Tomato sauce in jar
sauces & seasonings, slow cooker, weeknight cooking

Semi-Homemade Slow Cooker Tomato Sauce

I was making meatball sliders to bring to a potluck last weekend. It would have been easy to grab a jar of sauce, but I didn't have time to run to the store. I tossed this together in the crock pot before cooking the meatballs. This sauce is tasty and easy to make - perfect… Continue reading Semi-Homemade Slow Cooker Tomato Sauce

Chicken kabobs with peppers and onions on a platter
chicken, main courses, weeknight cooking

Lemon Pepper Chicken Kabobs

Grilling is a great way to end the week. I made these last night for dinner, and a friend came by for a late dinner and some cocktails and enjoyed some of these, too. The marinade is very simple, and if you don't have a lemon pepper seasoning, you could easily make it with lemon… Continue reading Lemon Pepper Chicken Kabobs

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
chicken, slow cooker, soups, weeknight cooking

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Yesterday was a bit of a surprise snow day. It was supposed to snow a little bit, but not all day long. I took half the day off to work on some projects around the house, so I knew I wouldn't want to spend a lot of time making dinner at the end of the… Continue reading Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Autumn Spice Pound Cake
desserts, weeknight cooking

Autumn Spice Pound Cake

I wanted to bake something to take to work this week, but I also had a long day and wanted to do something easy. This cake uses a boxed spice cake mix as the base. I baked this in a loaf pan for easy transportation to work, since my cake carrier is at a friend's… Continue reading Autumn Spice Pound Cake

Sheet Pan Chicken With potatoes and green beans
chicken, main courses, weeknight cooking

Sheet Pan Chicken With Garlic Lemon Potatoes & Green Beans

I made this for dinner tonight (with leftovers for lunch tomorrow). This would be an easy weeknight meal - I'll definitely be making it again after work one night. I thought the green beans would be overcooked, but they came out perfectly. I feel like the amount of potatoes was a bit disproportionate to the… Continue reading Sheet Pan Chicken With Garlic Lemon Potatoes & Green Beans

Easy chicken tacos - picture of chicken with peppers and onions
chicken, low-cost, main courses, weeknight cooking

Easy Chicken Tacos

I volunteer to cook at a local shelter with my church, and this month I'd signed up to prepare the main dish. It seems like every time I'm there cooking, I'm always rushing to finish on time, like I'm on an episode of a cooking show. I was able to prepare the recipe for 60… Continue reading Easy Chicken Tacos

beef, main courses, weeknight cooking

Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

I made two strip steaks last night, and wanted to do something with the leftovers. I also had a green pepper that needed to be used, probably by tomorrow at the latest. I actually wasn't a fan of the steak last night when I made it - it wasn't salty enough. I normally don't marinate… Continue reading Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

Chipotle lime fajitas (steak, chicken, shrimp, peppers, onions)
beef, chicken, main courses, seafood, weeknight cooking

Chipotle Lime Fajitas

I was having some friends over for dinner, but didn't have much time after getting home. I had a bell pepper that needed to be used, shrimp in the freezer, and there was skirt steak on sale at Wegmans. The marinade was super easy, and the meat didn't need to marinate for very long. The… Continue reading Chipotle Lime Fajitas

Stuffed peppers
beef, low-cost, main courses, weeknight cooking

Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa, Ground Beef, & Basil

I volunteer to cook at a local shelter once a month with a group from church. I've typically signed up for side dishes and desserts, but this time I signed up to make the main dish. After almost running out of time with my roasted potatoes last time, I wanted to make something that would… Continue reading Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa, Ground Beef, & Basil

Cherry and brandy chocolate chip brownies
desserts, vegetarian, weeknight cooking

Cherry & Brandy Chocolate Chip Brownies

Confession: I didn't make these completely from scratch. Nope. I used a box of Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge Brownie Mix as the base. Just didn't feel like fooling with the cocoa powder and everything. I think if I make these again, I will probably use regular dried cherries instead of the candied ones to give… Continue reading Cherry & Brandy Chocolate Chip Brownies