Menu Monday: Crockpot Ham

Sometimes when the holidays roll around, you really don’t have the time or patience to cook a large piece of meat well. I don’t like to run the risk of drying out a ham, so I like to “plus” a fully cooked ham with dressings in my crock-pot for a tasty home-cooked feel with half the work and no stress. Hope this makes your Easter a little bit easier!

Ingredients2014-12-25 08.49.46

  • 1 fully-cooked ham
  • 1 can pineapple rings
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


  1. Place your ham in a well-oiled crock-pot
  2. Measure out your brown sugar, and top with the juice from your can of pineapple juice, combine.2014-12-25 08.54.34
  3. Top your ham with pineapple rings, pour brown sugar mixture over the top.2014-12-25 08.54.27
  4. Cook for 6 hours on low.2014-12-25 08.56.34
  5. Serve and eat.



Menu Monday: Easy Rum Punch

Oh, rum. Delightful, delightful, rum. This rum punch is easy to throw together for a last-minute get together and is sure to please the tastebuds.

Ingredients:2014-12-31 19.17.40

  • 1 bottle silver rum
  • 1 bottle pineapple banana juice
  • 1 bottle orange  peach mango juice
  • 2 bags frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 bag frozen mango chunks


  1. Mix everything together in a bowl (I save half in the fridge and refill later).2014-12-31 19.34.10
  2. Drink up!

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    psst: this photo was taken on New Years Eve. I do not still have a tablecloth with holly on my table in March.

Menu Monday: Recipes for One

Hi All,

As some of you know, Vaughn is often on the road for a few weeks at a time for his new job. While this is a thrilling opportunity for him to travel and explore, it means that it’s just me and the pooch at home, and re-learning how to cook for just myself has not been easy. Here are a few of my favorite recipes for one-healthy, tasty, and not wasteful.

  1. Single Serving Frittata from big girls small kitchen
  2. Single Serve Microwave Macaroni and Cheese from Ella Claire
  3. Southwestern Salad with Black Beans from Eating Well
  4. Two-Minute “Thai” Noodles from Favorite Family Recipes
  5. Single-Serving Upside Down Pineapple Cake from Green Lite Bites
  6. Healthy Burrito Bowl from Popsugar

Hope this inspires all you solo-chefs to get out of that dining-out rut! ❤

Budget Menu Monday:Black Bean Tostadas

Today I start a new monthly feature on budget dinner recipes for families of 4. I decided to do this for a variety of reasons:

  1. Most of the cheap dinner recipes I see on pinterest or other websites are often not balanced meals. They may be filling, but they aren’t meeting the MyPlate suggested meal nutrition. The recipes featured here will be.
  2. A lot of the recipes online require one big shopping trip where you spend $200+ to make many cheaper meals. While this is a great way to save money and eat healthy, not everyone has the ability to do bulk shopping that way, to store frozen foods, or has the time to prep meals that way. The recipes on my blog will be simple one-shot meals.
  3. As a vegetarian, I struggled to find affordable recipes when I was younger. The recipes in my feature will be largely vegetarian or pescatarian recipes.
  4. I do not buy brand name foods, or do extreme couponing. Again, I don’t have time.

Without further ado:

 Black Bean Tostadas

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  • 1 package corn tortillas
  • 2 can black beans (I used Cuban black beans here)
  • 1/2 head of lettuce, shredded
  • 2 roma tomatos, diced
  • Canola Oil

Splurge Items:

  • Sour Cream
  • Cheese


  1. Cover the bottom of a frying pan with just barely enough canola oil for it to be glistening. Heat on medium.2015-01-01 16.45.28-1
  2. In a separate pot, heat a can of black beans.
  3. Using a pair of tongs, place the corn tortilla in the oil. After about 15 seconds you should see it start to bubble. Flip and heat the other side.2015-01-01 16.50.36-1
  4. Place each tortilla on a plate with a paper towel to remove extra oil.
  5. When you are done cooking tortillas, top with beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and sour cream.2015-01-01 17.05.45-1
  6. Eat up!





Menu Monday: Italian Bread Dipper

This simple bread dish is a great party pleaser. And by “party pleaser” I mean Vaughn ate about 1/2 of the loaf before anyone arrived to our New Years Eve party. This one is simple and addictive.

Ingredients:2014-12-31 17.17.41

  • 1 loaf sourdough bread
  • 1 stick-a-butta
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup shredded asiago
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt your butter in a bowl, whatever your preferred method.
  3. Add garlic and parsley to the butter and mix well.2014-12-31 17.25.16
  4. Slice your bread almost all the way through, leave about 1/4″, then slice in the opposite direction.2014-12-31 17.28.09
  5. Spread your melted butter in each crack, slowly.2014-12-31 17.31.18
  6. Stuff in the cheese.2014-12-31 17.34.18
  7. Cover baking dish with tin foil.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes, then another 8 with the foil removed.2014-12-31 18.12.44
  9. Eat Up!


Menu Monday: Angelhair Pasta with Yogurt Sauce

I love pasta so very much, but sometimes it can get so heavy with cheeses and sauces. This simple pasta recipe is loaded with veggies, and has a light citrus sauce that is oh-so-yummy.

Ingredients: (serves 8+)2014-12-28 19.30.38

  • 16 oz Angelhair Pasta
  • 2 containers plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesean
  • 3 medium zuchini
  • 1 pint cherry tomatos
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 can garbonzo beans (not pictured).


  1. Thinly slice zuchini, and put in an oiled pan to saute.
  2. When zuchini is about 1/2 way cooked, add garlic and garbonzo beans. 2014-12-28 19.49.21
  3. At this point, start cooking your pasta as directed on package.
  4. Mix together the greek yogurt, lemon juice, and parmesean in a bowl.2014-12-28 19.53.35
  5. When your pasta is almost done, add your tomatos to the zuchinni mixture.2014-12-28 19.55.22
  6. Once your noodles are done, drain and return to pot.  Mix in sauce and zuchini mixture.
  7. Cook together for about 2 minutes, stirring.
  8. Serve and enjoy.2014-12-28 20.03.32

Menu Monday: Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Vaughn came to me last week with an urgent reminder that I hadn’t made cookies in a while. I whipped out this easy-peasy and very tasty Oatmeal Chocolate Chip recipe that bakes quick for a yummy treat. Also, none of the devil’s fruit (raisins).


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  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cups all purpose flour


  1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cream together egg, butter, brown and white sugar, and vanilla in a bowl with a whisk until smooth.2014-12-14 22.00.32
  3. With a rubber spatula, mix in all other ingredients except the chocolate chips until well combined with sugar mixture.
  4. add chocolate chips, mix well.2014-12-14 22.08.49
  5. scoop into roughly 1/4 cup mounds on a well oiled baking sheet or pan.2014-12-14 22.28.31(1)
  6. Cook for 12 minutes.
  7. Eat it with your mouth.2014-12-14 22.53.48