lunch box, main courses, make ahead / reheat, pasta, vegetarian

Pasta with Easy Homemade Creamy Tomato Sauce

I needed something quick and easy to make for dinner the other night. I'd just been to Lidl, and I got a pack of tricolor fusilli pugliesi, which I really wanted to use. This recipe would be good with pretty much any type of pasta, though. This is definitely coming to work with me for… Continue reading Pasta with Easy Homemade Creamy Tomato Sauce

Southwestern Pasta Salad
make ahead / reheat, sides, vegetarian

Southwestern Pasta Salad

My horseback riding club has a monthly meeting and themed potluck. This month's potluck theme was salad. The meetings are on Friday evenings, so anything I bring to the potluck needs to be something that I can either make the night before or is quick and easy to make after work. Also, because it's Lent,… Continue reading Southwestern Pasta Salad

main courses, make ahead / reheat, seafood, soups

Fish & Shrimp Chowder

I made this for dinner last night, and it was so good, but I pulled some out of the fridge today to take a photo and decided it's even better the second day. I'm looking forward to having this again for lunch today and tomorrow. I used red drum as the fish in this recipe.… Continue reading Fish & Shrimp Chowder

lunch box, main courses, make ahead / reheat, pork, slow cooker

Pulled Pork Burrito Bowls With Salsa Verde & Chipotle Sour Cream

I have a lot of home improvement projects going on at the moment, and my main goal last Sunday was getting my dog room finished. I knew I'd need most of the afternoon for that, so I wanted to make something easy that I could quickly assemble for dinner and lunches later on. The list… Continue reading Pulled Pork Burrito Bowls With Salsa Verde & Chipotle Sour Cream

beef, lunch box, main courses, make ahead / reheat, soups

Beef Stew: Inspired by Grandma’s Goulash

I love my German grandmother's goulash. I have the recipe, and I can come pretty close to making the real deal. We were supposed to get snow or rain today, and Sunday is also when I try to make my lunches for the week. I couldn't decide whether to make beef stew or goulash, so… Continue reading Beef Stew: Inspired by Grandma’s Goulash

beef, lunch box, main courses, make ahead / reheat, slow cooker, soups

Sirloin Chili (Dutch Oven or Slow Cooker)

This chili was perfect for the snow day we had here a couple of weeks ago. I let it simmer on the stove for several hours, but it could also be done in a slow cooker. The beef was super tender, and the chili had a lot of flavor. I've included instructions for either method below.… Continue reading Sirloin Chili (Dutch Oven or Slow Cooker)

chicken, make ahead / reheat, 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

make ahead / reheat, pasta, slow cooker, soups, vegetarian

Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato & Tortellini Soup

I tried to make a tortellini soup in the slow cooker a few years ago after seeing it on one of those Facebook videos. The recipe called for cream cheese, which never really did anything but become a chunky mess. It was definitely a fail. I've wanted to make my own version (that would actually… Continue reading Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato & Tortellini Soup

appetizers & snacks, make ahead / reheat

Italian Chicken & Spinach Dip

One of my friends hosted a potluck brunch last weekend. This was originally supposed to be a filling for crescent roll spirals similar to these buffalo chicken spirals I made before. That turned out to be a disaster. I spread the filling onto the crescent roll dough, rolled it up. and it didn't hold up… Continue reading Italian Chicken & Spinach Dip

make ahead / reheat, sides, vegetarian

Garlic & Herb Whipped Potatoes

I served these under braised short ribs on Christmas. I went heavier on the red wine and lighter on the beef stock than what I have previously done for braised short ribs, so I will have to post that recipe soon, too. I also made these on New Year's Day using a different flavor of… Continue reading Garlic & Herb Whipped Potatoes