Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Whole Wheat Sweet Potato Oat Muffin

These muffins are so moist and yummy they won't last long. If your trying to find ways to sneak in healthy foods for your kids, this is your muffin. Just tell them it's pumpkin muffins. It worked for my nephew. He didn't know a thing. You can use pumpkin if you don't have sweet potato or butternut squash.

1 cup pureed sweet potato
1/2 cup cane sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup softened butter
1 egg
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp homemade vanilla

1/2 cup quick oats
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp melted butter

-Preheat oven to 375 degrees
-Grease muffin pan
-In a large bowl mix cane sugar, brown sugar, egg and softened butter until creamy. Add sweet potato and mix well. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and cloves. Mix until blended well. Stir in vanilla
-In medium bowl combine topping ingredients and mix until well incorporated
-Pour muffin batter into pan, filling about 3/4 full
-Spoon heaping tablespoons of topping on top of muffins and gently push down to make mixture stick to muffins
-Bake for 25-30 minutes

These muffins with some homemade applesauce and breakfast is done. Or toss a muffin in lunch with homemade fruit leather. Your kids will love it.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

STOP!!! Don't throw out those pumpkin seeds. Roast them and eat them.

Once you have all the seeds out of your pumpkin, rinse seeds off with water to get off all the stringy stuff. Pat dry with paper towel.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Take 1 Tbsp. oil or butter and grease small cookie sheet. I used a 10 x 5 pan. Mix seeds and spices together until evenly coated. Pour onto cookie sheet. Make sure the seeds are evenly spread out. We want every little seed to get even baking time. Bake for 20- 30 minutes.

Garlic Pumpkin Seeds:
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin Seeds:
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup pumpkin seeds

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans Day: Thank You!!

Thank you to all the men and women who have served or are serving our country. Freedom is not Free and I pray for our soldiers who are away from home that they will return safely. Thank you for all you do. May God bless you and keep you safe.

Monday, November 7, 2011

End of the "10 day Pledge to Eat Real Food"

The 10 day pledge to eat real food was pretty easy for me. The hardest part was when we went out to eat for my mom's birthday. We went to our local Mexican restaurant and I ordered veggie fajitas and only ate the veggies and re-fried beans. I really wanted to eat the fajitas but no "white" breads. It was only the 3rd day and my niece quiet on me. Thanks for trying Kia :)

Salads were on the menu a lot. I really missed my thousand island dressing but I adapted to my homemade oil & vinegar dressing. Much better for me and very inexpensive. This food pledge opened my eyes to eating more at home and less eating out.

Example: I ate out two meals last week, one was $4.19 and the other time was $9.93 = $14.12 spent on TWO meals for only ME.

Solution: Eat at home = money saved. Went to Whole Foods and bought a 4lb whole chicken = $7.72. Cooked it in the crock-pot and had garlic mashed potatoes with parmesan bread sticks. Total cost of meal= less than $10. Plus I had enough chicken left over to make two chicken salad sandwiches for lunch and more chicken for my home made chicken noodle soup. The chicken noodle soup made about 3 quarts. It freezes well too.

All and all I had a great time coming up with different recipes to eat. Not to mention the 5 lbs I lost in 10 days. Now back to the kitchen for some home made honey blueberry muffins.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Day 5 of Eating Real Food Pledge

Hello everyone, it's day 5 of my Eat Real Food Pledge. I'm excited to say that I have lost 3 lbs. I think it's because of the "white" breads that I have cut out of my diet. No donuts, no white bread, no pastries. You know how I love to bake my goodies. I'm still making my delicious treats, just with healthier ingredients now. Try these mini apple pies. They are so yummy!!


Whole wheat toast with homemade apple butter (recipe coming soon)
Cup of black coffee


Whole wheat tortilla with refried beans, lettuce and homemade salsa
applesauce for desert


Baked chicken in crock-pot, salad, whole wheat rolls. Mini apple pie's for desert.

