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#WriteWed We’d Rather Be #Writing #Recipes

RatherBeWritingI want to thank my friend Lois Winston for rounding up a group of author friends to share time saving recipes and other tips to help you stay organized.

My recipe in the book combines a number of very healthy elements and you can change it up in a variety of ways with whatever you may have handy. Plus, you can use it as a side dish or make it a hearty meal by pairing it with some nice crusty bread. I like to fry an egg and put it over the dish to make it a main meal.

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Swiss Chard with Chorizo and Cannellini Beans


2 pounds Swiss Chard chopped
1 cup cured chorizos chopped
1 small onion chopped
1 clove garlic chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 can (14 ounces give or take) white cannellini beans, drained and rinsed


Place olive oil in skillet and heat the oil. Add chorizo and cook on medium heat.

While chorizo is cooking, wash Swiss Chard, dry, and remove larger tougher stems. Chop.

When chorizo is browned, remove from heat and add onion, garlic and Swiss Chard. Wilt the chard and let any juice from the greens evaporate a bit.

Add beans and toss to heat. Add the cooked chorizo to the greens and beans. Salt and pepper to taste. You may want to give it another drizzle of olive oil at the end. Total prep time is about 20-30 minutes and the above will serve two people as a main dish or 4 as a side dish.


Instead of the chorizo, try bacon, prosciutto, kielbasa or ham.

Instead of the Swiss Chard, substitute spinach, mustard greens, kale or escarole.

To bulk up the dish as a main meal, cube potatoes or sweet potatoes and cook along with the chorizo. Remove before adding the greens so the cubes will stay crunchy and then add back after you’ve warmed the beans.

Feeling in a soup kind of mood? Heat chicken broth, place the chorizo, greens and beans in a bowl and add a few ladles of broth to the bowl.

Voila, a dish that can have a myriad of variations! We call dishes like this refrigerator-cleaners in our house, but we also call them something else: Tasty! I hope you enjoyed this recipe from We’d Rather Be Writing: 88 Authors Share Timesaving Dinner Recipes and Other Tips.

#FoodieFriday Tex-Mex Soup #Recipe

When I know I’m pressed for time to make dinner, I like to make something that’s easy to re-heat and will do double-duty as a possible lunch item. This week it was time to look in the pantry and see what I could put together for such a meal.

What I came up with was a quick and easy Tex-Mex style soup that I was able to enjoy on multiple days! I hope you’ll like it.


2 cups chopped carrots
1 large onion chopped
1 can black beans
1 can creamed corn (regular corn will do it also)
1 can Rotel Tomatoes & Chiles (This is a new must have in my pantry)
1 small can tomato sauce
8 oz chicken stock
8 oz water
2 boneless chicken breasts chopped
2 tbsp olive oil


Saute the carrots, onions and chicken in the olive oil. Cook until the chicken is just starting to brown and the onions look translucent.

Drain the black beans and add to the pot. Then add everything else! Simmer for about two to three hours.

That’s it.

You can finish up this soup by adding some cooked noodles or serving it over rice. I love matzoh balls so I made a few of those and tossed them in. Top your finished bowl with some shredded cheddar cheese, chopped green onions and/or sour cream.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and simple Tex-Mex Soup recipe.