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    Mission Impossible: Feed your family dinner for under $5. Do you accept this mission? We actually think this mission is completely possible! That's why we pulled together this list of easy, inexpensive dinners your kids will want to eat. Because that's the real trick, right? We like saving money, but we LOVE it when our kids actually eat what we cook for them.

    Here are six kid-friendly recipes that should cost around $5 or less. You can put your own spin on each of them, too. And we have to tell you, just looking at these dishes is making us hungry!

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    Pizza is one of the most crowd-pleasing meals there is; you can customize it to deal with almost any diet restriction, individual preference, or degree of difficulty. However, it’s not especially impressive looking, but this twist on the pizza roll is.

    This recipe takes pizza ingredients like sausage, spinach, and cheese and wraps them in refrigerated dough, which you slice into pinwheels after baking. It makes a great-looking, simple appetizer or party nibble, or a fun family dinner (what kid doesn't like to dip?). It's as easy as making a traditional pizza, but with a fun visual twist.

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    I am always, always looking for healthy and tasty recipes that don't take much time to prepare. If I can get a meal ready ahead of time for our many busy nights, so much the better, and I prefer to use fresh ingredients instead of canned or boxed.

    Ta-Da! This lemon chicken and broccoli recipe could not be more perfect. It cooks in a foil packet, which you can assemble a day or two before and pop in the oven ahead of dinnertime. The combo of lemon, garlic, and salty-sharp capers and cheese is a perfect complement to chicken and broccoli. Boneless, skinless breasts cook quickly and deliver a hearty serving of protein with little fat, and cooking them in foil means they don't dry out and cleanup is minimal. Try some frozen, microwaveable brown rice as a healthy and fast side. You have a good-for-you dinner in the amount of time it takes to check homework and set the table!

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    What mom doesn't love a shortcut? And there's nothing better than one that saves you time in the kitchen! 

    While take-out is always tempting, when you're hungry and in a hurry, before you reach for those menus, let me share my secret ingredient for whipping up a delicious dinner in half the time: the rotisserie chicken

    This classic staple, most often sold in that futuristic-looking plastic bubble, has become my best friend on busy evenings. As yummy as it is versatile, a ready-to-eat roasted chicken can give you a well-deserved head start when you need it most (like when your kids are chanting, "When's dinner?").

    Another thing I love about it: minimal clean-up. But here's a tip I learned the hard way: If you want your guests to think you spent the whole afternoon in front of the stove basting your bird, be sure to dispose of its packaging before they arrive!

    Here are 8 ways to jump-start dinner using a rotisserie chicken.  

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    Mashed potatoes are a comfort food my kids never knew. Before you gasp in horror, let me explain. I love mashed potatoes. As a matter of fact, they are the first side dish I’ll order in a restaurant. After all, potatoes are nutritious and filling and have absolutely no fat or cholesterol or sodium. They have more potassium than a banana and are a great source of vitamin C. I know all that. But shamefully, I was never able to replicate the creamy, scrumptious mashed potatoes that I loved so much as a child.  

    I tried. I really did. I’d spend a good hour in the kitchen trying to get it right. But still, my mashed potatoes took way too long to make and tasted way too bland. So I just kind of gave up and enjoyed them only as a treat when we were eating out.

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    Tired of the same old lettuce and tomato salads? Well, the good news is getting your greens doesn't have to be dull. 

    Feast your eyes on some flavorful ways to make the most of your produce. Anything but your garden variety salads, these mouth-watering meals are as filling as they are delicious.

    From fun-to-make taco bowls to steak and spicy shrimp, these five salads are so fabulous, you'll forget a single ingredient is good for you! 

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    In the fall and winter, I love puttering around in my kitchen creating a cozy, home-cooked meal. But right now it's summer, and I cannot be bothered. Cannot! It's too beautiful outside, and when I'm not working, I'd rather be out playing. Who's with me? Oh, but we still have to eat.

    Just because I don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen doesn't mean I want to feed my family junk, though. So here are a few of my favorite quick, no-work summer recipes.

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    Wouldn't you love to open up your freezer and find it stocked with prepared meals that are ready to pop into the oven? It's one of those things you hear about people doing, cooking several meals and freezing them to save time later. And it's a brilliant idea. But where do you get started? Can you just whip up a giant lasagna and plop the thing in the freezer? We spoke with three home cooking experts to find out everything you need to know to freeze meals at home.

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    I love, love, love corn season. When I see the piles of bright green and yellow ears at my local market, I feel compelled to buy a bunch on the spot ... and I usually do.

    While there's something oh-so-perfect about a simple ear of corn with just butter and salt, there are a slew of more interesting things you can do with it. Now that it's in season, it's the perfect time to celebrate the favorite summer staple and have a little fun in the process.

    Check out these 6 tasty ways to prepare your fresh corn:

     

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    Between after-school activities and late nights at work, sitting down for a family dinner is an art form forever being perfected. Enter Laurie David, producer of the film An Inconvenient Truth and the just-released Fed Up who wrote The Family Cooks. She says making family dinners a priority can change everyone's lives for the better. 

    David, a single mom of two, says a communal dinner is essential if you want to raise healthy eaters.

    "Bring them [into the kitchen] and be patient," she suggests, "so that someday you can send them out in the world capable of cooking for themselves and happy to do so."

    David, who split from actor Larry David in 2007, says she knew she was doing something right when her girls didn't run away from the table the second they were done eating. She found dinner was the perfect time to catch up. A time for her family, if even just the three of them, to get closer.

    Read on for David's 9 tips for creating the perfect family dinner:

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