Category Archives: Recipes

It’s NFL Super Bowl XLIX day how about serving this Fast and Easy Artichoke dip

Well It’s the big game day and although I’m not a football fan were hosting a family Super Bowl get together.  When researching food ideas I found this recipe that looked delicious and thought I would share it.

So if your in to the big game, or just enjoying family give this recipe a try!

Yummy Artichoke DipARTICHOKE DIP 770x628


  • 14 ounce can of artichoke hearts
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 sour cream


Drain and chop the artichoke hearts in a small bowl. Mix all of the remaining ingredients together with the artichoke hearts. Spread the mixture into an 8×8-inch pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Let stand for 15-20 minutes. Stir and serve with your favorite dippers.

Yummy recipe for a cold winters night “Smokey Black Bean Soup”

Let me start by saying although my hubby (Chris) and I are not vegetarians we do strive to eat more and more meatless meals. But every year when winter rolls around I crave my favorite meals like pot roast, meatloaf, and stuffed cabbage.

After fighting my weight and diabetes for so many years I recently had gastric bypass surgery. It has drastically changed what I eat and as I add more foods back into my diet I have been on the search for more flavor and less meat.

I enjoy making beans from scratch and it doesn’t get any easier than cooking them up in my crock pot. Here is a recipe I found awhile back that has been sitting on my pinterest site just waiting to be tried.

It comes to us via Lindsey Johnson’s blog

So delicious and what wonderful aromas

So delicious and what wonderful aromas

I highly recommend you give this one a try. I did however make a few alterations in mine since we love spices I actually doubled the spice amounts from 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp and added a bit more liquid smoke to taste. I also substituted the paprika for smoked paprika.

Lindsey doe’s recommend that you wait to taste and then add the extra seasoning to taste which is exactly what I did. Also I skipped the section where you puree I was feeling a bit lazy, and I love texture. The Advacado was a perfect topper to the soup I’m not a fan of radishes so I skipped them. Give it a try and tell me what you think. Go Lindsey I’ll be trying some more of your recipes.

Smoky Black Bean Soup

6 cups cooked black beans (about 4 regular sized cans, drained)
1 tbsp. canola oil
1 onion, diced
1 large carrot, finely diced
1 large stalk celery, finely diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
32 oz. undrained whole or diced tomatoes in juice (I used a quart of tomatoes I bottled from my garden)
vegetable bouillon cube plus water to make 2 cups (or 2 cups vegetable stock)
1/2 tsp liquid smoke (I used mesquite)
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. paprika (not the spicy kind)
salt, to taste
Diced avocado and thinly sliced radishes, for garnish

In a large pot, heat the oil until shimmering.  Add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic.  Cook until softened.  Add the cumin and paprika and cook for a minute or two longer, until fragrant.  Add the black beans, tomatoes, vegetable broth and liquid smoke.  Simmer until thickened.  Remove about 1/3 of the soup and puree the remaining 2/3 using an immersion blender or in batched in a regular blender.  Add the 1/3 back to the pot.  Simmer a little longer and taste.  Adjust seasonings as needed.

Ladle into cups or bowls.  Garnish, if desired.

Makes enough for 4-6 good sized portions.