Smoky Black Bean Soup

This is a super quick and easy recipe that is great whenever you don’t have a lot of time. For those of you on WW this can be zero points if beans are part of your zero points foods. Feeds four to six hungry people Ingredients 1 large onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1…

Where Is That Wagon?

Falling off the wagon hurts. I know this from experience. I was sharing with one of my daughters that I not only fell off the wagon but also rolled down the hill, knocking the air out of me. In hindsight, it wasn’t quite that bad. I just spent the summer maintaining my weight. I didn’t…

Cornbread Croutons

I think most everyone has a favorite chili recipe that shows up at the table from time to time. We had chili for dinner tonight. It was great! We like ours with cornbread and I’ll wager you have a favorite recipe for that as well. One thing I did differently when I made the cornbread…

White Beans and Sausage Soup

Most weeks, I make a couple of pots of soup to serve at lunch and sometimes, dinner. The ingredients depend on what I have in the pantry and fridge. For this particular soup, I decided to start by cooking a package of dry beans in the Instant Pot. It worked great! I didn’t even have…

Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Thanksgiving is upon us and the start of the season of celebration. I hope the holidays remind you of all the good things in life. As usual, I will be in the kitchen cooking up something good. I thought I would pass along this soup recipe that I discovered recently. It’s a good standby for…

Cabbage Roll Stew

One of the things my mother-in-law cooked well was Golumpkis or known to most, cabbage rolls. It was her go-to for most family celebrations and is still favored by her children today. They are not hard to make but can be time-consuming for a weeknight dinner, so I took the ingredients we love when we…

Chicken and Brown Rice Soup

Our family is currently “enjoying” a visit from the tummy bug. Not sure how it made its way home with us, but according to a local mom’s group on social media, it’s making the rounds. I guess it was time to start building up everyone’s immune system again after being under-exposed for such a long…

One of Our Favorite Chilis Plus Really Yummy Bread

Every family has their favorite chili recipe, and ours is no exception. Well, except that we have several we love. Chili is one of those things that seems to evolve depending on what’s in the freezer and pantry. This past week, I created a delicious pot of beans and meat that was not only good…

Smoky Pork Chili

I don’t always know in the morning what I’ll be in the mood for at the end of the day. Sometimes, I just opt for throwing some meat along with a little broth and salt and pepper into the crockpot and wait for inspiration to come. That is how this recipe came about. I started…

Split Pea Soup

This weekend we stopped for lunch at the California Pizza Kitchen. We ordered a mushroom pizza with truffle oil—my favorite flavor when it comes to pizzas. I just love it. Since Baby J was with us, I also ordered a cup of their Smashed Pea Soup, which she gobbled up along with bits of mushroom…