C is for Curried Lentils, Crockpot Cooking, and a Cast-iron Skillet

My husband and I have a love of spicy food. This means we tend to eat a lot of ethnic food that contains a kick. Due to our location (Phoenix) and ease/price of ingredients, that often means Mexican food, but we are also huge fans of Thai and Indian food. Continue reading

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Cooking: Chili Mac

Here’s my problem with Pinterest inspired projects: They often don’t align with my end goal. One of the reasons I wanted to focus on cooking this year was to learn a few more go-to recipes for menu planning so we can cook ahead and/or take advantage of smart grocery shopping and sales. However, it seems that whenever I want to try a new recipe, I go to my Pinterest board or one of my few cookbooks I’ve kept and I end up asking my husband to go to the store for all kinds of ingredients we either wouldn’t usually cook with, or would enjoy cooking with but would never keep as part of our weekly menu! Not time or budget friendly at all! Continue reading

Cooking: FALL CURRY

We are still having many 90+ degree days here in Phoenix, but on cloudy days we get nice 80 degree weather and no matter what it is still a nice respite from the 105+ weather this summer. Plus, we are getting nice fall vegetables in our CSA boxes so when we were given some of the main ingredients for fall curry I knew that would land on our menu this week. Continue reading

On Cooking, plus Cooking #1: Curried Lentils

We are trying to start the new year on a healthier note and we are also trying to keep our budget in check after all the holiday spending. I got this recipe off of one of my favorite online resources: Budget Bytes and it was the perfect way to satisfy the trifecta of healthy, budget friendly, and delicious. (Link to specific recipe in a few paragraphs!) Continue reading