low-cost, lunch box, make ahead / reheat, soups, vegetarian

Vegetarian Chili (vegan option, too)

This recipe follows the basic method of what I usually use to make my chicken tortilla soup and meat chilis. For the first time ever, my chili came out perfectly seasoned without any adjusting needed at all. The recipe itself is vegan - only the toppings take away the vegan-ness and make it vegetarian. Ingredients… Continue reading Vegetarian Chili (vegan option, too)

low-cost, soups, vegetarian

Southwestern Tomato Soup

A friend has surgery recently and was really craving a flavorful soup, but it had to be entirely pureed (cheese in the photo was my test bowl - cheese is optional.) At first, I was going to try to make something similar to my chicken tortilla soup, but I didn't have all of the ingredients.… Continue reading Southwestern Tomato Soup

lunch box, soups

Chicken Tortilla Soup

I've always been a huge fan of chicken tortilla soup. This recipe is really similar to the one I made before, but I like the new and improved version a lot better! I didn't have to troubleshoot this recipe at all for being too spicy or salty. This recipe makes a ton (6.75 quart dutch… Continue reading Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Red Wine Onion Soup 2.0

I made the first version of red wine onion soup about a year ago. My first attempt had too many onions (recipe I posted last year already adjusted for that), and it didn't have enough red wine. I needed to try again with a different ratio of wine to beef stock. I finally got the… Continue reading Red Wine Onion Soup 2.0

low-cost, soups, weeknight cooking

Simple Chili (for low-budget food challenge)

One of the meals I made to last most of the week for the low-budget food challenge was a simple chili. I was surprised I was able to pull this off without my usual poblano and jalapeno peppers, among other ingredients. This isn't the best chili I've made, but it tasted good and it was… Continue reading Simple Chili (for low-budget food challenge)

lunch box, soups, vegetarian, weeknight cooking

Curried Tomato Soup

I've been a lot better about packing my lunch lately instead of going out. I get bored with sandwiches day after day, even if they're different types. I'm also not a morning person, so if I'm going to pack a lunch I really need to prepare a week's worth of lunches on Sunday. This soup… Continue reading Curried Tomato Soup

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Ma’s Ham & Bean Soup

I posted my mother in law's ham recipe the other day, and I recommended saving the unused sauce, the leftover ham, and pan juices for later. This is why! You can make this on the stovetop in a large pot of dutch oven, or in an extra large crock pot. I'll admit we've sometimes had the… Continue reading Ma’s Ham & Bean Soup