Easiest Black Bean Soup

This black bean soup from Gimme Some Oven (one of the food blogs I check daily) could not be easier or more delicious. In fact, I think I’ll have it for lunch again today! It’s as simple as opening a can of black beans and a jar of salsa and throwing them into a pot – practically! It’s got to be good for you too! Black beans, salsa, some seasoning, and whatever toppings you like to throw on. Even with the dollops of sour cream that I put on mine, I still feel really good about eating this for lunch.


If I were you, I’d make a batch of this on Sunday, and bring it to work for lunch for the rest of the week. Just sayin’.

Wild Rice Soup

It’s official. My blood has thinned and I’m a big baby about the cold. It’s 60 degrees in our house right now and I have been physically shivering for the last couple of hours at my computer.


You know what saved me though? Leftover Chicken Wild Rice Soup from our dinner last night!


While the girls and I were eating pretty terrible fried food and listening to the Swon Brothers at the Coastal Carolina Fair last night, Ryan was whipping this soup up for us. Just the perfect thing when you’ve been freezing sitting on ice cold bleachers in the dark outside for the past couple of hours!

I’m not sure what it is about this soup – the white wine that gives it extra depth, the rotisserie chicken that melts in your mouth, or maybe it’s the fact that you don’t use any heavy cream so the level of guilt you experience while slurping is diminished. Whatever it is, this recipe is a keeper and I’m going to keep eating it all week until I can finally warm up!


Growing up, my absolute favorite place to go for breakfast was Pannekoekin Huis. It was a little Dutch heaven located in an Eden Prairie strip mall and going for breakfast with my family meant stuffing my little kid belly with an Apple Pannekoeken. If you don’t know, a pannekoeken is like a puffy pancake (but way way better then a pancake) that you can customize with your fave ingredients. However, ordering one of these at Pannekoekin Huis meant that the poor waitress had to yell out “Paaannekooeken!” while she carried your massive pancake to the table. It seemed pretty embarrassing for everyone involved but one bite of the pannekoeken made it all worth it.

While I no longer live hear a Pannekoekin Huis, one of my favorite cookbooks (Betty Crocker Bridal Edition), just happens to have a perfect copy cat recipe! Cue Sunday breakfast….


Apple Oven Pancake (Apple Pannekoekin)From: Betty Crocker Bridal Edition

2 tablespoons butter
2 large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 peeled and thinly sliced baking apple

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. In 9-inch pie pan, melt butter in oven and brush it over the bottom and side of the pan

2. Sprinkle brown sugar and ground cinnamon evenly over melted butter in pie plate. Arrange thinly sliced apples over the sugar, covering the entire pie pan

3. In a bowl, beat eggs and add flour, milk and salt until just mixed. It’s important not to over beat the ingredients together or your pancake might not puff up.

4. Pour batter over apple layer and bake for 30-35 minutes

It should come out puffy like this:


5. Immediately loosen the edge of the pancake and turn upside down on a plate or cutting board.


6. Yell “Paaaanekooeken” as you serve your family breakfast. Devour and thank the Dutch for such a lovely breakfast.