When times are tough it’s easy to put cooking on the back burner, so we compiled this list to inspire you to incorporate something new into your recipe rotation. Whether you gravitate towards rich comfort foods or are looking for some lighter fare, there’s something here for everyone.

Please tag us on Instagram at @artoflifecancer if you make any of these delicious meals. We’d love to see your creation!


Happy cooking!

Easy Shepherd’s Pie
By Elise Bauer at SimplyRecipes
Photography Credit: Elise Bauer


Shepherd’s pie is an incredibly rich and comforting meal, but can be a bit intimidating to make. This recipe simplifies it without compromising flavor. With over 778 comments and reviews and close to a 5-star rating, it’s safe to say this recipe is tried and true!

Easy Summer Pasta 

By Izy Hossack at Food52

Photography Credit: Rocky Luten


This pasta is packed with seasonal veggies like tomatoes, zucchini, and eggplant. It’s ready in 1 hour and can be easily customized to fit your taste or dietary preferences. If you’re bored with canned marinara sauce, this might be a good recipe to try!

Roasted Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowls
By Erin Alderson at SimplyRecipes

Photography Credit: Erin Alderson


This nutrient-packed vegan bowl is super easy to make and is seasoned with so many comforting spices. This recipe would be perfect for meal prepping or busy nights when you don’t have much time to make a complicated dinner.

Healthy Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup 

By Tawnie Kroll at Krolls Korner
Photography Credit: Tawnie Kroll


Tawnie is a local Registered Dietician Nutritionist with a blog full of amazing recipes. This Crockpot Chicken Soup is comforting and familiar, but has a few unexpected twists. For example, the recipe calls for unique ingredients like chili flakes and kidney beans.

Perfect for cooler temperatures during the fall/winter!  

Lemon Baked Salmon with Garlic Dill Sauce 

By Minimalist Baker

Photography Credit: Minimalist Baker


Minimalist Baker is one of my favorite culinary sites because all the dishes are ready in 30 minutes and require 10 ingredients or less.

This salmon recipe is easy, nutritious, and also features a delicious garlic dill sauce to accompany the fish.

Prepare a side of your choice and you have a complete meal! 

Strawberry Banana Muffins 

By Kroll’s Korner 

Photography Credit: Tawnie Kroll


These scrumptious muffins are perfect for breakfast or a snack! The strawberry and banana complement each other, creating a delightful fruity treat.

The Best Classic Chili

By Amanda Finks at The Wholesome Dish

Photography Credit: Amanda Finks 


Chili is a great weeknight meal option. It’s easy to make, filling, and tastes even better as leftovers. Pair this classic chili recipe with some cornbread and enjoy!

Sausage and Rice Stuffed Peppers 

By Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman

Photography Credit: Ryan Dausch 


The Pioneer Woman’s recipe for Stuffed Bell Peppers is great for first timers. It takes 10 ingredients and 1.5 hours of time to complete. Make a big batch and you’ll have leftovers for days.

Kale Salad with Butternut Squash, Pomegranate, and Pumpkin Seeds 

By Susan Spungen at Epicurious 

Photography Credit: Chelsea Kyle


Since this nutritious salad is loaded with squash and seeds, it’s substantial enough to eat as a meal. Don’t be afraid to customize it by adding your favorite protein source like chicken, tofu, or fish.

Beef Pot Pie 

By Sally at Good Dinner Mom

Photography Credit: Sally


You’ve most likely had a chicken pot pie, but did you know you can make one with beef? The flavors are rich and complex, making this the perfect cozy meal. This is probably the most time intensive recipe on our list, but it would be nice for a special occasion.