Crockpot Chili Bean Soup

Crockpot Chili Bean Soup - Spend ten minutes prepping tonight

Spend ten minutes prepping tonight’s dinner. This crockpot chili bean soup is a crowd-pleaser. Things are starting to heat up now that April is well under way. I got a bit of a sunburn at Legoland earlier this week. Summer approaches! Warm weather aside, I still have been firing up the crockpot, particularly for those […]

Green Chile Burritos

Green Chile Burritos - Make up a batch of these Green Chile Burritos for supper or to stash in the freezer at a later date. Either way, you

Make up a batch of these Green Chile Burritos for supper or to stash in the freezer at a later date. Either way, you’ll eat good and cheap. Burritos are the spice of life. Well, if they aren’t, they should be. They are one of the easiest, quickest meals to pull together with little work […]

Healthier “Refried” Beans

Healthier Refried Beans - Cook up a pot of healthier "refried" beans to serve as a side dish, to fill burritos, or to top nachos.

Cook up a pot of healthier “refried” beans to serve as a side dish, to fill burritos, or to top nachos. Traditional refried beans are cooked pinto beans that are mashed and fried in oil, often times lard. They are uber-tasty when made homemade; mediocre when they come in a can. But, beans in any […]

Easy Slow Cooker Chili

This Easy Slow Cooker Chili really is easy. Cook up meat and onions, open some cans, dump some spices, and walk away.

I’ve been leaning on my slowcooker a lot lately, particularly for soups and chilis. These are recipes that lend themselves well to slow cooking and allow me to do other things while they do the work. This Easy Slow Cooker Chili really is easy. Cook up meat and onions, open some cans, dump some spices, […]

Chicken, Bean, and Cheese Burritos for the Freezer

Chicken Bean and Cheese Burritos for the Freezer

Ever been tempted by the contents of the frozen food aisle?  In today’s installment of the DIY Convenience Foods series we’re making our own homemade burritos for the freezer. Many moons ago, I worked at Lucky Stores. It was a major grocery store chain back in the 80s. I was a box girl, as they say. Working there […]

Healthier Chili Cheese Fries

Chili Cheese Fries

Make Chili Cheese Fries a little bit “good for you” with homemade chili, oven fries, and shredded cheddar. When I was in high school, chili cheese fries were a staple of life. Our high school cantine offered french fries, slathered with movie theatre-style cheese sauce and canned Hormel chili. And honestly? I loved it. I […]

Easy Nacho Appetizer Away from Home

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Meal prep away from home can be quick and easy. Try this nacho appetizer that is (almost) homemade and totally delicious. We hit the road early on Friday morning for a long weekend away from home. Somehow Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding Eastern Sierras have an amazing effect on us. We love it here. Slowly, […]

Jalapeno Chili

Fresh jalapenos give heat and flavor to this simple chili that comes together in 30 minutes or less. Remember this? I teased you with the picture a few days ago. We enjoyed it for dinner last week. It was actually one of stellar evenings where I didn’t really know what I was doing and this […]

Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin Chili

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Southwestern Black Bean Pasta – A Guest Post

A Guest Post from Katie @ GoodLife{eats} This is a great inexpensive meal to serve that is full of flavor and texture. I made this a lot in my early married days when money was not as abundant as it is now. Even while my husband was in graduate school, I still found the resources […]