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Easy Dinner Ideas: Sweet Potato Hash

It’s inevitable. It happens to all of us. We head into the afternoon not knowing what we’ll make for dinner. But we can’t avoid it. Our people need to eat.

That’s why I keep my few easy dinner methods up my sleeve and add variety and creativity based on what I have on hand.

The other day it was 4pm and I didn’t know what would be for dinner, but my husband was doing yard work so I knew he’d have a hearty appetite. There was no relying on sandwiches tonight. I had some ground sausage in the freezer and two or three yams. It occurred to me that the two might pair extremely well together.

They certainly did.

I’ve written before about potato hash. It’s one of my go-to flexible, filling meals (the instructions are found in my ebook Simplified Dinners). But I’d never tried it with yams before.

But I’ll definitely be trying it again with them!

Easy, Healthy Dinner Recipe: Yam Hash

  1. Brown ground sausage in a large skillet with onions. If you have them, you can also add diced bell peppers, celery, or zucchini.
  2. After scrubbing the yams, dice them into small bits. Or you can use the small julienne option of a slicer. No need to peel them.
  3. Add the diced yams to the browned sausage. Add a splash of water if things start sticking to the pan.
  4. Continue stirring, adding splashes of water as necessary, until the yams are soft.
  5. Taste and salt as desired.

Serve and enjoy!


What is for dinner? Another week, another plan.

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To my husband’s chagrin, it turns out I have one last turkey left in the freezer from my November get-the-best-turkey-deal efforts.

I like turkey weeks because it offers so much bang for the cooking buck. That is, I like it until that cooked turkey is sitting on my counter and I have to pull the meat off the bone.

But turkey broth – just bones covered in water, simmered overnight in the crockpot – is absolutely delicious. Since it’s grilling season instead of soup season, I’ll be freezing the broth in cup-sized portions to use in sauces and cooking.

Breakfasts This Week

  • Weekdays: simple homemade granola with milk or yogurt and berries
  • Saturday: Daddy-made pancakes
  • Sunday: whole wheat cinnamon rolls (made on Saturday)

Lunches This Week

  • whole wheat rolls, cheese cubes, and apples
  • cheese melted on chips with fruit
  • leftovers when possible

Dinners This Week

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  • grilled pork with teriyaki marinade, glazed carrots, grilled flatbread
  • roasted turkey, roasted frozen broccoli, roasted potatoes
  • turkey sandwiches on leftover flatbread, salad
  • ground beef stroganoff, salad
  • turkey enchiladas, green beans
  • Saturday (aka Yard Work Day): hamburgers & oven fries

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What’s for dinner this week? Good stuff; good stuff.

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Another week, another need to have a plan for how to feed the family. Here’s my plan for this week. After our homeschooling day is done, we have yard work to accomplish before hosting a family wedding reception in our yard in June, so I tried to pick quick, easy, satisfying meals for this week. My energies are going into too many other projects to be creative in the kitchen right now.

Breakfasts This Week

  • Weekdays: simple homemade granola with milk or yogurt
  • Saturday: Daddy-made pancakes
  • Sunday: whole wheat cinnamon rolls (made on Saturday)

Lunches This Week

Dinners This Week

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Breakfasts This Week

  • Weekdays: simple homemade granola with milk or yogurt
  • Saturday: Daddy-made pancakes
  • Sunday: whole wheat cinnamon rolls (made on Saturday)

Lunches This Week

Dinners This Week

Simplified Dinners eBook

  • no-mess homemade pizza (p. 19 of Simplified Dinners)
  • Costco rotisserie chicken, cheese muffins, Caesar salad
  • crockpot beef roast (p. 8), artisan bread, roasted frozen broccoli
  • oven omelette (p. 18), biscuits (p. 29), bacon, roasted carrots (p. 27)
  • tuna salad served in red pepper bottoms, with cheese melted on top
  • broccoli rice turkey casserole (freezer meal)

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