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Gluten Free/Vegan Polenta Chili

I have been missing in action BIG TIME….so sorry!

Adult-ing isn’t always easy and at the kate & kale home front we have faced some major life changes over the last couple of months.  The number one life change – my husbands mother is now living with us.  Well, sometimes you have to turn those lemons into lemonade! Right?  Hello world of gluten free cooking!

I am ALWAYS up to a good challenge!  With Fall right around the corner (not as fast as I’d care for) I have been in the mood for chili!!  I have a new found love of polenta and I knew I HAD to incorporate it in to my chili recipe!

What is polenta?

I myself have only just discovered polenta about a year ago.  Polenta comes from Italy as a comfort food. Basically, polenta is made from ground cornmeal (corn), much like grits from the American South. It can be served creamy, chilled and cut into squares and then baked or fried. AND…you can buy it pre-made in a tube. Gotta love that lol!

I have used it several different ways, but I prefer the quick and easy like in my recipe below.  The first time I went to buy it I had NO idea where to find it in my grocery store.  Duh…it was with the pasta and pasta sauces lol.  I might have walked the whole store several times looking for it.

This dish is as tasty as it is beautiful!

Gluten Free/Vegan Polenta Chili

Gluten Free/Vegan Polenta Chili

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Serves: 6 Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 medium Onion, diced
  • 1 Red Pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 8 oz. Mushroom, diced
  • 2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 (14-ounce) can Diced Tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (14-ounce) can Red Kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14-ounce) can Chili Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 (16-ounce) tube Polenta
  • 1 cup shredded vegan Cheddar Cheese, optional
  • Fresh cilantro for serving, optional

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2

In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the diced onion, jalapeno and red pepper and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.

3

Add the mushrooms, chili powder, salt, and pepper, and cook, stirring about 5-8 minutes. Add the tomatoes, beans, seasonings and simmer for 15 minutes or until heated through then remove from heat.

4

Cut the polenta in half lengthwise then cut into ½" half circles.

5

Using a large pie pan carefully pour in the chili mixture.

6

Layer the polenta over the top of the chili, and cook for 30 minutes.

7

Top with cilantro and serve.

Notes

Optional - add vegan shredded vegan cheddar cheese before placing the polenta slices.

Thank you from Ryder!

Ryder Fundraiser

A HUGE thank you for donating to Ryder’s Go Fund Me account!  If you donated when we offered the free tee shirt, they are shipping out this week.

It has been almost one month since Ryder had his leg amputated and he is recovering amazingly well!!  He is back to being a puppy!!  His new mom couldn’t be happier….as are we!  Again, thank you!

 

Keep it happy & healthy!

XO Kate

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FREE Tee Shirt with Donation…and a Chance to WIN…

Donate $25 before Friday, July 28th and receive a FREE #adoptdontshop Tee*

Ryder our foster Cavalier had surgery on Tuesday to amputate his leg that was badly damaged while living in a puppy mill.  We are still working hard at helping raise all of the funds needed to help cover the cost of the surgery.

By DONATING $25 before Friday, July 28th you will receive this FREE #adoptdontship tee or tank top made JUST for Ryder!!

This beautiful art work features Ryder and was created by the very talented Wendy Beugels.  Donate $25 to Ryder’s Go Fund Me account and you will have your option of a ladies’ or men’s tee shirt OR ladies’ tank top size XS – 2XL. **

HURRY – We only have 30 FREE Tee Shirts/Tank Tops to offer!!  You must also have a US address for shipping.

BUT – That’s not all!!

Every $25 donation will give you TWO entries into our raffle! OR a $10 donation will give you ONE entry! Entry to what you ask?

Unleashing Mr. DarcyTeri Wilson has donate an autographed copy of her fabulous book Unleashing Mr. Darcy AND a DVD copy of the Hallmark Channel – Unleashing Mr. Darcy.  If you are a Cavalier (or dog lover) you will LOVE this book/movie!!  I’ve watched it several times myself!!

“In this modern day spin on “Pride & Prejudice,” Elizabeth Scott (Cindy Busby), is fishing for direction in her life and gets the opportunity to professionally show her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in a fancy New York dog show.”

