Scalloped Potatoes and Creamed Corn Lunch

014These last few days and nights have been really tough! Not only did two of my kids get sick, but so did I.  We all had fevers, coughing, trouble breathing, headaches, and runny noses.  To say it has been tough, well-that would be an understatement of sorts because it just so happened that my hubby had to go out of town for work…  so I had no help caring for  my sick children day in and day out, all the while battling this nasty virus myself.

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Garlic Chicken

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I discovered this recipe many many years ago on Allrecipes.com. It was an instant hit in my household and from then on it has been a staple in our family.  If I am out of ideas on what to cook, or I am in a hurry and need to make dinner quick, I always turn to this tried and true recipe.  The chicken tenders come out sooooo juicy and tender! The original recipe calls for only a few garlic cloves (3 if I remember correctly), but we love garlic so I always add lots of extra garlic whenever I can. If you want to use less, that is OK because the parmesan/breadcrumb mixture has garlic powder which will make up for less fresh garlic.

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Flourless Walnut Cake

This is a recipe that my coworker shared with me.  I was so excited to try it at home, and it was everything that I thought it would be.  Absolutely delicious! And it has no flour. The frosting is quite simple, but perfectly compliments the nutty texture of the sponge cake.

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Vidalia Onions with Green Beans and Mushrooms

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This is another simple but delicious side dish to any dinner.  The key to making this dish is to use vidalia onions, which are a type of sweet onion. The great thing about this recipe is that you can be the master chef in your kitchen and interchange ingredients depending on what you have on hand.  For example, use whatever oil you have in your pantry.  If you don’t have pine nuts, don’t stress! Just omit them and you will still have a great tasting dish.  If your family is not into green beans, use asparagus cut into 1.5 inch sections. My point is, it’s okay to get creative and flexibility in the kitchen is a must.

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Sauteed Sweet Potatoes

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I seriously love sweet potatoes.  They are seriously good, and good for you! I came up with this recipe while on a diet because I really really missed the traditional Russian/Ukrainian dish of fried potatoes where we normally use white potatoes and fry them in a skillet with a bunch of oil.  This is a much healthier version of that, and it satisfied my cravings! Sprinkle some fresh chives over these babies and you have yourself a nutritious and delicious side dish.

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