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Celebrate with Whole-Wheat Brownies!

Whole-wheat brownies are the perfect place to hide whole-wheat flour and healthier choices. Whole-Wheat Brownies Ever since Pedro’s cancer recovery, we’ve tried to bake healthier and eat more whole-grain products. Whatever you do, don’t try to quit white flour cold-turkey, trust me, your family won’t appreciate it. Over time, you can add less white flour and more whole-wheat flour. It took us about two years to make the change. The type of whole-wheat flour you use makes a big difference.…

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Looking for a Spicy Vegetarian Burger? Try this Taco Burger!

Craving a spicy taco burger? Be bold and give this vegetarian burger recipe a whirl! Spicy Vegetarian Burger Recipe Saves Money I don’t know about you, but I get tired of the usual burger offerings at restaurants or from the frozen food section. Not to mention that prepared fake meats get pricey. I have nothing to compare it to, I guess, since I don’t buy real meat, but paying $1.25 a burger seems a little steep. For about $4.00 (and…

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Unfiltered Words Wound Worse than Swords

Do you have a family member who suffers from a mental illness? I learned the hard way what happens when I don’t filter my words. Unfiltered Words Wound Worse than Swords At the time, we thought we said the right things. We thought we spoke in love and Christian admonition. Unfortunately, in our urge to correct and to help Sarah, our daughter, make good choices, we spoke without first letting the Holy Spirit filter our words. “What you’re doing is…

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This Vegetarian Pozole Recipe will Serve an Entire Fiesta

You can serve this vegetarian pozole to vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free friends, and meatatarians alike. Everyone will love it. The recipe will feed a small crowd, too! Pozole or Posole? First of all, let’s get the spelling correct. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word origin is the Nahuatle word for ‘boil,’ and it’s written ‘pozolli’ with a root word of ‘pozon.’ I’m not an etymologist, but I did major in Spanish in college and I may be able to shed…

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Instant Pot Vegan Chili con Carne Recipe Uses Faux Meat

This vegan chili con carne recipe is just one example of how to use faux meat (and hide the fact from your friends and family until after they tell you how tasty it is!). Isn’t Vegan Chili con Carne a Contradiction in Terms? One thing you need to understand about lifelong vegetarians is this—they probably have some weird fake meat habits hiding in their closets. Not that there’s anything wrong with fake meat. I even like some of the stuff.…

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Don’t Let the Words Healthy Pumpkin Scones Scare You!

Don’t let the words ‘Healthy Pumpkin Scones’ scare you! These scones have all sorts of good things, like maple chips and maple glaze and fewer calories than one you could buy at Starbucks (no disrespect to Starbucks). Nothing’s Better than Pumpkin Scones with Maple Glaze! I have this habit of going to restaurants or coffee shops, purchasing something, and then thinking, “I bet I could make this healthier!” Even before restaurants started posting the calorie count of their menu items.…

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Make These Unforgettable Pumpkin Spice Waffles

Who knew eating veggies for breakfast could taste so yummy? You’ll know they’re healthy and full of good-for-you things, but you don’t have to tell your family that they’re healthy whole-wheat waffles! Just tell them they’re pumpkin spice waffles. Pumpkin Spice Waffles My husband has acted as breakfast chef around our house for the past twenty years (I act as the supper chef). Occasionally I’ll get the itch to experiment on a Sunday morning, and this pumpkin spice waffle recipe…

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Make the Best Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough Today!

Making healthier pizza starts with a whole grain pizza crust. A little vital wheat gluten makes this the best whole-wheat pizza dough, hands down. The Best Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough “I offered to take another staff member’s cafeteria duty for supper,” I told my house guest. “When the other kids get home, could you tell them about the pizza options?” “Sure,” she answered. I pointed to the first pizza, “That’s a weird Mexican pizza with beans, and cheese, and enchilada sauce…

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This Hearty Vegetarian Tortellini Soup will Please Everyone

Try this simple vegetable soup recipe that’s twice as nice because you can serve it with our without the tortellini! A win-win situation for mixed company (vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free, and meatatarians). Vegetarian Tortellini Soup I can’t remember where the idea for this simple vegetable soup came from. Probably from the bulk food aisle at a WinCo store as I tried to think of what to do with tortellini. After all, when a store sells it in bulk, it costs a…

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Try This Easy Rosemary Garlic Bread Recipe Today!

This rosemary garlic bread is better for you than the kind they serve at those Italian restaurants. Why? Because it’s made with whole-wheat flour! Rosemary Garlic Bread There’s something so satisfying about settling around the dinner table, ripping chunks of freshly baked rosemary bread off a steaming loaf, and dipping the chunks in olive oil. It’s even more satisfying when you made the bread yourself and used good-for-you ingredients like whole-wheat flour! And, yes, it IS possible to make fluffy…

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