sweet eats: vegan butternut squash chili

vegan chili 3 I don’t know about you guys but I always get a little cold around this time of year.  The weather is changing and inconsistent and it always makes me feel a little under the weather.  Last week when I wasn’t feeling so hot I whipped up a huge pot of this butternut squash chili.  This also happens to be all vegan since there is no meat and made with veggie stock.  It’s chock full of veggies, healthy vitamins, and protein so it’s the perfect comforting fall dish that will also make you feel great.  I didn’t take too many pictures ( I was too busy snacking) but just follow the simple recipe below.  Enjoy! xo

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Ingredients ( you could really add any veggies or beans, but this is what I used) :

  • 1 butternut squash peeled and diced
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 of each, green pepper, yellow pepper, organe pepper, diced
  • 1 large zucchini chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobe + 1 tbspn of the sauce
  • 2 tbspn chili powder
  • 1 tbspn cumin
  • 1 large can crushed tomatos
  • 2-4 cups veggie stock
  • 16 ounce can of black beans
  • 16 ounce can of kidney beans
  • 16 ounce can of white beans
  • salt & pepper to taste

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Directions:

Heat a large pan over medium heat and coat the bottom of the pan in EVOO.  Sautee onion, peppers and garlic for 3-5 minutes.  Add in squash and zucchini and sautee 6-8 minutes longer until veggies are slightly softened.  Add in salt, pepper, and other seasoning.  Add in chipotle peppers plus the adobe sauce.  Stir everything to combine.

Add in beans, crushed tomatos and stock.  I would add 3 cups of stock and reserve 1 cup or more incase the chili gets too thick.  Allow it to simmer for 1-2 hours until all veggies are softened and the flavors come together.  Enjoy!


hello friday!

 

hellofriday3 Nordstrom jacket, Target tank, Gap jeans, Cole Haan booties, Rebecca Minkoff bag, J.Crew necklace, Rayban sunglasses, Baublebar earrings

It’s pretty obvious why I saved this outfit post for today, TGIF everyone!  Lately I’ve been loving this simple combo for evenings out.  A casual tee, a printed jacket or sweater, denim, booties, and you can call it a night.  I created a round-up some of my favorite pieces to achieve this look and am sharing them below.  I’m loving these peep-toe booties and am trying to get as much wear out of them as I can before the weather gets too cold.  Have a great weekend! xo

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just a little leopard

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Target leopard cardigan, Bailey44 tee, Nordstrom leggings & bag, H&M scarf, Target flats, Bauble bar earrings 

Feeling frustrated with what to wear is nothing that a little leopard can’t fix.  Whenever I’m stuck on what to put on I always reach for one of two things.  Black & white, a classic, or black & leopard.  Leopard is more or less a neutral as they say, and it makes an outfit just come together.  I love this leopard cardi, it’s perfect for casual weekend wear and it’s also appropriate secratatropin hgh for work.  Leopard is also a great pattern to use for mixing prints.  It looks great with stripes or over plaid, and I loved how it looked against this printed scarf.

I also just picked up these flats and have been wearing them a ton!  They are so comfortable and were perfect to walk around and do errands this past Saturday.  My new favorite double pearl earrings from bauble bar have been in heavy rotation, with this pair that I’ve been loving as well.  Have a great Wednesday everyone! xo

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DIY pumpkin vase

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At this time of year there are few things that make me as happy as pumpkins.  Adorable pumpkins of all shapes and sizes… white pumpkins, striped pumpkins, the list go on.  So when I got the idea to cut a pumpkin into a vase for some fall flowers, I could only be described as giddy.  It’s a fairly simple DIY, the trickiest part is finding just the right glass to rest inside your pumpkin to hold the water.  Follow the steps below to make an easy, festive, pumpkin vase.

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Get your supplies ready.  You need scissors for the flower stems and a human growth hormone hgh growth hormone dark marker to write on the pumpkin.   DIY pumpkin vase 5

Use a serrated knife to cut off the top of the pumpkin.  Clean out all the insides (save the seeds!) and make sure the bottom of the pumpkin is nice and flat.   DIY pumpkin vase 6 Find a small glass or tupperware to use as a vase.  The glass should be slightly shorter than the pumpkin so it doesn’t stick out.  Fill it with water and place inside the pumpkin.

DIY pumpkin vase 2 Cut your flowers to the desired height.  I cut mine down pretty short to they wouldn’t stick too far out of the top.

DIY pumpkin vase 4 Enjoy your beautiful vase! xo


What’s in my grocery cart?

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I get asked pretty frequently about my diet and what I liked to eat.  When I sat down to write a post about it, I thought it made sense to start with what I buy at the grocery store.  I cook pretty regularly and always bring my lunch to work, so about 90% of what I eat is made at home.  I grocery shop every weekend, it’s actually my favorite thing to do on a Sunday.  I love wandering the isles of the grocery store with my coffee in hand, looking for a new item to try.  I thought I would break it down for you guys by sharing my rules of the grocery store and how it fits into my everyday diet.

Since what I eat can’t be summed up in one word like many diets can (i.e. vegan, paleo, gluten free, etc.) it’s a little more lengthy to explain.  For me I don’t think an elimination full time would work, although I was a vegetarian for a while a few years back.  I also know many people who cut out an entire food category and get great results.  I think the key is figuring out what works for you and your body.  Think about what makes you feel your best and buy and eat more of it.  Below are my steps for living by this simple rule.

