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Recipes I've Shared:

Beyond Chili for the slow cooker

My husband was raving about this for months before I let out the secret that it was vegan. It's kind of on the spicy side if you're a pansy (just admit it and adjust amounts of the various peppers accordingly). Husband likes it over rice, I like it over a sweet potato. If you aren't vegan, it's good with an 1/8 to 1/4 cup of sharp cheddar on top.

Chorizo chili

Not a lot of spices needed. The chorizo flavors the whole thing.

Potato leek ham and 15 bean soup

Hearty soup that's cheap and easy to make from scratch.

Fruit infused water

I picked up this little trick at an upscale hotel I stayed at last year. It's delicious and helps make the transition from sweetened drinks to water so much easier. It tastes just like plain water until the fruity aftertaste hits you! Use any fruit that you want. I like strawberries.

Butternut squash, apple & carrot bake

I'm hoping this will give me a healthy outlet for my late night sweet cravings.

Roasted vegetables

A quick and simple way to add more veggies to your life. You can use whatever kind of vegetables you like best and add them to sandwiches, pasta, etc., or just snack on them as is. The broiler really brings out the natural flavor of the vegetables like you would not believe!

Slightly Spicy Split Pea Soup

With smoked sausage in place of ham and some red pepper flakes added, this version is close enough to the classic to be acceptable to my yankee sensibilities but has just enough bite to please the Texans in the house.

Couscous and bacon stuffed eggplant

This is an experiment that I'm still refining. I'd love to hear suggestions.

Very Good (3 ratings)
Bread machine white bread

Quick, easy, cheap and crusty. I love my bread machine! This came from

Easy Jambalaya

I live an hour from the Louisiana border, which apparently qualifies me to create my own version of the classic Cajun rice dish. This is just stupid easy to make and much less expensive than a mix. I imagine it would be good with shrimp added too.

Very Good (1 rating)
Chicken, mushroom and swiss casserole

Amazingly creamy and easy to make, this one is divine. I usually serve it with rice and some sort of veggie or salad on the side.

Cara's Breakfast Burritos

This recipe is stupidly easy and very nutritious. Fresh ingredients used in place of the canned/dried ones would probably be fabulous. La Tortilla factory wraps are the lowest calorie ones that I've found to date. Don't use another brand and expect the calorie count to be the same.

* All spices are approximate, just add what you like.

Southwestern cornbread and beans

Cheap, quick and so easy a caveman could do it.

Salsa Verde Chicken

Chicken with green salsa and green chiles

Teriyaki Dill Stir Fry

One of the few healthy things that I can feed the family and not have to hear any whining about! Well...not much whining.