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Mar 4

chipotle sweet potato chili

I came up with the recipe when I saw a sweet potato chili recipe on Pinterest. I love my mom’s chili but wanted to change it up a bit. This is a play on the chili I grew up with. I love how hearty it is and it’s even better the next day. Yay for left overs. AND it’s healthy and adaptible. It’s really a win Win WIN.

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Can’t wait to dig into the Large pot I have cookin’ on the stove. Yay for clean, healthy, hearty meals that come together quickly.

 

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Oct 1

lasagna soup

Sunday evening was one of those nights were I had no idea what we were having for dinner. I had spent the afternoon at a friends baby shower, which was way too much fun. I came home and had no motivation to cook. I set out looking for a soup recipe but wasn’t having any luck. You see, my husband isn’t really a soup fan, so it has to be something hearty with meat. lasagna-soup-3 After searching Pinterest high and low, I decided to just start cooking. My original thought was some sort of chicken barley soup. Then I thought maybe a tomatoey soup with grilled cheese croutons. But I finally landed on a lasagna soup. I am so glad I did. It was divine. The hubby even like it. A lot! YAY! lasagna-soup-2 This soup is hearty, filled with lots of veggies and meat. It’s a one pot stop and delicious. I love that it has all those lasagna flavors – basil, oregano, garlic, and parsley. It’s creamy, dreamy, and cheesy. My small appetite Jobie ate two bowls of it. This is defiantly a recipe I want to remember. lasagna-soup-4 My friend Keri has a vegetarian lasagna soup that I have been dying to try but I don’t have a food processor. It is on my list of recipes to try once I get a food processor. And yes, I know, someone who cooks as much as I do should own a food processor. Someday. For now, I will stick with this yummy recipe.

lasagna-soup-6 lasagna-soup-5 Okay, I know this picture really has nothing to do with this post other then the fact that Ruthie has the Lasagna Soup all over her face, but seriously, look how bad this picture is of her. I love it. It makes me laugh so hard. She just recently discovered her nose. It’s a new favorite pastime. Anyway, enjoy the yummy soup and think of this picture while you’re making it – because it’s guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

As shared on Frugally Sustainable.

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Aug 30

creamy, cheesy, chicken quesadillas

Many nights in high school I would eat dinner at my friend’s house. They made the best chimichangas and they were served up along side homemade chips. The best homemade chips you will find! The other night I made the chimichangas and thought fondly of my high school days and the many nights spend around their table. chicken quesadillas As I was cooking up the chicken this time around I thought, “Why not turn this filling into quesadillas?” So I made the filling, put it in the fridge for the next night and set out to make quesadillas. And boy were they good! The sauce is the perfect balance of creamy and cheesy and the crisp shell is the perfect complement to the soft ingredients inside. creamy chicken quesadillas These make for a great quick dinner or perfect for an appetizer for a night of mexican food. I hope you enjoy this yummy, quick meal. I know my whole family does.

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Jul 31

crockpot balsamic chicken

The other night I needed a quick, healthy dinner. I was going to be out all afternoon and wanted to come home to dinner being done. So I thought I would do my crockpot balsamic chicken. It’s tangy shredded chicken with a hint of sweetness and an asian flare. Serve it up with a little cooked broccoli and rice and there you have a complete meal. Hope you enjoy this recipe.

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Jul 24

bbq chicken quinoa salad

I decided to take a little nap this yesterday afternoon, which in turn meant I woke up about 30 minutes before we usually eat dinner. So I needed something quick. I had some chicken that I needed to use up and an avocado. So naturally my story ends here: bbq chicken quinoa salad. bbq quinoa salad 3 I had made a take on this dish before and I remembered it being very yummy so I set out to recreate something similar. This time I added lettuce to make it a salad and added some grilled onions and mashed avocado with lime juice. bbq quinoa salad Oh, and I haven’t done any bragging about quinoa yet. Let me spend just a moment here. I love quinoa. It cooks up quicker than rice and can be substituted for rice in most recipes. Because it has lots of protein and is a super versatile ingredient, it has quickly become a staple in our house. The only downside to quinoa – its very hard to clean up off the floor because of how moist and soft it is (much like cooked rice is). However, this is a side-effect I am willing to deal with. bbq quinoa salad2 With this dinner coming together in about 30 minutes, it was a great solution to my problem. So if you are in need of another flavorful, easy dinner to add to your list of quick-fixes – here you go. Enjoy.

As inspired by Shiksa in the kitchen and shared on Metamorphosis Monday.

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Jul 4

crockpot carolina bbq pulled pork

I couldn’t write a post on pulled pork today with out saying “HAPPY 4th of JULY!” I hope you find yourself having some fun with friends and family with some yummy food too. We are just getting ready to head out to see some fireworks downtown Raleigh. But for now, I will leave you with this yummy recipe I cooked up today.

Since moving to the South, my husband and I have come to love pulled pork. Not just any pulled pork though, it has to be Carolina pulled pork, and more specifically, North Carolina pulled pork. You see, here in the South each region has its own version of this tasty dish and our favorite is the tangy vinegar-based version with a hint of spice and sweetness.

IMG_9002 IMG_8984 This is a very easy recipe as you just throw everything in the crockpot and let it cook all day while you get stuff done and have some fun. This is probably our absolute favorite crockpot meal and it’s one we have made often here in NC. It’s perfect served up on a slightly toasted hamburger bun or served over cooked rice or quinoa. And if you have any leftovers, it freezes beautifully for an even quicker dinner another night.  So next time you get the hankerin’ for some pulled pork, give this recipe a try. It’s sure to please. IMG_8987 IMG_9011 IMG_9006 This recipe was inspired by the little cookbook that came with my crockpot.

As shared on Frugally Sustainable.

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Jun 28

no rise pizza dough

This is my go-to pizza dough recipe. It is the one my mom has used all through my childhood and it’s a family favorite. Because it doesn’t have to rise, you can have homemade pizza on the table within 45 minutes of that first craving. I have tried LOTS of pizza dough recipes and I always com back to this one.

It’s hands down my favorite because not only is it quick to make but it also is a great base recipe to add all kinds of complimenting herbs and toppings to. I have used all sorts of combinations of whole wheat flour, bread flour, all purpose flour, and unbleached flour and they have all turned out great. I’ve  also added all sorts of herbs to the dough to enhance the character of the dough and  diversify the flavors of the pizza. Just a few to try are basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary, garlic powder, thyme, and various combinations of them. Have fun with this dough and get creative! You will not be disappointed!

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Jun 24

thai chicken slaw

Here in the south they are all about slaw, or as I call it, coleslaw. Let me just tell you right here and right now, I am not all about slaw. It’s just not really my thing. I don’t like mayo. And I don’t like mayo on cabbage. Who thought of that anyway? I am however, all about this thai slaw. No mayo. Just lots of yummy thai-inspired flavors.

I had the inspiration for this dish from Pioneer Woman’s Thai Chicken Wraps. They are divine. You really should go and try them. Last night though, I wanted a salad and so, the thai chicken slaw was born.

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Jun 19

pecan crusted tilapia with a balsamic vinegar drizzle

Yesterday was our 3rd anniversary. So to celebrate I made this pecan crusted tilapia. This whole eating fish thing is all new for me. I thought this was a good way to ease into it. And to my surprise, it was quite tasty.

I thought the fish was great on its own, but I though it may be even better with just a little something extra… and I was right. This balsamic drizzle is to dye for! I even like it as a dressing. Go ahead and whip up a batch of this “no guilt” fried fish. It’s super yummy and healthy. IMG_7780 IMG_7803 IMG_7811 IMG_7830 IMG_7831

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