Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Once I first tasted homemade macaroni and cheese, I realized that the instant kits that come in a box are but a pale imitation. This rich and creamy macaroni and cheese with a tasty hint of spice makes a thick and hearty family dinner. Serve with a side of veggies to make it a well-rounded…

Homemade Chicken Stock (Broth) Recipe

In my family’s ongoing quest to eat less and less processed foods and also to reduce our grocery bills, we have been striving to make more and more of our meals completely from scratch, using no pre-processed or preserved foods at all. I don’t eat meat, but my husband does, and he frequently finds himself…

Okra Gumbo Recipe with Chicken and Andouille Sausage

A few days ago the temperature dropped and the wind blew so hard that there were drafts freezing fingers and toes throughout the house. It was a perfect day for making a rich, spicy pot of gumbo to warm everyone up. Gumbo is one of our favorite soups to make–it offers so many variations and…

Smoky Vegetarian Chili Recipe with Cocoa

I know I’ve posted a vegetarian chili recipe before (Quick and Easy Vegetarian Chili Recipe), but it was a significantly smaller recipe with a very different taste, fairly generic with a slight fruity undertone, it is a great, simple chili, very easy to make. This Smokey Vegetarian Chili recipe, however, makes a dish with a…

Potato Leek Soup Recipe

Potato Leek soup is a very Irish dish, with two staple Irish vegetables making up the majority of the ingredients. And what a blessing a big pot of it can be on a cold day! The potato makes it hearty and filling, and the leeks give it a delicious fresh bite that brings excellent flavor….

Stuffed Apple Snack Recipe

Since my two-year-old son has been trying to eat everything in sight lately (I sense a growth spurt coming on!) I’ve been trying to figure out new and delicious options for healthy snacks to feed him. I vaguely remembered a snack that I used to make in Girl Scouts when I was little. It was…

Split Pea Soup Recipe – Vegetarian, Vegan or with Meat

This simple, delicious soup costs so little but makes so much! With the ease of making, the filling, smoky flavor, and the extra zing of the lemon zest, I love making this soup throughout the colder months. For those meat eaters out there, adding meat really puts this soup over the top. Split Pea Soup…

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burrito Recipe with Kale, Mushrooms

Delicious mashed sweet potatoes with a touch of orange are the base of these vibrant burritos. Mix that with rice, seasoned black beans, pan-fried mushrooms, and bright green kale, and you are set for an incredible taste explosion. These burritos were inspired by the Veggie-Mama Burrito at Mamacitas in downtown Asheville. Be sure to visit…

Parmesan White Bean Soup Recipe

This creamy white bean soup with parmesan and white wine makes a delicious winter meal. It can be slow-cooked in a crock-pot all day or prepared in a couple of hours if you soak your beans the night before. Serve a crowd and enjoy! Parmesan White Bean Soup Recipe serves at least eight Ingredients: 3…

Spinach Feta Mushroom Burrito Recipe

One of my favorite ways to come up with new recipes is to think of some of my favorite dishes that I’ve had at local restaurants and try to recreate them at home. Sometimes it takes a few tries, but I always love the results and am thankful for the inspiration. This burrito was inspired…