Rachael Ray’s Carbonara Recipe

When I’m pressed for time, low on ingredients, and everyone’s sick of spaghetti, I go for carbonara. It’s cheap, easy, and really tasty. Our picky preschooler eats gobs of it every time I make it. Here’s the recipe, with a few mentions of our family’s tweaks. Photo by Culinary Curiosity salt & freshly ground black (read more…)

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Spanish Rice

Photo by sideviewer Adapted from my good friend Brooke‘s recipe. 1 1/2 cups water 1 Tbsp. butter 3/4 tsp. salt 2/3 cup rice 2 Tbsp. onion, minced or 1/2 tsp. onion powder 1/2 tsp. turmeric 1/2 tsp. cumin 1/2 tsp. chili powder 1/2 tsp. garlic powder Bring water, salt, and butter to a boil in (read more…)

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Chicken Enchiladas with Creamy Salsa Sauce

Photo by Mike Merrill Rich and creamy, this is not light and healthy. But it’s good. Adapted from The Big Book of Potluck by Maryana Vollstedt 3 Tbsp. butter 1/2 cup diced yellow onion 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups chicken broth (I get this from my weekly roasted chicken) 1/4 tsp. salt ground (read more…)

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Crock Pot Pinto Beans

Photo by Lori Highfill 4 cups dry pinto beans 2 tsp. salt 2 tsp. cumin 3 cloves garlic, minced 8 jalapeno slices 1/2 tsp. black pepper water The night before, rinse beans in water several times, then cover them with water in a large pot, at least 1 inch over the beans. Cover and let (read more…)

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Honey-Glazed Chicken Stir-Fry

Photo by Jei Adapted from the Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook. 12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 2 breasts) 3 Tbsp. honey 3 Tbsp. vinegar 3 Tbsp. orange juice 1 Tbsp. soy sauce 2 tsp. corn starch 2 Tbsp. oil 4 cups cut-up veggies, such as broccoli, green and red pepper, onion, mushrooms, and (read more…)

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