This post sponsored by Jennie-O. All opinions are my own. 

Hey guys, happy almost Friday! I hope your week has been fab!

My kids have a half day at school today. Isn’t it weird to have a half day on a Thursday? I will never understand it.

Like, the beauty of a half day is that it’s supposed to kick off the weekend. Right? But nope, they have to get up on Friday and go to school.

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Hey guys!

How are the resolutions going?

Mine are going really well. You guys know that one of my goals is to significantly cut back on the animal products that my household consumes. It’s easier than anticipated – I don’t even think my kids have noticed!

This meatless, dairy-free Black Bean Soup has become a favorite among all of us!

Since my last ALDI post, it’s officially become my favorite grocery store. ALDI stores have just 4 or 5 aisles which makes shopping quick and easy. And you will be amazed at all the good stuff they pack into those 4 or 5 aisles!

For this soup, I used mostly products from the SimplyNature line which is all simple foods free of artificial colors, flavors or unnecessary enhancers. They’re organic and delicious!

I also used a couple spices from the Stonemill Essentials line. You guys, the spices are all $1.19! You cannot beat that for a big bottle of chili powder!

There are some things you need to know before you head to ALDI. Bring a quarter for a cart – you’ll get it back when you return the cart, don’t worry! But ALDI saves money by not employing people to wrangle the carts and then they pass that savings 
on to you! Also, bring bags! They have bags but you have to buy them so save yourself some cash and bring your own.

Anyway, I bought all my ingredients for this recipe at ALDI and then bought the national brand equivalents at my regular grocery store. At ALDI I spent $8.52 and at my regular grocery, I spent $13.97! Multiply that savings by however many meals you make a week and you’ve got quite a bit of savings!

This is the perfect soup for this time of year. I feel like the top 2 New Year’s resolutions are to eat better and save money. And this soup is great for both!

I mean, it’s low calorie, low fat, meatless, dairy-free… kind of perfect for cleaning up your diet! Plus, there’s nothing more inexpensive than beans! Especially if you’re doing your shopping at ALDI!

It’s also really delicious and takes, like, 30 minutes to whip up. You could make a batch on Sunday and have lunch for the entire week for under 9 bucks!

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Black Bean Soup

about 6 servings


1 teaspoon olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 teaspoon Stonemill Ground Cumin
1 tablespoon Stonemill Chili Powder
½ teapoon salt
2 (15-ounce) cans SimplyNature Black Beans, drained and rinsed
½ cup SimplyNature Thick & Chunky Salsa
Juice of 1 lime
3 cups SimplyNature Vegetable Broth
Queen Victoria cilantro, chopped (optional)


  1. In a soup pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened and translucent, stirring frequently. Add cumin, chili powder, and salt; cook and stir until fragrant, about a minute. Stir in black bean, salsa, lime juice, and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Transfer half of the soup to a blender and blend until smooth. Stir back into the soup. Garish with cilantro if desired.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ALDI.


Is everyone obsessed with squash right now or is it just me?

I feel like every post I’ve put up this month has been squash.

I have 5 varieties in my pantry right now. And as soon as I cook one, I run to the store to replace it. Just in case I have an emergency and need a sweet dumpling squash right now.

I can’t get enough.

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Butternut Squash and Black Bean Tostadas - delicious meatless recipe! Butternut squash and black beans make the most delicious combo!

Hey guys! Did you watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown last night? I’m not a huge Peanuts fan but the kids and I watch it every year. And every year I feel bad because my husband loves Peanuts but he’s never home to watch it!

Him not being home also explains all the meatless meals we’ve been eating lately. I can’t even tell you the last time I cooked something with meat. Mostly because I don’t want to buy it and have it go bad when I inevitably decide to just have wine and graham crackers for dinner every night. But also because I’d rather spend my grocery money on candles and dog sweaters.

Don’t judge me.

Butternut Squash and Black Bean Tostadas - delicious meatless recipe! Butternut squash and black beans make the most delicious combo!
So the few meals I have cooked in the last month have been meatless.

Butternut squash and black beans are one of my alltime favorite combinations. Sounds weird, I know, but you’ve got to give it a try! They work especially great in dishes like this, with kind of Mexican influences. The beans are tossed with chili powder and lime juice and I just love it with the slight sweetness of the butternut squash.

You top it off with lettuce and queso fresco! Or in my case, feta, because the queso fresco fell out of the grocery bag and stayed in the trunk for literally a week and a half before I remembered to throw it out.

Once again, don’t judge me.

Just make the tostadas!

Butternut Squash and Black Bean Tostadas - delicious meatless recipe! Butternut squash and black beans make the most delicious combo!

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