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Meatless Monday. Super Bowl Edition

We are getting so close to the big game! Have you started planning your menu? So many good options out there. I spent the weekend browsing recipes. Here are a few party foods I.Want.Right.Now!

Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Sauce

Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Sauce

Mini Hasselback Potatoes with Creamy Dill Dip

Hasselback Potatoes

Spicy Black Bean Nachos

spicy black bean nachos

Buffalo Chickpea Tortilla Pinwheels

Buffalo Chickpea Tortilla Pinwheels

Avocado Bruschetta

avocado bruschetta

Creamy Strawberry Broccoli Salad

Creamy Strawberry Broccoli Salad

Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar



Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries


Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Pineapple Pecan Cheese Ball

pineapple pecan cheese ball

Buffalo Cauliflower Quinoa Meatballs

Buffalo Cauliflower Quinoa Meatballs

Chocolate Toffee Strawberry Trifle

Chocolate Toffee Strawberry Trifle

Blackberry Basil Ricotta Pizza

Blackberry Basil Ricotta Pizza

What’s your favorite party food?

Which team are you cheering for in the game?


Chili Recipe (Vegetarian)

It was a weekend of football watching. Football needs chili! Am I right or am I right?

Okay, I take that back. I didn’t watch one minute of football. My Chiefs are out so the season is over for me. And it was actually warmer here this weekend. Not need for hot soup. I wanted enchiladas , but OMG Becky wanted chili. (Sassy had abandoned us for the weekend. She had been invited to attend an out-of-town church conference for middle school kids as a Junior Guide. She was very excited and honored to be asked! She got back yesterday and said it was an amazing experience.)

This has been my go-to chili recipe for years now. It’s hearty, it’s tasty, and even meat eaters will enjoy it. This chili would be a perfect addition to your Super Bowl party!

chili recipe vegetarian

Chili (Vegetarian)

Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes ¦  Prep Time: 10 minutes  ¦  Cook Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 (10 oz) frozen butternut squash (cubed), thawed
  • 1 (28 oz) can petite cut tomatoes, diced, with zesty jalapenos
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 12 oz water
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Optional Toppings
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream


  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add oil to coat. When oil ripples, add chopped onion and diced pepper. Saute for 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook stirring for another minute.
  2. Add chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt. Stir in squash, tomato, and beans. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 60 minutes.
  4. Uncover and cook for another 30 minutes.
  5. Stir in cocoa power. Cook for 10 minutes more.
  6. Serve hot with desired toppings. Serves 8.

Serving Size = 1 cup. Weight Watchers Smart Points = 3 points.

Black Bean Soup Recipe (Vegetarian)

We had a weekend of winter storms with freezing rain roll through. I don’t know about you, but to me that means I need warm, comfort food and that means soup! I made a large pot of this Black Bean Soup on Friday night and we enjoyed it all weekend long.

black bean soup recipe, black bean soup

Black Bean Soup (Vegetarian)

Total Time: 35 minutes  ¦  Prep Time: 15 minutes  ¦  Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 4 (14.5 oz) cans black beans, divided
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large poblano pepper, seeded, stemmed, diced small
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (32 oz) carton vegetable broth, divided
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted, diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Optional Toppings
  • Diced avocado
  • Shredded cheese (Mexican or cheddar)
  • Sour cream
  • Tortilla chips


  1. Place 1 1/2 cans of drained/rinsed black beans and 1/2 cup of the vegetable broth in a food processor. Pulse until well pureed. Set aside.
  2. Rinse remaining 2 1/2 cans of black beans in a strainer. Set aside.
  3. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add oil to coat. When oil ripples, add chopped onion and diced pepper. Saute for 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook stirring for another minute.
  4. Add remaining vegetable broth, black beans, black bean puree mixture, fire-roasted tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Turn heat up to medium-high.
  5. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Stir in lime juice and cilantro. Serve hot with desired toppings. Serves 8.

Serving Size = 1 cup. Weight Watchers Smart Points = 6 points.

Sauteed Onion, Spinach, Feta Quiche Recipe (Vegetarian)

Recently, I had a piece of quiche at a local coffee shop for breakfast. Oh my goodness, it was good! I wanted to go back for more soon, but the problem is I live a good 45 minutes away. I thought maybe I could make it at home. After looking at several recipes online, I realized it was pretty easy to do.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! I’ve made it a few times and must say, it’s delicious. Feel free to swap out some of the ingredients, such as the type of cheese or the onion/spinach for something else you may enjoy. It’s a pretty flexible recipe and perfect any time of the day!

quiche, quiche recipe

Sautéed Onion, Spinach, Feta Quiche

Total Time: 1 hour  ¦  Prep Time: 15 minutes  ¦  Cook Time: 45 minutes


  • 1 (9-inch) frozen, unbaked, deep dish pie crust
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced sweet onion
  • 3 cups (packed) fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 4 large eggs
  • 6 ounces feta cheese crumbles


  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
  2. Allow frozen, 9-inch deep dish pie crust to thaw 10 minutes.
  3. Poke several holes in the bottom of the pie crust. Bake until slightly browned, about 25 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  4. Turn oven heat up to 375-degrees F.
  5. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to coat. When oil ripples, add sliced onion and saute for 5 minutes. Add spinach, salt, pepper and rosemary; cook stirring for another 2 minutes.
  6. In a mixing bowl, thoroughly whisk together milk, half & half, and eggs. Stir in cheese, as well as onion/spinach/herb mixture.
  7. Pour egg filling into prepared pie crust. Cover crust with a pie crust shield.
  8. Bake at 375-degrees F for 35 minutes. Remove pie crust shield. Bake another 10 minutes until egg mixture is set.
  9. Allow to stand 10 minutes before serving. Cut into 8 wedges.

