sauces & seasonings

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning ¼ cup cumin¼ cup paprika¼ cup garlic powder¼ cup onion powder¼ cup dried cilantro¼ cup chili powder1 tsp cayenne ((optional, use if you want spicy taco seasoning)) Combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container.

chicken fajitas
chicken, main courses

Chicken Fajitas

The boyfriend and I made chicken fajitas the other night. It was a nice easy dinner to make at the end of a work week. We used the rest of the chipotle lime crema from the mahi mahi tacos, too. We also had grilled corn on the cob on the side. I know the Italian… Continue reading Chicken Fajitas

Southwestern Pasta Salad
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

Sirloin chili
beef, lunch box, main courses, 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)

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

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

vegetarian chili
low-cost, lunch box, soups, vegetarian

Vegetarian Chili (with vegan option)

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. Vegetarian… Continue reading Vegetarian Chili (with vegan option)

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

BBQ Dry Rub
sauces & seasonings

BBQ Dry Rub

I'm just posting the dry rub instead of my full pulled pork recipe because I made a rookie food blogger mistake and didn't write down the rest of the recipe! I used this on a 2½ lb bone-in pork shoulder, but it could also be used on ribs or chicken, including smoked or grilled chicken… Continue reading BBQ Dry Rub

Southwestern Tomato Soup
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