National Coffee Day Recipe: Morning Mocha Smoothie

National Coffee Day is on the 29th, and since coffee is a love language of mine, I invited Lauren of Love Lola to share today’s Mocha Smoothie Recipe. I made two batches of this already. One for Gabe and I (throw in some chia seeds!), and substituted milk for coffee for a kids version. It is actually completely sugar free! Bravo Lauren!

Morning Mocha Smoothie | IHOD

I have always been a lover of smoothies in the morning. They make a great on-the-go breakfast, which I’ve discovered I need if I am going to get out the door on time ;). I typically opt for green smoothies, getting a big dose of fruits and veggies first thing in the morning, but after a while I feel the need to switch it up. 

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Kale and Cauliflower Soup Recipe

Confession: I have never cooked anything with Kale! Lauren of Love Lola is breaking my fear of Kale with this incredible recipe….

Kale and Cauliflower Soup | In Honor of Design

This soup was inspired by a spinach and broccoli soup recipe I found once. It was an immediate hit with my family flavor-wise, and a hit with me, nutritionally. My husband began asking for “the green soup” for dinner on a regular basis. I thought it would be fun to switch things up and try some different vegetables to add a little variation. I played around with it a little bit and fell in love with this kale and cauliflower combination. Not to mention, this soup is literally the only way I can get my husband to eat kale. The extra cheese on top definitely helps…

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Vegetarian Chili Recipe

Gabe and I are by no means vegetarians, but with the rise in meat prices, we are looking for ways to cut back on dinners with meat. I brought in the help of my talented friend Lauren of Love Lola to share one of her recipes!

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Vegetarian Chili Recipe

This recipe for vegetarian chili is my absolute favorite meal to make as the air outside begins to cool. Because it uses a lot of canned beans, it’s super easy and quick to prepare. Not to mention it could feed an army! Since there are only two of us in my house at the moment, I love to make this dish for dinner parties, or freeze the leftovers and heat them up when we need a quick weeknight dinner.

I love how this recipe proves that a plant-based diet can be full of the nutrients you need, while also leaving you full and satisfied. Between the protein and the fiber found in the beans and quinoa, there’s no chance you’ll leave the dinner table still hungry. Who knew a meal without meat could accomplish that!? 😉

Vegetarian Chili Recipe
Serves 8-10

4 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
1 avocado, diced
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1 can low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup corn, frozen
1/2 cup quinoa (dried)
1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes
1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes and green chiles
4 oz. tomato paste
3 cups low sodium vegetable stock
2 cups water
1 tbsp. cumin
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cayenne
sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded, to garnish
salt and pepper, to taste
sour cream

To start, heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in a dutch oven on medium low heat. Add the garlic and cook until browned. Add in the onions and continue to cook for about ten minutes, until onions are soft and translucent.

Next, add the bell pepper, sweet potato, and the rest of the olive oil and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring constantly so as not to burn. Once the sweet potatoes begin to soften, add in the beans, corn, diced tomatoes, tomatoes and green chiles, tomato paste, and spices. Stir everything together and immediately add the vegetable stock and water.

Bring the soup to a boil and add the dried quinoa. Let the liquid return to a boil before reducing to a simmer and cooking, covered, for about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally as the soup cooks.

To serve, top with shredded cheese, sour cream, and diced avocado. And of course, don’t forget the cornbread! Enjoy!

Lauren Foster is a registered dietitian, blogger, and soon-to-be mama living in Greenville, SC. She is the voice behind the food and lifestyle blog, Love Lola, where she shares how healthy food doesn’t have to sacrifice flavor, and health is more that what we eat, but is a state of mind.

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