Killer Chili

This is a great time of year to have chili! This is the recipe I’ve been using for a long time, totally made up off the top of my head. Feel free to fiddle with the ingredients – I do on occasion. In a crock pot combine: 1-2 pounds stew meat, depending on how carnivorous you are feeling 1 large onion, chopped 1 large can black beans, rinsed 1 red bell pepper, chopped, or add roasted peppers in the last hour of cooking 1 can tomato sauce 1 big can stewed tomatoes 1 tsp. cumin 3 tbsp. chili powder, or Continue Reading →

Easy Caesar dressing

I don’t remember where I got this recipe (maybe Betty Crocker) but it’s great for Caesar salad or any salad. If you hate the taste of anchovies, leave out the paste. I don’t actually like anchovies but I don’t mind the little bit of paste in this dressing. It adds a nice salty taste. I tend to go crazy with my salads and add a lot of stuff on top:  fruit, nuts, and all kinds of veggies. My sister just recommended raw, shaved butternut but I haven’t had a chance to try it yet. The funny thing is, when I Continue Reading →

Faux Sangria – it’s delicious!

Since I can’t have the sugary Sangria but I can have wine sometimes, I decided to try and make a fake Sangria that would make me feel like I was having the real thing. Easy recipe… Decant one bottle of red wine (your choice of variety – I use an organic dry cherry wine) and add 1 lemon, sliced, with slices cut in half. Add 20 drops of Valencia Orange Stevia. Stir or swish decanter until Stevia mixes in. Put in fridge for several hours and serve over ice. It’s pretty good!  

Sloppy Joes – an old favorite

I started making Sloppy Joes again this summer after about 15 years of never making them. I think it was hard for me to get over the fact that I couldn’t have it on a bun anymore. I mean, isn’t that what makes a Sloppy Joe great? A couple of months ago I pulled out the old reliable Betty Crocker, which has a basic recipe for just about anything basic you want to make. I did her Sloppy Joe recipe and was pleasantly surprised. I used chipolte powder and Worchestershire sauce for the seasoning, and yum it’s good! I just Continue Reading →

Recipes for Fall

It’s almost winter here in Montana, actually, and whenever the weather gets cold I pull out the warm, tummy-filling recipes. My sister and her husband were just visiting so I made my famous Butternut Squash Soup and Lentil Sausage Stew for them. Both received rave reviews.   The Stew makes enough for several days of lunches and dinners, so you can either get a little monotonous in your diet for a few days or freeze the leftovers. The squash soup never takes long to disappear, it’s just too  yummy! Both recipes have some carb but are not a big problem Continue Reading →