Chicken Enchiladas

Food on Principal

Guys, this was SO good.  I had an extra serving that I did not need!  You will NEVER use a can of red enchilada sauce again!  Do not skip the chipotle chilis in adobo sauce!  I think it gives it the best flavor!  We took a quick trip to Menards to get all of the materials we will need to get a good start on the basement laundry room should we be stuck in the house for a longer period of time.  Jamie has already completed the basement bathroom and it looks AMAZING.  The girls are enjoying time with Grandma and Pop!  Bryleighed managed to get an eye infection and lose a tooth.  The tooth fairy found her, don’t worry!  The chicken enchilada recipe is a little “off-plan”, however, I’m out of my Outer Crust shells.  These are 2g net carbs each on the shell.  They will have to do…

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How I Cook — by Graham Stewart


Chili is one of my favorite things to eat. I am making it today. Played with different thing in it over the years. Mushrooms was one thing I tried and liked, but the rest of my family didn’t. So since I cook for them I have made it this way for over 20 years. I use different types of chili’s in it because each one hits different taste buds on your tongue. Just using “chili powder” only hits the taste buds on the front of your tongue. My goal was to hit all my taste buds. There is a surprise I have added when ever I could find it or remembered to get it. It is still a great chili without it.

2 pounds lean ground beef ( you can use ground pork, chicken, or turkey, or a mixture. )

3 tablespoons paprika

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon cumin

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Thai Sweet Chili Sauce Chicken Wings

Season Generously

For the Super Bowl last night, Trevor was begging me to make sweet chili sauce chicken wings. While I love my beloved Franks Red Hot Sauce wings (cook the same way as below, but toss in Franks!), I decided to make both and surprise him.

Now, I went to college in Buffalo, NY where wings were created. I’ll never be able to replicate those wings from Duff’s or Anchor Bar (mostly because I refuse to fry them), but I sure can make a mean chicken wing none-the-less.

So, here’s how I make my sweet and spicy version, but in a slightly healthier way. Don’t forget the carrots and celery! You can leave out the blue cheese – I’ve never been a fan of that (but sshhhhh, don’t tell anyone from Buffalo that!)! 🙂

What’s your favorite way to eat wings? Let me know in the comments below!

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Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage, White Bean, Tomato and Kale Stew

Sunshine and Savory


This morning we woke up to rain in San Diego. It was chilly, rainy and all around gloomy – which makes for the perfect day to make a stew for dinner. I decided I would make a sweet Italian chicken sausage, white bean and kale stew on this chilly day and my husband, Dennis loved it!

There’s a market I like to shop at in San Diego called Sprouts Farmers Market. I do most of my grocery shopping at both Sprouts and Trader Joe’s. Sprouts has the best sweet Italian Chicken Sausages! I tend to use this chicken Italian sausage for many different dishes, including homemade pizza. I’ve actually waited in the store for them to make more when they were out, these sausages are that good! If you look in my freezer at any given time, you will probably find a package of these sweet Italians. Dennis and I…

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Pressure Cooker Bean, Kielbasa and Carrot Soup

Goddess Cooks

The Dynamite Doula, a young woman who is near-and-dear to us, invited us over for lunch.  She has a new “InstaPot”, the pressure cooker-sauté pan-slow cooker pot and a whole lot more.  It turns out we have the same one, kindred spirits that we are!  Anyway, she, and her Dear One, served us a version of this wonderful, rib-sticking, winter-chasing bean soup.  It was supremely delicious, The Spicy Honey loved it and so I decided to see if I can come close to repeating her soup. 

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Ossobuco alla Milanese


Ossobuco is one of the most appreciated dishes of Milanese cuisine. Veal shanks are cut crosswise to reveal the bone (osso) with its hole (buco) where you will find the delicious marrow. This inexpensive cut of meat is finished with a gremolata, which is a mix of chopped parsley and lemon zest. This combination turns this dish into a very delicious meal. In Italy, the ossobuco is served typically with saffron risotto.

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Spaghetti Squash with Marinara Sauce

Surreyfarms. A serene haven in the foothills of Northern California

I know I know, I’m so late to using spaghetti squash as angel hair pasta substitute bandwagon.  My eldest daughter has been telling me for years “Mom, you have to try spaghetti squash instead of pasta, it’s so good! It’s part of the Whole30 plan.”  But honestly I just couldn’t do it! I would tell her “I only have pasta maybe twice a month, and when I crave pasta I want pasta! Not a veggie substitute.” As you can see I’ve known about spaghetti squash for a long time, but just couldn’t bring myself to make it as a pasta substitute. So yeah, I was a holdout.

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