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, 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

soups

Red Wine Onion Soup 2.0

I made the first version of red wine onion soup about a year ago. My first attempt had too many onions (recipe I posted last year already adjusted for that), and it didn't have enough red wine. I needed to try again with a different ratio of wine to beef stock. I finally got the… Continue reading Red Wine Onion Soup 2.0

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

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

Sausage & Apple Stuffing

I didn't host Thanksgiving this year, which is one of my favorite things. This was the first year in a really long time I haven't hosted, but I'm glad I was still able to make some contributions to dinner. (Thanks Annie & Dave for having me - I had a great time!) I brought stuffing… Continue reading Sausage & Apple Stuffing