Weight Watchers Smart Points = 7 points.

Easy Taco Soup Recipe (Vegetarian)

It’s soup season! OMG Becky’s favorite soup is a good taco soup. We have tried many recipes, but none have ever seemed to stick around as our go-to favorite. I think we may have a new contender for that title! I started with this recipe and made a few changes.

taco soup

Easy Taco Soup (Vegetarian)

  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (10 oz) can Ro*Tel Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, drained
  • 1 (10 oz) can green enchilada sauce
  • 1 (10.75 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 15 oz frozen corn
  • 14 oz vegetable broth
  • 1 (1 oz) packet taco seasoning
Optional Garnish
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • tortilla chips
  • avocado
  • sour cream

This one is simple! Just place all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on low for 2-3 hours. Or if you are in a hurry, cook on stove top. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce to a low simmer for 30 minutes.

9 (1 cup)

What is your favorite soup you make at home?

Best chunky potato soup recipe? I’m on the hunt for a good one!

Gift Basket Idea

My niece on the left is getting married next weekend! She’s the first of my nieces and nephews to do so.

Last weekend was her bridal shower.

bridal shower

My girls and I decided to throw a little love in our gift. Have you ever tried Aveda Comforting Tea? Aveda salons always offer you a cup when you go in for a service. It’s the absolute best tea! It can be served hot or cold and never needs a sweetener added. I found this recipe for it online and decided it would be the base for a gift. We were able to find three of the four ingredients in the health market of my local grocery store. For the last ingredient, we had to go to an actual health food grocery store.

aveda tea

I first bought an awesome glass bottle that I thought would be nice for her to use for cold water in the refrigerate after the loose leaf tea was gone. Then I decided I should do a little research about the best way to store tea. I was wrong. Clear glass not a good choice. Glad I looked! We then headed to World Market to browse their large tea/kitchen section. We bought a tea tin similar to this these.

tea tin


We also picked up the cutest tea infuser while we were there!

It’s a house! Get it? Because they are moving into their own house together!

Next up were the mugs. I really wanted to do mugs with their initials, but after shopping a few stores, I just couldn’t find what I wanted. I finally found a set of “Mr. Right” and “Mrs. Always Right” mugs like these! (FYI – the mugs got a huge laugh at the shower!)

tea tin, tea basket, gift basket

The final item we needed was a basket. Homegoods to the rescue! That store has everything I need. I picked out this cute basket because it has a handle on each end and a chalkboard on the front. We wrote my niece’s new last name on the front, wrapped it all up, and we were good to go.

gift basket

OMG Becky wrote the tea instructions on a decorative notecard we tucked inside the basket. We renamed the tea Happy Marriage Tea for a bit of whimsy.

What is your favorite tea flavor?

Hot tea or cold tea? Depends on the temperature outside for me.

I’m So Fancy

What it is about holidays weekend that makes them fly by? They are extended weekends, but seem so short. Maybe it’s all the fun involved?

Saturday morning, I slept in again and it was glorious! Well, I did get up at 6:15 AM to tell OMG Becky “Good Morning” and “Goodbye” before she headed off to work. Then it was back to bed for me for another hour of sleep. So nice!

And then it was off to the woods for Stella and I. The humidity was low and I wanted to eat hike some hills for breakfast.

There were so many flowers in bloom on this particular trail!


I also came across something that I couldn’t figure out what the heck it was…

Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

See the yellow and black thing hovering over the purple flower on the left? (I really need a better camera!) At first, I thought it was a bumblebee, but it was hovering and beating it’s wings, so I decided it was a hummingbird. Wrong. Research today determined it was a Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth. A moth! Such an impostor.

We got a few miles in before the humidity found us. We were hot, dirty, and sticky. Ugh, summer in the Midwest.

I rewarded myself with a pedicure! This color is really had to photograph. (I’m sure it had nothing to do with my photography skills.)

It’s more neon orange in person. It’s going to look great with the tan I plan on getting on vacation here shortly! Sorry Stella, no pawdicure for you this time.

Yesterday after church, OMG Becky and I did a little vacation prep shopping.

sunhats, sunglasses

We are so fancy. She bought her accessories. I did not. I just don’t like how I look in them. None of them. Ever. But I keep trying! Someday I am going to find the hat for me.

Yesterday was also an awesome day because Sassy came home! Happy days are here again! Stella was excited to see her and needed to burn some energy. A trip to the dog park would do it. Sassy had never been. Lucky girl met a boxer that gave her a welcome gift all over her leg as soon as we walked in.

Mmmm, dog drool. I shouldn’t have laughed because 20 seconds later a muddy German Shepard pup larger that Stella jumped on me. It never fails. Dogs love me. I think I’ve told you, I’m not really a dog person, but they keep trying to change my mind.

Another exciting thing about this weekend? I tried a new recipe!

white enchiladas

White Enchiladas! These were delicious. Both of my girls, a friend, and I all really liked them. They will have to make another appearance soon.

Update: These enchiladas do not reheat well. At least not in the microwave! Next time, I will make the same amount, but then divide it up into two smaller casserole dishes, freezing one for a future meal.

Enchiladas. Red or white sauce? White! 

Are you a hat person?