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Butternut Squash and Red Lentil Soup

January 10, 2017
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Butternut Squash and Red Lentil Soup
It's getting cold out and that means warm soups. Try this butternut squash with red lentils soup. Serve with croutons or pita chips.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a soup pot over medium-high heat. Add onions. Cook for about 5 minutes until onions are translucent. Add garlic. Cook for another minute.
    Heat oil in a soup pot over medium-high heat.

Add onions. Cook for about 5 minutes until onions are translucent.

Add garlic. Cook for another minute.
  2. Add butternut squash, red lentils, and broth.
    Add butternut squash, red lentils, and broth.
  3. Use an emulsion blender or pour contents of soup into a food process. Pulse until soup is velvety and smooth. Pour back into pot.
    Use an emulsion blender or pour contents of soup into a food process. Pulse until soup is velvety and smooth.

Pour back into pot.
  4. Stir in ginger and cumin. Add salt and pepper as desired.
    Stir in ginger and cumin.

Add salt and pepper as desired.
  5. Stir while hot. Top with pita chips or croutons.
    Stir while hot. Top with pita chips or croutons.
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Chicken Burrito Bowl

January 5, 2017
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Chicken Burrito Bowl
Here's yet another easy slow cooker recipe that's great to take into work as a lunch.  It's healthy, filling, and easy to make on a Sunday morning in prep for the long week ahead.  The salsa you use can make or break this recipe.  Buy or make fresh chunky type salsa. Make it mild, medium, or hot based on preference. You can use chicken breast or chicken thighs.  Chicken breast tends to be dry so I like using chicken thighs. Top the dish off with guacamole, queso cheese, sour cream, red onions, or fresh cilantro! Serve on top of rice.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
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Instructions
Chicken
  1. In slow cooker, combine chicken, beans, corn, salsa, seasons (chili powder, garlic, cumin, oregano, and salt and pepper). Allow to cook for 3-4 hours on HIGH or 6-8 hours on LOW.
    In slow cooker, combine chicken, beans, corn, salsa, seasons (chili powder, garlic, cumin, oregano, and salt and pepper). Allow to cook for 3-4 hours on HIGH or 6-8 hours on LOW.
  2. Once chicken is cooked and tender. Remove chicken and shred. Mix back into slow cooker and serve while hot!
    Once chicken is cooked and tender. Remove chicken and shred. Mix back into slow cooker and serve while hot!
Rice
  1. On the side, steam rice. Fluff with fork and set aside. Add cilantro and lime juice, if desired.
Finished Product
  1. Serve on top of steamed rice and add desired toppings =)
    Serve on top of steamed rice and add desired toppings =)
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Cilantro Lime Rice

June 11, 2017
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Cilantro Lime Rice
Fluffy, fragrant rice with hits of cilantro and lime. This is a great side next to any Spanish influenced dish.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat, add rice and toast. Add cumin.
    Heat oil over medium-high heat, add rice and toast.  Add cumin.
  2. Stir often and once rice start to smell fragrant, add lime juice, salt and broth. Stir well. Allow to come to a simmer. Lower heat and cover. Cook about 25-30 minutes.
    Stir often and once rice start to smell fragrant, add lime juice, salt and broth.  Stir well.

Allow to come to a simmer.  Lower heat and cover.  Cook about 25-30 minutes.
  3. Toss in cilantro, fluff with fork, and serve warm. Enjoy!
    Toss in cilantro, fluff with fork, and serve warm.

Enjoy!
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Crockpot Beef Carnitas

October 11, 2016
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Crockpot Beef Carnitas
It's great having a slow cooker, it's easy to use and cooks in the background while you are taking care of things. Hope you like this beef carnitas recipe.  Its an alteration of a recipe I found on pinterest a while back.  If you don't like beef, swap it out with a turkey breast or chicken.  For extra spicy carnitas, add in one seeded, chopped jalapeno into the crock-pot with the peppers. Enjoy!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
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Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix the cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, chili powder, salt, and black peppers. Rub spice mix on flank steak and set flank steak in the bottom of the crock pot. Pour water around meat.
    In a small bowl, mix the cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, chili powder, salt, and black peppers.

Rub spice mix on flank steak and set flank steak in the bottom of the crock pot.

