Quick and Easy Baked Ziti

This Quick and Easy Baked Ziti is perfect for those nights when you might be tempted to order pizza or hit the drive thru (more quick and easy recipes like this one). Preparation is minimal and in the 30 minutes while it is baking you can prepare a salad (or enjoy a glass of wine). […]

Black Bean Soup

Black beans are one of my favorite beans – they go well with corn and tomatoes in cold salads as well as hot sides, but the king of all black bean recipes is black bean soup. For this recipe, I prefer using prepared dry beans because they are more tender than the canned beans and it’s easier to get the right consistency for soup. If you like this soup, try a similar mixture without the broth to make a thick bean dip for corn chips.

3 Ways To Use Fresh Zucchini

Zucchini seems to grow slowly and just when you think it will never be ready – overnight, you have more than you know what to do with. Here are 3 fresh zucchini recipes, 2 of which freeze well.

Burritos Mojados

Burritos are flour tortillas wrapped around meat and/or beans. Burrito means “little donkey” in Spanish, possibly because burritos resemble the appearance of the bedrolls and rolled packs that donkeys carry. Mojado means “wet” in Spanish. Burritos without sauce are simply called burritos, but burritos with sauce are called burritos mojados, or wet burritos. This recipe […]

Vegetarian Burritos

Burritos are typically a low cost meal and are very filling. This vegetarian burrito recipe can be adapted to what is in season and what your family likes. I like to cook a batch of dried pinto beans and serve Pinto Beans and Cornbread for one meal, then use the leftover beans to make Vegetable Burritos. If it’s available, we like to add chopped fresh cilantro. When red bell peppers are expensive (and their price can vary widely – I just bought a package of 6 for $3.99 and have at times paid that much for one pepper), omit them or substitute a green bell pepper.

Orzo Alfredo with Bacon and Peas

This quick stove top meal is perfect for nights when you don’t have a lot of time or don’t want to heat up the oven. The combination of cream, butter, and Parmesan cheese creates a fantastic homemade Alfredo sauce. Calories and fat could be reduced by using milk and/or half-and-half along with some cornstarch to […]

Tortellini Zucchini Soup

I recently tried this yummy tortellini soup that surprised everyone with how good it was. I made lots extra, but even with the extra we ended up with barely enough to pack my husband a serving for lunch the next day! It was very quick and easy to prepare and could easily be made into […]

Veggie Rice Salad

My friend Cheryl shared this recipe with me this week and I just loved it it. Like most of the recipes I use, it can be adjusted based on what you have on hand. You could change the seasonings or the vegetables used or make it vegetarian by omitting the meat to make a completely […]

How To Cook Dried Beans for the Freezer

Using dried beans instead of canned beans is an easy way to save money. Cooking dried beans takes several hours but only requires checking on them a couple of times, so using a slow cooker is the easiest way to cook them without being physically present. For our menus, you can cook a bag (or […]

Tomato Tortellini Florentine Soup

Looking for a dressed up version of tomato soup? This delicious and satisfying version is perfect. You can serve it alone or add grilled cheese for more hearty appetites. Try a grilled cheese with a different kind of bread and a fancy cheese for a real treat.

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