So far so good. It hasn't been as tuff as I thought it would be. My 13 year old niece tried it with me but on day 3 she had enough. A for effort Kia :) It's hard for kids to eat healthy when everything around them SCREAMS eat me. There are so many bad choices for kids and very few healthy choices. Kia had a very hard time during lunch. When she packed from home she did fine, when it came to buying school lunch, forget it. All bad choices. The school didn't offer salad or fresh fruit. What's a kid suppose to do but eat the bad choices. Somethings gotta give with these school lunches.

I would love to know what healthy lunches you pack for your kids? How do you get your kids to try new healthy foods?

Monday, October 17, 2011

10 Day Pledge to Eat "Real Food"

Join me in a 10 day pledge to eat only "real food". Lisa @ 100daysofrealfood tells her story on how "real food" changed her families life.

I will be starting today, Oct. 17, 2011 and going for 10 days. I will post my meals and how my progression is going. I weighed myself this morning and hopefully there will be a drop in the numbers by the end of the 10 days. The meals are going to be the most difficult because of my picky teenage daughter. We just might have to make two different meals.

1 scrambled egg, an apple and a cup of coffee

Salad (spinach, tomato, onion, mushroom, boiled egg, oil & vinegar dressing)
home canned peaches

Homemade chicken noodle soup

Join me and take the "10 day pledge". Let's see how good we feel at the end of our 10 day journey. Who knows, maybe this will be life changing?!?!

Do you have any "real food" recipes for me to try out?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Preserving Food

Preserving food is a great way to save on money and much healthier for you and your family. Fall has some wonderful foods like squash, pumpkins, kale and collard greens. These wonderful foods will not last forever so it's that time to start preserving them for the winter ahead.

Laura @ Heavenly Homemakers has a great guide on "Gardening and Preserving". She's a great teacher on healthy eating.

Here are some great fall recipes: Sweet potato soup, Cranberry Pumpkin Scones, and give Fruit Leather a try. Mmmm, good!!

What are your favorite fall recipes? Link

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cranberry Pumpkin Scones

Fall is my second favorite season, after spring. I love all the warm colors and the delicious foods. All the gourds and pumpkins to decorate with. The smell of pumpkin pie cooking, baked apple pie and a cup of warm apple cider. I just might have to make Fall my first favorite season.

You gotta try these cranberry pumpkin scones. I made these yesterday for the first time and they were awesome.

What are your favorite Fall recipes?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Dried Tomatos with Basil

These little tomato's pack a flavorful punch. The basil and olive oil really bring out the robust tomato flavor. They are great in pastas, homemade pizzas and on top of salads. Delicious!

Cut the grape tomato's in half, lay them cut side up on metal cookie sheet. After cutting all the tomato's up, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle on a little olive oil and sprinkle with dried basil. I did not measure out the ingredients, just went on a fly. You can add rosemary or oregano for a different flavor.

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Bake for 45 mins or until dried. Store in airtight container in refrigerator. These will probably freeze well also, they just don't usually last that long.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sweet Potato Soup

When you think about sweet potatoes you think brown sugar and marshmallows. Maybe you think about sweet potato pie with caramelized pecans. Sweet potatoes can be used in many different recipes.

How about soups? It's that time of year when the air is getting crisp, the leaves are turning colors and you want a warm bowl of soup. Whether it be sweet potato soup or chicken noodle soup. Soups warm your soul.

I ran across this recipe for sweet potato soup and had to try it. Oh my gosh, is it every delicious?!?! I put 1 1/2 cups of lentils instead of the 1/2 cup because I love lentils. I also used chicken broth. Laura over at Heavenly Homemakers shows you step by step on how to make your own chicken broth. Much better than store bought and pretty darn easy.

This recipe made a big batch, it says that it serves 6, but with my added lentils and maybe, more water, it defiantly made more. I would say about 5 quarts. I froze some for later cold days. Yum!

What are your favorite sweet potato recipes?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Briar Muse Candles: Eco Friendly

Do you love candles? You have to try these wonderful smelling candles from Briar Muse. They smell so fabulous. I just want to jump in the bottle and melt in the wax.

