Slow-cooker Black Beans

May 19, 2010

I like to save money. Who doesn’t? If I can save some money by making something myself, assuming the time-commitment is not excessive, I’ll usually do it. For the longest time, dried beans remained the exception to the rule.  I knew that it would be a money saver, but I just never planned ahead enough…until […]

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

March 24, 2009

This was my first foray into slow-cooker meal preparation. Just about everyone I know received one or more when they got married. I didn’t register for one because I couldn’t see the need. I still don’t think that it falls in the “can’t live without it category”, but I can tell that I’m really going […]

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Turkey and Bean Burritos

February 25, 2009

This was the first Mexican dish that I made that did not involve a pre-mixed packet of taco or fajita seasoning. When I first made this dish, my husband and I were amazed at how easy it was to throw together a warm, tasty Mexican dish. Turkey and bean burritos have become a staple meal […]

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Chicken Taco Salad

January 25, 2009

This Chicken Taco salad has become one of my new favorite lunches. As you may have gathered from my previous postings, I’m a big fan of Mexican flavors. This isn’t so much of a recipe as it is a quick and easy meal idea. The chicken taco salad is simple, tasty and filling. I use […]

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Mexican Tomato Soup

January 18, 2009

A warm bowl of homemade soup seemed like a fitting end to yet another snowy Sunday. I’ve been planning to make a Mexican-inspired soup for awhile, but had not had a chance to search for the perfect recipe. I decided to use this Tomato Cheddar Soup recipe as a general inspiration for a brand new […]

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Black Bean, Corn and Zucchini Enchiladas

January 13, 2009

I pulled this recipe for Black Bean, Corn and Zucchini Enchiladas from a Cooking Light magazine. The vegetable filling provides a nice change from some of the more typical meat-heavy Mexican dishes. This is a relatively time consuming recipe, but the resulting meal is well worth the effort. The enchilada sauce requires 30 minutes of […]

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White Bean Chicken Chili

January 12, 2009

I clipped this recipe for White Bean and Turkey Chili from a Cooking Light magazine a few years ago, thinking it would be good with shredded chicken. It seemed like it might be a little bland as-is, so I looked over some other white chicken chili recipes and made a few more modifications. In addition […]

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Black Bean Chili

January 7, 2009

Since I have concluded my baking marathon, I’ve decided to return my focus to regularly cooking filling, flavorful, wholesome meals. I found this Black Bean Chili recipe on a few years ago. My husband was initially skeptical about trying a chili recipe with no meat. His fears were allayed when he found that this […]

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Pasta e Fagioli

December 9, 2008

Sunday marked the first snowfall of the year. A cold, wintry day calls for a warm hearty dinner. I love this recipe for Pasta e Fagioli. Since this soup is best when simmered for about an hour, it’s perfectly suited for weekend evenings when one has time to hang out in the kitchen. Preparing the […]

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Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

November 20, 2008

Since our evening was quite busy, my husband and I opted to have appetizers for dinner. We both love Mexican food. It’s tasty, fun to make and pairs perfectly with a yummy margarita. We decided that quesadillas would be a quick, filling appetizer-for-dinner. I adapted this recipe from the “Black Bean Quesadilla” recipe in Favorite […]

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