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This casserole is made for dipping.

It’s spicy with a bit of Spanish rice flair and falls on the healthy-ish side.

I know it’s not the prettiest meal, but it tastes so good.

Usually, my healthy experiments don’t go so well.

However, this casserole is an exception.

I was able to use brown rice, nonfat sour cream and less oil than the original and it still tastes fab.

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Sometimes I dread dinner. Figuring out what I’m going to make, cooking it, cleaning up. It can suck.

But, other days, dinner prep isn’t so bad.

Me and the kids talk about food, Julia pulls a chair up to the counter and Jack lifts the heavy stuff we need out of the refrigerator.

Sometimes dinner can be fun.

Here’s five of our favorite main dishes — yummy, no-fail, go-to dinner ideas for you and your fam.

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These crispy, Heineken-battered fish were totally my husband’s idea.

He says it reminds him of the fish you get at those little seafood places on the coast.

It’s the combination of beer and fish —

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The Cuban — it’s pork love on a plate.

Take a slow-roasted pork loin roast, a couple slices of ham, Swiss cheese and a little pickle, stack it all between a bit of mustard and crusty French bread and grill it.

It has to be one of the best things we brought back from our year in Florida.

My husband discovered the sandwich while flight instructing down in Venice.

A waitress at a little airport cafe suggested he try it.

He took me to the cafe later and tried to get me to order it.

I wouldn’t do it. I opted for a burger.

Big mistake.

I took a bite of his Cuban. It was awesome. We ended up sharing it.

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I’ve been making this simple caramel sauce for awhile now, long before I ventured into the slightly trickier dry sugar-to-caramel method.

I still like this one the best.

Dark brown sugar gives the caramel a deeper flavor, while a hefty sprinkle of sea salt keeps the sweetness in check.

Plus, it has a bit of that buttered rum thing going on.

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I feel like I’m cheating here — these are so easy. 

But they’re good.

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This is for the cheap meat and the prime cuts and all those “assorted” pieces in between.

It’s straight-up, all-American meat marinade.

And it’s just plain good.

We’ve used it on everything — pork chops, chicken breasts, steak — and loved it every time.

Even our 3 1/2-year-old…

And our 1 1/2-year-old…

 …loved these pork chops. And the kids aren’t usually big pork lovers.

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I had no idea salmon could be sexy.

But the flavor of this fish — and watching my husband make it — moves me.

This is my favorite meal. Ever.

And he makes it for me each and every time.

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Slightly sweet, slightly sticky — these adobo drumettes are delicious little crowd-pleasers.

They’re caramelized and crispy, yet meaty.

Just all-around likable legs.

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