Back to the candles. Eco-Friendly candles and great smelling. They are hand poured, 100% organic wood wicks and are recyclable. Oh and did I mention, they smell awesome.

I just ordered a few for our Halloween party for prizes. I think I'm going to have to order some more, because I don't want to share. When I placed my order online, I told myself to pick one and keep for myself. The decisions are to hard.

My favorites are Cinnamon bark, Apple crisp, Violet lime and Cucumber melon. How is a girl suppose to choose????

They are offering FREE shipping through September 30. Hurry over and get yourself a candle. Don't forget, Christmas is right around the corner. Candles make great gifts for teachers, babysitters or even the mailman or mail women.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Homemade Fruit Leather

This was my first attempt at making fruit leather and it turned out great. Very easy to make, just a little time consuming.

I had some apples that I had canned last year and pureed them in a blender. If using fresh apples, just peel, core and cook until soft. It was approx. 2 quarts of sliced apples. After they are pureed it should measure 4 cups of apples. Taste the apples to see if they are sweet enough for your taste. You can also add cinnamon or nutmeg.

Turn your oven to the lowest setting, mine went to 170 degrees. Line a large baking sheet (17x12) with parchment paper. Pour your apple puree over paper and smooth out so apples are even. Bake for 10-12 hours. Your fruit leather will peel right off. Cut to size, roll it up and wrap in plastic wrap.

You can make a variety of flavors. I made pear fruit leather also, delicious. Peach is the next one on my list. Not sure how long these will keep, but I would imagine at least two weeks stored in airtight container.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Want a chance to win a Nutrimill?

Have you ever thought of grinding your own flour? It's very healthy and easy to do with a Nutrimill.

Laura at Heavenly Homemakers has paired up with Paula's bread to giveaway one Nutrimill. Head on over for your chance at getting one for FREE. The drawing will be held Monday Sept. 12. Let us know if you win. Good Luck!!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Gratituesday: Thankful for bountiful gardens

This Gratituesday I'm thankful for a bountiful garden. I have been getting about 8-10 lbs. of green beans a week out of my garden. Tomatoes galor and now pears. If you are overwhelmed with fruit or veggies from your garden how about trading with your neighbor. A guy I work with grows watermelon but his green beans didn't do so good this year. Guess what we'll be trading??

Maybe your neighbor makes some delicious homemade bread and you have plenty of jams or jelly's. Donate your fresh fruits and veggies to your local food bank. The ideas are endless, just don't let the food go to waste. It breaks my heart to see fruit rotting on trees.

I think I'm going to try and make some fruit leather. Never made it before, doesn't seem hard, just time consuming. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Join me at Heavenlyhomemakers for Gratituesday.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

No Cooking Today; Spent Time With Family

Well, I was planning on doing a lot of cooking today but things didn't go as planned. That's o.k. though, I spent good quality time with my family.

My sister had to work and mom was volunteering to help a friend so I babysat my 3 year old niece. We took a little trip to see my great aunts. They live about 40 minutes down the road. We visited Ellen in the nursing home, she doesn't get many visitors besides her 82 year old sister Erma.

I love sitting with my great aunts and hearing their stories about growing up on the farm with their 12 brothers and sisters. Erma told me today she walked one mile to school. She had to cross over rivers and rocks, barefoot. When she would see the school house she would put her shoes on. She didn't want to ruin her shoes walking. Oh how easy the kids have it now.

We went over to my aunts neighbors house and picked some pears off her tree. She told us to take all we wanted, she hates that tree. Free food??? Who could pass that up? Off we went with our buckets. 44 lbs. later we returned. Can you guess what I'll be doing next week?

Then back home to get my other 2 nieces and 1 nephew off the bus. They each grabbed a snack and off to do homework. Except for the kindergartner, Krista. Her and I went to the garden to pick green beans for dinner.

I really don't see how some people can plant rows and rows and rows of beans and pick them. They have to crawl or have no back bone left. It takes all I have to bend over them green bean bushes and pick 3 lbs. I know, I know, stop complaining. I am very thankful to our heavenly Father for blessing me with a bountiful garden.

