Sirloin chili
beef, lunch box, main courses, slow cooker, soups

Sirloin Chili (Dutch Oven or Slow Cooker)

This chili was perfect for the snow day we had here a couple of weeks ago. I let it simmer on the stove for several hours, but it could also be done in a slow cooker. The beef was super tender, and the chili had a lot of flavor. I've included instructions for either method below.… Continue reading Sirloin Chili (Dutch Oven or Slow Cooker)

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
chicken, slow cooker, soups, weeknight cooking

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Yesterday was a bit of a surprise snow day. It was supposed to snow a little bit, but not all day long. I took half the day off to work on some projects around the house, so I knew I wouldn't want to spend a lot of time making dinner at the end of the… Continue reading Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

garlic & herb whipped potatoes
sides, vegetarian

Garlic & Herb Whipped Potatoes

I served these under braised short ribs on Christmas. I went heavier on the red wine and lighter on the beef stock than what I have previously done for braised short ribs, so I will have to post that recipe soon, too. I also made these on New Year's Day using a different flavor of… Continue reading Garlic & Herb Whipped Potatoes

turkey & dumpling soup
lunch box, soups

Turkey & Dumpling Soup

Thanksgiving leftovers! Last year, I made a turkey cranberry flatbread. In addition to the turkey and dumpling soup I made yesterday, I still might make one more thing for this year's Thanksgiving leftover edition. This recipe is similar to my grandmother's chicken & dumpling soup recipe. You wouldn't really need to do anything except switch… Continue reading Turkey & Dumpling Soup

Sheet Pan Chicken With potatoes and green beans
chicken, main courses, weeknight cooking

Sheet Pan Chicken With Garlic Lemon Potatoes & Green Beans

I made this for dinner tonight (with leftovers for lunch tomorrow). This would be an easy weeknight meal - I'll definitely be making it again after work one night. I thought the green beans would be overcooked, but they came out perfectly. I feel like the amount of potatoes was a bit disproportionate to the… Continue reading Sheet Pan Chicken With Garlic Lemon Potatoes & Green Beans

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

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

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

Gnocchi bolognese
beef, main courses, pasta, pork

Gnocchi Bolognese With Braised Short Rib

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 story! Last week, we were at a restaurant that has some great short rib dishes. One of my friends ordered… Continue reading Gnocchi Bolognese With Braised Short Rib