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

beef, main courses, pasta, pork

Gnocchi Bolognese With Braised Short Rib

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which are marked with *. I receive compensation from purchases made using these links.  I have a "book club" with a group of girlfriends that really isn't a book club - we get together and eat good good and drink wine. Why is it called book club, then? Long… Continue reading Gnocchi Bolognese With Braised Short Rib

beef, gluten free, 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

appetizers & snacks, lunch box, sauces & condiments, 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! I used my stand mixer for this because I don't own a molcajete anymore. The avocados… Continue reading Guacamole

main courses, sauces & condiments

Skirt Steak Tacos with Guacamole and Chipotle Sour Cream

I wanted steak yesterday, but I also had guacamole from earlier in the week that needed to be eaten and a tomato that needed to be used. I also had a couple of ¾ pound packages of outside skirt steak in my freezer that I got on mega sale at Wegmans a couple of weeks… Continue reading Skirt Steak Tacos with Guacamole and Chipotle Sour Cream

main courses, pasta, seafood

Lobster Ravioli

Usually I'm the person who wants to get in and out of the grocery story as quickly as possible. I know what I want, I know where it is, and that's that. Yesterday was one of those days when I felt like exploring everything, so naturally I ended up with a live lobster in my… Continue reading Lobster Ravioli

lunch box, soups, vegetarian, weeknight cooking

Curried Tomato Soup

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 types. I'm also not a morning person, so if I'm going to pack a lunch I really need to prepare a week's worth of lunches on Sunday. This soup… Continue reading Curried Tomato Soup