Barley Risotto with Roasted Butternut Squash & Kale

Barley Risotto with Roa...

This is one of my favorite dishes which I make often. I have never served it with the pine nuts or ricotta mixture. It tastes great on its own or in a wrap. Add some lean turkey or chicken breast for extra protein if you like.

Yield: 4     (serving size:  1 3/4...

Thousand Island Dressing

Thousand Island Dressin...

This is a great recipe to have on hand when you need a small amount of dressing. My husband has never noticed a difference.

Yield: about 5 servings     (serving size: 2 tbsp.)

1/2 cup olive oil based mayonnaise

2...

Meatball Sub with Roasted Veggies & Tomato Sauce

Meatball Sub with Roast...

This recipe works great with ground turkey as well. I opted for a softer Italian bread as french banquettes can be a bit hard to chew.

Yield: 4     (serving size: 1 meatball sub)

1 lb. 95% lean ground beef

1/4 cup...

Southwestern Bean & Barley Soup

Southwestern Bean &...

Yield: 6     (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups)

1 large onion, diced

1 large stalk celery, diced

1 large carrot, diced

2 cups water

4 cups low-sodium...

Turkey & Black Bean Soup

Turkey & Black Bea...

Yield: 12 servings

Cooking spray

3 onions, finely chopped

3 carrots, peeled & diced

3 celery stalks, diced

6 cloves garlic, minced

4 1/2 tsp....

Spicy Sweet & Sour Chicken

Spicy Sweet & Sour...

Don’t be afraid to get creative with the veggies. I didn’t have any green bell pepper so I used match-stick carrots and I replaced green onion with 1/4 cup extra onion.  I ended up doubling the recipe and used half chicken half pork loin. It was a big hit dish

Yield:...

Hearty Minestrone with Barley, Sage & Beans

Hearty Minestrone with ...

I made this soup last night for a gathering we had at our home and it was really good. I’ve been on a soup kick lately and nothing beats the flavor of homemade stock. I used 32 oz. of my own stock instead of the canned broth.  Instead of fresh green beans I used one 15 oz....

Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

Chicken & Wild Ric...

I made this for Daniel and it was a big hit. I’ll be making it again I’m sure. I used turkey stock since I have an abundance of it in my freeze from thanksgiving.

Yield: 8 servings     (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

1 cup...

Beef & Butternut Chili

Beef & Butternut C...

Yield: 6     (serving size: 1 1/3 cups chili)     FREEZABLE

cooking spray

1 tbsp. canola oil, divided

1 1/2 lbs. boneless, chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

3/4 tsp....

Black Bean Quesadillias

Black Bean Quesadillias...

These yummy quesadillas are ready in about 15 minutes. If you like extra heat, try using pepper Jack cheese or adding a little minced jalapeño pepper. Makes a great lunch or dinner option for kids and adults.

I made these for the boys the other day while they were assembling...

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