20 Minute Tomato Basil Soup

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There are times in life when only soup will do.  When your whole body craves a big spoonful of steamy warmth and comfort in a bowl this Tomato Basil Soup is exactly what you need. As soon as the weather turns cool in the fall I crave soup and it doesn’t let up until sometime around June, when the heat of summer becomes unbearable.  You’ll

Creamy Butternut Apple Soup (gluten free & dairy free)

Butternut Squash Soup

With all the indulgences of the winter holidays I am especially thankful this year for one of the smallest, most unassuming comforts.  A warm bowl of velvety Butternut Apple Soup is one of the very best kinds of comfort food – the guilt-free kind.  It’s full of real food ingredients that are easy on your system so you can take a break and recover from

Crock Pot Chicken Chili

Crock Pot Chicken Chili

It’s my favorite time of year – soup season.  There’s nothing better than sitting down to a warm bowl of goodness at the end of a busy day.  This Crock Pot Chicken Chili is one of our family favorites.  I love how easy it is – just throw a few simple ingredients in the crock pot in the morning and you don’t have to give

BBQ Chicken Soup

BBQ Chicken Soup

The week before the July 4th holiday is usually the time when everyone shares their best recipes for the grill.  In the past I’ve shared a few party-worthy recipes for the grill that are perfect for the 4th.  These Steak and Potato Kebabs will forever remain one of my favorites.  And these Coffee Rubbed Cheeseburgers with Texas BBQ Sauce are always an unexpected hit of

Irish Coddle (Sausage and Potato Stew)

Irish Coddle  (Sausage and Potato Stew)

If you’ve spent any time around this blog you know that I’m known for posting quick and healthy recipes.  This Irish Coddle recipe is neither of those things.  It’s full of bacon and sausage – not exactly what you’d call nutrient rich foods.  But I as much as I believe in eating for your health, I also believe that a splurge is absolutely essential on

Quick and Easy Buffalo Chicken Chili

Quick and Easy Buffalo Chicken Chili

You’ve probably noticed that we “Buffalo up” a lot of our meals around here.  My husband grew up near Buffalo, NY and considers Buffalo wings the ultimate comfort food.  All it takes to make his entire day is just add a little bit of Frank’s hot sauce to a recipe.  His second favorite meal is a big bowl of my homemade chili, so when I

Turkey Chili with White Beans

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Whatcha gonna do with all that leftover turkey on Friday?  Well, first I’m going to make turkey stock.  (You can read all about the benefits of making your own stock here, along with a tutorial for doing it in the crockpot.)  Then I’m going to make a big batch of this here turkey chili.  It’s just what you want in a meal after you’ve spent

Chile Lime Chicken with Black Beans and Rice

Chile Lime Chicken with Black Beans and Rice

Is it just me, or are one pot meals just tastier than any other kind of meal?  I know when I’m browsing recipes I always stop on the ones with the phrase “One Pot” in the title.  They automatically conjure up images of hearty, family meals with layers of flavors and textures.  And one pot meals appeal to Moms who dream of cooking up a