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Quick and Easy Cherry Coconut Fluff Dessert Recipe

My husband and I were invited to a summer cookout and volleyball extravaganza. Like all good Midwesterners, we automatically knew that includes bringing food for the potluck portion of the party. Unfortunately, earlier in the week due to a raging thunderstorm that took down power line followed by temperatures that shot up into the 90’s (F ) our electric company gave a huge chunk of the state the gift of multiday rolling blackouts early in the week. Fortunately, we got our electricity back in one of the first waves. Even though we didn’t lose any of our food in the freezer (I had the freezer packed with big reusable ice packs similar to these to get them ready for the party) the power outages made grocery shopping for fresh party food ingredients difficult. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. I poked around my pantry and got a little creative. I made a quick and easy three ingredient cherry coconut fluff salad recipe that just so happens to also b

Ham and Chickpea Soup Recipe

We eat a lot of soup and stew during the winter. It warms you from the skin out, is a great way to use leftovers as ingredients for a meal, and it is easy to make. I like easy. Easy is lazy good.

Especially on days like today when it is -9 degrees (F) and no one wants to take Lacey outside to do her business - including Lacey.

quick easy healthy and budget friendly Ham and Chickpea Soup Recipe
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Paired with homemade bread (breadmaker, 'cuz I'm lazy yo) Husband's ham and chickpea soup doesn't feel like a hey we need to use up leftovers in the fridge kind of meal. It feels like comfort food.

Hearty Ham and Chickpea Soup Recipe


The amounts in this recipe are not exact because Husband Iron Chef'ed it from leftovers because we are eating from the pantry this month. In other words, some of the ingredients were added to taste and I encourage you to do the same while making this recipe.

You will need:

3-4 cups of water (ish)

1 cup of chicken stock 

1-2 bay leaves 

2 cups of cubed ham (ish)

1 cup (or can) of chickpeas

1 chopped onion

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

Cooked pasta (It was a little bit left in the bottom of the box amount.)

Make it: 

1. Combine the water, chicken stock, bay leaves, ham, chickpeas, and onion in a pot on the stove. 

2. Add the salt and pepper to taste. Husband did not add a bunch of spices to the soup because we seasoned the ham when we originally baked it.

3. Allow the soup to simmer on the stove for 30 to 45 minutes. Add the cooked pasta during the last 10 minutes or so to keep the cooked pasta from breaking up or turning mushy.

4. Serve it up yum!

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