Taco Soup

I mean who doesn’t want an easy and warm meal in this cold weather? This was one of those recipes where I was using up what I had because going to the grocery store was just not going to happen. I was clicking around the internet for inspiration and taco soup is what came to mind.



  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1/2 sweet onion diced
  • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 jar of vodka sauce (hey you gotta use what you have!)
  • 2 tsp of Cumin
  • 1 32 oz chicken broth carton
  • 1 tbsp of dried cilantro
  • 1 tsp red cayenne pepper (optional for spice)

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Garlic Lime Stir Fry with a Kick

A few nights before Adel’s wedding, I was tasked with coming up with a recipe that everyone in her house could eat. That may not sound difficult, but with food allergies, you’d be surprised. Her now hubbie is gluten-free and I’m corn-free, so I had my work cut out for me (corn is a common substitute in gluten-free foods). Thankfully, it turned out to be delicious , healthy, and easy.

Garlic Lime Stir Fry

Garlic Lime Stir Fry with a Kick

  • 1 package of rice noodles
  • 3-4 limes
  • 1.5 tbsps minced garlic
  • 1 lb chicken breast or 1 package of chicken sausage (Trader Joe’s Apple Chicken sausage is what I used)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1.5 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 cup of baby carrots
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 1/2-1 tsp of red cayenne pepper, depending on level of spicyness
  • Olive oil, for cooking


Heat olive oil in a large skillet until hot. Add garlic and cook either chicken until center is no longer pink. When cooked thoroughly, remove from heat and set aside.

While chicken is cooking, bring a pot of water to boil.

In a separate sauce pan, add vegetables, chicken broth, juice of 2 limes, red cayenne pepper, and water. Place lid on top of the pot and turn the heat up to medium. Once boiling, let steam for 5 minutes

While the veggies are steaming dice the chicken into bite sized pieces and add the rice noodles to the pot of boiling water.

After 5 minutes, place the chicken in with vegetables continue to steam until vegetables are softened.

While steaming, rinse rice noodles in cold water to help separate

Once vegetables are softened, place noodles in and cook for 2 minutes on low heat, just to warm the noodles.

Serve with lime wedges for additional seasoning as wanted and enjoy!

Crock-Pot Red Thai Curry Chicken with Spaghetti Squash

Oh my goodness – this was delicious! I had chicken and a spaghetti squash for a recipe I use often, but wasn’t quite in the mood for that recipe. It is no secret that I love my Crock-Pot(s). So in researching I combined a couple of recipes and tried this awesome recipe. I highly recommend it if you want to put a healthy spin on red Thai curry.

Red Thai Curry Spaghetti Squash

Crock-Pot Red Thai Curry Chicken with Spaghetti Squash

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Crock Pot Minestrone Stew and Garlic Bread Recipe

I love minestrone soup. There is just something about it, especially with the freezing temperatures that Chicagoland has been having lately that just warms me up. And garlic bread… delicious for dipping! This garlic bread recipes is one of the my most requested dishes (and it is SO easy!). I set out to make a crock pot minestrone soup, that ended up being a stew, but a seriously fabulous and healthy one at that!


Minestrone Stew Ingredients:

  • 3 stocks of celery diced
  • 3/4 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 can tomatoes (I put the juice in as well)
  • 3/4 can tomato paste
  • 1/2 sweet onion diced
  • 1 can navy beans drained
  • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • 1 medium zucchini diced
  • 2 cups of pasta of your choice that is on the smaller side (I used butterfly whole wheat)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 tbsps minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 32 oz (organic) chicken broth (or vegetable)

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Healthy New Year’s Breakfast – Overnight Oatmeal

Who doesn’t love overnight oatmeal (or oatmeal in general) this time of year? With cold, rain-turns-to-snow mornings, few things are more satisfying and comforting as a warm, gooey bowl of oatmeal. Except maybe delicious oatmeal you don’t have to worry about in the morning!

 I love this easy, endlessly customizable recipe. Not only is it healthy and delicious, it’s perfect for a grab-‘n’-go breakfast. It’s especially great if you work out before work and need a high protein belly to get you ready for the day.