Remember, all donations need to be made by Friday, July 28th for the free tee shirt/or tank top and the entry into the Unleashing Mr. Darcy autographed book and DVD.

Donate NOW at Ryder’s Go Fund Me Account!!

 

Thank you to Wendy for donating the beautiful artwork, Teri for the romantic book and DVD set, SanMar for donating the shirts and to iCoStore for printing and shipping the shirts!

Please help share Ryder’s story.  We couldn’t do this without you!!  Thank you!!

 

*Shirts ship to USA only addresses via USPS.

**Shirts will ship in 2-3 weeks.  You will receive an email after your donation is made for where to send your size and address.

***Only the first 30 donations will receive a free tee shirt or tank top.

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Ryder the Cavalier Could use YOUR Help

Yesterday was a day of crazy events.  After coming back from a meeting my phone was blowing up with text messages!

  1. My daughter’s car was parked in front of her friends house and was hit
  2. Our little foster puppy who was just adopted had broken his back bad leg

OMG what a crazy afternoon!!

After taking care of my daughter first and all of the insurance calls I was feeling much better.  Well, pizza and a couple of beers last night helped too! LOL!

Ryder the Cavalier

Ryder the Cavalier

Ryder the Cavalier

After a few text back and forth with Ryder’s new mommy it sounds like the vet believes after this break heals his back will need to be rebuilt.

Ryder was seriously one of the best little foster puppies we have ever had the pleasure of fostering.

So – I am pulling out an all out fundraiser to help rebuild his little leg and need YOUR help!!

We have set up a Go Fund Me Account for Ryder the Cavalier!!  We ask that if you can please donate (even a small donation makes a HUGE difference) and share the link on your social media.  Let’s all pull together and help Ryder!!

Puppy Mills 🙁

Ryder came to us from a puppy mill.  Dogs like Ryder who having medical issues, look different and not up to pure breed standards go up for auction to the highest bidder since they are no good to the mill.

When rescues take in these dogs we have no idea medically what is wrong until seen by our vets or the medical issues arise.  We have wonderful families who adopt from us, but our fosters are FOREVER part of our family and we swing into action to help when we can.

Ryder is only six months old and deserves the best life possible.  Please if you can, 1. donate today and 2. ALWAYS adopt not shop!

Thank you friends for any and all help!  Please stay tuned as we are working on more fundraising events to help Ryder.

Kate XO

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Finding Balance After Your Summer Vacation

I’m sure I’m not the only one who goes a little “overboard” when it comes to vacation time.  Bad eating choices, too much wine and not enough exercise.  Am I right?

Jerome, AZ

Jerome, AZ

I also tell myself to relax and enjoy.  It’s allowing yourself those times that makes life so much fun.  BUT you need to also remember “balance” and that you can’t live like that 25/7/365.  When vacation is over, so is the over indulging.

Jerome, AZ

My husband and I just enjoyed a long weekend up north to one of our favorite haunted mining towns – Jerome, Arizona.  If you live in Arizona and have never been to Jerome – you are totally missing out!

Jerome has fun little hotels to stay in (some haunted!), great places to eat, shopping, music, amazing winery’s to visit and a few spirits wondering around town if you’re in to seeing dead people! LOL!

Okay, so not that all of that “vacationing” is over it’s time to pay for all of the damage you now see on the scale!

Magic Pill – Undo the Vacation Damage

Why, oh why can’t their be some magic pill to undo all of that vacation damage? Life just isn’t that nice I guess, so time for some hard work to get back in shape and cleaning it all up.

Tips to get started:

  1. Start that first breakfast back with a power packed Green Smoothie or Juice
  2. Re-hydrate (the more water the better)
  3. Catch up on sleep, it does a body good
  4. Embrace the veggies, fill up your lunch and dinner plate with lots of veggies
  5. The day after vacation, get back into your healthy routine and hit the gym

It may take a good week to see those vacation pounds disappear, but the sooner you start the sooner you’ll see the results!  Those first couple of days may be painful, but remember back to your pre vacation days and how great you felt.  You’ll be there again before you know it!

Tomorrow is the first day of summer – go forth and vacation!!

