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Thrive At Five Weekly Meal Planning for July – Week One

Each and every Friday the “Thrive At Five” group of food bloggers will feature five family-friendly main courses, along with three bonus recipes such as side dishes, desserts, appetizers, which are intended to take some of the stress out of weekly meal planning, and grocery store shopping. All the recipes we share will be family friendly, easy to make dishes which will use the freshest of seasonal ingredients.

Creamy Avocado Hollandaise Sauce with Oven Roasted Asparagus
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Creamy Avocado Hollandaise Sauce Over Oven Roasted Asparagus

After making the standard hollandaise sauce, the secret to making my Creamy Avocado Hollandaise Sauce is simple. By adding ripe avocado, a splash or two of hot sauce, and finally a squeeze of fresh lime juice for a unique twist on all the other hollandaise sauce recipes out there. Dare to be different! 🙂

Overhead picture of 12 Sticky Caramel Sweet Rolls with pecans
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Homemade Sticky Caramel Sweet Rolls

Because I didn’t want to pitch the entire batch of muffins (and I was hoping that I could still share the recipe with you), I scraped them out of the pan the best I could, flipped them right-side up and decided to make some caramel sauce to spoon over the top. As you can see, the few extra minutes it took to make the caramel sauce was well worth the effort, and now these Homemade Sticky Caramel Sweet Rolls have a double dose of sticky caramel goodness, which is never a bad thing!

Italian Herb & Parmesan Quick Bread
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Foolproof Italian Herb Parmesan Quick Bread

Did you know you can have fresh, hot, homemade bread on the dinner table in under an hour, and only about 5 minutes of that time is spent mixing the batter? This Foolproof Italian Herb Parmesan Quick Bread is seriously delicious. It will be a sure-fire hit with your family and friends, and you can make it with ease. Let me show you how!

Garlic Lovers Pork Chop Image
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Sweetly Fragrant Garlic Lovers Pork Chops

This recipe for Garlic Lovers Pork Chops was completely inspired by a trip I’d taken to our local warehouse superstore (aka Costco). During that trip, and on a whim that I picked up one of those mega-sized bags of whole, peeled garlic cloves and tossed it into my cart. While I wasn’t quite sure what I would do with so many peeled garlic cloves (there must have been at least 500 or more cloves of garlic in that bag), my mind was excitedly thinking of all the delicious possibilities!

Instant Pot Italian Pepperoni Soup
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Instant Pot Slow Cooker Italian Pepperoni Soup

It doesn’t often happen that I’ll make a meal twice in a matter of two weeks time. However, this Italian Pepperoni Soup is so amazing I could easily see myself making it on a regular weekly rotation, and that’s saying something pretty special!

Surprise Orzo Pasta Salad with Sweet Corn & Blueberries
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Surprise Chilled Orzo Pasta Salad with Sweet Corn & Blueberries

What goes better with a backyard BBQ or party in the warm weather than a chilled pasta salad? Not much in my book. This recipe for chilled Surprise Orzo Pasta Salad with Sweet Corn and Blueberries is the perfect accompaniment for any kind protein. Or, it can be a vegetarian lovers delight, and stand completely on its own.