Rich and creamy corn chowder is comfort food in a bowl.

Creamy Corn Chowder

Creamy Corn Chowder, loaded with celery, onions, carrots, and corn in a thick creamy base is  to serve on a cold and stormy day.  This soup is pure comfort food at it’s finest.  The best part is that this recipe is surprisingly easy to prepare.  You can have dinner on the table in about 45 minutes. 

This delicious, steaming split pea soup is a vegan recipe.

Split Pea Soup

This vegan Split Pea Soup recipe is hearty and delicious.  It’s a simple recipe that doesn’t require much chopping, and it cooks quickly.  This makes Split Pea Soup the perfect recipe for a weeknight dinner. 

Hearty and delicious, this turkey soup is loaded with mexican squash, tomatoes, green chilis, and hominy.

Mexican Style Turkey Soup

This delicious Mexican Style Turkey Soup recipe is loaded with flavor, and surprisingly low in fat and calories.  It’s the perfect way to finish off the end of your turkey.  This is especially true if you boil the leftover turkey carcass to liberate the last of the meat that is clinging to the bones and make your own turkey stock.  This low-calorie but hearty soup is the perfect way to warm up on a cold evening.  It’s also a delicious opportunity to be nice to your body after all of the calorie laden foods from Thanksgiving Dinner. Give this recipe […]

This hearty and delicious Italian Sausage and Kale soup is loaded with vitamins from superfoods like kale and butternut squash.

Italian Sausage and Kale Soup

An Italian themed soup with Italian Sausage, Kale, and beans is the perfect hearty and satisfying meal after a long day.  Paired with a loaf of warm crusty bread or accompanied by a salad, this soup is sure to satisfy. 

Veggie and Hummus Jars--What can be better than hummus and veggie jars? Fresh cruciferous vegetables are arranged in a wide mouth mason jar that is topped with a 2 ounce sized serving of hummus. The perfect healthy grab and go lunch.

Veggies and Hummus, A Grab and Go Lunch

This is a simple way to put together a quick and healthy lunch to take to work or school.  Add a drink, and you have everything you need for a filling lunch. Some members of our household like to have their hummus and veggies with pretzels or pretzel chips, so we have some bags of those on hand, too.  It makes packing lunch on those busy weekday mornings a breeze. I got the idea for this make ahead lunch from this video for “Masonables” on YouTube.  In fact, I fell in love with this concept.  This is no big surprise […]

cholent leftovers make a great base for a delicious soup

What Can You Do With Leftover Cholent?

This is not a question I am asked very often.  In fact, it’s a problem that I have had only once.   During my 30 days of beans, I made a pot of  Cholent.  After we ate, we still had about 9 cups of left overs.  Having never made cholent before I had no idea that the volume of the finished product would be so great.  The next day, the leftovers were drier and stickier, and didn’t look very appealing.  I ate some for breakfast, and decided that it would require a makeover before being served again.  I began searching the […]

Chicken Tortilla Soup topped with melted cheese and tortill chips top the soup.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup is one of my favorites.  It’s a very easy recipe and is delicious.  My favorite part is the layer of chips and melted cheese on top of the bowl of soup, but the whole thing is a special treat. This recipe for chicken tortilla soup  begins with ground or chopped chicken that is sautéed with onions, garlic, carrots, and celery.  The mixture is combined with tomatoes with green chilies, beans, corn, broth, and spices before being simmered until the flavors are fully combined. The soup is ladled into oven safe bowls and topped with tortilla chips and […]

Garden Vegetable Soup and a couple of jars for lunch

Garden Vegetable Soup

You may be asking yourself why I have a vegetable soup listed during my 30 days of beans.  If you’ve looked at the photo, you’re probably thinking that you don’t see any beans in the soup, and you’re right.  There are no beans added to the soup, but the broth it is made from is that quart of ham and bean broth I saved from the pressure cooker pinto beans and ham.  Bean broth is, after all, a vegetable broth, isn’t it.   In this case, it’s a vegetable (bean) and bone broth.  You know that I don’t like things […]

Black eyed pea salad, or Texas caviar, is a delicious and healthier side for your barbecue.

Texas Caviar

A few years ago, Texas caviar could be found in the salad section of every grocery store and free standing deli in our area.  I don’t remember exactly how the stuff from the different delis was made, and I was planning on buying some in an attempt to reverse engineer it.  Unfortunately,  I noticed that it’s not in the deli cases anymore.  Since I was working through my 30 days of beans, I decided to try my hand at recreating the recipe.  The only things I knew with any certainty was that it contained black eyed peas along with chopped […]

Green onions are sprinkled atop the plated hoppin john

Hoppin’ John

When I read other people’s blogs, and they talk about having a taste for something or a craving, I often think that’s a weird way to begin their blog post, unless they’re pregnant, when it’s completely understandable.   This post is probably punishment for being so judgmental, and I would like to apologize for my behavior, not that I actually posted a rude comment or anything.  I just feel guilty.   This is a really weird confession to make, but I had a weird craving.  I woke up one morning, and as I was going through my usual morning activities […]