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White Chicken Chili

Baby it’s cold outside! We were not ready for the 18* Wisconsin weather this morning. Well, let me re-phrase that. I was not ready for this bitter cold. My kids on the other hand, all they can think about is, “MOM IS IT GOING TO SNOW? WE LOVE SNOW!” This chicken chili recipe will warm you up in no time. And if it happens to snow, you’ll be prepared for 3 nights of dinner, easy. That means you can snow blow your driveway and not worry about your tummy. This recipe makes a lot. So with that, we have thought of how we might recycle the leftovers. Chicken Chili over…
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Organic Black Bean Spaghetti with Heirloom Tomatoes

I’ve had some serious writers block lately, but I felt the need to share this meal with you since it was super flavorful and easy. It’s perfect for weeknight cooking and a healthy alternative to some of the carb filled pasta we normally eat. Black bean pasta is relatively new and trendy. This brand cooks up like a typical pasta would in boiling water for about 6 minutes. Be careful how you boil/simmer. It’s actually more of a simmer now that I think about it. The pasta boils and gets very frothy, easy to spill out of your pan (which happened to me twice while I was making this). Ingredients…
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Creamy Chicken-Tomato Skillet

Costco had a ton of those cute little cherry tomatoes on sale today – so we have to use them up. This recipe is from the May 2018 Cooking Light Magazine and is 20 minutes to make + super comforting. If you’re looking to spice up your weeknight meal plan, this is it! Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil 1# skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper (about 30 grinds on your pepper mill) 1 cup grape tomatoes 1/2 cup sliced white onion 1 grated garlic clove 1 tsp rosemary 1 1/2 cups chicken stock 2 tbsp flour 1 package brown rice 3…
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Basic Bean & Ham Soup

Last week we had a lovely ham at my Mom’s house in Milwaukee for Easter Sunday. We came home with lots of leftovers.¬† We decided to make a simple weeknight ham and bean soup. It was ready in 20 minutes. Very easy and most of the stuff you’ll probably already have in your fridge. If you don’t have ham, add extra beans. But the ham flavor actually really makes this soup. You don’t need to add any extra salt because the ham does it all. Ham & Bean Soup¬† Ingredients: 2 cups cubed, fully cooked ham 2 celery stalks, chopped 2 carrots, peeled and chopped 1 yellow onion, chopped 4…
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Chicken Breast & Pancetta Cream & Peas

On Sunday mornings, after reading a bit of the New York Times, I start to think about the week ahead, how busy it might be, and what we will have for dinner. Lately we’ve been so busy that I haven’t had much time to think about food, nor do I want to. I don’t day-dream about food, I just like eating it. Coming up with recipes is challenging sometimes, I get in ruts, and making sure we’re eating a diverse menu is important. Eating the same old stuff is boring, and we like to try new things all the time. For meal inspiration this week, I found some old Cooking…
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Broccoli Slaw Shrimp Stir Fry

Promises, promises. I said yesterday I would post this recipe, so here it is. We didn’t make it due to the flu, but I’m posting anyway. Ingredients 1 tbsp coconut oil 2 tsp grated fresh ginger (microplane) 2 cloves garlic, minced 1.5 pounds, peeled, deveined wild shrimp, sprinkled with ground ginger, onion powder, sea salt and pepper 1 (12 oz) package of broccoli slaw 1 cup shredded purple cabbage 4 green onions, end removed, rough chop 2-3 tsp toasted sesame seeds if you do not have nut allergies, 1/3 cup unsalted cashews would be amazing with this, but alas, not for us. Ingredients – Sauce 1/4 cup fresh orange juice…
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Quick Green Chicken Chili

One of the best parts of traveling is trying new food. And then taking that idea home with you and recreating it in your kitchen. I haven’t always been adventurous with creating delicious food. And I’m probably even more cautious now with a nut-allergic child. However, I still try to sample things I normally would not. Like Green Chicken Chili. I had a spicy version of this when we were in Chicago a few weeks ago. Technically, I consider myself a chili connoisseur. If a restaurant has chili, I try it. It’s a quest to find the BEST CHILI EVER! After we got back from vacation, I was flipping through…
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Weeknight Homemade Chicken Soup

You don’t have to be sick to enjoy a good bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup. I’ve been craving this soup for a while. I made a version of it last week for a friend and I just couldn’t help myself today. I had to make it. Ingredients: One Rotisserie Chicken, you can find this at your grocers deli counter. Cube your chicken pieces and set aside. 8 cups / two boxes of salted chicken stock (Rachael Ray is safe) 1 carrot, peeled + thinly sliced 3 ribs of celery, halved + thinly sliced 1/2 white onion, diced small (can also use 1 palm/tbsp powdered onion) 3 garlic cloves, minced…
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