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

appetizers & snacks, lunch box, sauces & seasonings, sides, vegetarian

Guacamole

I had a potluck with my horseback riding club on Friday. I made brownies to bring, but my bestie was leaving late from work and wasn't going to have something to bring... so I made guacamole for her to bring! I used my stand mixer for this because I don't own a molcajete anymore. The avocados… Continue reading Guacamole

disaster, sauces & seasonings, sides, vegetarian

Southwestern Corn

Ok, so this was a bit of a disaster when I first made it, but I adjusted the recipe. It was way too spicy the first time - too much cayenne. It had a little kick to it when I first tasted it, which was fine. But then I let the sauce sit in the… Continue reading Southwestern Corn

soups

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Cold, cold day today, and I spent several hours outside at the barn this afternoon. Soup was definitely a good choice to help me warm up when I got home. Ingredients 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 tbsp Tastefully Simple Wahoo! chili seasoning (or 1 tbsp cumin, 1 tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp paprika, and… Continue reading Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

beef, main courses, soups

Snow Day Chili-Stew

We had a blizzard last year, and I wanted to make something warm for us to eat while taking breaks from shoveling feet of snow. I'll be making this again for sure during the next mega-snow! I call it a chili-stew because it has some elements of a chili and other elements of a stew.… Continue reading Snow Day Chili-Stew

appetizers & snacks, vegetarian

Fried Pickles

I don't make fried food at home often because my kitchen will smell like fried food for about 24 hours afterward. But I really love fried pickles, so sometimes I just have to make them. These are really good with ranch dressing or chipotle mayo. Be very careful when working with hot oil! Keep an… Continue reading Fried Pickles