“Better Than Paula Deen” Doughnut Burgers

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Paula Deen's had a rough year. I don't  mean to beat her while she's down, especially because she does seem like an entertaining, humorous lady, but this recipe is leaps and bounds better than one of her most-discussed recipes! Have you heard of "The Lady's Brunch Burger"? She introduced the word to the fried egg-topped bacon burger served between two Krispy Kreme doughnuts (whoa!) in 2008 and shocked the country with the ...continue reading

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

Superfood Pizza (Vegan + Gluten-Free!)

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Happy National Cheese Pizza Day! The bad news: The day ran away from me and it's most likely too late for you to actually celebrate on the holiday. The good news: This pizza recipe has cheese and so much more. Like what, you ask? A serving of vegetables hiding in the crust, 15 grams of fiber and more than three times as much vitamin A as you need in a day (for a dose of superpowered eyesight!). Oh yes, and it's also ...continue reading

Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

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Now that we've taken a trip to Italy, let's head south of border! Tuesday night, right after I posted my Pizza Pasta Stuffed Peppers, I decided to round up a few of my favorite ingredients to develop a new, slightly more substantial take on the recipe. Thanks to a handful of black beans and some hearty quinoa, this just-spicy-enough meal has more than double the protein content of its Italian cousin! And since we have an ...continue reading

Slow Cooker Vegan Chili + a Giveaway Winner

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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

Sweetener Shakedown (Plus Snickerdoodle Pancakes!)

The weather this week has been just right to swing by a cafe for an iced tea or iced coffee—or so the long lines streaming out onto the sidewalk tell me! I’m not a coffee drinker myself (and yes, I hear that I’m crazy often) but know that when you’re given your choice of powders to sweeten your drink, there are more than a few options. So here are some fast facts about the usual suspects you may encounter beyond the ...continue reading