It’s been quite a learning curve but, I am happy to release my first cookbook, 5 Weeknight One Pot Meals. These recipes are easy to prepare because they are all done in one pot. That makes them easy to clean up after and I am all about that. And, they are very tasty if I do say so myself. There are 5 recipes in this free ebook, enough to get you through a workweek. It also includes a grocery list at the beginning for everything you need to make these dinner dishes. I have to thank my cousin Barbara for that.
I know, I know, almost everybody is thinking about Thanksgiving cooking right now but, I am thinking about what to have for dinner early in the week. It needs to be quick and easy because there will be enough fancy cooking for a bunch of people come Thursday. It is also nice if it can stay on the stove a bit waiting for out of town company to show up. Leftovers? Yup, this is even better the next day. So, I give you White Bean Chili Verde. One pot, mostly pantry items. Prep time is just chopping an onion, opening some cans and browning the meat and onions. About 10 or 15 minutes.
This recipe for Spicy Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken was inspired by Fit Slow Cooker Queen’s Instagram post for Slow Cooker Cilantro-Lime Chicken. My recipe is just for the chicken because I wanted to make a big batch to be able to freeze. You could certainly add corn and black beans like she does if you like. I like the idea of adding some onion and bell peppers to bump up the low carb vegetables. For now though, this recipe is just for the chicken.
The other day I made Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms as a side dish for dinner. Truly a match made in heaven. Healthy, earthy satisfying and quick. And, I said to make extra. One reason is so that you can make this Roasted Asparagus and Mushroom Frittata.
New Mexico Huevos Rancheros are perfect for a weekend or special occasion (can you say Cinco de Mayo) breakfast, brunch or lunch. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are not the most ordered Sunday breakfast item here in the land of enchantment. Fancy without the fuss, they are really more about assembly than anything else.
A while back I posted a recipe for Spinach and Sun Dried Tomato Dip. I asked my friend “The Idea Goddess” if she had tried it yet but, she said she was waiting for a special occasion. The thing is, you can use this dip for all sorts of things. You’ll just have to check back to read about all of them. Here, though, is my first installment of Spinach and Sun Dried Tomato Dip more ways than you might think.
Let me just say that Rosie at iheartrecipes.com is a genius. Her Southern Pinto Beans and Ham Hocks Made in the Crock Pot has wonderful flavor. But, the best part is her method. No soaking! So many times I have not made beans because I didn’t get around to getting the beans soaked the night before. But, Rosie’s method allows you to just toss everything into the slow cooker and cook ’em on high for six hours. I actually prefer the texture of the beans to ones that are pre-soaked. They are completely done and yet have just a bit of an Al dente texture. Cooked but not mushy. Love that!
There is no comparison between store-bought and homemade chicken broth especially using bones that have been roasted. I love the flavor you get from store-bought rotisserie chicken bones. Just toss leftover bones into a freezer bag and store them in the freezer until you’re ready to make broth. I like to use bones from about three chickens. Here’s the thing, for the broth to be really good, you have to have a lot of bones. This batch I have pictured below is actually a combination of turkey (yup, from Christmas) and chicken. It turned out with a deep, rich flavor. So worth the time.
This flu season has been a tough one. So, I thought it was high time to make some homemade Chicken Soup. Flo’s Chicken and Vegetable Soup has a few twists to it. The first one is okra. For all of you out there that are wrinkling up you nose right now at the thought of slimy okra, stick with me. First of all, you can buy frozen sliced okra and use as much or as little as you like. You just open up the package and pour some into the soup. No sliminess involved. Here is why you want to use okra in your soup, it will thicken it a bit and give it a sort of silky texture. The okra itself will literally melt in your mouth as you eat it.
New Mexico Green Chile Stew from a Native New Mexican
Yesterday it was cold and blustery. A perfect day to hang out by the fire with a good book and have a nice hot bowl of authentic New Mexico Green Chile Stew. Ground beef, green chile, and potatoes in a hearty broth. Top it with a bit of shredded cheese, add a flour tortilla along side, and you have a culinary electric blanket on a cold winter evening.