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

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, vegetarian

No-Name Dip That Does Not Photograph Well

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links (marked with *). I receive compensation from purchases made using affiliate links.  One of the struggles of being a food blogger is having to get good photos of the things I make. Nobody is going to want to try a recipe if the dish looks gross in the photos! Sometimes, though,… Continue reading No-Name Dip That Does Not Photograph Well

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)

beef, gluten free, 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

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