creamy tomato & tortellini soup
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 Southwestern/Tex-Mex Dip That Does Not Photograph Well

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, I either forget to take a picture, or even worse, something is horribly un-photogenic. I had… Continue reading No-Name Southwestern/Tex-Mex Dip That Does Not Photograph Well

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)

lunch box, main courses, pasta

Baked Rigatoni

I made this dish because I wanted something easy to reheat for lunch throughout the week. I don't have a toaster oven at work, so anything I make for reheating needs to be something that microwaves well. This dish turned out to be great reheated. Sometimes I needed to add a little water to the… Continue reading Baked Rigatoni

Stuffed peppers
beef, 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

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

lunch box, soups, vegetarian, weeknight cooking

Curried Tomato 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). 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… Continue reading Curried Tomato Soup

soups

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

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

sauces & seasonings, vegetarian, weeknight cooking

Easy Pizza Sauce

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). I sometimes call this pizza sauce "lazy" because it's super easy, plus it uses canned tomatoes and a couple of already-mixed seasoning blends. This one is… Continue reading Easy Pizza Sauce