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)

sides, vegetarian, weeknight cooking

Sauteed Rustic Herb Green Beans

This is one of the sides I made the other night to go with the steak. This uses one of the seasoning blends from Tastefully Simple*. Sometimes people ask why I buy seasoning blends like that when I like cooking from scratch so much. Well, there are times when I just don't want to have… Continue reading Sauteed Rustic Herb Green Beans

appetizers & snacks, vegetarian

Jalapeno Popper Corn Dip

I haven't posted in a while! Right after I made the mint chocolate chip ice cream in the previous post, our fridge died. We were without a fridge for almost 3 weeks (long story), which resulted in eating out a lot. Then we went on vacation. So now I'm back and ready for more cooking… Continue reading Jalapeno Popper Corn Dip

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

desserts

Mini Chocolate Cakes

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 had a party yesterday afternoon and needed a quick and easy dessert to make. I was already running behind schedule. I had some chocolate pound… Continue reading Mini Chocolate Cakes

desserts, weeknight cooking

Lazy Cupcakes

My old boss is transferring to the other side of the country, and today was her last day before she moves. I moved on to a new position a few months ago, but we still work in the same building. It's hard to explain my old job to people who don't work where we work,… Continue reading Lazy Cupcakes

desserts, vegetarian, weeknight cooking

Super Fudgy Brownies

These brownies are one of my favorites, and they're not even super homemade. If you need to throw together a baked something-or-other for a bake sale, birthday, office party, or whatever - these are very easy and fast. And everyone loves them! Ingredients 1 box brownie mix + everything the box says you need 1… Continue reading Super Fudgy Brownies

appetizers & snacks, chicken, weeknight cooking

Buffalo Chicken Crescent Spirals

I needed to make dinner one night, and I'd forgotten to take anything out. Oops. Strangely, I had buffalo chicken dip left over from a party. (This was strange because my buffalo chicken dip usually gets scarfed down and I end up wishing I'd made more.) Anyway, back to the dinner thing. I always keep… Continue reading Buffalo Chicken Crescent Spirals

appetizers & snacks, sides, vegetarian, weeknight cooking

Cucumber Salad

This is a super simple cucumber salad. It's quick to make, and a good opportunity to practice knife skills. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (marked with *). I receive compensation from purchases made using affiliate links. Ingredients 6 cucumbers 2 pints grape tomatoes Half of a medium red onion 2 packets Good Seasons Italian salad… Continue reading Cucumber Salad

beef, main courses, weeknight cooking

Filet Mignon

Mmmmm filet mignon. Pretty much one of my favorite foods, so it's even better that they're quick and reasonably easy to make. Update: See this post for a better description of the process to cook these steaks. While these turned out well, I think my pan could have been hotter from the beginning. I would've… Continue reading Filet Mignon