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With the school year in full swing it was another busy week at our house. Between soccer practice, dance, teaching piano lessons, and parent meetings at school, it felt like making dinner was going to be near impossible.  These quick and delicious recipes saved our week and made for lots of very grateful family members, who each came home from their various activities tired and hungry. 

Sweet Potato Hash

sweet-potato-hash http://oursavorylife.com/paleo-breakfast-recipe-sweet-potato-hash/ 

Breakfast for breakfast or breakfast for dinner! We tend to get tired of the same old eggs and potatoes so here is a new twist on things.  It is so hard to get sweet potatoes crispy without deep frying them.  Mine usually come out soggy and its such a bummer, but this recipe makes the crispiest sweet potatoes by using coconut oil.  Add some eggs (scrambled or fried) and a fruit salad and you have a completel meal.

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

chicken-broccoli-alfredohttp://iowagirleats.com/2012/03/22/skinny-chicken-broccoli-alfredo/

I love a good alfredo but don’t love the heavy feeling in my stomach after I’ve eaten it.  Here is a light but still tasty version of alfredo. You also wont spend hours in the kitchen on this recipe, its quick and simple. You can never have enough veggies though.  Serve this chicken and broccoli alfredo with a side salad.

Asian Salmon and Noodles

asian-salmonhttp://juliasalbum.com/2013/04/asian-salmon-and-noodles-recipe/

To say I love this recipe is an understatement.  I would choose this Asian salmon and noodles over a meal at any restaurant in the area.  We live in the greater Phoenix area, with the hundreds of restaurants to choose from. The salmon is crispy on the outside without being dry inside.  The sauce that goes into the noodles is the perfect combination of Asian flavors.  Step aside PF Changs! To round out this meal I like to make a side of steamed broccoli or saute a head of bok choy to mix into the noodles.

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

chicken-wild-rice-souphttp://www.yellowblissroad.com/creamy-chicken-wild-rice-soup/ 

This soup is everything you will want on a cold fall day.  The vegetables are soft and tender, the broth thick and hearty, and the wild rice adds just the perfect texture.  I like to use chicken bone broth to pack in a little extra nourishment.  To make a well balanced meal I serve a salad with this soup.  If there happen to be any leftovers (which there may or may not be because this soup is amazing) just add a little water and reheat.  It works great for lunches the rest of the week. 

Sausage Potato and Green Bean Foil Packet

sausage-potato-green-bean-foil-packethttp://damndelicious.net/2016/05/31/sausage-potato-green-bean-foil-packets/

I can’t say enough good things about these foil packets.  SO easy and SO good!  You can cook them on the grill or in the oven.  The prep time was less than ten minutes and it came out tasting like a meal I spent hours making.  The cajun flavor is perfect with a little kick but not too spicy and I was shocked at how perfectly the green beans came out.  They weren’t under cooked and they weren’t mushy, they were literally perfect.  Unfortunately, the leftovers were gone way too fast at my house. 

Pumpkin Crumb Cake

pumpkin-crumb-cake
 http://www.cookingclassy.com/2015/09/pumpkin-crumb-cake/ 

My husband hates all things pumpkin, he is basically the scrooge of fall when it comes to pumpkin flavored things.  So imagine my surprise when I caught him eating a piece of this cake.  And imagine my completely shock when a couple days later I noticed a large portion of the pan of cake was gone.  He admitted that he absolutely loved this cake.  It really is a perfect fall dessert with all the different spices and the pumpkin flavor.  

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Allison Cardon
Allison is a food and fitness enthusiast fueled by her desire to create a healthy lifestyle for herself and her family. She is married to an amazingly busy medical student and the mom of three small children. She has a degree in accounting and is a certified personal trainer. Allison is passionate about food in large part to being diagnosed with Celiac disease four years ago, driving her to find the best recipes to keep her mind and body healthy and happy!

 

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