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Category: Lunch

Vegetarian Curry Soup

I wish I remember where I first saw this recipe.  I have never been able to find the original so every time I make it, it turns out just a little bit different.  However, over time I’ve picked out my most favorite variations and combined them into something warm, delicious, and filling. If you’re married to anyone like my husband, who prefers to have every meal with meat, you’ll know the struggle of making a warm butternut squash soup or calling a bowl of tomato soup ‘dinner’.  However, with the combination of lentils, yellow split peas, and garbanzo beans make this vegetarian soup quite hardy. In fact, whenever the first cold day of the season hits and I’m craving soup, my husband requests this one.  Boom.  Wife win. Speaking of cold days of the season, I left Denver on a ridiculously warm fall day in the mid-70’s and came back from Baltimore to highs in the mid 40’s and rain.  I mean, if I didn’t know my city so well I might have thought I was in Seattle.  Where is my ease into…

Apple and Brie Grilled Cheese

For those of you that don’t know, I am the youngest kid in our family, forever destined to be the baby sister even when my hair turns grey and a walker is needed to help me across the room. However, being the youngest does have it’s perks. One of them being that for my last four years at home, I was essentially an only child. Because my fabulous, hard-working dad frequently had meetings at night, my mom and I were often on our own for dinner. Wednesday nights were frozen custard from Goodtimes (think Culver’s but possibly better in my humble opinion). Thursday nights were pizza. Friday nights were grilled cheese. Any night that Dad was home was salad. But back to grilled cheese night. The fanciest my mom and I ever got was doubling the amount of cheese and smearing jam on top. So delicious. You should give the jam on grilled cheese a try sometime. When Mom and Megan were in Seattle a few weeks ago, we decided to get a little more creative with our grilled cheese. May I present Apple and Brie Grilled Cheese: [kindred-recipe id=”556…

Quick and Easy Homestyle Chili

As mentioned in my last Friday post, I’ve been trying really hard to remember any and all recipes that can be ready and on the table in 30 minutes or less. And my table, I mean kitchen counter.  But what’s the difference really? I was going to call this recipe, “Mom’s Best Chili” but her’s is just enough different that it deserves it’s very own recipe post. However, I stole her best secret to add to this chili. Enter Bush’s Baked Beans, my friends.  Seriously, you’re adding just the right amount of sweetness to balance the savor and the spice.  For the longest time I could not place my finger on what made my mom’s chili soooo much better than anything I tasted or cooked.  I finally heard her give my brother the recipe over the phone and the lightbulb went on. My own time saver secret? It comes with a seasoning package, a separate package of cayenne pepper, a package of salt, and a package of masa for thickening. All I add is the seasoning package and the cayenne pepper (totally…

Sweet Potato Burritos

Let me preface this whole recipe by saying I’m not the hugest fan of sandwiches.  As in, my husband gets really excited when a loaf of bread shows up on the kitchen counter. They’re just not my jam. I love to eat hot food for my main dish for both lunch and dinner.  Call me crazy.  It’s what I like. Back in the day (when I had my life together) I tried to follow somewhat of a meal schedule that had at least one vegetarian meal per week. Also one taco meal per week.  But that’s just me. Back in this same day I was able to buy groceries for Cale and myself (3 meals a day/ 7 days a week) for less than $50.  This was only 2 years ago so you can tell how much I’m failing on all life accounts. I was always looking for meals that were cheap but didn’t taste cheap and were great re-heated and even better if you could freeze them. Enter sweet potato burritos.  There’s absolutely no meat in them and you can even make them vegan…