Balsamic Chicken With Pears and Mushrooms

“You should always waste time when you don’t have any. Time is not the boss of you. Rule 408.” — The Doctor “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” — John Lennon Did you ever start looking for something online, only to discover you’re missing an hour (or more) with nothing to show for…

Moroccan Chicken With Couscous

Ingredients: Dump, chop, & go: For very little time and effort, you get a delicious, healthy meal of tender chicken, veggies cooked to perfection, and deliciously seasoned couscous! This is one of my favorite freezer meals. To freeze, you just dump broth, seasonings, and chicken in a bucket and freeze it. To cook, dump the…

Shredded Pork in Tomatillo Sauce (a.k.a. Desperation Dinner)

Oh, crap, what’s for dinner? How many times have I said that? Lots. How many times have you? Lots, too, I bet. It’s 5:00 p.m. and I haven’t been to the grocery store in a week. That means two problems, 1) I don’t know what I’m going to whip up for dinner, and 2) the…

Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

In spite of my optimism for spring, Mother Nature is apparently not ready to give up on winter. It’s cold today, with a biting wind. So maybe no Buttermilk Chicken Salad just yet. What to do, then, with the Easy Homemade Poultry Seasoning you made this week? Well, do I have some comfort food for…

Balsamic Beets With Broccolini

Balsamic Beets With Broccolini is so easy, you don’t even need a proper kitchen! I know because the first time I made this, I didn’t have a kitchen at all. And I was on crutches. So we’re talking a really easy recipe here! Please forgive the lighting in most of the pics – the little…

Best Ever Black Bean Soup for Instant Pot

So, you don’t want to wait all day for Best Ever Black Bean Soup? I can’t blame you! Maybe you still need to pick up some ingredients, or just don’t like leaving the slow cooker on when you’re not home, or maybe you just like how little clean-up is needed with your Instant Pot. Fear…

Madras Shrimp With Rice

​ Madras Shrimp is one of my favorite ways to cook shrimp. So flavorful, and you don’t even have to sauté the shrimp! It turns out to be a pretty easy dish to convert to a freezer meal, too. What a treat, to come home to a quick and easy freezer meal! A note about…

Cooking Dried Black Beans

I’d say black beans are my favorite, but that wouldn’t exactly be accurate. They’re probably tied with chickpeas, but my favorite beans are really whichever ones I’m eating at the time. I include both stovetop and Instant Pot directions here. Either way, I much prefer cooking them myself to buying them canned. They’re better, both…