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Whole Roasted Chicken w/ Lemon, Onion and Fresh Rosemary

This meal is a classic and will warm hearts and feed souls. The most important ingredient in this recipe is time. It only takes about 5 minutes to prep this meal but it does take time for the chicken to roast. Depending on the size of the chicken it can take between an hour and an hour and a half to cook. Pop it in the oven, and get the kids started on their homework. Your house is going to smell amazing, and the leftovers you have can turn into yummy side dishes like chicken salad or a wrap.

Sweet Potato (or Baked Potato) Egg Hash

Hearty doesn’t mean there has to be meat when it comes to this versatile hash. The starchy potatoes and protein-filled eggs will keep you warm and full for hours. Plus, you can pull it off as either brunch or dinner and you can switch it up depending on if you use sweet potatoes or regular potatoes. Tip: if you’ve got some extra veggies in the fridge, like peppers or onions, feel free to toss those in as well. Both fried eggs and poached eggs will work here, but poaching will give you the tastiest results.

Crab Cake Sliders

Crab cakes sound gourmet, and maybe that has kept you from trying to make them in the past. Not this time though! Start by sautéing the onions, adding the peppers and seasoning with salt and pepper. In a bowl, you’ll combine mayo, the sautéed peppers and onions, and breadcrumbs (or Rice Krispies). Whisk an egg in a separate bowl, making sure it gets frothy, and add that to the rest of the mix. Stir in the drained crab meat, but don’t overdo it since you want to maintain some texture. Form the mixture into little cakes, and cook on each side in a prepared skillet. Tip: if you’re less about the bread and more about the crab, hollow out the top and bottom of the slider bun. Serve with Curried Aioli, and you’ve officially mastered crab cakes!

Garlic and Sundried Tomato Couscous

Couscous is such an amazing alternative to rice, plus the garlic and sundried tomatoes give it such great flavor. You’ll want it as more than just a side dish. While the garlic and tomatoes are sautéing, bring the chicken stock to a boil and add the uncooked couscous. Once it’s done cooking and has rested for 10 minutes (with the lid on the whole time!), stir in the garlic, sundried tomatoes and Parmesan. Feel free to add a bit of olive oil if your couscous seems dry, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are such a quick, classically kid-friendly dinner, so we figured there should be a meatless version. Bell peppers, onion and mushrooms make up the bulk of this sandwich while the apple cider vinegar, brown sugar and tomato paste create a BBQ-like sauce. Finally, vegetables you won’t have to force the kids to eat!

Tomato Avocado Salad

Nothing fancy here. Because the fresh ingredients are so tasty, they don’t need anything to enhance them. Just add diced tomatoes, diced avocado, chopped onions and cilantro to a bowl and toss. Squeeze half a lime over it, and that’s all there is to it! The lime should help the avocado from browning, but the sooner you eat it, the better.

Pot Stickers

Here is a super simple meal that keeps coming back for more. There’s nothing better after school or after practice. Want to know the best part about this recipe? Once you make it, you have enough pot stickers for several meals. The recipe is simple. Mix together the ground turkey, chives, ginger and soy sauce, and then stuff the pot stickers. The trick is to not overstuff them. It may take a couple of tries before you get the right amount but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be done in no time. Finish what you want to make for dinner and freeze the rest. It’s the recipe that keeps on giving!

Jicama Orange and Mango Salad

Colorful, crispy, and tropical, this salad will brighten your day with its sweet, fruity flavor. Just peel and slice/cube your mango, jicama and clementines then combine it all with a fresh squeeze of lemon juice. To get the best flavor, it’s important to find a truly ripe mango, so look for one that is firm but gives slightly.

Grilled Cheese with Turkey and Chives

The twist on this grilled cheese is the apple crisp! Low sodium sliced turkey meat along with a good cheddar and some thinly sliced apples make for a quick cozy dinner. Sprinkle on some chopped chives to top it off, and you’ve just created contemporary comfort food. A simple, healthy meal that's just 5 ingredients and comes together fast.

Baked Salmon with Corn Relish

Try to learn to love fish. Many of us have had bad experiences eating fish that wasn’t very fresh (and was fishy tasting) or fish that wasn’t prepared correctly. The trick to fish is to buy it fresh and never overcook it. This salmon with corn relish is a super simple recipe (just 4 ingredients) that takes no time to make. Be sure and make up a batch of my secret spice recipe (video is available on my website) which adds flavor and not calories. Once the fish is in the oven you’ll have just enough time to put the relish together before the fish is done. Finish the dish by squeezing fresh lime juice over the top. Yum! It’s a tasty, healthy, fresh dinner plan.