We're in that perfect seasonal sweet spot. My favourite time of year.

The colours are bright, the air is crisp, the sun still warm in the afternoon.

Oh, and the kids are back in school. 

It's funny isn't it? How the summer starts to draw to a close and you find yourself longing for the fall and new beginnings and the return to routine. And then it finally comes and you're floundering about, trying to figure out everyone's schedules, pining for the dog days of summer again.

We are in the third week of school now and the second week of extracurricular activities.

And because we like to live dangerously, we added a new puppy to the melee a few days into September.

I'm lucky to work from home and have a lot of flexibility, but it also means I'm the number one entertainer for our tiny furball. Read: I am getting nothing done.

But kids still need to be fed (and oh boy, my kids love to be fed) and I'm still determined to put together wholesome and delicious meals. But time is of the essence these days. And easy-to-make recipes (that can be doubled for lunches) are a must.

Simon & Schuster Canada recently gifted me a copy of the new Canadian Living: Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less cookbook, and it couldn't have come at a better time.


{Photo credit: Simon & Schuster}

Though we a family of tried-and-true recipes, I like to add a couple new offerings to the mix throughout the month. The ones that are a hit, get added to the list. Since everyone in this house is a fan of seafood, I went with a Trout Meunière recipe from the book. It took less than five minutes to prepare and offered a very pleasing (not too fancy, because that never goes over too well) taste to a family staple. I added steamed broccoli and wild rice and the plates were wiped clean by enthusiastic diners. 



Mexican tortilla soup

There are over 90 recipes in this book (and did I mention they take less than 30 minute!?!). Meat, fish, stir fries, soups, curries, pastas, pizzas and much more. 

I am thrilled to be able to give five lucky readers a copy of this family cookbook, compliments of Simon & Schuster. This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Just enter below and the winners will be selected randomly.

Happy dinner making, everyone. And good luck!

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Elan Morgan

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