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School-night suppers for family dinners

03school - Karoline Boehm Goodnick's recipe for alphabet soup. (Karoline Boehm Goodnick)

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Alphabet soup.

You don’t need nutritionists, psychologists, teachers, or research studies — and there have been plenty — to tell you the benefits of sitting down as a family around the dinner table.

As for preparing healthy meals night after night . . . are they kidding?

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Anyone who has come home from work on a school night to face a household of grumpy faces knows that the quickest solution, whatever that is, is usually the best one for the moment.

We have a few ideas on the subject. First, great kids have been raised on terrible food. They turn out healthy and smart and learn to appreciate a good meal as adults. Second, there’s nothing wrong with pizza. Third, on nights when you’re desperate, pull out breakfast. Pancakes and berries for supper is a fine solution. And finally, make something nutritious one night a week. If it sells, keep making the same dish till you can make it with your eyes closed. A dish is yours when you can go to the supermarket for ingredients and not need a shopping list.

Here are a few dishes to get you started:

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- Recipe for tomato-basil quiche

- Recipe for alphabet soup

- Recipe for vegetarian chili

- Recipe for sesame-noodle salad

- Recipe for frittata with spaghetti and corn

Sheryl Julian can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @sheryljulian.
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