Overnight Oatmeal

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Grown-up Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup (Corn-free and Gluten-free)

Grown-up Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup (Corn-free and Gluten-free)I was an incredibly picky eater as a child. My mom couldn’t get me to eat healthy (which is ironic since I now have a degree in nutrition and love eating healthy). As a child, one of my favorite things to eat was grilled cheese and tomato soup. As an adult I still love it, but I like to make it a bit healthier. Recently one of my best friends and I sat down for an evening of grown up grilled cheese and tomato soup with a side of Brussels sprouts and fruit. It was delicious!

Grown up Grilled Cheese and tomato soup

Gluten-free, Corn-free Crock-Pot Tomato Soup

  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • 1 carton of free range organic chicken broth 32 oz
  • Fresh basil diced (about 3/4 cup + garnish)
  • 2 15 oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 2 fresh tomatoes diced
  • 1-1 1/2 cups of milk of your choice (I used almond)*
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp sugar in the raw
  • 1 Tbsp red cayenne pepper (increase or decrease depending on level of spiciness)
  • 3/4 cup rice flour

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Taco Salad – Quick and Easy (Corn and Gluten Free)

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE Mexican food. This is a problem when you have a corn allergy like I do. So creating fun Mexican dishes is one of my favorite things. Most taco salads are served in corn shells with corn on top. I got the idea to change up the veggies a bit when I went to an Authentic Mexican restaurant and in their veggie burrito they had things like zucchini and squash. Why not mix up the veggies a bit? It is also easy to pack for lunch! Just leave the salsa separate until you are ready to eat it.

Taco Salad Making

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Crock-Pot Chili

I love my crock pot. To be honest,  I love all THREE of my crock pots. I used to think that was too many, but there have been multiple occasions that I have used all three at once. I have a mini, medium, and large.  My large one is the one I use most often due to the size of many of my recipes. One of my favorite recipes is chili; especially this time of year.

IngredientRecipeHealthyChiliMost of the ingredients I used are in the picture above, but some I do interchange out. Below is the general recipe I follow, which frequently results in requests for seconds.

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A Delicious (but not quite so healthy…) Pumpkin Roll

I will be the first to say this is NOT a healthy recipe, but it is OH SO delicious! I did make some modifications to make it slightly healthier, but sometimes, you have to make those delicious things every once in a while. My hope is to experiment with ways to make it healthier in the next couple of week, so stay tuned! I did however make sure this was corn free, which is a lot of times hard to do.

Beautiful and delicious.

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West African Stew

I love Sunday afternoon/evenings in the fall when I get to do two things. Cook and watch football. I prep for the week by both relaxing and watching one of my favorite sports and prepping for the week by cooking. Today I decided to make one of my favorites and modify it a bit. It is called West African Stew. I’m not entirely sure where I got the recipe from, but since I first made it I continue to modify it. And it is super easy to make! You pretty much just throw it all in a pot and let it simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.

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Today thought I added the apple chicken sausage from Trader Joe’s which was definitely delicious! If you choose not to use it the dish will be vegetarian, but definitely still filling. If you do choose to add meat make sure you cook it first and dice it up before you put everything else in the pot.


  • 1 large carton of chicken broth (the box kind)
  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • 2 small zucchinis diced into bite sized chunks
  • 1 can of tomatoes drained
  • 1 can of chickpeas drained
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 of a red pepper diced
  • 1/2 of a green pepper diced (or yellow)
  • 3/4 cup frozen spinach
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 4 small sweet potatoes peeled and diced into bite sized chunks
  • 1-2 teaspoons of red cayenne pepper (depending on level of spicyness)
  • 2 heaping teaspoons of minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup brown rice flour (add this at the end for thickening and add slowly so that you don’t overdue it)
  • 1 package of Trader Joe’s Chicken Apple Sausage (optional)

Directions: Put all the ingredients in a large pot except meat and rice flour and boil for 10 minutes then reduce to simmer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes put the meat in and simmer for 10 more minutes. As long as your potatoes are soft at this point then add the brown rice flour for thickening and simmer for 5-10 more minutes.

Serving: If you so choose you can add rice, couscous, or quinoa for it to be served over but it can also be eaten plain. Serve it up and enjoy!!

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