Off to the kitchen to make dinner. We invited my mom and step dad over also. You know I "love" cooking and I really "love" to cook BIG. We had hot dog muffins, mashed potatoes, green beans, garden fresh tomatoes and canned peaches. Oh, for dessert was pumpkin roll. Yummy!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Baking Apple Bread and Pumpkin Rolls

My two nieces trick-or-treating

Fall season is right around the corner. I love this time of year. Fall has such wonderful things to offer us. Yummy foods, cool crisp mornings and beautiful decorations. Now that it's getting cooler my oven is getting a work out.

I had two request this week for baked goodies. One was for Apple-Honey Challah and one for a pumpkin roll. After church yesterday I got to baking. Got both of the baked goods made and delivered. I have another request for a pumpkin roll from my 5 year old niece. She's lucky I have leftover pumpkin.

Some other Fall goodies I like to make are homemade marshmallows, fire side coffee, homemade apple sauce and pumpkin muffins. I can't wait till Thursday, my day off, time to cook.

Some of you might think I'm a little crazy for "loving" to cook, but that is my passion. You get this warm feeling inside when you take out that creation from the oven and watch your loved ones devour it. I love knowing what is going in my food and my body. It's a great experience, try it sometime.

Do you love to cook? What is your favorite thing to do in the Fall?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

6.0 Earthquake here in Virginia

Yesterday was a pretty scary day. We had a 6.0 earthquake that lasted about 30 seconds. It seemed to last forever. Grocery stores are closed do to clean up, windows are broken, schools are closed. Things like this usually don't happen around here.

The epicenter was about 40 miles from my home. The quake knocked off a bunch of my pictures and broke a few dishes. Pretty scary stuff, but we are grateful no one was injured. The after shocks are a little frightening as well.

I wanted to send out my prayers to everyone affected by this earthquake. Stay strong and God will provide.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Homemade Spicy Salsa

Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes. Every where there are tomatoes. This is a good thing though. You can make homemade spicy salsa. It's so tasty and good for you too.


1 1/2 cups chopped peppers (red, green, yellow, purple)
6 cups chopped peeled tomatoes (use hot water bath to get off skin)
1/4 cup spicy jalapeno peppers
1 onion (diced)
1 Tbsp. white vinegar
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cajun bayou (this is spicy, could also use cayenne pepper)
2 minced cloves of garlic

Chop all of your vegetables pretty small, unless you like your salsa chunky. Pour all ingredients in a large crock-pot, stir and cook 5-6 hours on low. Do a taste test after an hour or so to see if you want it spicier. If so add some more cajun bayou.

You can freeze in freezer bags or can them for later use. Yummy!! Makes 4 pints.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Homemade Vanilla Extract: It's Done!!!!

If you have been around for a while you can remember when I started a project of making my own homemade Vanilla extract. It has been almost 6 months and the vanilla is done. I have tried it in a few recipes and love it. Much better than the imitation stuff you buy from the stores.

This was one of the simplest things to make, you wouldn't believe. I thought at first the 6 months were going to take forever. With all the summer staycations time has flown by. Now the vanilla is ready for bottling.

These are going to make great Christmas gifts along with the homemade apple pear jam. Guess you'll have to see if your on the nice or naughty list this year.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Delicious Apple-Honey Challah

Apple-Honey Challah from Martha Stewart. She is one of my ideals. Love ya Martha, sorry, had to get that out.

This is one of my favorite bread recipes. It does take a few hours to make this from start to finish. Well worth the time. I took a piece into work the other day and gave it to my co-worker, he called it "heaven in a bag." You gotta try it, yummy!!

Sorry I don't have any pictures of my own to post. My computer has been in the shop for a week now. Hopefully I'll get it back soon.

