25 Must have spices for your pantry

25 “Must Have” Spices for your Pantry

What are your “must have” spices? Every home cook has certain spices, or seasonings, that they always reach for. These are the dried spices, or spice blends, that absolutely have to be in their pantry in order for them to create meals. I was recently cleaning out my cabinets and discovered that I had many dried spices that I’ve only used once or twice. They […]

Southwestern Couscous Salad

Southwestern Couscous Salad

Southwestern Couscous Salad was born out the the necessity to create a vegan salad to take to work for lunch.  I realize that traditional southwestern cuisine doesn’t contain couscous, but I made use of what I had on hand.  I had wanted to make a more traditional couscous salad that contained garbanzo beans, and a lemon dressing, but the only recipe that I knew contained […]

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, […]

Vegan steak and potato foil pouches

Vegan Steak and Potato Foil Pouches

Vegan Steak and Potato Foil Pouches is not a typo, though it is a strange name for a recipe post.    This all began when Bus Boy asked me if I could make garlic steak and potato foil packs for dinner.  I told him they weren’t vegan, and he politely asked me if I could please, Please, PLEASE, make them vegan.  How could I refuse my firstborn?  […]

Chili con Carne with Beans

Chili Con Carne with Beans

This recipe for Chili con Carne with Beans is a simple and easy way to make a pot of chili that uses canned roast beef in place of the usual hamburger.  It’s simple, delicious, and loaded with flavor.  Because this recipe uses a large number of canned ingredients, it’s on the table in about 35 minutes. 

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 […]