In search of the perfect meal to prepare...the perfect meal 

i cook five, sometimes six, nights a week and im not going to lie, its a struggle.  finding quick and cheap food is easy, but its that clean part that snags me up time and again.  and finding clean recipes is also easy, but clean AND quick?  nearly impossible.  and of course whatever i end up with needs to actually TASTE good.  so im left feeling frustrated alot.

lately i have been taking notes when i find a meal that gets high marks in each of these categories and i thought i would share a few of my recent favorites.  

1.  this is a dairy free cream of broccoli soup.  and let me tell you, its just amazing.  i use turkey bacon instead of real bacon and i add a bit more salt that what it calls for.  but i can throw it together in 30 min or less and its really good left over (which is definitely not true of everything).  it does have white potatoes in it but its only two for the whole batch so it still rings clean in my book.
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2.  the next one on the list is also a soup, a dairy free white chicken chili.  i was unsure about this one when i heard it but let me tell you its ridiculously good.  every time i make it everyone goes back for seconds and there are never any leftovers.  

-saute an onion and 2 garlic cloves in a large pan in avocado oil or coconut oil 
-add 1-2 zuchinni diced 
- when zuchinni and onions are soft, add a large can of organic diced tomatoes
-Add salt and 1-2 tbs of cumin
-Add 1 can of white beans, black beans, and jar of green verde salsa
- Stir and then add cooked chicken
-Pour in one container chicken stock (homemade is best)
- Finish with a can of coconut cream

Garnish with avocados, lime, and cilantro! 

3.  amish one-pan ground beef and cabbage skillet.  this one was a big surprise.  one of the easiest and most ridiculously delicious meals i have done in a long time.  i was also glad to remember how tasty and filling cabbage is.  we ate this one for several days after and each time i was expecting to taste it and be underwhelmed.  but each time i was like 'hi, you are still my favorite'.
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4. another great beef and cabbage recipe, egg roll in a bowl.  i found this one after i had tried the above recipe and was into the idea of a different twist on the beef and cabbage combination.  i made it when we had a guest over and everyone was a fan.  again, really really easy to make (especially if you buy the small shredded carrots) and really tasty.
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5. i will also throw sweet potato black bean burger in here because its really really good.  its not quite as quick unless you prep the quinoa ahead of time, but i leave out the bun and top the burgers with avo and eggs and man, its a real treat.

anyone have go to meals that get a high score in every category?  please, do tell.