Chili Pasta Bake

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CHILI PASTA BAKE

This one pot Chili Pasta Bake takes about 15-20 minutes of prep and then you just throw  in the oven until it’s bubbling and the cheese is browned.  This one has all the delicious flavours of chili including black beans, beef, pork, tomatoes, cumin and cayenne with the addition of penne pasta.  When it’s all baked, you just garnish as you like.  It’s total comfort food and a recipe you’ll make again and again! Continue reading

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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup with Avocado Cilantro Crema

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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup with Avocado cilantro Crema

This Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup with Avocado Cilantro Crema packs all kinds of flavour in one little bowl.  It’s made with simple ingredients like black beans and sweet potato, of course, and spiced up with smoky chipotle peppers.  The avocado crema adds a pretty touch, but does more than that.  The creaminess of the crema balances with the smokiness of the chipotle and it’s just a match made in heaven.  This one will warm ya right up on the coldest of days. Continue reading

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Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce - girlheartfood.com

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce – girlheartfood.com

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce

Hey everyone!  Happy Taco Tuesday!  Figured it was only fitting to bring you this delicious recipe today – Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce!

These tacos are unreal.  The sauce is the bomb dot com.  The think I could honestly tip the entire batch of sauce on my head & pour it into my pie hole and call it a day.  Seriously.  But that would be waaaay inappropriate and then there would  be  none left for the tacos and that would be a shame.

How’s your week going so far?  So, it’s officially Spring!  We are in the last full week of March and I don’t know where the time is flying.  Any upcoming Easter plans?  No big ones for me; I just know for sure that I’m gonna be eating a whole lot of turkey and Easter eggies (don’t you just love those?) Continue reading

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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burgers with Arugula-Lime Sauce

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burgers

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burgers with Arugula Lime Sauce

I love a traditional beef burger as much as the next person, but sometimes I want something a little different, a little lighter, and a bit more healthy.  These Black Bean & Sweet Potato Burgers with Arugula-Lime Sauce are so tasty that you won’t even miss the meat!  They are loaded with spices and are low in the fat department.  If you omit the feta cheese, it would not only be vegetarian, but vegan.  You can simply replace the feta with crumbled tofu or just omit all together and they would still be fantastic.

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Smoky Baked Black Beans

Smoky Baked Black Beans

Smoky Baked Black Beans

Recently, hubby had a work trip to Texas for a couple of days.  I always love to ask if he had any memorable meals or dishes.  I’m all about that food, lol!!  Tell me.  Tell me in detail!!  Yum!  During his trip he said that black beans were a really common dish that was served and he loved them. Both of us being big fans of beans, I knew I had to give it a go and try to make ’em myself!

I’ve made baked beans before (‘Hard to Resist Seconds Baked Beans’) and they are completely delicious, but these Smoky Baked Black Beans are different altogether. This recipe is a little more simpler and has a different flavour profile than my other baked bean recipe – it has more of a spicy/smoky flavour from the chipotle pepper flakes and chipotle powder, it’s not tomato based and uses a different type of bean.  The variety of beans (Black Turtle Beans) used in this recipe is really high in fibre, which makes it extra nutritious for you (and who doesn’t like/need a little extra fibre in their diet?) And like most bean recipes, it’s also really inexpensive to make…some beans and a few other ingredients yields quite a large amount.  Though this recipe is quite humble and most definitely not fancy, it is pretty versatile; you can enjoy with just about any meal from breakfast to dinner.  On their own they are awesome, but they are also great with grits and an over easy egg sprinkled with cilantro and crumbled feta…nom nom nom.

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Turkey, Sausage & Black Bean Chili

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Turkey, Sausage & Black Bean Chili

Who doesn’t love a good ‘ol pot of Turkey, Sausage & Black Bean Chili? It’s absolutely perfect on its own, but can totally make other things even better.  Take fries, for instance…throw some chill on fries with cheese and – BOOM! – chili cheese fries!  You know what else works?  Leftover chili in the morning with a fried egg on top.  Yeap! Breakfast.  Counting the garnishes and side of cornbread, it’s basically all four food groups in one meal and who’s going to complain about that?  Yummy & practical? Love it :)!

Chili is definitely something I make regularly.  I can vary the meat or veg slightly (depending what I have on hand), but it is guaranteed to always be delicious. Just this past weekend I was doing some work outside, it was cold out and to come in to this warm bowl of goodness was awesome.  I made some corn bread to go along with…actually Cheesy Skillet Cornbread, cause how can you have chili without cornbread?  Well, you can, but it is some much better when you got some bread to dunk into.  And, whoever said no to some carbs on the side?  Ummmm….not me :)!  The recipe for the cornbread can be found here and once you’ve made this recipe there’s no going back!

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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This slow cooker pulled pork is epic!  Let me tell you, it is sooooo awesome.  The flavour is like a punch to your face.  The smell is amazing.  It’s cooked in the slow cooker for 5 hours so all day the smell that permeates throughout the house is undeniably freaking fantastic!

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Beer Battered Onion Rings with Chipotle Dipping Sauce

 

Beer Battered Onion Rings with Chipotle Dipping Sauce

Beer Battered Onion Rings with Chipotle Dipping Sauce

I absolutely love onion rings!  Anyone who knows me, knows my deep love for them.  If I’m in a restaurant that has onion rings on the menu I just can’t pass them up, but only if they are homemade; forget the premade frozen ones.  I don’t have time for that, lol!

Thinking about them recently, I decided to whip up a batch.  It’s amazing how many rings you can get from one onion.  Talk about inexpensive to make!  You just have to have the patience to fry them in batches.  As much as I adore these little rings of deep fried crispy goodness, this is not something I would eat everyday, ’cause, after all, they are deep fried.  They are, though, a great little treat every once in a while.

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