Jambalaya from the Pantry

Jambalaya from the Pantry

Jambalaya from the Pantry is a simple recipe. There is more than one way to dress up boxed jambalaya mix, but we chose this method for our Pantry Cooking Challenge. With the exception of a fresh yellow onion, this recipe is made entirely from shelf stable ingredients. I guess that, technically, an onion is a shelf stable item. It’s just not a long term food […]

Ramen Stir Fry

Ramen Stir Fry

Ramen is the pantry staple of college students, but it can be so much more. This Ramen Stir Fry recipe starts with Ramen, and with the addition of some vegetables and oil, a couple simple packs of Ramen can be transformed into something that feeds the entire family, and gets them to eat their vegetables, too. I have been making variations of this Ramen Stir […]

Ham, Potato, and Green Bean Soup

Ham, Green Bean, and Potato Soup

Ham, Green Bean, and Potato Soup might not sound like the most exciting recipe in the world, but I promise that this soup is surprisingly delicious. Each time that I have made this, my friends and family members have eyed it suspiciously, but when the take their first bite, they make that sound. You know the one. It’s a cross between a moan of pleasure […]

Pickled Vegetable Relish

Pickled Vegetable Relish

Pickled Vegetable Relish is a good thing to have in your refrigerator. It’s great on sandwiches or salads. A dollop of pickled vegetable relish on your plate can perk up the simplest of dinners. I enjoy a couple spoonfuls of pickled vegetable relish with beans and cornbread. This recipe is very simple. The only thing that’s time consuming is all of the chopping. Once everything […]

Meditteranean Beans

Mediterranean Beans

Mediterranean Beans are a simple, yet tasty way to get beans on the table quickly.  These beans get their flavor from a mixture of herbs and vegetables.  When the Mediterranean beans are ready for serving, some good quality extra virgin olive oil is added to the pot to give it a definitive Mediterranean flair.   Because Mediterranean beans are made with small white beans, they cook […]

Spanish Rice

Spanish Rice

Spanish rice can be made many different ways. This version is one that I received from a friend of mine who is actually a Salvadoran. Perhaps, I should have called this recipe Salvadoran Rice instead of Spanish Rice. She called it Spanish rice, so I feel like I should honor her choice of name for the recipe, right? There are two other versions of a […]

Creamy Tomato Sauce

Creamy Tomato Sauce (Vegan)

This Creamy Tomato Sauce is one of my new favorites, and I’m looking forward to making this more often during the summer months when I have an abundance of fresh tomatoes available to me.  Unlike most of my tomato sauce recipes, this one starts with fresh cherry tomatoes as the base for the sauce.  This recipe is something that I have made before, but I’ve […]

Vegan Sloppy Joes

Vegan Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are a family favorite around here, so I couldn’t let a month of vegan meals pass without creating a vegan version of my homemade Sloppy Joe recipe.  The funny thing about Sloppy Joes is that even most of the canned sauces are already vegan, so technically, this could be a two ingredient recipe, but since we’re trying to challenge ourselves this month, I […]

Vegan Steak Chili

Vegan Steak Chili

Vegan Steak Chili is another one of those improbable vegan recipes, yet here we are in the midst of our 30 day of vegan, and I’m writing this recipe.  I love chili, and today was a very cold day.  The weather can’t seem to make up its mind around here.  Chili is one of the hearty soup type recipes that my family can agree on, […]

Sheet Pan Fajita Potatoes

Sheet Pan Fajita Potatoes

Fajita potatoes weren’t something I intended to make, but in a moment of desperation as I tried to figure out what to make for our vegan dinner, I realized I had everything it took to make fajitas.   Instead of using meat, I would use russet potatoes, and since I’m in love with sheet pan dinners, I decided to make my potato fajitas in the oven. […]