Slow Cooker Vegan Chili + a Giveaway Winner


First of all, Happy St. Patrick's Day and Selection Sunday! Is anyone else counting down the hours to 6/5 p.m. CT for the bracket announcements? Go Cyclones! Congratulations to all teams in the mix for the championship, and congrats to Alex, who was selected by to be the winner of the Applebee's gift card giveaway! Alex, I'll be in touch shortly with your prize. Don't worry, the rest of you won't be going home hungry ...continue reading

Homemade Hearty Honey Wheat Bread


I’m not typically the type to make my own bread. With row upon row of options at the grocery store, it’s tough to talk myself into spending an afternoon in the kitchen when I can grab a loaf for less than $4. I was reminded of what I was missing during our family Christmas celebration, when my uncle brought a couple of his homemade loaves to enjoy alongside our soup. It was a delicious change of pace from the slices I find on the ...continue reading

Inside Out Apple Pies (Plus a Holiday Giveaway!)

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you’ve been able to spend some quality time with family and friends this weekend. I’ve been enjoying plenty of board games, sporting event-viewings and group workouts with my crew. Oh yes, and of course some tasty holiday food! One thing that’s always a mainstay on our Thanksgiving table? Pie! (We also had a lengthy debate about the merits of cake vs. pie during dinner. Pie seemed to win out ...continue reading

Sweet and Savory Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite fall foods. They’re very versatile and are an awesome nutrient-packed swap for regular white potatoes (although those can be healthy too, if prepared correctly!). I’ve shared my favorite baked fry recipe here before, and was recently inspired by a Pinterest idea to try something similar, but a even quicker: microwave sweet potato chips! To put my own spin on this concept, I created a ...continue reading

Healthy Chain Reaction: Cracker Barrel’s Grilled Chicken Tenderloin Dinner

What do you think of when I say “interstate food”? I’ve been taking plenty of road trips lately, and around my neck of the woods, the options tend to look like this: McDonald’s > Burger King > Arby’s > McDonald’s > Subway > A&W > Wendy’s > McDonald’s. That’s why I generally try to pack a couple healthy snacks to tide me over until I reach my final destination ...continue reading

Healthy Chain Reaction: Bruegger’s Skinny Bagel Sandwich

There was a time in my life (junior high) when I would not even think twice about grabbing a Cinnamon Crunch bagel for breakfast. The doughy, sweet bagel topped with a crispy streusel? Mmm…but too bad it also came along with a major sugar crash a couple hours later. I mean, 31 grams of sugar? That’s more than two full tablespoons! While half of a Cinnamon Crunch could still be a fine splurge snack or dessert, it probably ...continue reading