3 Bean Vegetarian Chili

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This is another recipe I wanted to try as vegetarian. I have had lots of vegetarian “chili”, but they never hit the spot for me. The meat versions were always better in terms of consistency and the spices that were used. I knew it wasn’t the meat that was making the chili that much better, and I just needed to try a vegetarian chili myself. I made this chili exactly like I make my meat chili but without the meat. And it turned out amazing. The flavor and consistency was perfect. I honestly would not guess that this didn’t have meat in it if someone served it to me.¬† Continue reading

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Summer Minestrone

Minestrone

Minestrone

I am slowly adjusting to my new role as an online teacher, but sometimes I find myself missing the four walls of a classroom that I have known. With so much change happening, I was craving a comfortable and familiar meal. My mother made this minestrone for me growing up. My siblings and dad always preferred a beef stew, so when she made minestrone, it was generally with me in mind. This soup is like a warm hug from my childhood and was exactly what I needed today. Continue reading

Aloo Kaa Jhol (Indian Potato Soup)

Aloo Kaa Jhol (Indian Potato Soup)

Aloo Kaa Jhol (Indian Potato Soup)

I spent the last few weeks in Pittsburgh with my family. My sister, JoAnna, got married in my parent’s backyard. The wedding was a lot of work and took lots of hands, but it was beautiful in the end. I was so glad I was able to stay for two full weeks and visit, but I am also glad to be back home. My family definitely eats traditional American meals: no spice, lots of meat, anything served with rice=international, etc. I love all the cheesy, meaty wonders that my mom and dad make, but at the end of two weeks, I missed my own kitchen. I welcomed myself back home by making chapatis and this aloo kaa jhol, which is basically an Indian potato soup in my opinion. Continue reading

Pozole Two Ways

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Poorly Lit Pozole Photo

This is not a traditional Pozole. So if you are a pozole purist, this recipe may not be for you! The is what I make when I am craving a spicy soup or some hominy (I love the texture of those things!). I like to make this soup a little hotter than I would normally eat because the sour cream, radishes, avocado, and tortilla really bring down the heat in my opinion.

I call it Pozole Two Ways because it works really well as a meat or vegetarian soup. The steps below explain the meat version, but I put a note in for how I swap things out to make this a hearty vegetarian dish as well.

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