Pasta Fagioli Soup

My husband and I like to lead a simple life.  Some people strive for drama and chaos, but not us.  I generally make simple meals because I find that small ingredient lists of delicious things make the best meals.  This time however, I wanted an extra simple meal.  There is nothing complicated about a hearty pasta fagioli soup.  This version tastes nearly identical to Olive Garden’s Pasta e Fagioli, full of assorted beans, beef, pasta, and wonderful seasoning. Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe (Makes about 8 servings) Ingredients: 1 pound ground beef 1 small onion, chopped (equivalent to 1 cup) 1 large …

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Hamburger Pie

When I was a kid, my sisters and I were allowed to pick whatever we wanted to eat for dinner on our birthday.  This became known in our house as the “birthday dinner.”  As a kid, this made us feel special because that meant we were in charge of household decision. Every birthday (or nearly most of them) I’d pick this hamburger pie dish.  It’s like fancy cheeseburger in a pie dish (or heaven on a dinner plate, however you want to look at it).   Well, to a kid it was fancy anyway. Hamburger Pie Recipe (About 4 servings) Ingredients: …

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Quinoa and Black Beans

About three years ago I made quinoa.  I cooked it in water and didn’t add any spices. It was incredibly bland and tasted…well, “gross” was the only word that came to mind.  In other words, I said to myself “I’m never making this again.”  For that reason, I’m really not selling quinoa to you, but stay with me here.  I kept hearing that quinoa is so healthy and I know a bunch of people that really like it, so I thought I’d give it another try with this recipe.  It may have taken me a few years to get here …

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Chicken Chili Soup

It was cool this past weekend here in CT and I was not mentally prepared for it.  I feel like the cooler temperature came out of no where, maybe because we had a really hot and humid summer.  It seemed like it was time to drag out my over sized sweatshirt, which used to belong to my husband.  When I first met him about 7 years ago, he used to wear this orange sweatshirt  quite often.  Once we got to a certain level in our relationship, I “suggested” that he retire that sweatshirt because it had seen better days.  He …

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Sweet and Sour Chicken

From time to time it comes up that I just don’t want to cook dinner (and even the lazy dinner secret of a bowl of cereal won’t do) my husband and I tend to order Chinese take out food.  It is possible to have it be healthy, and out in the sticks it’s one of the only easy choices.  Sweet and sour chicken is a classic dish on virtually all Chinese take out menus.  Today, I took this classic dish and made a version that doesn’t require any frying, breading, or driving! Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe (About 4 servings) …

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