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Grilled Stuffed Burritos with Chicken, Feta, and Sargento Mexican Cheese

These burritos are like the pinnacle of food for Joe and me. They’re stuffed with everything imaginable – shredded chicken, couscous or rice, black beans, corn, Mexican blend cheese, salsa, Greek yogurt or sour cream, and feta cheese. Sure, fancier food is nice, but these burritos are something we could eat day in and day out, all the time. We love them. They’re the pinnacle of food for us because they’re like the burritos we get at a local restaurant called Neato Burrito. I’ve written about Neato Burrito before as we’ve tried on several occasions to recreate their yumminess at home (partly … Read more

CrockPot Mexican Steak and Beans

We like meals where there is salsa and there is cheese. Give us those two things, throw in some chocolate beans (Allie’s term, black beans to the rest of us) and corn, and you have a meal that Joe and I are sure to gobble up. This recipe, because it is made in the CrockPot, is even better than the average salsa, cheese, bean, and corn concoction. Joe tossed it in the crock the night before, left it in the refrigerator overnight, and put it into the CrockPot in the morning. By suppertime, we had tender steak tips with a spicy … Read more

Cilantro Lime Rice with Beans

I have been curious about cooking with essential oils since I first got my Premium Starter Kit. Essential oils have such great health benefits, and they’re so much more potent than fruit juices or fresh herbs. If you are coming over from Pen of a Ready Writer, welcome! Here’s our first oily recipe experiment, Cilantro Lime Rice. It came out really well. Delicious, even! One tip about cooking with essential oils. Remember that essential oils are distilled at low temperatures, so if you heat them, they’re going to evaporate. It’s best to add the oils after the recipe is cooked, … Read more

Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Cheesy Chicken with Black Beans and Rice

Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Cheesy Chicken with Salsa Beans and Rice

This recipe was inspired by the Cheesy Chicken Monterrey that I shared two weeks ago. That recipe was part of a program sponsored by Knorr Recipe Sides. The idea was to create a full meal around one of their pasta and rice side dishes. It worked really well, and the result was a flavorful, quick and easy meal. Unfortunately, I couldn’t eat the finished dish because Knorr Recipe Sides are pasta and rice mixed together. Good for flavor, bad for gluten-free diners. The recipe is so easy that making it gluten-free was really simple. Joe doubled the ingredients for the … Read more

Quick and Easy Cheesy Chicken Monterey with Beans and Rice

This post is brought to you by Giant Eagle. All opinions are 100% mine. When both parents work, you need quick and easy meals to get through the week. It’s just a fact. We don’t have time to spend 2 or 3 hours every afternoon prepping and cooking a meal. I know that to be the case for many stay-at-home moms as well. Whether you homeschool or shuttle kids from piano to soccer, many moms and dads have busy afternoons. Again, not at all conducive to spending a long time in the kitchen. Enter Knorr Sides – and the complete dinners … Read more

Easy Black Bean Chili (featuring a giveaway)

easy chili recipe

I can’t believe it’s fall already. I’m still stuck in mid-summer, but the weather is cool, the heat is on, and the leaves are starting to turn. It’s officially chili weather. Joe likes to serve chili in acorn squash bowls or over rice. I like to eat it out of a plain old bowl. We agree on one thing, though, and that’s that chili is perfect for crisp fall and winter days. This particular chili recipe couldn’t be easier to put together. It simmers for an hour, but the prep is really quick. The finished chili is good, flavorful but … Read more