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A great recipe from one of my favorite cooks. I love the creaminess of the chili and the mixture of many kinds of beans.


Busy weeknights are a common place occurrence at the Jennirific house.  Sometimes dinner makes it into the crockpot in the morning and sometimes it just doesn’t.  I am sure we all have those days. 
This recipe is a go to for me because it turns out wonderfully no matter which method I am able to apply to it, crockpot or stove top.  Packed with veggies, protein, and fiber this meal will keep the family fueled through all their activities!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 fresh jalapeno chile peppers, seeded and chopped (you may increase amount to taste)
  • 2 medium chopped red, green, and/or yellow bell pepper
  • 2 15- to 15-1/2 ounce cans Great Northern, pinto, or cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 ounce can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups…

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Grandmother’s Chicken Pasta Primavera

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Spaghetti with chicken, garlic, peppers, onions, carrots, pea pods, and broccoli. Spiced with Parmesan cheese, red pepper, and garlic.


2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons butter

3 breast boneless, skinless, chicken breasts

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 small onion, sliced and quartered

1 medium green pepper, sliced in strips

1/4 pound fresh pea pods

1/2 pound fresh broccoli florets

2 whole carrots, julienned

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, fresh or powdered

16 ounces Whole wheat spaghetti, cooked according to package


1. Add olive oil and butter to a large skillet, heat to medium. Add chicken breasts and saute until done.  Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized chunks.

2. While chicken is cooking, prepare the spaghetti according to package directions. Add broccoli to boiling spaghetti water in the last two minutes of cooking.  Drain and set aside.

3. Add green pepper, garlic and onion to chicken and cook on medium heat until the onions are translucent.  Add carrots and pea pods, cook for 3 minutes or until pea pods are tender.  Add 1/2 cup of chicken broth and 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Heat until boiling.

4. Add spaghetti,  broccoli, and Parmesan cheese to chicken mixture.  Toss until well combined.

5. Serve immediately.  Add a little more Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes on top, if desired.

Servings: 6

Serving Ideas: Serve with Grandma’s Garlic Bread.

Categories: Main Dishes & Meats

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