Kate XO

Vegan Tomato Soup - Just like mom made!
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Vegan Tomato Soup – Just like mom made!

Tomato soup WITHOUT milk or a milk alternative?  YES!

When IVegan Tomato Soup - Just like mom made! decided to start eating a vegan diet one thing I most missed was creamy tomato soup.  Nothing says love like tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.  Just ask my kids, they would agree!

I played around with several recipes, but hated using Almond or Soy Milk.  It just never looked right or tasted creamy.

Then one day I read an article about Cauliflower and how it’s used so many different ways, AND could be used for a “creamy” like texture.

Hello?!? Was cauliflower the answer to my dreams?!?

Vegan Tomato Soup – Just like mom made was born!

I can seriously could live off of tomato soup and grilled cheese and now -> I CAN!

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Red White & Barre – A Sure Holiday Favorite at Barre!

Red White and Barre

Red White and Barre

Be Barre Ready this Summer

Memorial weekend is almost here and there is nothing better than family barbecue and hanging out by the pool.  Well, looking great at barre is also good, right?!

NOW available at kate & kale Etsy -> Red White & Barre – Alternative Eco-Jersey™ Racer Tank

This tank top from Alternative is super soft and perfect for barre, home or out shopping at your favorite farmers market.

This weekend FREE Shipping on orders over $50!!
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FREE Shipping this Mother’s Day Weekend!

Free Shipping for Mother's Day Weekend!

Free Shipping for Mother’s Day Weekend!

FREE Shipping on orders over $50

I am so excited to share our first special on kate & kale Etsy this Mother’s Day weekend!! New designs and items being added all week.

Sale starts Saturday and ends Sunday at midnight (pacific time).

Use Promo Code: MOMDAY17

Great time to stock up on your favorite designs and get ready for summer! Why wear boring?

XO Kate

Beets the kale out of me!
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Beets the kale out of me! – Tee & Tank Top Now Available

Beets the kale out of me!

Beets the kale out of me!

Kale humor at it’s best!

So excited to introduce this fun new design on both a great tee shirt and ultra soft tank top.  Life is to short to wear boring clothes!  Am I right??

I love wearing this fun tee, and it’s now available at kate & kale Etsy in two great colors!

This fun tee looks great with jeans, shorts even a fun skirt for those morning strolling the farmers market.

I get the best comments wearing this shirt, but more than that – it’s just my favorite tee style to wear to work or home.

You can shop at kate & kale Etsy’s store by clicking -> HERE

Ladies Beets the kale out of me! - Vintage Tank Top

Ladies Beets the kale out of me! – Vintage Tank Top

Looking for a tank top style?

YES, we have that too! Available in four colors – Vintage Iris, Vintage Coal, Black and Red.  I’ll be wearing this one to barre for sure!

Now available – Ladies Beets the kale out of me! Vintage Tank Top from kate & kale!!

Vegan Rhubarb Strawberry Oat Bar
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Rhubarb Season Calls for – Vegan Rhubarb Strawberry Oat Bars

Rhubarb is in season!!

Seriously, I lose my shit when walking down the produce isle at my grocery store and see Rhubarb for sale!  LOL!  When growing my my mom made the most AMAZING Rhubarb bread EVER!  It had this buttery sugar topping that was to die for!  I might have to see if I can dig that old recipe out and making it vegan.

Today however, we are talking Vegan Rhubarb Strawberry Oat Bars – and they are amazing!

Not too many people even know what Rhubarb is, which blows my mind!  Even the cashier ringing me up had NO idea what it was lol!

So, what exactly is Rhubarb and why is it good for you?

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The Power of Maca

Maca Powder

Last week I posted about Maca Powder and my interest of the benefits it offers.

  • Highly Nutritious
  • May help alleviate menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes and interrupted sleep
  • Can improve your mood
  • Boost your energy level
  • May improve your memory

I have read that adding Maca Powder to your diet could take up to a month before seeing results, but having used for a week now I really feel like I have more energy.

There are several different types of Maca on the market: red, black, yellow and premium.  I started out with yellow, but I think next time I might try the red.  If you’re unsure which one to start with I found this great Maca Finder to help determine what Maca and how much might be right for you.