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Fall Chili and Cornbread - Dairy and Gluten Free

Fall is finally here! Though it won't feel like it here in the south for another couple of weeks.
Even so, I'm breaking out the crock-pot and getting back to those warm delicious fall meals I love.

Cornbread and I haven't had the best of experiences before. It was always my doing. Messing up the recipe or using too deep of a pan. But, I was determined to make a new and easier recipe. And guess what?? It was a success!
Gluten and Dairy Free Chili and CornBread
I also spiced up my original Crock Pot Chili recipe and now it's better then ever!
Vegan Bean Chili

Bean Chili (Vegan/Vegetarian)
  • 2 15.5oz Cans of Red Kidney Beans, drained
  • 1 15.5oz Can of White Kidney Beans, drained
  • 1 14.5 oz Can of Diced tomatoes, not drained (may need a second if it's the chili is to thick)
  • 1 15oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 15oz can of corn
  • A Chopped up Onion *optional*
  • 1-4 TBS Chili Powder (add as much or as little to taste)
  • 1 tsp of ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
  • Sprinkle of Cayenne powder
  • Hickory Flavored Liquid Smoke
  • 1 bag of Beyond Beef crumbles *optional but HIGHLY recommended*
Add everything to a crock-pot, set, and forget! 4 hours on high to 6 hours on low.
You can also make it on the stove too! 
Whatever you fancy!

Dairy and Gluten Free Cornbread
Sweet Southern CornBread
  • 1 Cup of GF Cornmeal
  • 1 cup of gluten free flour (I used this)
  • 1/4 cup of organic sugar (or honey)
  • 1 TBLS of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1/3 cup of oil (I used EVOO)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of dairy free milk (I had two cartons of unsweet and sweet cashew milk in the fridge. So I used 1/2 cup of unsweet and 1/2 of  sweet vanilla cashew milk)
Mix all together!
Pour into a greased 8x8 (or closest size pan you have just make sure it isn't to deep)
Bake at 400 degrees for 22 minutes

Happy Fall Friends!

Dairy Free Creamy Caesar Dressing

I posted a photo of this dressing a couple weeks ago and I had so many people ask for the recipe.
Well... it's hard to measure a recipe for a dressing that you just made out of thin air. However, after two or three try's, I think I've finally narrowed down the measurements but please take this recipe with a grain of salt and make it you own if you think it needs something more! :)

Dairy Free Creamy Caesar Dressing

Dairy Free Creamy Caesar Dressing
1/2 Cup of Vegan Mayonnaise (I used Just Mayo)
1/4 tsp of Worcestershire Sauce (this is the only NON-Vegan ingredient, you can easily use a substitute)
2 tsp of Dijon Mustered
1 1/2 TBLS of Lemon Juice
Salt and Pepper To Taste (heavier on the pepper)
Dairy Free Parmesan, as much or as little as you want (see below)
Dairy Free Milk (cashew is preferred but soy and almond milk is fine. Just make sure its not flavored)

  • Mix all the ingredients together except the milk. 
  • Use the dairy free milk to thin it into the consistency that you'd like.
  •  I usually end up adding a tad bit more worcestershire and lemon to get that tangy taste.
To make the dairy free parmesan: Chop up 1/4 cup of cashews in a food processor and add nutritional yeast to taste (start out with 1tsp just to be safe and then add more to get the cheesy taste)

Dairy Free Caesar Dressing Dressing

Game Day Recipe Round-Up

It is that time of year... football season is upon us!! Which means time for delicious foods and snacks to make for those Saturday and Sunday's on the couch or at a party.
Below are some of my own recipes that I think would be perfect for your game day party for 2 or 10! I also included some of my other favorite recipes from fellow bloggers!