I've been canning up a storm the last few weeks. Made 12 quarts and 9 pints of peaches, 8 pints of sweet pickles and 6 half pints of sweet relish. Hoping to get some tomato sauce made this week. It's amazing how much you can get done when you have no computer to play on.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Staycations: Part Two

The staycation is over with and now it's time to go back to work. I really enjoyed this years staycation. We got a lot done around the house and still enjoyed our time off. We visited a few places on our staycation as well.

We went to Monticello and visited the home of Thomas Jefferson. We got really cheap tickets and went to Kings Dominion one day. We took a two day trip to Va beach. I love the beach!

There's nothing better than the sand between your toes. Relaxing on the beach listening to the sounds of the waves hitting the shore. Jumping over the waves as they try to knock you down. Did I mention I love the beach. :) Sorry about that, I was off in lala land. Back to reality.

I wanted to get some canning done on my staycation. I decided since it was peach season to can some peaches. My local grocery store carries local peaches and I bought 40lbs. That in turn turned out to be 12 quarts and 9 pints. Minus a few we ate. They are going to be so yummy this winter to eat in a peach cobbler or just straight out of the jar. We also made home made peach ice cream, yummy.

We are very blessed to have an apple orchard a few miles away, Fruit Hill Orchard. Saturday we picked 50lbs of apples. Made applesauce, apple pie and going to make apple bread soon. The apple bread is to die for. It's a Martha Stewart recipe, I will share with you later in the week. Delicious!!

All and all we had a great time just relaxing and enjoying family time. What did you do on your vacation or staycation?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Blackberry Cobbler

Summer is my favorite time of year. Yes, it's hot, but think of all the fresh fruits and vegetables you can eat. Some are even free.

Last year when I was cutting grass beside my neighbors fence, I noticed wild blackberry bushes growing. I left them alone and cut the grass around them. They spread very quickly and this year we are enjoying fresh blackberries. We are getting about 1 1/2 cups every two or three days. And it's all free, free fruit, can't beat that. Thank you God for the free blackberries.

Some of the blackberries we freeze to make smoothies or milk shakes. They are also yummy in cobbler.

Blackberry Cobbler:

3/4 cup of butter
1 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. baking powder
3/4 cup milk
2 cups blackberries
1 cup of sugar (to apply over berries)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a 9" square metal or glass pan, melt 3/4 cup of butter, let cool. Mix flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and milk in medium bowl. Pour over cooled butter. Add blackberries, sprinkle remaining 1 cup of sugar over blackberries. Bake 45 minutes.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Preserving Fresh Green Beans

It's that time of the season where green beans are in full force. I have been picking about 2lbs a week off my two little rows. I planted two 10' rows of tenderettes, bush beans, back in late April. Then three more rows three weeks later. The second set of beans just started blooming last week. More beans to come soon. :)

What do I do with all these beans? Remember it's just my daughter and I and we really don't want to eat green beans with every meal. So, I freeze them for later use.

After picking your beans, wash them really well. Inspect them for any bug bites. If you find any bug bites just cut them out. If you wish you can cut off the tails of the beans. The tails are the end of the bean not connected to the bush.

In a large pot put in your beans and cover with water. Boil for 20-25 minutes. Let them cool and then transfer to freezer bags.

These are going to taste so yummy this winter in a bowl of hearty vegetable soup. Yum!
What are you getting from your garden? How are you preserving it?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Homemade Garlic Croutons

Don't throw away that day old bread, make some croutons. This is the easiest recipe to follow and so yummy. You can adjust the ingredients to your tasting. We love garlic so I made garlic croutons.

6 cups bread cubes
1 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp. garlic powder
2 Tbsp. onion powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
3 Tbsp. parsley

Cut your day old bread into bite size cubes. In large bowl mix together olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper and parsley. Toss in bread cubes and fold gently until each bread cube is covered. Spread evenly on cookie sheet. Bake @ 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Let cool and store in ziploc bag.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Stay-cation: Monticello-Home of Thomas Jefferson

Do you have summer travel plans? How about a stay-cation?

Stay-cations are when you vacation close to your home. This can save you time and money. Most states have beautiful parks, historical sites, beaches, museums or even your city pool.

