My Go-To Vegetarian Chili (With or Without an Instant Pot!)

This chili has been a lifesaver this week. Seriously.

It is 75 degrees in my apartment, but all I can think about is how good this chili is. Yeah, that is the craziest thing I have said all day. It is 75 degrees in February and, guys, it is DANG HOT. This time of year, I am usually all about blankets and sweaters and bowls of hot steamy goodness, but here I am, in shorts.

And yet, I am still craving this chili. This whole situation makes no sense.

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Miso Maple Glazed Squash with Brown Rice and Brussels Slaw

Pump up your Monday and squash the competition. These colorful bowls are just perfect meal prep for the week!

Here’s the thing. This bowl is bordering between grain bowl and salad. And, right now, because I am feeling virtuous, I am going to call it a salad.  Here’s the thing, I love salad, but salad with iceberg lettuce and weird dressing? No, I do not love that kind of salad. What’s worse is a salad that is wilted before I even put the dressing on! No thank you! Whenever I make salads, I make them big, colorful, full of different veggies, and I always finish them off with cheese. Always.

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Harissa Lentil Stuffed Butternut Squash

This weather lately has got me thinking about the Mediterranean lately. Specifically how I wish I was out of the cold, DC sadness.

This weather is just a roller coaster of emotions. It is cold one day, then hot the next day, then a freaking blizzard two days later. I have been feeling so stir crazy lately, which might explain all of these crazy dreams I have been having lately. I think my unconscious is definitely playing into my desire to travel this year. Except why does my brain think it is totally normal for me to roll out of bed, onto a horse, to a flight to Japan?

I really need to get some more sleep

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Delicata Squash Carbonara with Coconut Bacon

I don’t know if it’s a good thing when someone calls your pasta a salad, but I’ll go with it.

Don’t get me wrong because there is nothing wrong with pasta. As you guys know I am a firm believer in pasta…any day, anytime. But I love loading it up with veggies! Hence, I see Monday as the perfect day for a healthier take on everyone’s favorite Italian pasta dish, carbonara. This pasta is creamy, cheesy, and loaded with squash which I am whole heartedly obsessed with…

I’ve been dying to tell you guys about this recipe for so long now. Or okay, not so long, more like a couple of weeks, but I am just so excited about this recipe because it’s all of my favorite things.

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Green Chili Tamale Bowls

We are learning how we can get lazy this week. And hey, that is a OK!

Because, serious question, my fellow lads and lassies. Have any of you made tamales before? I have. And they are delicious, but damn they are SO hard to make. The day that I made them, I remember spending hours wrapping the cornmeal with the corn husks and tying them together and steaming them. Yeah, that is a lot more work than I normally want to do in these cases. And honestly, the guacamole and the pico I made were winners compared to the corn tamales that took me hours to make.

So here we are, on a mission to be more lazy.

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Grain Free Corn-y Grits with Quick Tomato Sauce

I love coming through for my friends. Not that I don’t do so anyway.

One of the most popular recipes I get asked about on this blog is my goat cheese polenta. It is so delicious and creamy and the perfect way to pack on a little comfort as the weather starts to chill. I have gotten a ton of e-mails about how to modify polenta for various diets. Most of the time, these changes are super easy. Vegan? No goat cheese! Gluten free? It’s naturally gluten free! But grain free or paleo? That proved a little bit difficult to come up with an instant answer.

Well, until now!

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Whipped Buttery Polenta with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

This post is sponsored by Brummel and Brown Organic Buttery Yogurt Spread

Look what I made us today!

It is my new favorite quick and easy, cozy-ish summertime dinner. I know,  I know. You were probably thinking that I was going to make some sort of salad or something, what with it being summer and healthy and all. But sometimes, I need a huggish meal and, if we want to be honest with ourselves, salads are not very huggable. Instead, I want to feature veggies in all their glory in cuddly ways.

Even though it is 95 degrees outside and technically way too hot to cuddle.

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Dal Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

It is here! It is finally here!

I know I have been promising y’all a dal recipe for some time. And I have finally got around to posting about it. I know it makes absolutely no sense for me to be posting a warm, stew-like creature of a meal during some of the hottest days we have had thus far, but I cannot help myself! It is just so rich, so filling, and yet made of wholesome ingredients.

Plus, when warm stew-like creations ever stop me before? I’m melting and still rocking this.

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Coconut Beans and Greens with Sriracha Cashews

I am the kind of person who craves hot coffee in 95 degree weather.

Likewise, I am the kind of person who loves a big, steaming bowl of beans even as the temperature warms up. We are in awkward times, in the beginning of April, with the temperature balmy enough to wear cutoffs one moment and then raining and dropping 40 degrees the next.

The only thing comforting in this situation is a big pile of carbs.

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