favorite recipe for chicken or tofu?

Amee Livingston

A family favorite in our house is definitely Pizza Chicken! My son actually came up with this fun idea (a twist on chicken parmesan). The bite size chicken pieces are great for young eaters and it is healthy, fast and delicious! Serve over your favorite pasta and enjoy. :)
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What's an easy, kid-friendly way to decorate cupcakes?

Amee Livingston

I love to make homemade buttercream frosting that the kids can spread on themselves with a small spatula. You can fill cupcake tins or individual silicone cupcake liners with different toppings(sprinkles, gummies, etc) and they can go crazy with their imaginations! I made these adorable Carnival Clown Cupcakes for my daughter's spelling carnival at school. They were pretty simple and the kids had a blast "painting the cones"!
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What's your advice on setting a food budget?

Amee Livingston

The biggest thing that helps me stay on track with my food budget is planning out my meals for the week. I inventory my pantry, refrigerator and freezer to see what I can use and then plan meals accordingly. This way I am using what I already have before buying more food. I check grocery sale ads and use great coupon matching services (Southern Savers, Coupon Mom, etc.) to make sure that I am getting the best deals on the items that I need to purchase. www.ameessavorydish.com
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What's your favorite muffin recipe?

Amee Livingston

I love banana muffins!!! Very ripe bananas have a wonderful natural sweetness, so you can enjoy a moist, sweet muffin with less added sugar. The most requested muffin in our house is my chocolate chip banana muffins. I have created a healthier version of the traditional banana muffin. They are sweet, very moist and scrumptious! It's definitely a kid-friendly recipe. You can always substitute nuts for the chocolate chips. :) http://www.ameessavorydish.com/2011/04/chocolate-chip-banana-muffins.html
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Can you recommend a great summer snack to feed kids on break or to pack for days at camp? (Please include a link to the recipe.)

Amee Livingston

Fresh fruit is always a great kid-friendly snack. You can make these fun kabobs to pack for day camp or just keep a large bowl of cut-up fruit in the refrigerator. This way, there is always a healthy grab-and-go snack available.
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What's a family-friendly recipe that would be perfect for a summer or Fourth of July gathering -- whether it's a grilled dish, a simple side or festive treat? (Please share a link to a photo)

Amee Livingston

This Skinny Berry Trifle is my favorite dessert to serve for July 4th festivities. It's light, simple and delicious!! This trifle assembles quickly using premade angel food cake. This saves you time in the kitchen so you can enjoy your family! :) http://www.ameessavorydish.com/2011/07/skinny-berry-trifle.html
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What's a great finger food that your kids love? Please include a link.

Amee Livingston

My kids love these No Bake Energy Bites for a healthy snack. They are packed with nutrients! They have no idea that they are eating a healthy treat since these bite-sized balls taste so decadent. :) http://www.ameessavorydish.com/2012/06/no-bake-energy-bitesno-refined-sugar.html
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What's an easy, healthy lunchbox menu for kids?

Amee Livingston

We love meat and cheese roll-ups, fresh fruit, peanut butter, raw vegetables (carrots, celery, etc.), raisins and other dried fruit, nuts, etc. My kids love when I make homemade "lunchables" with whole wheat crackers, lunch meat, cheese and fruit. I use cookie cutters to make cute shapes to make it fun.
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What's your favorite recipe for a dish that can be made ahead and frozen?

Amee Livingston

These Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Pasta Rolls are delicious and would do well prepared and then frozen to bake for later. Just complete all steps before it goes into the oven and cover and freeze in an airtight container until you are ready to cook. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before baking. Bake per recipe directions.
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What's your favorite muffin, scone, or bread recipe? Please share a link to the recipe and a photo if you have one.

Amee Livingston

We love this Banana Oat Bread recipe! It's wheat and dairy free and very moist and delicious!
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What's your favorite pie recipe for fall? Please share a link to a photo!

Amee Livingston

This Crustless Coconut Pie is so heavenly and good any time of year! http://www.ameessavorydish.com/2011/04/crustless-coconut-pie.html
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Nothing says fall like the flavor of cinnamon! What's one of your favoritie recipes that has cinnamon in it? Please share a link with a photo.

Amee Livingston

It's just not fall without my mother's Pumpkin Bread. This is a simple and delicious quick bread recipe that my kids absolutely love! I even lightened it up a bit and they never even noticed. :) http://www.ameessavorydish.com/2011/09/pumpkin-bread-my-mothers-recipe.html
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What's a great recipe that uses cranberries?

Amee Livingston

We love this quick and easy chicken dish that uses dried cranberries. It's a delicious sweet and savory combination and a cinch to throw together. Serve over brown rice and a side of broccoli and you have a healthy and fast dinner. http://www.ameessavorydish.com/2012/02/cranberry-orange-chicken.html
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What's your family's favorite way to eat cranberries? Please share a link to your recipe!

Amee Livingston

We love dried cranberries in this homemade granola recipe! http://www.ameessavorydish.com/2011/04/homemade-granola.html
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What are your favorite kid-friendly picnic eats? Please share a link to your recipe and picture if you have one.

Amee Livingston

These fresh fruit kabobs are easy, fun, portable, healthy and always a big hit with kids!
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It's almost time to break out the grill! What's your family's best recipe for grilled meat, seafood or veggies? Please share a link to your recipe and image if you have one.

Amee Livingston

This recipe for Best Ever Grilled Chicken Marinade is our favorite way to prepare grilled chicken or flank steak. It's easy to throw together and really delicious! The fresh lime juice in the marinade tenderizes the meat and gives it a great flavor.
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From juicy grilled peaches to zesty chicken, we're searching for family-favorite BBQ recipes. Please share a link to your recipe along with a large picture we can use.

Amee Livingston

I've got the secret to incredibly juicy and delicious barbecue chicken. You cannot go wrong with this method of preparing the meat prior to grilling. My kids also love this family favorite homemade barbecue sauce recipe! Enjoy!
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What's your family's favorite, healthy homemade summer treat that's NOT a popsicle? Please share a link to a recipe and picture if you have one.

Amee Livingston

We love to make these Skinny Berry Parfaits during the summer months, using berries that are ripe and in-season. These are easy enough for the kids to help make and they can choose their own fruit and get creative. It's the perfect warm weather dessert.
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Do you use your slow cooker/crock pot even in summer? If you have a great warm-weather crock pot recipe, please share a link to it with other moms!

Amee Livingston

Our family loves this recipe for Italian Chicken. It makes a light and tasty summertime meal and goes great with a side of veggies and pasta.
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