Black Bean Soup with Smoked Turkey

Oh my this was soo good! I cooked it in the slow cooker all day and then transferred it to a big pot on the stove to reduce and thicken. The smoked turkey thigh was spot on. I am going to try making a rillette with the leftover smoked turkey.

1 Package of dried black beans

1 Smoked turkey thigh

1 Poblano diced

1/2 Diced carrot

1/2 Onion diced

2 Cloves of garlic minced or grated

1 Can of Diced tomatoes

2 Bay leaves

1 Tbls cumin

1/2 Tbls chili powder

1/4 Tbls chipotle powder

1/4 Tbls Oregano

Salt and Pepper

4 Cups chicken stock

Soak the beans in water over night. Drain and rinse your beans. Put the turkey thigh in the slow cooker. Add in everything else except the stock. Start pouring in the stock until everything is covered. It may not take all of the stock. Cook on low for 8 hours. Pull out the turkey to cool. When the turkey is cool enough to handle cut it into small pieces and add back to the soup. Pour the soup into a stock pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cook until it is thick. Garnish with chopped cilantro, lime, cheese and sour cream.

Beef Tips and Red Wine Gravy in the Slow Cooker

I needed this old home cooked therapy. Sunday dinner with the family.

1 package of stew beef

1 package of sliced mushrooms

1/2 an onion sliced

1/4 cup of flour

1/2 cup of red wine

2 cups beef stock

Sprig of rosemary

Brown the beef in batches and place in the slow cooker. Saute onion in that pan until soft. Add mushrooms and cook a few minutes. Add wine and scrape up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Add flour and cook stirring for a minute then whisk in stock. Cook until thick. Season with salt and pepper. Put rosemary in the slow cooker and pour over the gravy. Cook 8 hours on low.

Chicken and Spinach Pie

This a version of a chicken pot pie. It was not as saucy as I would like. I added a package of sauteed mushrooms and some poultry seasoning. I will make this again but maybe make a gravy instead of the egg and milk. I like the use of the spring form pan, i put a piece of parchment on the bottom. I cut the top crust a little and crimped the 2 crusts together.

Everything Bagel Breakfast Bake

I was online looking for something different for breakfast. I found this and I was soo excited! I used the base from the recipe attached, but I found another recipe that was more of a spin on a traditional bagel with lox. Red onion,capers and dill. I left out the sausage and cooked onion. I skip steps 1 and 2. I left out the cheddar. I used 4 bagels, halved cherry tomatoes, diced red onion, capers, chopped dill and 1 tbls of everything bagel seasoning. I soaked in the egg mixture 2 hours and baked. This was a great combination.

Greek Chicken Burger with Air Fried Zucchini

This was so fresh and amazing.

Ground chicken

Diced red onion

Chopped olives

Greek seasoning

Lemon zest

Mix all of ingredients together and form your patties. I spray a plate with cooking spray to put the patties on they are really sticky. Pan fry until cooked through turn off your heat add some feta and cover until melted. I use a whole wheat bun and toast it in the oven that I am keeping my zucchini warm in. Put tzatziki on both sides of the bun, Add your burger top with roasted peppers and spinach leaves and put your top on.

Sliced zucchini


2 Eggs and 2 Tbls of water whisked together


Lemon zest

Salt and Pepper

Greek seasoning

Pre heat your oven to 350. Slice your zucchini and put it in a bowl toss in flour. Then add the zucchini to the egg mixture, then toss in the panko and coat. Spray your air fryer basket with cooking spray and add enough zucchini to cover the bottom of the basket and spray the top with cooking spray. Cook for 5 minutes and turn cook 5 more minutes. Take a baking rack and cover it with foil add a baking rack sprayed with cooking spray put the cooked zucchini on the rack and place it in the oven to keep warm while you cook the rest of the zucchini. Serve with tzatziki for dipping. I cut this tzatziki recipe in half.

Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin with Roasted Red Potatoes and Peach Sauce

This meal is so fall. I used a pork tenderloin instead of the loin. The tenderloin cooks faster and is more tender. But the potatoes would not have had time to roast if they were raw. I once again used the microwave steam in the bag potatoes to short cut. After you wrap the pork if you will brown it a little in a non stick skillet it will help the bacon to be done when the roast is. I did not microwave the sauce, I cooked it on the stove and mashed it a little with the potato masher.

Crispy Chicken Cutlet with Dijon Sauce and Roasted Broccoli Salad

I used my usual method for breading chicken. I brush it with dijon and coat it in panko seasoned with salt, pepper and parmesan. I pan fry in a little oil just until brown on both sided then put it on a baking rack in the oven at 400 to finish cooking. I did not cook farro. I use a microwave rice blend Seeds of Change Seven Whole Grains. This salad is so good. I topped the chicken with a dijon sauce.

Baked Chiles Rellenos with Picadillo and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

I know I make chiles Rellenos all the time. I turned a corner. Instead of making a huge pepper that is the meal I made a smaller pepper and a salad. I like to bake my peppers instead of frying them. I use the Relleno recipe through step 2. I stuff the peppers and bake them for 30 minutes at 350. I use Frontera enchilada sauce instead of making ranchero from scratch.