Chicken & Black Bean with Salsa Soup


So I could have named this recipe a number of things. Chicken Taco Soup Chicken, Salsa and Double Bean Soup Tex-Mex Chicken Soup Clear out the Pantry Chicken Soup And in the end I settled on Chicken, Black Bean with Salsa Soup. (Which definitely hurts the feelings of the red beans...they feel totally left out.) Chicken & Black Bean with Salsa … [Read more...]

Avocado Chicken Tacos – $5 Dinner Challenge


So I made these a few weeks ago...and I'm so sorry it took me so long to get them posted.  I used 2 of the smaller peppers from my garden, along with some of my cherry-like tomatoes. And avocados. *swoon* And I think these would be just as great with ground beef or ground turkey tacos.  Love the different flavor and texture that the avocado chunks brought to these … [Read more...]

Mexican Carnitas in the Slow Cooker


Simple. Fuss-free. Tasty. (The only thing I wish I'd done before serving these was toast the tortillas in a hot skillet...just 30 seconds per side...give them a little flavor boost.) I have been waiting to make these since the beginning of March! Rather, these have been waiting for me to make them since the beginning of March!!! Mexican Carnitas in the Slow … [Read more...]

Red Pepper Guacamole


This makes me want to move to Spain. Or Mexico. Anywhere Spanish speaking would work! (I miss saying Hola and Buen Dia all the time.) Ever since playing "Twitter translator" (where I would send Twitter DMs with common Dominican phrases to my friends who were in the Dominican Republic), I've been itching to speak Spanish. I find myself talking to the boys in Spanish and … [Read more...]

Repurposing: Brown Rice


Brown rice. It's my preferred rice.  We have white rice on occasion, usually when I'm running behind and forget to start the brown rice in time to cook (it takes at least 45 minutes to cook.) But I have found that I only like brown rice "fresh."  Therefore, I typically don't make "extra", unless I'm planning to make rice pudding for breakfast the next morning.  Last week … [Read more...]