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Have you ever felt just TOO busy to cook? Too stressed. Too physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted? 

Just me? Didn’t think so 😉 

Typically it’s those times when we’re most resistant to cooking that we really need the nourishment the most. So what are we to do? 

Today we want to share with you our favorite nourishing recipes for when we’re short on time (and energy) to cook. 

Ashley’s Pick: Roasted Chicken Thighs with Butternut Squash

It’s been two years since I first posted this recipe, and I still make it every fall. In fact, I just made it again this past week and added chopped apples to the veggie mixture. It was amazing. 

While this recipe takes a little preparation, the cooking is completely hands off, giving you the chance to get other things done. I actually like to prepare this the night before a busy day, and pop it in the oven when I’m ready to cook it. 

Roasted Chicken Thighs with Butternut Squash and Red Potatoes


Allison’s Pick: Easy Sesame Chicken

With the holidays fast approaching life seems to get busier and busier.  I find myself reaching for whatever sugary treat the neighbor next door brought over instead of stopping the madness for a few minutes to cook a healthy meal.  Here’s a quick and easy meal that will give you the energy you need to get your holiday to-do list done.

Here’s the recipe. I like to add broccoli to our recipe that way I have a balanced meal all in one bowl.  

Allison’s Pick: Parmesan Tilapia

This recipe is so fast, easy, and even my kids love it. I’m sure this fish can be served with a number of different sides but my 5 year old’s absolute favorite meal is this tilapia, green beans sauteed in garlic and soy sauce, and brown rice.  

Ashley’s Pick: Sausage and potato hash

 This recipe is the ultimate “no time, no energy” recipe. 15 minutes from beginning to end, requires only 5 ingredients (aside from salt, pepper, and olive oil), and makes a full balanced meal. We pretty much live on this stuff when things are busy. 

Dessert Pick: Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Although this doesn’t fit the theme of “quick and easy” I had to add these cookies to our roundup. We made them this past weekend and they were phenomenal! Just enough pumpkin and spice to feel festive, but not too much to ruin the integrity of a snickerdoodle taste. Honestly, we still have a ton leftover and I’m ready to throw them in the freezer. A 1/2 batch would have been more than enough for us. 

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Ashley Palmer
Ashley is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition. Ashley loves her son, her husband, and lifting heavy things then putting them back down repeatedly. She is a nutrition, fitness and weight loss coach and blogs at


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