Requiring little prep, this Instant Pot Black Bean Soup is perfect for an easy weeknight dinner.  It’s quite filling on its own and makes a great meatless meal.  Don’t have an Instant Pot?  No worries, I included instructions for cooking in the slow cooker as well.instant pot black bean soup

I’m back with yet another soup recipe.  Yep, another one.  I’m sorry, I just can’t get enough.  I’ve made this recipe several times and decided it was time to share it on the blog.  I realize this is not the most appetizing picture but it really is delicious.  If you like refried black beans you’ll enjoy this soup, I promise!

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This savory salad is perfect for a light dinner or served as a hearty side dish.  Made with roasted sweet potatoes, bacon, pecans, and feta cheese, it’s sure to please even your biggest salad avoiders!
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I shared this salad on Facebook a while ago and decided I needed to write it up so I don’t forget how to make it!

This roasted sweet potato salad is the perfect cure for the winter blues.  It’s hearty and full of so many of my favorite foods.  You start by roasting sweet potato cubes in olive oil and salt and pepper.  While those are roasting you fry up a few pieces of bacon.  The grease from the bacon becomes the base for this salad’s delicious and savory dressing.  If you aren’t a fan of vinegar you’ll be happy to know that I use lemon in place of it.  You’ll top your favorite salad greens with feta cheese, toasted pecans, the roasted sweet potatoes, bacon, and dressing.  I didn’t include it in the recipe but my husband threw a few dried cranberries on top of his and he said it was tasty!

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A quick and easy chili made with lean turkey, sweet potatoes, and black beans. The sweet potatoes along with the spices makes a perfectly flavored chili with just a hint of sweetness.

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I am a big fan of sweet potatoes.  I especially love topping my sweet potato with things like taco meat, meatloaf, and chili.  When coming up with this recipe I thought why not add sweet potatoes cubes right into the chili and save a step.  The combination of spices and the potato cubes makes the best sweet and savory chili.  This is the perfect recipe for this time of year, when it’s cold and people are thinking about making healthier choices.  Using lean ground turkey (I used Jennie-O) rather than beef makes the chili a little lighter and the addition of sweet potatoes adds in an another vegetable.  Win-win.

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This lightly sweet and tangy Apple Cider Vinaigrette is super simple to make and tastes great on just about any salad.

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This dressing takes just a couple of minutes to make and it’s mild and slightly sweet flavor make it perfect on just about any salad.  It pairs especially well with a salad that has sweet and salty toppings.  I love it with apples, candied nuts, and Feta or honey ham, avocado, and Cotija.  Just the other night I had it on a salad with sautéed kale and mixed greens, roasted butternut squash, Feta, and sausage.  It was SO good!  The possibilities are endless.

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All you need are a few simple ingredients to make this tasty shredded salsa chicken.  As an added bonus, it’s healthy and low in calories as well.  Easy, nutritious, and delicious – my kind of recipe!

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I’ve tried a lot of salsa chicken recipes and finally found one that’s made with the perfect salsa. This Tomatillo and Roasted Yellow Chili Salsa is the perfect mix of sweet and savory.  I found it at Trader Joe’s but you can probably find something similar at your local grocery store.

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Photo cred: Lisa Leake

I am so excited to share this recipe for White Chicken Chili with you.  It’s finally starting to feel like fall around here and you know what that means…yep, soup and chili season!  Who am I kidding, it’s always soup season at my house.  But it’s definitely all the more enjoyable when it’s cold outside.

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Triscuit Mini Pizza

Today I have a super easy “recipe” that’s perfect for lunch or a busy weeknight.  I love Triscuit crackers because they only have three simple ingredients: whole wheat flour, oil, and salt.  As an added bonus, Triscuit now makes an organic version with organic whole wheat, organic sunflower oil, and sea salt.  (I found them at Costco.)  Obviously, I wouldn’t call them a health food but as far as convenience foods go, these aren’t too bad!  If you serve these little pizzas with some fresh fruit and veggies you have a simple and easy meal that both kids and adults will love.  As an added bonus these can be customized so that everyone has the toppings they like.  Get the kids involved and let them make their own little pizzas.

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InstantPot Taco Chili

School is back in session and you may be in need of some easy weeknight meals.  I’ve got one to please the whole family.  This recipe is similar to the popular “taco soup” recipe that we’ve all made.  But instead of a ranch and taco seasoning packet, we’ll just add in a few spices to give it some chili flavor.  Keeping it simple here, folks.  Just sauté a few veggies, along with some meat, and then add in the spices, several cans of beans, tomatoes, and broth and you are good to go!

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crockpot pasta e fagioli

It’s crazy how long it has been since I shared a new blog post!  We have been really busy and I started some new things recently that have occupied a lot of space in my brain.  I’m one of those people that can only handle so much floating up there at one time.  Can anyone else relate?

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