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Category Archives: Soups

Leftover ham? If not, you may want to get some to make this amazing “Chuck it in the pan stew”

Leftover ham? Like millions of others, we had a ton after Easter. This wasn’t on purpose, our Easter plans got cancelled so our party of 6-8 turned into a party of four, the day AFTER Easter. (We had an impromptu road trip on Easter day to welcome a new baby to my fiance’s family!) The […]

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Smoky Kickin’ Chicken Chili – 2nd prize chili cook-off winner!

  This past weekend Seattle Uncorked Wine Club held a chili cook-off as a way to raise funds for a family that was hit hard by the Oso, Washington mudslide. The family benefiting from the funds raised is the Spiller Family. Jonielle lost 3 out of her 4 children and her husband in the mudslide. […]

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Super Foods Veggie Chili for GFreeAndHappy.com

Holy moly..doesn’t this look GOOD!? Well, let me tell ya…it IS good. I created this recipe for a photo shoot AND because my friend Kathy, from GFreeandHappy.com needed a super foods recipe. Well, pretty much all of my recipes include super foods for your health, but I wanted to get her something absolutely LOADED with […]

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Chicken And Black Bean Chili – Quick, Easy and Healthy!

This is one of those recipes I fall back on when I need to get a satisfying, healthy dinner on the table quick. It also happens to be one of my most requested meals from my personal chef clients. You would think the gourmet fare would be requested more, right? Nope, my clients seem to […]

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Unprocessed Mexican Inspired Spice Blend – Alternative To The Mexican Foil Packet Spices

Many of us may have these in our cupboards. Look at the ingredient list. Now throw them away. Instead, keep these ingredients on hand to add even more delicious flavor to all of your favorite Mexican dishes! For every packet use this instead: 2 tsp chili powder (whole ground chili powder, look at the ingredients. […]

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Slow Cooked Beef Provencal…Turns Into French Country Beef and Lentil Soup!

I want to show you a little bit about how Menus by Mesa de Vida works. NOT just recipes with a grocery list! Every week you get a delicious slow cooker meal that is planned for another healthy, quick prep meal later in the week! This is the plan for all of the meals. I […]

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Winter Tuscan Bean and Vegetable Soup

I wanted to create a recipe using what is seasonally fresh and available in my area. Craving a soup that gives a power punch of vegetables but is hearty and sticks to the ribs, this is what I made. I make a Tuscan bean soup often that is delicious (in the summer I use fresh […]

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Homemade Pho!

I made this last week after we got home from sledding up in the mountains for the day. We were cold and wanted a bowl of comfort! I had a ton of chicken broth left from my “Klean Up Your Plate” episode/post and thought I would put it to good use with this recipe! We […]

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Klean Your Plate with Kirsten! Cleaned up chicken broth

I recommend homemade or good organic quality chicken broth in a lot of my recipes. I wanted to show you how easy it is to make your own! You also get at least a couple of meals out of the process, for about a $10 investment and about 1/2 hour total of your time once […]

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Albondigas – Mexican Meatball Soup

This is a light, healthy and easy soup! It can be made with brown rice or made grain-free with chopped pine nuts instead. The flavor is bright and vibrant.  I created this recipe because I had ordered Albondigas at Mexican restaurant, really enjoyed it, but wanted to “healthify” it and brighten the flavors more to […]

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