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Five for Friday: 5 Things I’ve Cooked This Week


Whenever Racheal at Running with Racheal does her Thankful Thursday posts, she always lists at the end the recipes she made, along with what was liked or what she changed. I love that after all these years she continues to list things she’s thankful for every day!

But there is something to be said about including and being grateful for those tried and true recipes that always seem to work out for your family as well those new ones you’ve attempted to add to your rotation. (I do know that when she posts a recipe often, that it’s one I really need to action soon!)

I occasionally post new recipes I try and have, in the past, posted my plans for the upcoming week. It’s been a while, though. Today, I thought I’d just give a shout out to those recipes that treated us well this week.


Here are 5 recipes I made this past week:

Spicy Ground Pork & Zucchini Stir Fry

You guys. Where has this recipe been all my life? If you want to make some healthified Asian food at home, go for this recipe. In my opinion, though, it isn’t spicy {we add sriracha for that!}, but it does have flavor. This go round, I ground my own pork from pork sirloin. It really is the way to go so you don’t get any I-don’t-know-what-that-hard-thing-I-just-bit-into moments in the supermarket ground pork.

Want to make this recipe even easier and more versatile? You can adapt this it with what you have on hand by doing 1 part sauce (see recipe) with 1 lb ground meat of choice {but I think any thinly sliced, quick-cooking meat could work!} and 1 lb chopped vegetables of choice. The first two times I made this recipe, I stuck to the zucchini. But the last couple times I’ve added carrots and bokchoy. Whatever you’ve got and/or like will work!


White Bean and Avocado Salad

You guessed it… I’m still cooking my way through the Best Cookbook You’ve Never Read aka 5 Ingredients, 10 Minutes by Jules Clancy. I guess you can’t call this “cooking” so much as throwing a few ingredients onto a plate!

Ingredients: lemon juice, can of white beans, baby spinach, avocado, roasted almonds

Here are my notes, with what I changed in blue:

  • I didn’t time it like I often do for these “10-minute” recipes from the book, but I bet you can guess how quickly one can put some spinach on a plate, empty and rinse a can of beans and top a salad with olive oil, lemon juice and a bit of crunch!
  • This served two. Instead of mixing everything together, I kept the spinach separately, so I could save the marinated beans atop another bed of velvety goodness the next day.
  • Instead of roasted almonds, I went with some sunflower seeds.
  • Lots of S&P, maybe a pinch of red pepper flakes is all that’s needed here!
  • I’ve made a few salads from this cookbook before and you’d be amazed how great beans are in them!
  • Will make again. 


Mexican Lentil Soup

This was a brand new one for us! You guys may know by now that my husband is allergic to the meat of animals with fins and feathers. Lentils are something we’ve been trying out as another protein source since it’s pork and beef he’s mostly eating. And that gets old. {Did I mention he’s allergic to most beans, too?!}

In any case, I did add just a bit of leftover barbacoa beef we had in the freezer to his bowl to amp up the protein for his lifting workouts. My bowl? Avocado was added! Because Mexican. And because… avocado, duh! Rob said this soup was seasoned perfectly; but I think a little heat would have been nice. Maybe throw in some jalapeno or red pepper flakes next time’ round? It made 7 well-rounded servings!


Crockpot Italian Chicken, Quinoa & Vegetable Soup

I made this one for the girls on Girls Dinner Night In. I’ve made a few crockpot recipes from Chelsea’s Messy Apron before, so I looking forward to a home run on this newbie. It was! I added it to my recipe arsenal! Here is a not-too-pretty photo of an almost-empty bowl.

There is no spinach in this recipe. But lately, to get a little more veg in my diet, I’ve been putting some spinach on plate or in a bowl and topping it with my meal. I served a nice hunk of oven-baked baguette alongside. The girls and I loved it! And I attempted dessert, too…


Unbaked Cookie Dough Bars

This one was way out of my comfort zone. I’ve been following Chocolate Covered Katie‘s blog for as long as I’ve known about blogs and I’ve only made one or two recipes! But I had all of the ingredients on hand and wanted a sweet treat for the girls. This dessert is made with – BEANS! I didn’t tell the girls. But they did suspect coconut and Jen guessed correctly on the flaxseed! She said they reminded her of her energy balls she makes sometimes.

Katie offers a lot of substitutions and variations in her Unbaked Cookie Dough Bars recipe. Here are the options I used based on what I had on hand: Great Northern Beans, almond butter, coconut oil, pure maple syrup, ground flaxseed and for the topping I went with the second option. Mine didn’t come out as pretty-looking as hers did, but they tasted good, if a bit rich.

What did you make this week that you loved?



5 for Friday: 5 Favorite Soups for Fall!


When I was putting together my list of 5 soups that we’ll make again and again and again, I noticed a theme.

Almost all of these soups are other dishes… in soup form!

Lasagna Soup

I found a link to this recipe for lasagna soup on My Bizzy Kitchen. It was love at first bite. There are other slow cooker versions online, too. But Biz is on her 8,412th batch, so I’m sure you can try any of her versions!


Reuben Soup

I started making this one after Rob was waiting all year just to have some at a nearby restaurant that only serves it the week of St. Patrick’s Day. Turns out, this recipe is better than the restaurant one! It doesn’t have any potatoes {which Rob loathes – except for fry or chip form!}, so that’s a win for him.


Pizza Soup

You’ll be surprised how quickly this recipe can come together! {Hint: Just 10 minutes.}


Taco Soup

This is a new found-love – as in this week! The link is to an Instant Pot recipe, but I followed another one of her recipes to make this on the stove top. I might post my variation here so that I can follow it a bit easier next time, rather than deal with all of the back and form from recipe to recipe. I added shredded cheddar and green onions for toppings, but it really doesn’t need anything. If you’d like to throw some tortilla chips on top, be my guest!


My final soup recipe doesn’t follow the theme I had going here; but it has become my favorite soup recipe of the year!

Immunity Soup

This is the best chicken soup I’ve ever had. I think the abundance of garlic along with the thyme and pinch of red pepper flakes help give it an extra boost of flavor that makes me swoon.

I make a big batch, divvy it up into single serving containers/zip lock bags and freeze them. That way, if I’m ever needing some comforting soup or if I’m feeling under the weather, all I need to do is pull it out of the freezer and pop it in the microwave. I don’t have to have the energy to put together a pot of soup on those days when I need it most!

It doesn’t have noodles, but I’m sure you could add them in if you’d like. Instead, I like to serve it with a crusty roll {also kept in the freezer!} with a little butter. Mmmm….

Which reminds me, that is my last bowl! Time to make a new batch for the freezer.

What is your favorite homemade soup recipe?