5th Annual Chili Contest: Entry #3 – Vegetarian Quinoa Chili + Weekly Menu

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  Friday was my last day of work for THIRTEEN weeks. I know this will fly by once Shea arrives, but for now, that just seems like…forever. I love my job and all of my staff and coworkers and walking to my car at the end of the day was this weird sense of not… 

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Pumpkin Pie Bread

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As you may know, our bulldog Lily is a complete and total beach bum. Problem is (other than living in Michigan and only having a few weeks of good beach weather), there’s about 85 stairs to get to the beach (this photo gives you the idea…). She seems to have no issue getting down the… 

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Crock Pot Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats

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As soon as you think to yourself, “I haven’t been sick in a long time…woo!” …BAM. Bam, bam, bam. Runny nose. Scratchy throat. You so know it’s coming…on a Monday, no less. I’m there. As if being 9 months pregnant wasn’t uncomfortable enough, I’ve got my first cold of the year. Not to bad given… 

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Cinnamon Whole Grain Power Pancakes

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My favorite breakfasts are carb-oooo-liiiiiicious. DONUTS!! My #1 most favorite. Waffles! Cereal! Fruit! Muffins! Cinnamon rolls! French toast! Biscuits! Granola! Smoothies! Protein is the forgotten element of so many breakfast meals and it’s a shame as protein provides both balance and satiety. Yet, proteins tend to be less convenient to eat on-the-go, cost more, and… 

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Blueberry, Cranberry, and Walnut Breakfast Cookies

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My dear friend Donna is here with me this week learning the ropes of my job, as she will be covering my maternity leave. The in-patient. The out-patient. The kitchen. The chaos. “I really understand why you love your job, Nicole.” she said to me on our way home last night. I feel blessed to… 

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