Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a lovely weekend and had a fun time with your friends and family. I’ve been promising you recipes on GGG for a while now and today I’m finally delivering! I first made this pumpkin chili last week with my friends for an impromptu dinner party and it was a hit. Well last night I decided to make a batch again to enjoy while watching the Golden Globes and made a few changes that made it even better. But before we talk chili, I’ve got to talk fashion for a bit. Did any of you watch the Golden Globes last night? I always enjoy awards shows but I’ll admit, mostly for the fashion. “Who are you wearing” is the question I really care about during the evening and last night there were some definite hits and misses.
These women didn’t take any huge fashion risks with their dresses but I think they all looked absolutely gorgeous. They defined classic elegance with simple silhouettes and classic colors. My favorite of these four looks though was definitely Kate Hudson. Not only does the woman seem to be aging backward, but her look was spot on for me in this fantastic Alexander McQueen dress. I also have to give a shoutout to Jennifer Lawrence as well who looked stunning in her coral dress- definitely my favorite red carpet look that she’s worn this season.
Oh dear, where to begin. First of all, I think Jessica Chastain seems like a wonderful person and is a fantastic actress. But if I were her, I’d fire my stylist immediately. Her dress did nothing for her and I really wished someone would have fit that halter properly. But my real issue with the look was her hair- her hair stylist managed to age her and make her look as though she was balding. Poor Jess. I hesitated putting Lena Dunham on here because she really isn’t known for being a fashion plate, so I don’t generally expect to much from her. But- this dress was just bad. Next up, this dress was all wrong for the petite Julianne Hough and with such a pretty bodice, I wish this would have flowed into a more form fitting gown. Instead, it looks a little like a wedding dress gone bad. But hey, maybe this was her way of signaling to Ryan Seacrest to put a ring on it. Lastly, Debra Messing. She has a great figure as well but this dress didn’t do her any favors with the parachute fabric on the bottom. I could have overlooked the dress though if it weren’t for the styling. The huge bangles on both wrists plus large earrings and a large dress, there was just way too much going on.
Now enough with the fashion, let’s talk food!
Adapted from this Washington Post recipe
- 1 Can Black Beans
- 1 Can Northern White Beans
- 1 Can Kidney Beans
- 1/2 C. Quinoa
- 1 Orange Bell Pepper
- 1 Red Bell Pepper
- 1 Medium Size White Onion
- 1 Large Red Onion
- 1 Can Pumpkin Puree
- 28 oz. Canned Diced Tomatoes
- 1.5 T. Tomato Paste
- 4 C. Vegetable Broth (Check box to ensure it is gluten-free)
- 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 T. Olive Oil
- 1 T. Cumin
- 1 T. Chili Powder
- 1 t. Paprika
- 1.5 t. Pepper
- Dash of Cinnamon
- Dash of All Spice
- Dash of Salt
- Dash of Red Pepper Flakes
- Chop onions, bell peppers and mince garlic.
- Using large pot, heat 1 T. olive oil and add the onions and bell peppers. Stir and let cook for about 5 minutes until the onions start to become translucent.
- In a separate pot, combine quinoa with 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Once it starts to boil, reduce heat to low and cover. Leave for 15 minutes until all water has been absorbed.
- In your large pot, add pumpkin, beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil.
- Add all spices to the large pot and reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes.
- When quinoa is finished, combine to pot and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally.
- Garnish with avocado or cilantro and enjoy!
I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I do and am already looking forward to having it for lunch!
-Who was your best and worst dressed at the Golden Globes?
-Do you have a favorite chili recipe?
Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had an absolutely wonderful weekend! Mine was great as on Saturday I got to style the new LOFT Fall collection and take some pictures that I’ll reveal soon. The new merchandise is amazing with so many bold, rich colors and prints. I have a feeling that the gorgeous Bordeaux shade is going to be my favorite for the season. Then yesterday I got to attend the Indy Grand Prix in Sonoma with my fam! It was a fantastic race with even better company, and we ended the perfect Sunday by going to one of my favorite restaurants in Sonoma, where we went for my birthday last year.
Since I’ve been gone a lot recently, I haven’t been doing a whole lot of cooking at home. But the other night I knew that I wanted something fresh and easy while using up some of the produce I had in the refrigerator that was on its last leg. I decided to create an easy, healthy delicious meal.
