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

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! Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I earn a… Continue reading Guacamole

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

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

appetizers & snacks, sauces & seasonings, vegetarian

Simple Salsa

Ingredients 6 tomatoes, seeded and cut into quarters 2 cloves garlic, minced ½ large red onion, cut into large chunks (separate each layer into its own piece) 1 jalapeno, de-seeded and diced 1 tbsp kosher salt 1 tbsp cumin Leaves from about ¼ to ½ of a bunch of cilantro Instructions Place everything into a large food… Continue reading Simple Salsa

soups

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I earn a commission if you make a purchase using the link (click here for more information). 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… 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