Hearty Italian Minestrone

Minestrone with Cheese2

It’s a blustery February afternoon with freezing rain outside as I write this, and I can’t help but believe that a warm, hearty bowl of minestrone would make all of the cold weather blues just go away. This minestrone is warm and flavorful without being too complicated, and it is packed with vegetables, so it makes me feel good about taking second helpings! Continue reading

Impossibly Easy Bean Soup

Bowl of Bean Soup

Beans, beans, the magical fruit,
The more you eat, the more you toot!
The more you toot, the better you feel,
Let’s eat beans at every meal!

I’m sorry, I couldn’y help myself. My dad taught me that song when I was little, and to this day I can’t make a batch of bean soup without singing it.  Continue reading

Spice Girl Chili

Spice Girl ChiliWhen it’s chilly outside, I always crave a nice bowl of homemade chili to warm me up. I decided to pull out one of my favorites the other night for dinner. While my first few chili attempts were edible, they didn’t have a whole lot flavor other than chili powder. Then my office had a chili cook-off a few years ago and my team and I decided to come up with something different to go along with our theme of the Spice Girls. This is what we came up with.

This chili’s hook is definitely plenty of peppers, so if you don’t like spicy food, you might want to try a different recipe. On the other hand, you can also tweak the basic recipe to satisfy your personal taste. Enjoy! Continue reading