Chicken noodle soup with peas, carrots, and green beans in a bowl
chicken, lunch box, main courses, soups

Chicken Noodle Soup

I came down with a bad cold a few weeks ago, and thankfully it only lasted for a few days. My wonderful boyfriend made me tea with lemon, honey, and whiskey, which I swear is better than any cough syrup out there. Being sick of course also called for chicken noodle soup. This also reheated… Continue reading Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken kabobs with peppers and onions on a platter
chicken, main courses, weeknight cooking

Lemon Pepper Chicken Kabobs

Grilling is a great way to end the week. I made these last night for dinner, and a friend came by for a late dinner and some cocktails and enjoyed some of these, too. The marinade is very simple, and if you don't have a lemon pepper seasoning, you could easily make it with lemon… Continue reading Lemon Pepper Chicken Kabobs

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.

Mustard Tarragon Marinade
sauces & seasonings

Mustard Tarragon Marinade

I was going to make this as a dry rub for filet kabobs last night, but I discovered my steak was bad. I changed this into a marinade for grilled chicken and it did not disappoint. The mustard and tarragon are a great pairing! I ended up also using it on the grilled peppers and… Continue reading Mustard Tarragon Marinade

appetizers & snacks

Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

I made these lettuce wraps for a light dinner the other night. The filling is similar to the sweet & spicy shrimp, but it's not spicy. They would have been good with some crispy rice noodles. You could add some sriracha to these to give them a little kick. The flavor was great, but unfortunately… Continue reading Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

parmesan & basil orzo
sides

Parmesan & Basil Orzo

This is a great recipe for fresh basil. My boyfriend has a few basil plants, so it was nice to be able to go right outside and clip off some leaves. This is also a really good recipe for summer. It's still a warm side, but it's also very light. We had this with the… Continue reading Parmesan & Basil Orzo

Sweet and spicy grilled shrimp
appetizers & snacks, main courses, seafood

Sweet & Spicy Grilled Shrimp

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I receive compensation if you make a purchase using the link (more information). I made these yesterday as a late lunch / early dinner. They also make a great appetizer, a filling for lettuce wraps, or skewers. If making them for dinner, they… Continue reading Sweet & Spicy Grilled Shrimp

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

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

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