4th Annual Chili Contest: Entry #10 – Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

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This is it. The 10th and final chili recipe of my 4th Annual Chili Contest! And yes, I still love chili. This year’s contest was a huge success and I’m not looking forward to having to choose just one best chili. I had intended for the chili contest to end along with the Illini football… Read more →

Recipe Repeat & Meatless Monday: Vegan Crock Pot Refried Beans

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We went out for create-your-own stir fry followed by a create-your-own yogurt creation on Saturday night with our friend and her 4-year-old. Other than coloring Care Bears with her, it was fun to see her create her masterpieces to eat. Before we got up from the table to create our stir fry, she was encouraged… Read more →

Meatless Monday: Vegan Pumpkin-Coconut Muffins

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Most recently, I’ve had coconut in the form of a pina colada. A REAL pina colada made with REAL coconut and REAL pineapple. I splurged and had one while in Mexico. I enjoyed every last sip of the calorie-packed cocktail. It was glorious. As someone who rarely consumes cocktails, a pina colada while on a… Read more →

4th Annual Chili Contest: Entry #6 – 3 Bean Sweet Potato Chili + Weekly Menu

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I’m slowly transitioning back into reality. I’ve been MIA the past few days because we took a short vacation back to Cabo San Lucas. Same resort, same wonderful experience. Except this time, I wore sunscreen and I’m not coming back a bright red, painful mess. I learned my lesson once — the hard way, the… Read more →

Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

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Growing up, my family’s idea of a “vacation” was going to the race track in Wisconsin to watch my dad race his vintage Corvette. Looking back, the 100 degree days on black asphalt, gasoline fumes, burnt bratwursts, and far-from-sanitary bathroom situation was a far cry from a vacation in the traditional sense, but looking back… Read more →



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