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Recipe: Baked Apple-Oat Breakfast Squares — On-the-Go Breakfast Recipes

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My breakfast of choice for the majority of my elementary school years was apple-cinnamon instant oatmeal. I'd pick through the variety pack my dad bought every week for my preferred flavor. These squares are based off that oatmeal, but with a more wholesome spin, thanks to real ingredients and natural sweeteners. They also happen to be even faster than those little packets, since once they are baked, it's a true grab-and-go situation.

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Recipe: BBQ Chicken Casserole — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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When tangy BBQ chicken shows up in our weekly meal plan, my husband's eyes always light up with excitement. But this time — when I told him it was coming in casserole form, that it involved tender riced cauliflower, and was Paleo — his eyes got squinty in the way that only happens when he's skeptical. I, however, knew it would be a hit with him. So when he asked if there was enough for seconds after taking his first bite, I wasn't surprised.

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Recipe: Honey-Roasted Sprouts with Lentil-Quinoa Pilaf — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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Brussels sprouts and honey might not be the most obvious pairing, but once you've tasted this spunky little food combo, you will not look back! The sweetness of the honey perfectly tempers the mustardy undertones of the sprouts. Combined with this nourishing, spiced quinoa and lentil pilaf, this is a hearty salad bowl you will crave time and time again.

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Recipe: Slow Cooker Maple-Mustard Pulled Pork — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Pulled pork is one of those magical meals that every self-respecting meat-eater should be able to prepare by heart. And when you say pulled pork to any Southerner, you'll hear descriptions of luscious pieces of tender meat rubbed with secret spice mixes and doused in sauces of spice and vinegar, tangy mustard, or sticky-sweet tomato and molasses.

Although those classic smoky flavors are satisfying, sometimes you need a new spin on an old classic. With a few shakes from your spice cabinet, some flavorful liquid, and a slow cooker, you can transform a huge hunk of meat into a satisfying meal for a crowd without spending hours over smoldering embers.

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Recipe: Slow Cooker Honey Teriyaki Chicken — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Coming of age in the High Mall Era meant the food court was the first stop before buying a new halter top or catching Freddie Prinze Jr.'s latest flick. Despite being a mall regular, I always debated between choosing the oversized pizza slice or sticky-sweet chicken teriyaki. Chicken teriyaki always won. Today, I rarely make it into a mall, but on days when my energy is low and the need to feed my family is high, the urge for chicken teriyaki takeout is strong.

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Recipe: Honey-Garlic Chicken Stir Fry — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Inspired by our basic method for chicken stir-fry, this is my go-to solution for turning a pack of chicken breasts into a wholesome weeknight dinner that's packed with flavor. Thin strips of chicken get a sharp sear from the wok before shacking up with a mess of tender veggies and a savory sauce accented by honey and garlic.

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