appetizers & snacks, low-cost, sides, vegetarian

Corn & Black Bean Salad

This is a quick, easy, and simple salad that can be used in so many different ways. It's an inexpensive and quick dish to bring to a potluck. It can be served as an appetizer or side, eaten alone or with tortilla chips, or used in tacos or burrito bowls. The serving size of 10… Continue reading Corn & Black Bean Salad

appetizers & snacks, make ahead / reheat

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

main courses

Fried Green Tomato BLT

This was the original reason I decided to make fried green tomatoes the other night. I had a repair person out for my lower oven that keeps turning itself on (yikes!) When we couldn't get it to replicate the issue, I decided it would be logical to make bacon in the upper oven since that's… Continue reading Fried Green Tomato BLT

lunch box, main courses, make ahead / reheat, 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

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 & seasonings, 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

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

main courses, pasta

Lasagna

Ingredients (Sauce) 2 x 28oz cans crushed tomatoes 2 tbsp Tastefully Simple Onion Onion seasoning 2 tsp Tastefully Simple Garlic Garlic seasoning 2 tsp oregano 1 tsp parsley 1 tsp basil ½ tsp sage ½ tsp salt Spice measurements are for dried spices. Ingredients (Pasta) 3 cups flour 3 eggs Pinch salt Cold water (if… Continue reading Lasagna

appetizers & snacks, sauces & seasonings, vegetarian

Simple Salsa

Ingredients 6 tomatoes, seeded and cut into quarters 2 cloves garlic, minced ½ large red onion, cut into large chunks (separate each layer into its own piece) 1 jalapeno, de-seeded and diced 1 tbsp kosher salt 1 tbsp cumin Leaves from about ¼ to ½ of a bunch of cilantro Instructions Place everything into a large food… Continue reading Simple Salsa

disaster, in the kitchen, soups

Improvised Two Bean Soup – Saved from Disaster

I ended concocting this yesterday when I needed something to bring to a potluck event. I made potato salad, but I didn't like how it tasted. It ended up turning out fine, but I needed to get something else together in case the potato salad was a total fail. It seemed like my normally stockpiled… Continue reading Improvised Two Bean Soup – Saved from Disaster