Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetable Soup


Takes 10 minutes to brown the beef. In that 10 minutes, you can get everything else ready for the soup. And then 6.5 hours later, your meal is ready! So simple, so quick, so delicious!!! (For when you're tired of turkey and you need some beef!) Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetable Soup Ingredients 1.25 lb. ground chuck ($2.23) On sale for $1.79/lb 1/2 onion, … [Read more...]

Scampi Tilapia – $5 Dinner Challenge


I dug some tilapia fillets out of the freezer. I bounced out to the garden to pick some fresh parsley from the garden, thinking I was going to do the same old Lemon-Dill Tilapia thing (that's my fall back for when I'm feeling uninspired)...but of course, I opened the fridge to grab the lemon juice...and the garlic bulb practically jumped off the shelf! Parsley, lemon juice, … [Read more...]

Mango Chicken Lettuce Wraps


I have been itching to make some lettuce wraps ever since getting my lettuce transplants from the store earlier this year.  I've been waiting for the leaves to grow larger enough to actually wrap...and that time is now. When I learned about Chris Lilly and his Grilled Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Mango Marinade recipe from KC Masterpiece, I was inspired.  I made my own … [Read more...]

Firecracker Salmon – FAIL


Operator fail. Chef fail. I shall explain! This is the other salmon that I bought when on sale for $2.99/lb.  I immediately added the marinade, wrapped it up in foil, put it into a plastic freezer baggie and froze it. Operator fail. I forgot to mark which side of the salmon was "up" before freezing it. Chef fail. I forgot to put the foil on a cookie sheet when I put … [Read more...]

Black Bean Soup


We had the pleasure of eating at Panera a few times in December and through the holidays with family and friends.  I kept ordering their Black Bean Soup.  Perhaps because it warmed my tummy. Perhaps because it went great with a salad. But something was amiss.  I loved the consistency, the warmth, but it lacked ZEST.  I *big puffy heart* Panera.  I do. But I prefer a … [Read more...]