Bean Chili
- Come October, this chili will become a staple in our house! It's super easy and cheep to make that you can't pass it up! Plus it can feed a ton on a small budget!
Healthy Game Day Recipes

Potato Salad - Dairy Free -
This recipe is my husbands personal favorite. It's tangy with big chunks of potatoes that I love. One 3 pound bag can feed a good group of friends!
Potato Salad
We are having these this week for dinner and I can't be more excited! I love these burgers! Just two sweet potatoes (white or regular) makes enough for 4 people! 

Taco Chicken Bowls-
A great crock pot recipe for those days the craving for mexican food is real!
Game Day Recipes

From Others:

Healthy *Plant Based* Layered Dip
-I loved this recipe! It was so good! You wouldn't even know the ground "beef" wasn't beef at all! 

Cauliflower Wings
-I was hesitant to make this recipe. Mostly because I was turned off by the words Buffalo. But in a live QandA video Lauren did, she encouraged me that I could use BBQ sauce instead of buffalo and make BBQ "wings". They turned out so good! I want to make them again cause they were so simple and tasty! 

I've made this recipe before. Its not super "Dairy-Free" friendly but I can see you using dairy free sour cream to lessen the dairy! Its a great game day dip!
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Have any other good game day recipes??? I want to hear them!

Game Day Recipes

Lentil And Cauliflower Tacos

Cauliflower is one of those vegetable I think a lot of people are afraid to make meals with. The smell isn't the greatest, it can have some "side-effects" for some that aren't so pleasant (.. cough cough *gas* cough cough....) But regardless it is a very beneficial vegetable. It is anti-inflammatory, rich in vitamins, full of fiber and can boost your brain health!

Lentil and Cauliflower Tacos
I highly suggest prepping a head of time before making this meal. Cook the lentils according to the bag's directions and if using frozen cauliflower, warm up, and leave out to dry a so you don't have soggy tacos!

1 cup of dry lentils, cooked according the bag
1 large head cauliflower (about 2 cups of florets). You can use frozen as well. Just cook it before hand.
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons mild chili powder, divided
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder or cayenne pepper (to taste)
Generous grating black pepper
Salt to taste

Lentil and Cauliflower Tacos

Grate the cauliflower using a tool of your choice. I used a chopper attachment for my mixer. Just don't grate it too much, you don't want it finely chopped.
Once the cauliflower is grated, heat a large skillet with some EVOO.
Add your chopped onion and garlic and cook till brown.
Add in your cauliflower and saute for about 3-4 minutes.
Add 1TBLs of chili powder and cook some more till cauliflower is tender
Add you lentils (drained) and add the remaining spices. I found leaving out the other TBS of chili powder and just a SPRINKLE of cayenne pepper made it less spicy. But add more if you like your tacos spicy.

Make tacos with your favorite soft or hard tortillas. I LOVE to make mine "nacho style" with some great Late July chips!
I also like to top mine with some yummy vegan sour cream!

Wow Summit 2016! | Discount Code |

Hey Y'all! I am excited to announce that I will be attending the 2016 WOW Summit by Mom's Meet!
I am THRILLED to be going to this conference again! If you remember, I attended about 2 years ago when it was hosted in Orlando (see that blog post here).
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Well, now the conference this year is being hosted in D.C.!
 For those that do not know I am originally from Maryland, just an hour north of D.C. So to say I'm a little excited for this trip is an understatement. 
Not only am I looking forward to enjoying the crisp Maryland fall air (that I miss here in Florida), but I am excited to network and learn alongside likeminded bloggers and moms! I learned SO much from the last conference that I can only imagine what I'll learn this year.

There are going to be some great sponsors this year! I'm personally excited for So Delicious seeing I use their coffee creamer in my coffee every morning!
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Oh and don't forget about the amazing speakers! You will learn so much! :

Want to join me!!?? I have a special code JUST for you. Take 15% off the ticket price with this code:
Register Here!
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I hope to meet some of you there!! 

The First Day Of College Classes | As told in GIF's |

This week is my first week back in the swing of college classes. I take my classes online now (I used to commute to campus) but I still know and have the same "first day feelings". I think we can all relate no matter what your college situation is!
Here are some of my thoughts, as told in GIF's.

