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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

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 you … Read more

Quick and Easy Black Bean Burritos

The best vegetarian black bean burritos recipe - These quick and easy wraps have beens, rice, and corn with Mexican spices and make the perfect dinner or lunch. Wrapped in a tortilla. Could be gluten-free and vegan with a few modifications.

It’s probably obvious, but we love Mexican-inspired meals around here. Our favorites at the moment are grilled burritos, BBQ chicken enchiladas, cheese and onion enchiladas, spicy beans and rice, and breakfast burritos. These quick and easy black bean burritos are quickly gaining favor, too. I like them because they come together in about five seconds (okay, a little more than that, but not much), and Joe likes them because they remind him of one of our favorite food joints, Neato Burrito. It’s a bonus that they don’t heat up the house. Even Grace likes them, as long as we use mild … Read more

Black Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Soup

We eat a lot of soup. Soup is easy to prepare, and it can usually cook all day in the Crock Pot. Plus, it’s usually healthy and can include lots of great, fresh, whole foods. Or, if you’re so inclined, you can use soup to hide a lot of great, fresh whole foods from picky eaters. Chef Jill Houk from Sara Lee made this soup for us at the Sara Lee Back to School Nutrition Summit. I loved it. I loooooved it. I loved it so much that I might just make it tomorrow. It was that good. And, it … Read more

Turkey Black Bean Sloppy Joes in Acorn Squash Bowls

turkey black bean sloppy joes in acorn squash bowls - These quick and easy healthy recipe uses ground turkey to make traditional sloppy joes. Great recipe for two with leftovers and kids like it, too. Great gluten-free, low carb recipe. This is the best weeknight dinner recipe because it's so simple and delicious.

Joe and I have to struggle to eat healthy, low calorie foods. We’ve tried (and failed at) several diets in the five years we’ve known each other, but this is a recipe has stuck with us since the first one. Joe found something like this recipe in a cookbook that his mom had many years ago. The original recipe was for sandwiches. We doctored it to lower the calories and for our personal taste. Then, one day, we made the Sloppy Joes, but realized (too late) that we didn’t have any bread. Joe said, “Why can’t we stuff it in … Read more