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1) Meal Plan.  Whether you create a detailed list/ calendar or just jot a few notes in your phone, this is the best way to effectively create a weeks worth of healthy recipes.  I used to create very detailed lists for my grocery store outings and now I more just have guidelines in my head. For example, knowing I’m cooking 4 nights that week and a general idea of what I want to make (chicken one night, vegetarian the next).  This allows me for more flexibility in the store, based on what looks good/ what’s on sale.  I always snap pictures with my phone of recipes in magazines that way I have them as a reference when I’m shopping.  When it comes to produce I rarely make a list and always choose based on what looks good.  If I don’t know exactly what to do with something in the store I’ll do a quick google search.  This all takes time of course, so if your rushed or absolutely hate the grocery store, a list is the way to go.

2) Buy a pure form of what you are craving.  What I mean by this is if you’re in the store and feel yourself craving an unhealthy item, like for example a pre-made mini apple pie, is there a more natural form of that that would satisfy you?  Could you buy baked apple chips instead or even a bunch of apples that tend to run sweeter like Honey Crisp?  If so, then buy the closest thing to “real” that you can.  If you’re dying for cheeze-its, try a multigrain cracker with a real slice of fresh cheddar.  I try to stay away from buying foods that are overly processed/ have a million ingredients.  If I can’t pronounce it, I shouldn’t eat it.  I try to live by this guideline and it has totally changed my view on food.

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3) Read the labels to make subtle changes.  This goes hand in hand with the rule above.  You know what’s in an apple, a sweet potato, a bag of Payday Loans romaine, a can of beans.  You don’t know what’s in a cheeze-its, or a sweetened chewy granola bar.  Even if you read the ingredients, I promise you, you still won’t know what’s in it.  The front of the box is not enough either, you need to turn the box over and look at the actual ingredient list.  Unless your actively trying to loose a lot of weight, just ignore the calories and focus on those ingredients.  If you get in the habit of eating things with only ingredients that you can pronounce and understand then calories won’t matter.

4) Buy organic when necessary/ look for sales.  I always kind of thought the organic thing was a big hoax until I read more about it.  There are a few things I will strictly buy organic.  Fruits with thin skins, like strawberries and peaches for example are important to buy organic.  Fruits and veggies with thicker skins like a pineapple or banana I wouldn’t necessarily buy organic unless there was a sale.  I always buy organic lettuces, like kale.  I keep this handy list on my phone that specifies exactly what foods are best to buy organic.  I also always buy organic chicken.  Since I don’t eat a ton of meat in my house it’s important the meat I buy and cook is high quality.  And call me crazy but I think it tastes better!

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5) Ask yourself, “I want ____ but would I be happy with_____?”  What I mean by this is ask youself if there is a healthier version of the food you want that would still leave you happy and satisfied.  For example, ” I want bread for sandwiches but I would be happy with whole wheat bread with no added sugar.”  “I want a box of frozen pizza bagels but I would be happy with a multigrain bagel toped with homemade tomato sauce and a little organic shredded mozzarella.”  If you get in the habit of doing this you can make small changes over time that will have a big impact on your diet and weight.  I always ask myself this question and I it rarely feels like a sacrifice.  One good choice will lead to another, and then another, and before you know it you will totally change the way you look at food.

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The most important thing to remember when grocery shopping or trying to make a diet or lifestyle change is that no one is perfect.  While I try to eat real, whole foods 90% of the time, I always remember it won’t make or break me if I slip up sometimes.  When I’m out to eat or spending time with family and friends it’s important to focus on enjoying yourself and not worrying about whether the chicken is organic.  I find that if I stick to the way I like to eat most of the time, that other 10% of time won’t be the end of the world.  I still feel great and have more energy than I ever have before.  It’s most important to find what works for you and not be too hard on yourself.

I hope this wasn’t too lengthy but I wanted to explain for the people who were asking and are interested.  I’d love to know, do you have an grocery store or diet rules that you follow?  Please share, I’m always looking for other tips and tricks! xo

 


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sweetest somethings- targeted 7 Target top, Forever 21 Sweater (similar), Target flats, Gap jeans, Tory Burch tote, Bauble bar earrings, Stella & Dot and Gorjana necklaces

It had been a while since I’d gone to Target just to browse with nothing in mind to buy.  Usually I’m running in to grab something necessary and running out with that plus four more items.  Over the weekend I got to spend an hour or so in Target just perusing the aisles and I forgot how great it is in there.  In only an hour I managed to blackjack online money scoop up the top and flats I’m wearing here, plus this sweater, shoes, and one glitter pumpkin (obviously).  Thank goodness I had to go, because who knows what other damage I would have done with unlimited time.  Everything was such a good deal that I couldn’t even feel bad about it.  What’s your favorite thing to browse for at Target?

PS- Maybe I’m a little late to the game but do you guys have the Cartwheel app?  I downloaded it and saved on my little shopping splurge!  Definitely download it for your next Target run.

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fall shopping must-haves / columbus day sales

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Blue & black flannel shirt // Cross body bag // Fall scarves // Leopard flats // Little black booties // Tan suede booties // Leopard coat // Gray sweater // Plaid coat // Hat

Happy Monday to all and thank you to Christoper Columbus for giving me off from work today.  Whether you have off or are in the office, today is a great day for a little online shopping.  There are lots of great sales and it’s the perfect time to stock up Buy Cialis on your fall must-haves.  Above are a few of my favorite pieces for this beautiful fall season we’re having.  I’m loving plaid, flannel, leopard, and booties (my usual suspects).  Below are some of the best sales going on around the internet today!  Happy Monday and happy shopping everyone. xo

Piperlime 20% off with the code FALL20

Loft 50% off with the code EXPLORE

J.Crew 30% off with the code WEEKENDPLANS

Madewell 30% off with the code OHFALL

Gap 40% off with the code NEWOUTFIT


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