Crock Pot Burrito Bowls

Nothing better than a burrito bowl! This is a super easy recipe too, since the chicken, corn, and bean mixture is made right in the crock pot. That way you can come home from work, make some quick-cooking rice, and build this bowl in less than 15 minutes. It’s also great for packing for lunches during the week! Customize it with whatever toppings you love and enjoy a quick and filling Mexican meal.





Crock Pot Burrito Bowls

Adapted from: Skinnytaste Fast and Slow


  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups medium chunky salsa
  • 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper
  • 2 tbsp cilantro


1.) Season the chicken with salt and add it to the crock pot. Top with the salsa, corn, black beans, garlic powder, cumin, and red pepper. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 8 hours.

2.) Once cooked, shred the chicken and add the cilantro. Pile into bowls on top of brown rice and top with any desired toppings.


Roasted Beer and Lime Cauliflower Tacos

These meatless tacos came from an awesome cookbook that my brother got me for Christmas. Thug Kitchen is full of creative vegan recipes written with a creative flair…they really tell it like it is. 😉 I was surprised at how good these tacos were, you definitely don’t miss the meat! These would be perfect for Meatless Monday or for sneaking in those extra veggies.





Roasted Beer and Lime Cauliflower Tacos

  • Servings: 6 (2 tacos per serving)
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Adapted from: Thug Kitchen


  • 2 heads cauliflower
  • 1 1/2 cups beer
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • Juice from one lime
  • 3 tsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp hot sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • Toppings (I used cruciferous slaw, creamy guacamole, and salsa)


1.) Preheat oven to 400 F. Chop cauliflower into small florets. In a large saucepan, add the beer, broth, lime juice, soy sauce, hot sauce, and garlic over medium heat. Add the cauliflower and simmer for about 3-4 minutes, then drain.

2.) In a large bowl, add the salt, spices, and olive oil. Add the cauliflower and onion and stir well until coated. Spread onto a baking sheet and bake until browned, stirring halfway, for about 25 minutes.

3.) Warm the tortillas and fill with cauliflower and toppings!

Cheesy Spinach and Bacon Breakfast Strata

I love a good hearty breakfast, especially for mornings when I go into work early and have a long wait until lunch. I also love when I can make a big batch of something and eat it all week, since I like when I only have to cook once! This breakfast strata is perfect for that. It makes enough servings to last all week, so you can grab it and heat it at work. It has the perfect combination of carbs, fat, and protein to keep you full until lunchtime rolls around. You can switch up the cheese, veggies, and type of bread to really make this your own. I think this recipe will be on repeat for me a lot this winter!




Cheesy Spinach and Bacon Breakfast Strata

Adapted from: Cooking Light Magazine


  • 4 slices bacon
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups diced onion
  • 1 cup frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 slices bread, toasted, cut into 1-in. cubes (I used whole wheat)
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used soy)
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper


1.) Cook bacon in large skillet until crisp. Transfer bacon to a towel-lined plate and chop into small pieces. Add onion and garlic to drippings in skillet and cook until browned and soft. Add spinach and tomatoes and cook until soft.

2.) Spray an 8-inch square glass baking dish with cooking spray. Add bread cubes, bacon, veggie mixture, and cheese to the dish evenly. In a bowl combine milk, yogurt, eggs, egg whites, mustard, salt and pepper and whisk together.  Pour over the bread mixture, cover, and chill for 8 hours or overnight.

3.) Preheat oven to 350 F. Uncover dish and let strata sit at room temperature while oven heats. Bake until top of strata is browned and a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Broccoli Bacon Mac ‘n Cheese

I just realized that my last three recipes were all full-blown comfort meals…I don’t mind it at all! This time of year certainly calls for warm meals that make you want to stay inside and forget about the cold New England weather outside. This mac and cheese was the perfect winter recipe – it has plenty of cheese while sneaking in a bunch of veggies! Then the addition of crumbled bacon is the perfect topping. Enjoy and stay warm!




Broccoli Bacon Mac 'n Cheese

Adapted from: Cooking Light Magazine


  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (or more if desired)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup milk (I used soy)
  • 1 10-oz package frozen butternut squash puree, thawed
  • 10 oz uncooked pasta
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper


1.) Heat a large skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook bacon until crisp and remove from pan onto a paper towel-lined plate.