Setting the alarm for the earliest time you've woken up all summerNickelodeon no nope the loud house loud house

"When your alarm goes off and you realize it's the first day of school"
morning tired smash bill murray alarm

Commuting to class and driving behind all the slow drivers
A24 tom hardy driving locke

When class start's and the first thing the teacher ask's is "did anyone look over the syllabus yet?"
sigh shrug shrugging movies maria
(side note for all freshmen. The syllabus is always same with only a few exceptions, so by your junior year you are VERY tired of them) 

Then the professor proceeds to read over the syllabus 
frustrated zootopia headdesk head desk

Then they finally get to the important parts. Due Dates and Major Assignments.
writing noted a strongly worded letter jimmy fallon note

How you feel after the first lecture? 
what arrested development jason bateman no

Required reading?? 
Victoria's Secret PINK school college tired sleep

Off to the next class to learn more about THE SYLLABUSnickelodeon bored spongebob spongebob squarepants class

When the hunger strikes during the lecture ( aka a stomach growl)class stomach

Then the first day is finally over and (if you are lucky)
 the school load is light and you can enjoy your day.
happy reactions excited yay minions

Happy Fall Semester Friends! 

5 Ways To Stay Healthy In College

Let's face it college friends, it is hard to stay healthy during the semester.
For many reasons. If you are on campus, you find yourself going from class to class with not a lot of time in-between. This only leaves you enough time to swing by the nearest vending machine or coffee kiosk to get something to get your through the next hour and half lecture.

Or if you are like me and a majority of your classes are online, you find yourself constantly nibbling on snacks in the house or getting sucked into the work that you forget to keep yourself nourished.

I've been in both situations and I think I have some great tips to help you out as we all get ready to get back into the swing of college, lectures, and class work.

5 Ways to Stay Healthy in College

1. Coffee can be your friend AND your foe.
Oh coffee.. a college students best friend. Just remember to always hydrate in-between the cups of coffee. Water is always beneficial and will keep you feeling hydrated and alert. Opt for a non-dairy creamer for a lower sugar intake and you might even find yourself feeling better after those morning cups! (I know I did when I switched to coconut creamer)

2. Protein, Protein, Protein!
I am slowly learning how majorly important protein is! Especially from "non-meat" sources. Protein will help with those afternoon sugar craving attacks. I encourage you to check out Dr. Hymans video with a TON of ideas for great protein filled snacks.

3. Get Creative....With SALADS!
Ok this is a biased tip, but I LOVE salads! And I think it's a great daily lunch. I eat a salad every day for lunch, but I mix it up, adding bits of things here and there! Beans, veggies, even lunch meat can help spice up your salad! A salad is easy to pack up a bring with you if you commute to campus (Mason jars are the best for salads on the go). And I know on campus that there is always salad options in the cafeteria. Basically, salads for life!

4. Supplements
It's SO important to include some type of supplements in your day to day life. It will help your immune system fight off those germs all around your school. I suggest taking a multi-vitamin, echinacea (great immune booster), and calcium. Make sure to stay away from supplements with dyes and unnecessary ingredients!
Also they may not be supplements but seriously consider using essential oils! Especially diffusing them! They are so beneficial.
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5. Prep
Now, for those on campus or those that commute, this is easier said then done. I know when I was commuting to campus I wasn't a big fan of prepping and packing food because it meant walking out to the car and getting a possibly lukewarm snack since the icepack in the cooler I packed it in did NOTHING.
But, there are also other ways to prep. Find snacks/food that don't need a cooler or can fit easily in your bag. I kept snack bars or dried fruit in my bag when I was on campus.
Now at home, I keep pre-cut fruit and veggies in easy reach and LARA bars in my purse/backpack at all times.
If you have the time, think ahead and prep!

Do you have any tips?? I'd love to hear them! 

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