Chili with Beans and Vegetables

I have another recipe on this website for super-easy chili; but the reason it’s easy is because all the flavor comes from the canned tomatoes. If you don’t have those on hand – or you want to do something a little more homemade – I offer you this recipe, that I got from It’s … Read more

Chicken tortilla soup

I found this recipe on Pinterest of all places – and it’s both easy to make and super yummy! A full tablespoon of chili pepper gives it a heat that lingers on the tongue without setting your mouth on fire; the sour cream (and optional cheese) cools that a bit. Approx 275 cal + 18g … Read more

Italian Wedding Soup

This was a recipe I got from Plated – and it’s so delicious, I decided to add it to my personal collection. Make the Broth Heat 1 T oil in a soup pot and add half a minced onion (I think it would be fine to use a whole onion) and 3 cloves garlic. Saute … Read more

Turkey Soup

One of the big traditions of Thanksgiving at my house growing up was making turkey soup out of the leftover turkey carcass. (I come by my frugality naturally, huh?) One of the things I remember my mother doing was chilling the stock and very carefully skimming every bit of fat off the top, proud of … Read more

Sausage Minestrone with Chickpeas

Minestrone is sometimes disappointing, but this one is delicious! Plus it’s super-easy to pull together. Just chop the veggies and herbs while the sausage cooks, then add them to the pan. After 10 minutes add chickpeas, stock, tomatoes and pasta and you’re done! 3/4 c uncooked small shell pasta (I used gluten-free quinoa pasta – … Read more

Weight Watchers Free Vegetable Soup

Here’s the classic – darn good! This recipe makes a double batch. And it’s soooooo much better if you make it with homemade chicken stock, instead of the canned stuff. Although Better Than Bouillon brand concentrate is pretty good in a pinch.  I like to stew some chunks of lamb or beef separately* so that … Read more

Curry Chicken Stew with Peanuts and Squash

1 T coconut oil (I like Trader Joe’s brand the best) 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into chunks 1 large onion, dice 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 lb butternut squash, peeled and chopped (1 small squash) 1 1/2 t curry powder 1/2 t allspice 1/2 t ground ginger 1 1/2 c beef broth 1/2 … Read more