Smoky Chili Cobbler

Growning up in a Texas home we were raised on chili during the colder months of the year. There was nothing like coming home after school or any number of practices to see that there was a piping-hot homemade pot of chili sitting on the stove with some fresh cornbread muffins waiting to be devoured. We had the extras on the side so we could make our own bowls, especially since we had some picky eaters in the family (*cough* my sister *cough*).

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Ultra-Plush Johnny Cakes

Although I don’t know where the name “Johnny Cakes” comes from or if there were even a Johnny involved I do know that I’ve been testing out king-sized beds and pillows so I can get some king-sized Zzzzzs at night. Me + a 6’3″ tall husband on a queen bed = no good. Through the trial I’ve found out I don’t like my mattresses plush but rather my pancakes. My lack of sleep always leaves me ready to just spring out of bed and make my way to the kitchen for breakfast.

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Smoky Tortilla Soup

Texas is known for having all four seasons in one day. This winter has been no exception with sunny weather in the day suddenly plummeting into nearly frozen temperatures at night and a rain storm or two during the day. And on cold, wet nights I crave soup. All kinds, I’m really not biased. This one night in particular I didn’t want to leave the house so I used ingredients that I had on hand, intended for another dish, and made a soup. It helps that I also keep a plethora of Latin ingredients in my pantry at all times.
This soup is so smoky and deep, in almost no time at all, which deceives you in to thinking it has been on the stove all day long.

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Super Easy Overnight Oats

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The new year brings lots of new projects and things to the surface that need to be implemented or managed. With that there’s a certain level of time needed to dedicate to each of those. That being said, I’ve been so hard pressed for time as of late that I have been heavily dependent upon quick meals and snacks. The most time that I’ve had for breakfast prep is overnight oats. If I can’t do that then I’m left with a banana on my way out the door for work.

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Golden Oats

Like the first rays of a rising sun, these overnight oats burst with a bright golden color from the anti-inflammatory powerhouse root turmeric. This root is packed with curcumin, the chemical agent that is responsible for the anti-inflammatory activity. This paired with metabolism boosting ginger and heart healthy cinnamon and long lasting oats, you’re sure to start your morning off on the right foot before you step outside the door!

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Warm Duck and Kale Salad

I love eating fresh ingredients but sometimes the idea of eating a cold salad, in a cold house, with the visual of winter outside every window your eye happens to graze across, simply does not sound really wonderful. The work around here is a warm salad – still a salad, with healthy, fresh, and yes, cold ingredients but with warm, cooked components. Warm salads help sustain me through the wintertime, along with some cozy soups. Especially when I’m trying to distract myself from the fact that there’s probably fresh cookies around every corner of my kitchen and pantry.

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Fresh Spiced Gingerbread

As I get older I start to understand more and more the reality of craving certain types of food during specific seasons. Summer is dripping with cool, fresh fruits to quench our appetites while winter arrives and we immediately want that full feeling that comes with warm foods full of whole grains, spices, and more. (soups, pies, gourds, meat, etc.). An epitomical food that fills your homes with the aroma of pure holiday joy is gingerbread. Packed with flavor, bursting with spices and so satisfying. This 100% whole grain loaf will keep you fuller longer and with give the bread a toasty, nutty, wholesome flavor and texture.

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