Pour water around meat.
  2. Top the steak with the chopped onions and peppers. Cook on LOW for 8 hours.
    Top the steak with the chopped onions and peppers.

Cook on LOW for 8 hours.
  3. Once the meat is cooked, remove the meat and shred with a fork. Mix back into crock-pot and toss with the cooked onions and peppers.
    Once the meat is cooked, remove the meat and shred with a fork.

Mix back into crock-pot and toss with the cooked onions and peppers.
  4. Serve with warm corn tortillas. Top with salsa, diced avocados, cheese, etc. Enjoy!
    Serve with warm corn tortillas. Top with salsa, diced avocados, cheese, etc.

Enjoy!
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Easy Cheesy Chili Mac

June 26, 2017
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Easy Cheesy Chili Mac
Easy and cheesy comfort food that you will love. Add more heat with green chili or change the taste by adding fire roasted diced tomatoes. If you are not a beef eater, swap with ground turkey or chicken. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Instructions
  1. In a large dutch oven or deep skillet, heat oil at medium high heat. Add onions and celery. Cook about 3-5 minutes then add garlic. Cook another minute.
    In a large dutch oven or deep skillet, heat oil at medium high heat.  Add onions and celery.  Cook about 3-5 minutes then add garlic.  Cook another minute.
  2. Add beef and cook until browned. Drain fat, if needed. Note: you can use turkey or chicken if you are not a fan of beef.
  3. Stir in cumin, chili powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
    Stir in cumin, chili powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
  4. Add beans, water, brown sugar, and tomatoes. Simmer for 20 minutes.
    Add beans, water, brown sugar, and tomatoes.  Simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Stir in cooked pasta, cheese, and parsley. Allow cheese to melt. Sprinkle on more salt and pepper, as needed.
    Stir in cooked pasta, cheese, and parsley.  Allow cheese to melt.  Sprinkle on more salt and pepper, as needed.
  6. Serve while hot with corn bread. Enjoy!
    Serve while hot with corn bread.

Enjoy!
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Easy Crockpot Chili

November 11, 2016
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Easy Crockpot Chili
There are countless of "the best" chili recipes online or in cookbooks.  My version is a hack of all of them and a great base for any start up chili recipe in the crock-pot.  This chili is great a meal on it's own or you can top off nachos or hot dogs at your next get together. If you don't eat ground beef, swap it with ground turkey or chicken.  Top the chili with cheese, hot peppers, or avocados. Hope you like it!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
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Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook for 3 minutes. Add beef and cook until browned. Drain any fat and add into slow cooker.
    Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook for 3 minutes.

Add beef and cook until browned. Drain any fat and add into slow cooker.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients into the slow cooker with beef and cook for 6 hours.
    Add the rest of the ingredients into the slow cooker with beef and cook for 6 hours.
  3. Serve while hot. Top with your favorite chili toppings. Enjoy!
    Serve while hot. Top with your favorite chili toppings.

Enjoy!
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Greek Meatballs Salad with Tzatziki Sauce

December 18, 2016
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Greek Meatballs Salad with Tzatziki Sauce
Great as a lunch or dinner with lots of flavor. Serve on couscous, rice, salad or pita. Top with Tzatziki Sauce for extra kick!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Salad
Meatballs
Tzatziki Sauce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Salad
Meatballs
Tzatziki Sauce
Instructions
Salad
  1. Combine all salad ingredients, mix well and set aside.
    Combine all salad ingredients, mix well and set aside.
Meatballs
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine all ingredients without over mixing.
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Combine all ingredients without over mixing.
  2. Form into 1 inch meatballs. Place them on a greased baking pan and cook for 15 minutes or until inside is no longer pink,
    Form into 1 inch meatballs.  Place them on a greased baking pan and cook for 15 minutes or until inside is no longer pink,
  3. Once cooked, take out of oven and keep warm.
    Once cooked, take out of oven and keep warm.
Tzatziki Sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients. Mix well and add more salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
    Combine all ingredients. Mix well and add more salt and pepper to taste.

Set aside.
Finished Dish
  1. Serve on plate a mix of all the ingredients listed above. Add couscous and/or pita if desired. Top with extra parsley or feta cheese. Enjoy!
    Serve on plate a mix of all the ingredients listed above.  Add couscous and/or pita if desired.  Top with extra parsley or feta cheese.  Enjoy!
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