2.) Add onion and garlic to bacon drippings and saute until soft. Add stock, milk, and squash and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.

3.) Add pasta, cover, and reduce heat. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, then add in broccoli. Cook until pasta is done and sauce is thickened.

4.) Add 1 cup of cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle bacon and the rest of the cheese on top.

Hearty Veggie Chili

I’m finally on winter break from grad school, which means I have time to catch up on blogging! I always say I’ll find time to blog during the semester and then all the homework and work and life gets in the way. So now is my catch up time! I made this chili when it first started getting cold this fall. It is very filling and the addition of grains give it a richer, heartier taste. You’ll forget there is no meat in it! It’s the perfect recipe for Meatless Monday or just for those who love veggies!




Hearty Veggie Chili

Adapted from: Cooking Light Magazine


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cups mirepoix mix (chopped celery, carrots, and onion)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 10 oz mushrooms, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 3/4 cup uncooked freekeh (or another grain, like wheat berries or quinoa)
  • 1 bottle beer
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained


1.) Heat a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add the olive oil. Once hot, add the green pepper, mirepoix mix, jalapeno, mushrooms, and garlic. Saute for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables begin to brown.

2.) Add the tomato paste and spices (through paprika), cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the diced tomatoes, corn, and beef broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

2.) Cook freekeh (or other grain) according to package instructions. Add the cooked freekeh, beer, soy sauce, and beans to the chili and cook for 20 minutes. Serve topped with your favorite ingredients.

Cheesy Apple Beer Soup

This recipe is perfect for cold fall/winter days, preferably in some cozy sweatpants by a fire. I rarely get a chance to hang around in my sweatpants by a fire, but I certainly have had plenty of cold occasions to enjoy some soup! This soup was really easy to make and is very hearty. It’s got lots of cheese (which is always a good thing), the slight sweetness from the apples, and the rich flavor that comes from the beer. It’s the perfect comfort food! I served it with a roll and a side salad with blue cheese, apples, and walnuts. Delicious and filling!





Cheesy Apple Beer Soup

Adapted from: Half Baked Harvest


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Pinch brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cooked bacon, chopped
  • 2/3 cup apple cider
  • 1 large apple, chopped (I used Granny Smith)
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 12 oz. beer (I used Sam Adams)
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk (I used soy)
  • 12 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz brie cheese, rind removed and cubed


1.) Heat a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the olive oil. Once hot, add the onions, garlic, and a pinch of brown sugar. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until softened. Then add the bacon and cook for about another minute.

2.) Slowly add in the apple cider, let it cook into the onions, add some more and continue to cook. Do this until the onions are caramelized.

3.) Add the apple and thyme to the pot and cook over medium heat, stirring, until softened. Add in any remaining apple cider, the beer, chicken broth and red pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook 5-10 minutes or until the apples are tender. Season with salt and pepper.

4.) Meanwhile, whisk the flour into the milk until smooth. Set aside. Once the apples are soft, bring the soup to a low bowl. Whisk in the milk mixture and boil until the soup thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.

5.) Stir in the cheddar cheddar cheese and brie until melted and smooth. Simmer the soup 5 minutes or until ready to serve. Top with a little extra cheese and serve!

Crockpot Beef Ragu over Polenta

It’s officially fall and the time for warm, easy crockpot meals is here! This recipe was so easy and the perfect comfort meal. I think next time I might add some more spices or veggies to amp up the flavor of the sauce. I didn’t drain the tomatoes, and I felt the sauce wasn’t thick enough, so my advice would be to drain them. But I just like things extra sauce-y, so maybe it was just me. I topped with goat cheese and served over polenta. The roast gets very tender and shreds apart – yummm!





Crockpot Beef Ragu over Polenta

Adapted from: Pinch of Yum


  • 1.5 lbs beef round roast
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, drained
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups dry polenta


1.) Add beef to crock pot. Add rest of ingredients up until tomato pasta. Stir well and cook on low for 7-8 hours, or until beef shreds easily.

2.) Cook polenta according to package instructions.

3.) Top a heaping scoop of polenta with beef mixture and sprinkle with goat cheese. Enjoy!