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Family Meals: 12 Savory Recipes to Inspire and Entice

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It’s no secret that I love food.

I love to eat it, make it, talk about it, write about it, photograph it, and play with it.

I don’t play with it in the building bridges of meatloaf over moats of gravy and mashed potatoes, or smiley faces on my plate with veggies (although that is fun!) kind of play…

I like to play with textures and flavors, mixing new ingredients with old favorites, and now that we’re in a new city, I’m surrounded by new markets and new inspiration to create, to taste, to discover.  My mouth waters and my fingers itch to get into the kitchen, or to search out the nearest new restaurant to see what they offer, that will inspire and sate.  You know the kind of food that is so purely good that your taste buds stand at attention and your whole body zings and sinks into that happy place?  That kind of food.

Whenever we are at a restaurant, or when I am fantasizing about what I want to make the next time I’m in the kitchen; I almost always lean towards the savory.

Neither Nathan nor I have much of a sweet tooth, that’s just not really what gets our proverbial motors running. Every now and again I’ll get a craving for something sweet, but it’s almost always immediately followed by the craving for something salty, spicy, crunchy savory.

Over the years, I’ve brought Nathan around to my way of eating.  He has come to see the light, so to speak, and has discovered the pure goodness and joy that is flavor packed foods that tantalize the taste buds with seasonings and spice.  He has come to relish in dishes that are not only flavor packed, but texturally enticing, too.

I adore food that has layers, not as in the architecture of the food, but more the layers of flavor that can be found within dishes that are crafted to bring your taste-buds to attention, teasing them with sweet, citrus, tangy, spicy, salty, crunchy, slow burning heat… I could go on and on.

For me, this is the kind of food that I want to feed my family; food that nourishes their bodies, because it’s purely good food, but it goes beyond that to nourishing their souls, too.  This is the food that we bond over.  We dream up recipes together or find recipes that inspire us, and then we make them together and we enjoy them together.  Some of our best quality time as a family is spent in the kitchen or around the table;  that’s when stories are told and favorite moments from the day are shared.  It’s while cooking together, and eating together that we really share our thoughts, days, dreams, and ideas.  Those are the moments that I cherish the most.

Since the kitchen is the heart of our home, and my family the most important part of making a house a home;  I wanted to share 12 of my favorite savory dishes from around the web in the hopes that they’ll not only make your mouth water, but inspire you to indulge in a little family time, too.  The recipes range from breakfast, snacks, and dips all the way to the main event.  There’s a little bit of goodness in there for everyone.

 


  • Guacamole Grilled Cheese 1 of 12
    Guacamole Grilled Cheese
    Grilled Cheese is one of the ultimate comfort foods. This Guacamole Grilled Cheese from Two Peas and Their Pod just upped the ante on comfort foods, and took it to a whole new level of savory deliciousness. Guacamole Grilled Cheese Image and Recipe Via Two Peas and Their Pod
  • Pork Carnitas with Pickled Red Onions 2 of 12
    Pork Carnitas with Pickled Red Onions
    Carnitas is a pretty wonderful dish all on its own, add in some orange juice pickled red onions, and they're now irresistible. Carnitas Image and Recipe Via Oh Sweet Basil
  • Spiced Sweet Potato Home Fries 3 of 12
    Spiced Sweet Potato Home Fries
    Most people don't think of sweet potatoes when they're craving something savory, however these spiced sweet potato home fries are sure to satisfy your next savory craving. These would be great at breakfast, or as a side dish! Image and Recipe via Babble Food
  • Savory Mini Spinach Breakfast Quiche 4 of 12
    Savory Mini Spinach Breakfast Quiche
    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not start your day off with something healthy, bite size and delicious like these Savory Mini Spinach Quiche from Unsophisticook
  • Maple Bacon Cinnamon Rolls 5 of 12
    Maple Bacon Cinnamon Rolls
    I really feel like the name says it all on this one. Maple. Bacon. Cinnamon. Seriously, need more be said? Maple Bacon Cinnamon Rolls by Crazy for Crust
  • Garlicky Stuffed Mushrooms 6 of 12
    Garlicky Stuffed Mushrooms
    Garlic. MMMMM. Garlic stuffed into mushrooms and topped with crispy crunchy breadcrumbs... double mmmm. These are little savory bites of goodness. Garlicky Stuffed Mushrooms via Mommas Cuisine
  • Cheddar Apple Pie Dip 7 of 12
    Cheddar Apple Pie Dip
    Apple Pie, it's not just for dessert anymore. Amy's Cheddar Apple Pie Dip does double duty by satisfying the savory and the sweet cravings! I can totally see this at our next holiday family gathering.
  • Tequila Citrus Chicken Thighs 8 of 12
    Tequila Citrus Chicken Thighs
    Orange Juice, Tequila and Limes are an unbelievably yummy combination, but not in the way you're thinking. For this recipe, they're the marinade for these unbelievably yummy Tequila Citrus Chicken Thighs
  • Coconut Curry Beef 9 of 12
    Coconut Curry Beef
    Amy's Coconut Curry Beef is a feast for the eyes and the taste buds. This recipe has savory and multiple textures. YUM.
  • Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sandwiches 10 of 12
    Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sandwiches
    Spicy, Creamy, Cool, Crunchy These Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sandwiches from Buns in My Oven are incredible. Bite size or Two Hand Size, these are a definite craving satisfier.
  • Slow Cooker Honey Sriracha Barbecue Chicken 11 of 12
    Slow Cooker Honey Sriracha Barbecue Chicken
    Sriracha. I could stop right there, and I probably already have your attention. Rebecca's Slow Cooker Honey Sriracha Barbecue Chicken recipe combines Honey and Sriracha in a way that has this girl's savory loving heart doing a dance!
  • Honey Garlic Balsamic Chicken 12 of 12
    Honey Garlic Balsamic Chicken
    If you're a savory lover, who also likes a bit of sweet and a bit of tang... Bree's Honey Garlic Balsamic Chicken will have you doing a happy dance.

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