Simple Spicy Stir Fry

Red chili pepper flakes add spice to this flavorful and simple stir fry with chicken, peppers, onion, and cabbage.

Red chili pepper flakes add spice to this flavorful and simple stir fry with chicken, peppers, onion, and cabbage.

Simple Spicy Stir Fry
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ pound chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into thick strips
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1½ tablespoons vinegar
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • ½ cup red cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon red chili flakes
Instructions
  1. Add olive oil to a large nonstick skillet. Heat over medium-high and add the chicken to the pan.
  2. Cook until well done and meat is no longer pink.
  3. Add in the soy sauce and vinegar and bring it to a boil. Let the mixture thicken, then turn down the heat.
  4. Add in the yellow bell peppers, green onions, and red cabbage. Cover and let simmer until cabbage softens.
  5. Sprinkle with red chili flakes and toss well.
Notes
You could pickle the red cabbage in lemon juice overnight.

Red chili pepper flakes add spice to this flavorful and simple stir fry with chicken, peppers, onion, and cabbage.

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Lasagna Soup with Gluten-Free Option

By contributing writer Tessa

This lasagna soup is filled with delicious lasagna flavors but doesn’t require all the assembly time that the casserole does. And it can easily be made gluten free.

This lasagna soup is filled with delicious lasagna flavors but doesn't require all the assembly time that the casserole does. It can easily be made gluten free.

My mom’s lasagna was always a huge hit growing up. Years ago I saw a picture for a lasagna soup and thought it was totally brilliant. What a creative idea! When I recreated it using my mom’s recipe as a base, I was not disappointed.

It really does taste just like lasagna in soup form and comes together in under 30 minutes. With most kids adoring noodles and cheese, you have an added bonus of a totally family-friendly recipe.

So get cooking and make a warming, comforting bowl of lasagna soup!

Lasagna Soup (with Gluten-Free Option)
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 10 ounces lasagna noodles (gluten-free noodles can be used)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or other fat for sauteing
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 teaspoons Italian seasoning or 1 teaspoon each oregano, thyme, and basil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 6 - 8 cups homemade chicken or beef stock (amount depends on how brothy you like it)
  • 24 ounces favorite spaghetti sauce (could use a full can of pureed stewed tomatoes in a pinch)
  • 8 ounces shredded mozzarella
  • 8 ounces cottage cheese or ricotta cheese
  • 4 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook the lasagna noodles until al dente (still firm when bitten) and set aside.
  2. In a large stock pot over medium heat, saute the onion, garlic, and ground beef until meat is cooked through.
  3. Stir in the spices and sea salt.
  4. Stir in the broth and spaghetti sauce until combined.
  5. Bring to a slow boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes to let flavors blend.
  6. Meanwhile, mix together the three cheeses in a bowl and set aside with the cooked noodles.
  7. To serve, place some noodles in a bowl, top with the hot soup, then dollop preferred amount of cheese mixture on top, mixing to melt.
Notes
Any pasta shape can work in this recipe

I have a dairy-free "cheese" sauce that could be used too. You can find it as part of my mom's lasagna recipe here.

This lasagna soup is filled with delicious lasagna flavors but doesn't require all the assembly time that the casserole does. It can easily be made gluten free.

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Sweet Potato and Turkey Chili

Sweet potato and carrots are added to this turkey chili for a delicious dinner that fills you, warms you, and sticks with you on a cold evening.

Sweet potato and carrots are added to this turkey chili for a great variation on a classic meal. Chili is a delicious dinner that fills you, warms you, and sticks with you on a cold evening.

This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled it to meet your family’s needs.

Sweet Potato and Turkey Chili
Serves: 2 - 3
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • ½ cup cooked pinto beans
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • ¼ cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 sweet potato, cooked
  • 2 cilantro sprigs to garnish
Instructions
  1. Combine the onion, garlic, and all seasonings. Sauté mix in a large sauce pan.
  2. Add in the turkey. When it starts browning, add in the pinto beans.
  3. Turn heat down and add in the carrots and tomatoes. Let simmer for 25 minutes.
  4. Cut one half of the sweet potato into cubes and cut the other half into spirals. Place on top of chili along with cilantro sprigs to garnish.

Sweet potato and carrots are added to this turkey chili for a delicious dinner that fills you, warms you, and sticks with you on a cold evening.

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Chili Lime Shrimp

My husband is not a big fan of shrimp but I love it. I especially love it with a little kick. If you love shrimp, you’ll want to try this recipe for Chili Lime Shrimp served over a bed of rice noodles along with corn and avocado. Just remember, you need to marinate the shrimp for at least an hour. So give yourself a little bit of extra time if you are making this for dinner.

If you love shrimp, you'll want to try this recipe for Chili Lime Shrimp served over a bed of rice noodles along with corn and avocado.

Chili Lime Shrimp
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound raw shrimp
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle powder
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ package rice noodles, cooked
  • 1 cup corn, cooked
  • 2 lemons, sliced into fourths
  • 2 avocados, sliced
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix chipotle powder, vegetable oil,1 teaspoon salt, and lemon juice.
  2. Add the shrimp and mix them with the marinade. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. Heat a saucepan over medium heat and cook the shrimp until they turn pink.
  4. Place the noodles in bowls, top with shrimp, corn, avocado, and lemon slices.
Notes
You can swap the rice noodles for quinoa or rice.

If you love shrimp, you'll want to try this recipe for Chili Lime Shrimp served over a bed of rice noodles along with corn and avocado.

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