Healthy Summer Ratatouille
- 2 Small Sweet White Onions
- 2 Cloves Minced Garlic
- 3 Zucchini
- 3 Yellow Squash
- 4 Carrots
- 1 T. Olive Oil
- 1 C. Tomato Basil Sauce/Marinara
- 1 T. Dried Basil
- 1 T. Thyme
- Finely chop onion (should have about 2 cups worth chopped) and mince garlic
- In a large pot, combine olive oil, garlic and onion. Saute for about 5 minutes, stirring often.
- Chop zucchini, yellow squash and carrots in chunks and add to pot. Let the veggies cook down for about 10-15 minutes or until soft.
- Salt and pepper to taste and add herbs, stirring until well combined.
- Add tomato sauce to coat all ingredients, allowing it to heat for about 5 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
This is such a delicious recipe and so incredibly easy. It tastes delicious on its own but I served mine over quick-cooking brown rice to create a complete meal. It would also be great with quinoa or even just a fresh, crusty bread. This would be also be the perfect, easy dish to make for unexpected company as it tastes much more complicated than it actually is to make!
-What dishes do you make when your veggies are on their last leg?
-Do you like ratatouille?
Hi lovelies, I hope that you have had a wonderful weekend. I’m sorry for my absence last week- work was extremely busy and then I was down for the count with a horrible migraine. Luckily, I’m back up and running and happy to be back connecting with all of you!
I realized this weekend that there is something that I haven’t shared with you yet- my love of muffins. You all know that I love a carby breakfast, but what I never order but always want to, is a good muffin. My love started as a kid in Sacramento as many Sundays after church, my family would stop at this little cafe Muffins Etc. This place served up at least 20 different muffins, my favorite of which was the Cappuccino Chocolate Chip muffin. This was, without a doubt, the most delicious muffin I’ve ever had. It had the perfect amount of coffee flavor and was generously studded with chocolate chips. But then one day they were gone, and muffins weren’t trendy anymore. A sad for all.
Luckily, there were still those dense, enormous chocolate muffins with chocolate chips at school functions. But as I grew up and started watching what I ate, muffins were cut out. Then, as bakeries began to stock them again, they became extra large and containing as many calories as 2 meals! Scary! So what’s a muffin-loving girl who wants to avoid a muffin top to do? Why make her own! For my recent book club brunch, we were supposed to bring something healthy and delicious. I knew that muffins were on the docket, so I turned to some of my favorite blogs seeking out a healthy recipe.
Looking through (and pinning) so many recipes, I finally decided to make Skinny Taste’s Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins. Hailed by her husband as the best muffins he had ever had, I knew I picked a winner. These muffins are delicious and generously studded with blueberries (sense a theme here? I like my mix-ins aplenty!) Plus they are so easy to make and full of ingredients that most of you will have at home. They’re low in sugar, made with heart healthy oats and whole wheat flour, and each muffin is only 126 calories! Now that’s my kind of muffin. Make these and everyone will be a fan. Oh, and they make the perfect morning breakfast especially when slathered with almond butter.
-Do you like muffins? What’s your favorite kind?
-What foods do you like that aren’t trendy?
-Have any other healthy muffin recipes? Link me!
Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend! I listened to my body this weekend and gave it exactly what it needed– lots and lots of sleep. Unfortunately, I’m still fighting this bug but am hoping that it will be out of my system soon! In addition to all of the healthy food I was eating, I had a serious sweet tooth on Saturday. My usual daily dark chocolate square wasn’t cutting it, and it was clear that I wasn’t leaving the house to pick up frozen yogurt, so instead I decided to whip something up at home.
While everyone loves the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, one of my favorite combos is chocolate and coconut. (Sense a theme here? Obviously chocolate is a necessary component in any food combo.) But I still wanted to create something healthy that would have some staying power. And with those thoughts in mind, the best breakfast EVER was created.
Coconut Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal
Prep time: 5 minutes, Cook time: 23 minutes
- 1/2 Cup Old-Fashioned Oats
- 1/2 Cup Sugar Free Vanilla Coconut Milk
- 1/4 tsp. Vanilla
- 3 T. Reduced-Fat Coconut Flakes
- 2 T. Chocolate chips
- Mix above ingredients
- Pour or scoop into sprayed ramekin
- Bake in 380 Degree oven for 20 minutes
- Broil on high for 3-4 minutes until top is golden
This is the perfect weekend breakfast but if you have a little time in the mornings this would be the fabulous decadent-tasting breakfast on a weekday! Anything to make Monday a little sweeter, right?
-What’s your favorite flavor combination?
-Tell me about your favorite decadent breakfast