To save on money we have decided this year to do a stay-cation. We are going to go to local places that we can take a road trip in one day. This will save us a lot on hotel fees. Pack your lunch and save even more.

We live in the heart of Central Virginia. There is so much historical places around here that we have never been to. So, we went to Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson. It was amazing. For only $22 a person, kids are cheaper, you get a 45 minute tour. Our tour guide, Megan, was awesome. She really knew her stuff on Thomas Jefferson. This old tree just spoke to me, not sure what it said though. I bet if it could talk it would have a lot of stories to tell.

After the house tour you are invited to take a garden tour. We took our own garden tour when we first arrived. I never knew you could grow artichokes in Virginia. Guess what's on my list for next years garden, artichokes.

Stay tuned, more presidential houses to come.
Montpelier, home of James Madison, is our next destination.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Free Sample of Ocean Spray Sparkling Drinks

Ocean Spray is celebrating the 4th of July with their Sparkling Juice drinks. Get your FREE sample. Hurry, before they are all gone.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Gratituesdays: Thankful for a healthy immune system

This Gratituesday I am thankful for a healthy immune system. My sister's family was sick last week with a 24 hour bug. There were mulitiple trips to the bath room, gingerale for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And plenty of cold showers. Out of the the six family member only 3 got sick, which is another blessing it wasn't all of them.

Come Saturday, I started to feel the sickness coming on. I stopped eating, got on the ginerale diet and rested. Thankfully one of the girls at work took over my shift Saturday night so I could go home. Thanks Angie :)

Thanks to my great immune system I never got to bad. Was back up and running on Sunday. Eating healthy really pays off when it comes to fighting viruses.

Friday, June 17, 2011

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Potatoes-Red, Yellow, Purple, Gold

Potatoes are a wonderful vegetable. Whether it's smashed potatoes, fried potatoes, potato cakes, mashed potatoes, potato salad or french fries, potatoes are one versatile vegetable.

I would like to offer one lucky person a coupon for "buy one 5lb. bag of Green Giant fresh klondike rose potatoes, get one 5lb. bag FREE." This coupon is until July 31, 2011. My local area does not carry these potatoes. So, I decided to give away the coupon for someone else to enjoy.

To enter: Leave a comment of your favorite way to cook potatoes. Giveaway closes Thursday 6/23/11 at 12am est. I will draw a winner on Friday June 24th.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

End Results of Freezer Cooking Day

This Freezer Cooking Day went pretty smooth. There was not a lot of recipes on my list but well worth my time. A little less than 3 hours and plenty of food in the freezer.

10-granola bars (recipe from Heavenly Homemakers)
2- Pumpkin pies
2- pans of Lasagna
8- Hot dog muffins
Mini banana muffins
3- pans of Spicy Chicken and Rice

The list looks smaller than I thought. We had enough sweets so I skipped over the peanut butter cookies. Simply forgot about the pizza dough, gonna make that today. We love this recipe, very easy to make and delicious. BBQ chicken pizza is the next recipe on my list to try, yummy!!

Did you do any cooking this week? Come link up your goodies!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Spicy Chicken and Rice Casserole

The spicy chicken and rice casserole is done. It has a cheesy spicy kick to it. The thing I like about casserole dishes is that you can add what ever you like or what ever you have on hand. There is no right way or wrong way, just a yummy way!

Spicy Chicken and Rice Casserole:

1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken(cooked and cut into bite size pieces)
5 cups cooked rice
1/2 cup chopped red peppers
1/2 cup black beans
1 Tbsp. chopped onions
1 Tbsp. parsley
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 cup milk
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 package Velveeta spicy buffalo cheese

In large saucepan pour in milk, chicken broth and Velveeta cheese. Stir occasionally so cheese doesn't stick. In large bowl add remaining ingredients, stir to mix well. Add cheese sauce and stir some more. Pour into baking dish. You can add cheese to top it off. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. If you are making this up ahead of time. Skip the baking part and wrap with saran wrap and freeze. Thaw before baking.