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 and mm, the universal sound for this is good. I am tremendously satisfied when a recipe gets this response from people, and Ham, Green Bean, and Potato Soup gets this response every time I make […]

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 is chopped, it’s a simple matter to get everything into the jar. Actually, it can be a pain to pack all of these vegetables into a pint sized jar, but they shrink in the brine, […]

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 Spanish rice on this site. One was made using Knorr Mi Arroz seasoning, and the other was prepared using salsa to flavor the rice. As a result, I have been teased a bit by my […]

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 never made a vegan version of it until today.  I was worried that I would miss the cream and the cheese in the recipe, but these concerns were unwarranted.  This version of Creamy Tomato Sauce […]

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 decided that we would make our own sauce. 

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, so we decided to make a vegan chili, and because we had the meat substitute, we made a vegan chili with “steak” pieces.  

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. This recipe was inspired by two recipes that I recently read.  One was for sweet potato fajitas and the other was for oven baked easy chicken fajitas.    I didn’t have any sweet potatoes, and we […]

Country Zucchini Casserole

Country Zucchini Casserole

Country Zucchini Casserole is a great way to use up that abundance of zucchini that is almost always prevalent, at some point, during every home gardeners summer.  I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for new ways to use up the zucchini harvest from my summer garden.  Most years, I have a bumper crop of zucchini. The best crop I ever had was 20 pounds per week, but one year, the zucchini weren’t very productive.  That year, we had more crookneck and patty pan squashes, but I suspect that any type of summer squash, or even a mixture […]

Chicken Enchilada Soup with Black Beans and Corn

Chicken Enchilada Soup with Black Beans and Corn

Chicken Enchilada Soup with Black Beans and Corn is a simple and delicious soup that ‘s great on these cold Winter evenings.  It’s also a figure friendly recipe.  We know you’re going to love this new version of Chicken Enchilada Soup with Black Beans and Corn. 

Italian Style Tilapia

Tilapia del Estilo Italiano

Italian Style Tilapia is another sheet pan dinner, but in my case, I prepare it in a 9X13 inch pan.  This recipe is very simple.  The ingredients are layered in a prepared baking pan before being placed in the oven and baked.  The best part is that the Tilapia is baked from the frozen state, so it’s a great dish if you’ve forgotten to thaw the meat for dinner.   Italian style tilapia practically prepares itself.