Beef stew
beef, lunch box, main courses, soups

Beef Stew: Inspired by Grandma’s Goulash

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 love my German grandmother's goulash. I have the recipe, and I can come pretty close to making the real deal. We were supposed to get snow or rain today,… Continue reading Beef Stew: Inspired by Grandma’s Goulash

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)

Buffalo Chicken Dip
appetizers & snacks

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo chicken dip is one of my favorite things to make for a party. I have a few variations I make, including this one. I think this version I made is my favorite so far. I made it for the Super Bowl last weekend. My boyfriend isn't really into buffalo sauce, but he couldn't stop… Continue reading Buffalo Chicken Dip

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

Italian chicken & spinach dip
appetizers & snacks

Italian Chicken & Spinach Dip

One of my friends hosted a potluck brunch last weekend. This was originally supposed to be a filling for crescent roll spirals similar to these buffalo chicken spirals I made before. That turned out to be a disaster. I spread the filling onto the crescent roll dough, rolled it up. and it didn't hold up… Continue reading Italian Chicken & Spinach Dip

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

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

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