Category Archives: Dinners


Enchiladas have a long history. “Chillapitzalli” was the first name for enchiladas, and it is a combination of two words from the Aztec language Nahuatl that meant Chile and flute. Enchiladas began as fish wrapped in tortillas. They evolved, and the traditional enchilada became something more than just fish wrapped up. A corn tortilla is […]

Open Face Tuna Melt with Lemon Pepper

Tuna Melts are one of my favorite easy go to meals for busy days. It is the perfect meal for Holiday evenings when you are rushing around. It comes together quickly with things often on hand and is tasty and nutritious. Tuna is high in protein and minerals and while a little high in fat, […]

Chinese 5 Spice Chicken Stir Fry

Chinese food is generally thought of as… Complicated. This dish is very simple and healthy. Besides The Bean & The Leaf’s Chinese Five Spice seasoning blend the rest of this dish would require exactly 0 visits to any sort of specialty stores. Let’s start with why the Chinese Five Spice is so important in the […]

Bean & Veggie Soup

There’s truly nothing better than a big bowl of soup on a cold night! This Bean & Veggie Soup is a delicious cozy combo that is vegan and oh so yummy. Made with loads of veggies and beans for protein -it’s a quick soup that’s perfect for weeknight dinners! Ingredients: 3 tablespoons Sutter Buttes Arbequina […]

Brewpub Chili

Terrific served with cornbread, use to top hot dogs or mix left overs with macaroni for a yummy chili-mac. This recipe is low in salt but more salt can be added to taste. 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter2 Tbsp. olive oil2 medium red bell pepper, diced2 large yellow onion, diced1 lb. ground chuck8 Tbsp. The Bean […]

Mediterranean Macaroni and Cheese

Great on it’s own for a Vegetarian meal or with Chicken. For this dish we have combined the exotic flavors of the Mediterranean with our classic American macaroni and cheese. Olive oil, olives, pasta, tomatoes, feta and mozzarella cheeses are all staples in the Mediterranean kitchen. These robust flavors are the perfect base for the […]

Corned Beef and Cabbage for the Instant Pot

Can be adjusted for the Crock Pot as well This corned beef comes out flavorful, tender and in an amazingly short amount of time! INGREDIENTS Corned Beef: 12 ounces Guinness stout or other dark beer or beef broth3-4 lbs corned beef with seasoning packet or see below to make your own spice blend.1 medium onion […]

Chicken Tinga for Tacos, Enchiladas, Tostados and more!!

Directions for Crock Pot, Instant Pot and Stove Top I have a friend who is originally from Mexico City who often shares his amazing traditional Mexican cooking, not Tex-Mex, with me. Chicken Tinga is one of the foods he shared with me and I want to share it with you. Once done the meat can […]