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Make-Ahead Family Dinners For The New Year

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Merrill's baby Clara has quite the appetite -- and it's all Merrill can do to keep up. Armed with her greenmarket bag, a wooden spoon and a minimal amount of fuss, she steps into the fray.

Today: Family-friendly winter dinners for the new year.

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Like many, my list of resolutions for 2014 is long and detailed. (Mine is a spray and pray approach -- I'm convinced that the more resolutions I come up with, the more improvements I'm likely to make during the year.)

More: 5 Resolutions to Make You a Better Home Cook

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I'm looking forward to some of this year's resolutions (try to read at least one book a month) more than others (get to the gym three times a week), but one resolution is a constant every year: to make more meals over the weekend so that we have a variety of dinner options on hand throughout the week. Here are some of the family-friendly dishes I'll be relying on this winter to help me with this, my most important resolution.

Simple Bolognese

Simple Bolognese for Grownups and Babies

Lentil and Sausage Soup with Kale

Lentil and Sausage Soup with Kale

Tuna Noodle Casserole by fiveandspice

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Lamb Stew with Butternut Squash

Lamb Stew with Butternut Squash

Al Forno's Penne with Tomato, Cream and Five Cheeses by Genius Recipes

Al Forno's Penne with Tomato, Cream and Five Cheeses

Braised Chicken Thighs with Tomato and Garlic

Braised Chicken Thighs with Tomato and Garlic

Winter-Warming, Freezer-Friendly, Pantry-Cleaning Soup by Nicholas

Chickpea Soup with Barley and Farro


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