Slow-Cooker Italian Vegetable Soup

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Welp, Punxsutawny Phil has spoken and it looks like this bitterly chilly winter will be six weeks longer (if you believe the folklore). A reasonable anecdote for that cold news: comfort food! My Slow-Cooker Italian Vegetable soup is soul-satisfying without being belt-busting. Rather than pasta or brown rice, this recipe swaps in cauliflower "rice," making each bowl gluten-free, vegan and packed with nothing but nutritious vegetables. ...continue reading

Healthy Homemade Apple Butter

Apple Butter

When it comes to nutrition, butter sounds bad, right? Well, not as bad as those much-discussed trans fats, but you get the idea. THIS butter is made with just four ingredients—and none of them are packed with saturated fat. Just the fruits of my apple-picking labor, a couple spices and some lemon juice! Not only is this a surprisingly light condiment, but it's also super-versatile. As you can see below, I've tried it ...continue reading

Slow Cooker Vegan Chili + a Giveaway Winner

Chili

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 random.org 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

Lighter Holiday Side: (Almost) Couldn’t Be Easier Green Bean Recipe

Around the holidays, traditional green bean casserole is the norm—cream of mushroom soup, fried onions, butter, you name it. But my Mom and I were discussing possible ways to (slightly) lighten up our Thanksgiving table and make another nutritious options available, and we decided to make over the green beans! These veggies are high in antioxidants and vitamins (C, K and A) and low in calories. It was a natural choice then for a ...continue reading