Happy Friday everyone!

Friday's Fave Five

Earlier this week I admitted that I have been struggling to eat well recently. Some days are comprised of cereal, peanut butter and jelly, and more cereal. By the end of the day cooking is often the last thing I want to do.  I’m sure that my lack of good nutrients contributes to the daily exhaustion and I am concerned about the message I’m sending Eden about eating. So I decided it was time to step up my game. In the past week  I got two awesome cookbooks: Isa Does It and a review copy of The Oh She Glows Cookbook (more on that soon) and thanks to those two very talented women I giddily made menu plans and shopping lists for the next couple weeks. Additionally I went on mission to find easy, delicious, and nutrient-packed meals from around the web. So for today’s Fave Five I share with all some of my findings.

For busy people everywhere, here’s to simple, mouth-watering, healthful food.

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Doesn’t this Raw Beet Lasagna from Wholehearted Eats look simply incredible? Thinly sliced beets and zucchini in between layers of cashew ricotta and basil pesto make this meal healthy, protein rich, and purely decadent. This recipe looks like it comes together fast. Since the ricotta and pesto can be made ahead of time, the lasagna could be assembled in mere minutes. Make extra ricotta and serve it with zucchini noodles later in the week. 

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In Pursuit of More actually calls this amazing Butternut Squash Ramen Bowl a ten minute meal. Well most of us have ten minutes and if this is the end result, those just might be the most productive ten minutes of your day. Filled to the brim with tofu, vegetables, noodles, and herbs this soup will satisfy your needs faster than the time it took to put together.

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I can’t stop looking at these Mini Poleta Pizzas from A House in the Hills. With chard, caramelized onions, and pine nuts, these pizzas are like my favorite things all piled on top of one another.  And what a quick, creative meal that lends itself to tons of variation. The polenta can be made up earlier and baked off when needed, providing you several meals throughout the week. 

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Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes made these Thai Lettuce Wraps for The Sweet Life this week and despite sharing them just two days ago, they look so good and colorful that they deserve another mention in this quick and healthy dinner round up. Easy to substitute vegetables, noodles, or protein with what you have on hand, this is a great recipe to keep at an arm’s reach. Just don’t sub out the peanut sauce!

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This is no ordinary chili. This is Sweet Potato and Kale Chili and it looks amazing. Wallflower Girl has possibly created my new go-to winter meal with this mouth-watering, colorful, hearty soup. So quick to put together and easily doubled, this recipe can be made quickly and enjoyed over and over. Let’s be honest, it doesn’t look like spring is coming any time soon. Embrace winter with a bowl of this. 

What are your favorite easy dinners?