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Black Bean Patties

Thankfully, my family really like beans.   They are a great source of soluble fiber, protein, folate, magnesium, and other minerals. They also have no cholesterol and are low in fat. While I really like and appreciate all of the great nutritional facts about beans, I really love that they are very inexpensive and can […]

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Easy Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Rice Skillet

The classic combination of chicken, broccoli, and a starch in a single dish has become something of a comfort food to me…it reminds me of my early adult years more than my childhood though.  I think the broccoli, chicken, and rice or noodles combination must have peaked in popularity in the early 1990’s, but I […]

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Sweet Potato and Lentil Hash

Leftover sweet potatoes are great to turn into a delicious hash the next day. This sweet potato and lentil version is a very filling dish for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. Hash is just not the prettiest dish; it does not make for great photography. Thus, I find the optional egg mandatory…if you are going to […]

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Mushrooms and Barley

A cold, rainy spring day seems better with a dish of hearty, but not too heavy, mushrooms and barely. Laden with fiber and minerals, this risotto-ish dish can satisfy both vegans and omnivores. Although reminiscent of risotto, I do not cook it exactly like a traditional risotto or even my orzo with mushroom  risotto-ish dish. […]

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Lentil Sloppy Joes

Lentil Sloppy Joes are an inexpensive, healthy alternative to the meat laden version while still having the flavors of the classic. By serving over rice or on a vegan and/or gluten free bread, they can also be a great vegan and gluten free dish. While it is great that lentil sloppy joes are low in […]

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Indian Tacos

A last minute decision to mix up a box of Wooden Knife Fry Bread Mix left me without all the ingredients to make “Indian Taco” meat sauce according to the recipe on the mix box. Thus, I had to make a lot of adjustments, but in the end I had very unauthentic, but delicious Indian […]

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Orzo with Mushrooms

The plan was to make mushroom risotto…I had all the ingredients ready to go. However, my family was already asking how much longer until we were going to eat and it was getting late. Thus, I decided to ditch the arborio rice and grabbed the orzo pasta instead. After all, it cooked in half the […]

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Corned Beef Hash and Hominy

Do you have leftover corned beef?  You could use it to make a Ruben casserole or one of my mom’s “go to” meals, corned beef hash and hominy. What made it a “go to” or last minute meal for my mom was that we never had corned beef except out of a can.  I am […]

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Mom’s Creamless Creamed Turkey (or Chicken)

  My mom always called this dish creamed turkey or chicken, depending on which protein she used.  It may also be called turkey or chicken a la king, but it does lack milk or cream that is traditionally found in chicken a la king.  Also, the only vegetable she used was usually peas.  Many of […]

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Pork Tenderloin with Broccoli and Noodles

The pork tenderloin coated in a delicious sauce with just a hint of sweet and a hint of heat almost melts in your mouth when you eat this quick, filling single dish meal. Although pork tenderloin may not be the least expensive cut of pork, this dish is very budget-friendly with only a pound of […]

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