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16 Simple Dinners To Make For A Friend Who Needs A Hand

When a friend's life gets hectic, whip up one of these comforting recipes to share. ATB Financial wants to reward you for being a thoughtful pal: Get $350 by opening a new chequing account and another $150 when you successfully refer a friend!

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1. Honey & Lemon Roasted Pork Loin

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Sweetness is good for the soul. Adding local honey in this one-pot, meat-lover's meal will make for pork loin perfection and some Alberta pride, because Alberta is the fifth-largest producer of honey in the world! Recipe here.

3. Green Onion Cakes

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A signature Calgary dish not going to fly with your proud Edmonton friend? Some of their city's favourite deep-fried cakes certainly will! Consider delivering with meat or veggies so they can make themselves an epic sandwich. Recipe here.

4. Rustic Squash, Mushroom, and Zucchini Tart

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This colourful, creamy tart is the perfect opportunity to use seasonal, local vegetables. It's also vitamin packed and perfect for your vegetarian friends! Recipe here.

5. Bison and Sweet Potato Chili With Harissa and Sumac

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Alberta bison account for almost half of the entire Canadian bison population, and man, do they taste good! Mix North African spices (and peanut butter!) with this lean but hearty meat to cook up a pretty special chili! Recipe here.

6. Baked Pumpkin Pecan French Toast

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Breakfast for dinner is just plain FUN, no matter what kind of mood you're in. This baked French toast is hearty and seasoned with warm spices to cheer your friend up in a jiffy. Don't forget a bottle of maple syrup to go with it! Recipe here.

7. Beer & Bacon Chicken With Gravy

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Have a gluten-free friend...who is also a typical Albertan (AKA loves beer)?? This rich, comforting dish calls for gluten-free beer, gluten-free flour, and gluten-free broth, so you can suit their dietary needs without sacrificing big flavour. Recipe here.

8. Grilled Steak With Arugula and Cherry Tomato and Basil Salsa

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This is an innovative and super-healthy way to serve up Alberta's most beloved meat! A zesty bed of arugula and a generous topping of cherry tomato, onion, and basil salsa brings a blast of crisp veggie flavour. Recipe here.

9. Sweet Spaghetti Squash Casserole

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Sunflower seeds are famous in Alberta, since it was an Alberta-based company that first came up with the idea of flavoured varieties and resealable bags. This rich, sweet-and-savory casserole recipe calls for them to add a little crunch. Recipe here.

10. Lamb Chops With Mint Gremolata and Lentil Salad

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Alberta lamb isn't quite as popular as Alberta beef, but there are over 2,000 sheep farms in the province. Serve up locally raised chops with crunchy lentil salad and mint gremolata, and you might just have a new lamb-obsessed friend. Recipe here.

11. Spicy Peanut Soba Noodles With Pork

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Tell your friend to skip the Chinese takeout and deliver them this hearty pork and noodle dish instead. It has all the carbs and protein necessary to sustain them through whatever life has thrown their way. Recipe here.

12. Creamy Beef Enchiladas

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Alberta beef is just SO versatile. :) Only eight ingredients are required for these cheesy, meaty enchiladas. Deliver them with a few containers of salsa and sour cream for garnish, and you'll be the best friend in the world! Recipe here.

13. Giant Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookie

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No, dinner should not always involve butter, sugar, and chocolate, but sometimes life calls for a different kind of nourishment. For a friend with a sweet tooth, this massive, deep-dish cookie might be just what the doctor ordered. Recipe here.

14. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

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Quinoa production has been ramping up in the Prairies in recent years, and there are many ways to enjoy the protein-packed grain. This dish has a rainbow of veggies and feta cheese to add colour, flavour, and extra nutrients! Recipe here.

15. Spicy Thai Shrimp Soup

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A hot bowl of soup is incredibly comforting, and your friend will be super impressed with the flavours in this Thai-style concoction. Plus, the delicious aroma of coconut wafting throughout your house as you cook? No complaints there! Recipe here.

Cook yourself a batch too, and snag a whole bunch of free groceries with ATB Financial: Get $350 by opening a new chequing account and another $150 when you successfully refer a friend!

What is your favourite recipe to make for friends? Let us know in the comments below!