Taco Soup


One of the reasons I really like this soup is because it reminds me of one of the soups the day kitchen manager, Christine, used to make when I worked at the Wauwatosa Chancery.

Pioneer Woman’s Black Bean Burgers


Oh my. I didn’t think I would EVER say this about a veggie burger but I am in LOVE with this burger. While my best friend was visiting me, I made us what was supposed to be a very easy black bean burger. I added spinach to the recipe and the black bean burgers became…

Turmeric Red Lentil Soup


It’s no secret to anyone that I’ve talked to recently (my coworkers, my friends, my soon-to-be-bride friend) that I’m on a last-ditch effort to detox (and shed pounds) before the wedding. So I found what seemed to be a relatively easy two-week program from everyone’s favorite quack doctor whom I happen to love (Dr. Oz)…

Tuscan White Bean and Kale Soup


If it seems like I haven’t been posting in a while, it’s because I haven’t been. Instead I’ve been out living my life, which must make me sound like a loser who never left her house until February 2014. I swear that’s not true! But I have been eating out more recently and trying to…

Black Bean Pumpkin Soup


Today is the last real day of summer and autumn weather is taking over here in Portland. Clouds kept the sun away most the day and finally in the afternoon the sky opened up and dumped rain. This probably annoys most people, but I was glad for it. I’ve been dying for an autumn-like day…

Arroz Congri (Beans and Rice)


Having my dad in town is a good excuse not only to cook but to try recipes I might not normally make. Like a vegetarian or vegan side dish. I love black beans and knew when I came across this recipe that I would most likely love the flavor of the dish. It ended up…

Beefy Chili Mac and Cheese


The best mac and cheese I’ve ever had is served at Comet Cafe, located on Farwell Avenue on the East Side of Milwaukee, (Wis., not Milwaukie, Ore.). For $10 you can get a huge bowl of plain mac and cheese. Add chili for $2, beef for $3 or ham and peas for $2. My preference…

Mary Ellen’s Roasted Chicken and Veggies


Tonight I had family dinner at Donna’s house. I have been having family dinner with her since I met her back in high school (a lifetime ago) and I still try to get over to her parents’ house at least once each trip I take home to Wisconsin. This time my trip home was for…

Mexican Tortilla Pizza


I’ve been tossing around the idea of making a ‘nacho’ pizza for a few weeks now. I haven’t been able to nail down exactly what I want to use for the sauce – refried beans? Nacho cheese sauce? But I know it would be topped with the normal nacho ingredients and … nacho chips. As…

Pesto White Bean Hummus


In honor of Cassie’s 25th (plus 6) birthday today (Happy Birthday, Cassie, if you’re reading this!), I whipped up some hummus – it’s her favorite. This flavor of hummus got rave reviews with my coworkers. If you’re not a fan of garlic, you may want to cut the garlic in this recipe in half. I…

Basil Tortellini Soup


This recipe is adapted from a recipe sent to me by my grandma. The original recipe directions did not call for pureeing or blending of any of the ingredients. But both my dad and I agree that a thicker, creamier soup is better than a broth soup any day. This soup was perfect for this…

Broccoli and White Bean Soup


Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m not a huge fan of broccoli – unless it’s hidden super well in a dish that is loaded with cheese. (Think broccoli cheese rice casserole.) With the arrival of my dad in town for the next month, I decided I needed to step it up on the…

Edamammus


I took this to work and my coworkers gobbled it up! My coworker Colette said it was the best hummus she’s ever had. Period. ingredients. 8 oz. shelled edamame (green soy beans) 1 c. dried Cannelini beans 1/4 to 1/2  c. tahini 2 tsp. freshly grated lemon zest 2 lemons (about 6 tablespoons), juiced 2…

Chicken and Bean Enchiladas


There were two motivating factors behind making this dish for dinner: a ton of leftover Enchilada Sauce from making Chicken Enchilada Pizza and the fact that I loved the Chicken Enchilada Pizza. I reasoned that if the Chicken Enchilada Pizza tasted so good, regular ‘ole enchiladas would rock as well. I was right. ingredients. 1 recipe Enchilada…

Jalapeno Cheddar White Bean Hummus


I’ve discovered that hummus is a great snack to take with me to work. I’m so busy with my job that it’s hard for me to get away from my desk to eat lunch. Add to that that my lunch is half an hour long; there are few restaurants within driving distance that would allow…

Cilantro White Bean Hummus


Otherwise known by my coworkers as hummamole (or guacammus), this green-colored white bean dip looks a bit like guacamole (from far away). Don’t be fooled – it tastes nothing like avocado and doesn’t even have any avocado in it. This dip is strong in the flavors of both cilantro and cumin. Be warned: it’s slightly…

BBQ Baked Bean Chili


With a vat of leftover Spicy Southern BBQ Baked Beans and few people (besides my dad) to help me eat them, I knew I needed to come up with an alternative that would tone down the extreme spiciness of the dish. Using ingredients in the fridge and cupboard, I settled on a sweet and spicy…

Spicy Southern BBQ Baked Beans


For my first time making BBQ Baked Beans, I needed a really special recipe to adapt. I scoured the internet until I found one that seemed complex (complex recipes=awesome food, right?) and used dry beans. I’m not a fan of canned anything if I can help it but canned beans have to be the worst….

Black Bean Burgers


A hearty alternative to a hamburger, if you’re vegetarian or health conscious this ‘burger’ will knock your socks off. ingredients. 1 can (14 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed 1/2 c. old-fashioned rolled oats 1/2 c. mushrooms, chopped 1/2 c. minced onion 1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic 1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice 2 tsp. Worcestershire…

Southwestern Pork and Black Bean Pizza


In my continued quest for the perfect pizza crust and ingredients, I came up with this new pie: Ingredients 1/4 recipe American-Style Hamburger Buns dough olive oil salt and pepper, to taste 1/2 to 3/4 c. Southwestern Cream Cheese Sauce 10 to 12 oz. mexican-flavored shredded cheese 5 or 6 strawberry tomatoes 1/2 c. (approximately)…