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Easy Refried Bean and Cheese Burritos with Optional Chicken

Easy Refried Bean and Cheese Burritos with Optional Chicken

Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 in One Dish Two Ways

Ever since I made a huge batch of these refried bean and cheese burritos, wrapped them in foil, and threw them in the freezer, coming up with lunches has been a breeze.

I can only spare five minutes to wolf something down? Go to the freezer. Grab a burrito. No leftovers for my guy to take to work the next day? Grab a burrito. Simply craving a ridiculously delicious lunch? Grab a burrito.

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Slow Cooker Quinoa White Chili with Roasted Poblanos

Slow Cooker Quinoa White Chili with Roasted Poblanos

Posted on Thursday, December 26, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

This time of year is such a conundrum. I’m over the sugary sweets of the holidays, but it’s also a bit of a last hurrah before the fresh start of the New Year. I’d like to think this recipe sort of hits a happy medium. It’s comfort food for sure, but it’s also super, duper healthy. It kind of makes me feel like I’m sneaking in one more heavy meal in before I change my ways forever, but really, it’s a nice healthy jump start on my resolutions.

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Crock Pot Pumpkin Red Lentil Chili

Crock Pot Pumpkin Red Lentil Chili

Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

We are up to our ears in firewood right now. A giant, half-dead hemlock towered over our new place, and I, ever the worrywart, wanted it down immediately after we moved in.

So the professionals climbed up and it came down. And we were left with wood. Lots and lots of wood.

We rented a log splitter and my guy, my brother, my nephew, and my sister spent the majority of yesterday taming the giant rounds – some were coffee-table-sized, I’m not kidding – into manageable hunks of firewood. Me, well, I primarily took up residence inside, working on chili recipes, including this one – Crock Pot Pumpkin Red Lentil Chili.

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Easy Vegetarian Crock Pot Refried Beans (without Lard!)

Easy Vegetarian Crock Pot Refried Beans (without Lard!)

Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

When I first saw Crock Pot Refried Beans making the internet rounds a while back, I got kind of excited. I mean, I’m a fiend for the Crock Pot, surely I’ve made that clear by now. But the first time they really truly landed squarely on my radar was when the wonderful Simply Scratch posted a great-looking recipe for them. And even though they look terrific, unfortunately, they have lard. No-go for a vegetarian.

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Quick & Easy Dinner: Taco Salad (Any Way You Want It!)

Quick & Easy Dinner: Taco Salad (Any Way You Want It!)

Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

I am so, so out of my comfort zone right now. We’re a few days into life in the new house, but everything is still mayhem. Painting all the rooms before moving everything in has proven to be a painfully slow process – darn HGTV and their hidden staffs of 30 making these types of things look so easy and breezy! I always forget.

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Creamy Tuscan White Bean & Garlic Soup with Rosemary

Creamy Tuscan White Bean & Garlic Soup with Rosemary

Posted on Monday, February 25, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

I’m writing this post on Sunday evening as we watch the Oscars. Forty-five minutes or so in, my takeaways are this:

1) My ears say Stewie is hosting. My eyes see something different. So very confused.

2) The “We Saw Your Boobs” song. Surprisingly catchy. I give it a … C. (Sorry, that’s the breast pun I could muster.)

3) Paul Rudd was completely stoned, right? No matter. Still my celebrity boyfriend.

4) Jaws speech cut-off music?! Ha. Pure awesome.

5) Jessica Chastain. Just, gasp.

The truth is, I’ve always loved movies, but in 2012, I saw exactly two in the theater: “This is 40″ and “Argo.” The former isn’t anywhere near the Oscars, and rightfully so – it was terrible. The latter, Argo? Both my guy and I loved it. And because it’s pretty much the only movie we’re really familiar with, we’re cheering it on.

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White Bean & Kale Pesto Dip

White Bean & Kale Pesto Dip

Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

So, kale. Totally a nutritional powerhouse and everyone sings its praises to the moon and back, but you know what? It’s kind of a weird green. I mean, I think I dig it. I sure try to dig it. I’ve been working it into more and more dishes, like a kale & fontina mac & cheese recipe I’ve been trying to develop for, oh, months now, but can’t get quite right enough to share.

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Slow Cooker Smoky White Bean & Summer Squash Soup with Optional Andouille Sausage

Slow Cooker Smoky White Bean & Summer Squash Soup with Optional Andouille Sausage

Posted on Monday, September 17, 2012 in One Dish Two Ways

I’m in love with my Crock Pot. A little obsessed even. I talk about it often … which is what a girl with a crush tends to do, right? Seriously … Crock Pots are completely awesome though, am I right? Throw it in, walk away, come home to a completely cooked (and no doubt delicious) meal. If loving my Crock Pot is wrong … oh hell, I know it’s not wrong, so I’m not even going to finish that sentence.

This soup is one of the reasons our slow cooker has been out on the counter more often than not this past couple of months. Even though it’s been pretty warm weather-wise, I’ve still whipped up this soup a good half a dozen times every time even a wisp of clouds swoop in and the temperature dips below 70. Why? Partially because I was trying to perfect the recipe, but also because I couldn’t resist those vibrant yellow summer squash every time I stopped by my local farmstand, and I had to do something with them other than grill them. And also, it’s really, really good.

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Vegetarian White Chili with Optional Chicken

Vegetarian White Chili with Optional Chicken

Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 in One Dish Two Ways

It didn’t really occur to me how much we like chili in this house – and how much I must make it – until I realized that this is the third chili recipe I’ve posted here in as many months.

I guess there are worse things to be a little obsessed with.

This healthy vegetarian white chili is among my favorites. White kidney beans and hearty pinto beans simmer together with a rich vegetable broth, green chiles, diced fresh jalapeno pepper, and warming, comforting spices like cumin, oregano, and – believe it or not – a little touch of ground cloves. Add in some chopped cooked chicken at the end of the process, and – look! – vegetarians and carnivores can live together.

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Slow-Cooker Easy Three-Bean Chili with Ground Beef (or Not)

Slow-Cooker Easy Three-Bean Chili with Ground Beef (or Not)

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 in One Dish Two Ways

I’ve tried many, many variations on chili over the years. Super simple chili, chili with a gazillion ingredients, chili with “secret ingredients” like unsweetened cocoa or brewed coffee (both very good, actually). But this chili recipe is the one that’s been floating around on a piece of paper with the title of “THE Chili.” My guy took a bite of his version (with meat) and said, “This is it. You can stop at this one. It’s perfect.”

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