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Quinoa, Butternut Squash, Chicken, Bean Soup

About a month back, I tried a recipe using butternut squash, which isn't a common vegetable in my kitchen. It was on sale and I thought I'd give it another chance.  Find the original RECIPE HERE and be amazed at the long list of hearty ingredients that I stashed into my rendition of this soup (see below). I couldn't resist a recipe from a fellow cook named "Chelsea", and as a bonus, the soup turned out delicious, although I can't brag that it was a family favorite. It wasn't my kids' favorite. Sometimes healthful and full of new flavors isn't as satisfying to them as boring mac'n'cheese from a box.
I can say that I was successful at hiding the leftovers of this "soup" (which had thickened significantly in the fridge) as the filling for enchiladas using THIS favorite enchilada sauce recipe and with fluffy white tortillas.
Ingredients in my soup: chicken broth, chicken breasts kidney beans garbanzo beans butternut squash quinoa pe…

Cornbread, Quick from a Box Mix

I have enjoyed the Krusteaz brand of cornbread mix so many times that I just wanted to share it with my favorite milk substitute, Almond/Coconut milk blend, unsweetened. The photos tell it all. Follow the box instructions substituting out for the milk and enjoy cornbread with little preparations.

Egg Rolls

It's always exciting trying new recipes and ideas. Making egg rolls for the first time nearly touched the artistic side of my brain as I enjoyed folding and creating a lovely masterpiece. They turned out tasting good, not the best egg rolls I've ever had, but perfect when accompanied with a sweet dipping sauce. They are very nutrition-filled, so their taste matches that.  I followed this recipe with several alterations.
I used an entire package of egg roll wrappers, which was about 20 egg rolls and the filling was just the perfect amount.
In a large skillet, add and saute over MED heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring often: 1 Tbsp olive oil 2-3 cups grated carrots 2 cans (14 oz each) bean sprouts, drained 1 can or 1/2-1 cup water chestnuts (chopped) 1/4 cup chopped bell pepper 1/4 cup chopped green onions 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced (with juice)
Add and heat through: 2 cups diced chicken* 
In a small bowl, create sauce by combining until smooth: 6 tsp cornst…

Scalloped Potatoes with Variations

I have always enjoyed scalloped potatoes, especially when they are loaded with creamy goodness. I found a recipe online and I adjusted it to fit with what I had and to be dairy-free. This recipe turned out great when I first made it in the oven so I tried it another day in the crockpot and I loved that method even more. It is now a family favorite. There are many variations and the ingredient addition options are open to your creativity. I took these photos with my phone, so they are lacking much, but hopefully still give an idea of what this dish looks like. 

Since the crockpot version is my favorite, that is what I will share the recipe for. 
Place in a large crockpot: approx. 2 Tbsp olive oil 3 chicken breasts (or 6 thighs) 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 white onion, diced
In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients for sauce: 1/2 cup flour (or substitute cornstarch for gluten free) 4 tsp chicken bullion (or replace all water with chicken broth) 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp dried parsley …