September 19, 2016

Karen’s Vegetarian Southwest Soup

Karen’s Vegetarian Southwest Soup

2 cans of low sodium vegetable broth (I use Swanson)
1 can of fire roasted diced tomatoes with garlic (I use Hunt’s)
1 can of unsalted corn (drained) (I use Del Monte)
1 can of low sodium black beans (rinsed and drained) (I use Bush’s)
1 cup of salad macaroni (cooked according to pkg)
1/2 tsp of ground cumin
1/2 tsp of chili powder
1/8 tsp of black pepper
a sprig of fresh basil or cilantro

Add all ingredients (except cooked pasta) to a large soup pot and simmer for 15 minutes. Add warm pasta immediately before serving (if you add it too soon, it will soak up all your broth). Serve with cornbread.

My oldest has been a vegetarian for 5 years. Cooking dual meals isn’t always easy. I like this soup because it has a great homemade taste, is made with canned goods that I usually have on hand and cooks in minutes.


September 1, 2015

Easy Homemade Donuts Recipe

Homemade Donuts Recipe

The last recipe I posted caused such a controversy, I thought I’d share another sweet treat! Yeah, I know, I’m a troublemaker. 😉

I learned how to make these donuts in 8th grade Home Ec class. These days, the food police would probably arrest a teacher for having her class prepare such a nutritionally unsound creation.


1 roll of refrigerated biscuit dough (Store brand works great. Do not use Grands or flavored varieties.)
Vegetable Oil
1/3 cup of Powdered sugar


Pour powdered sugar into a brown lunch bag and set aside.

Heat about half a cup of vegetable oil in small frying pan. Oil level needs to be high enough to cover bottom half of donut.

Using your thumbs, poke a hole in the center of the biscuits and using your fingers, pinch the sides together to form a donut shape. Fry in hot oil over medium heat, flipping so both sides turn golden brown. Be careful not to have heat too high, as outside will be dark and inside will still be doughy. Cook no more than 2 at a time.

When donuts are done, set on a paper towel for 2 minutes to remove excess oil. Place donuts, one at a time, in the bag filled with powdered sugar and shake until well coated. Cool on a wire rack for no more than 5 minutes and eat right away. They are best warm!


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