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Meatless Monday: Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pot Pie

Happy Thanksgiving week, everyone!  With the holiday rapidly approaching, so begins the yearly scramble for the perfect recipe to impress those dinner guests.  Have no fear, because Meatless Monday is here!

This week we have a delicious Pumpkin Pot Pie recipe that is sure to blow the socks off of everyone at the table!

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Ingredients for Vegetable Filling

1 small sugar pumpkin, roasted

3 large carrots

2 celery stalks

2 cups vegetable stock

1 small white onion (or half of a large one)

1 bunch of kale (about 8 cups chopped, stems removed)

1 can of white kidney beans

4 garlic cloves, crushed

generous salt and pepper

pinch of pepper flakes

olive oil for sautéing

Ingredients for the Roux

1 generous pat of butter

2 tablespoons flour

vegetable stock, about 2 ladles full (taken from above)

salt, pepper

Ingredients for Crust

1 3/4 cup flour

1 stick of butter

2 egg yolks

1/2 cup of parmesan cheese, grated

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon white pepper

1 egg for egg wash (optional)


Wash, peel, chop and roast the a small sugar pumpkin on 350 F for 10 minutes. Sauté the mirepoix on medium heat with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Wash and chop the kale, removing the stems. Add to the mirepoix and let wilt on low with vegetable broth. Make a roux: melt butter in a hot pot, add two tablespoons of flour, one at a time. Let that get toasty and fragrant before you add the stock – one ladle full at a time. Mix roux in with remaining filling ingredients. Combine ingredients for the crust with your hands or stand mixer. Roll out dough on a well floured surface in the shape of your oven-proof bowls. Place filling in bowls, don’t fill to the brim – you don’t want the good stuff to run over! Place crust on top of bowls and pinch edges around the rim. For a shiny looking crust, brush an egg wash over the pie before baking. Bake for 35 minutes on 375 F.

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Get Wise Wednesday: Stop Worrying



Time spent on worrying becomes time wasted, which could have been used on enjoying life.

What do you think about this quote? Do you feel like the words are truthful and apply to your life?

Meatless Monday: St. Louis Toasted Ravioli

This St. Louis style of preparing ravioli is absolutely meatless and delicious!

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  1. 2 tablespoons whole milk
  2. 1 egg
  3. 3/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  5. 1/2 (25 ounce) package frozen cheese
  6. ravioli, thawed
  7. 3 cups vegetable oil for frying
  8. 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  9. 1 (16 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce


  1. Combine milk and egg in a small bowl. Place breadcrumbs and if desired, salt in a shallow bowl. Dip ravioli in milk mixture, and coat with breadcrumbs.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat marinara sauce over medium heat until bubbling. Reduce the heat to simmer.
  3. In a large heavy pan, pour oil to depth of 2 inches. Heat oil over medium heat until a small amount of breading sizzles and turns brown. Fry ravioli, a few at a time, 1 minute on each side or until golden. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve immediately with hot marinara sauce.

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Get Wise Wednesday: One Step Forward


We hope this quote helps you overcome your fear and take that first step!

What decisions will you make that will affect your life in a positive way?



Meatless Monday: Zuchilattas

This meatless twist to a mexican food favorite is overflowing with both texture and flavor, making it a must have this Meatless Monday.

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  1. 1 pound dry ziti pasta
  2. 1 onion, chopped
  3. 1 pound Vegetarian Ground Beef (Click Here find in a store near you)
  4. 2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
  5. 6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
  6. 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  7. 6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  8. 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.
  2. In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, Provolone cheese, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
  4.  Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted.
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What makes you happy? What are some things you can do to bring yourself even more happiness? If you agree with what the picture says, we hope that you continue to strive and pursue even more happiness!

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Meatless Monday: Agnolotti With Artichoke Sauce

This delicious recipe mixes all of your favorite things and creates one mouthwatering meatless meal!

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  1. 1 9 -ounce package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and coarsely chopped
  2. 1 cup half-and-half
  3. 1 clove garlic, smashed
  4. 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  5. Kosher salt
  6. 1 cup frozen peas (do not thaw)
  7. 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  8. 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  9. 1 pound refrigerated cheese agnolotti (moon-shaped stuffed pasta) or ravioli
  10. 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  11. 1/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves


  1. Combine the artichokes, half-and-half, garlic, red pepper flakes and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large skillet and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cover and cook until the artichokes are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the peas and continue to cook, covered, until tender, about 5 more minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon zest and juice. Discard the garlic clove.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the agnolotti and cook as the label directs. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta and transfer to the skillet with the sauce.
  3. Add the parmesan to the skillet and gently stir until the pasta is coated. Thin the sauce with some of the reserved cooking water. Stir in the basil.

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Meatless Monday: Asparagus Frittata

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  1. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  2. 1/2 cup sliced shallots
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 pound thin spear asparagus, tough ends snapped off, spears cut diagonally into 1-inch lengths
  5. 6 large eggs
  6. 3/4 cup ricotta cheese (can use cottage cheese if you prefer)
  7. 1 Tbsp minced fresh chives
  8. 1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
  9. 1 cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese


  1. Heat butter into a 10-inch oven-proof frying pan over medium heat. Add shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until they soften and turn translucent, about 3 minutes. Add asparagus and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
  2. Beat the eggs and ricotta cheese together, stir in the chives and tarragon. Pour the egg mixture into the pan and cook until almost set, but still runny on top, about 4 to 5 minutes. While cooking, pre-heat oven broiler.
  3. Sprinkle Gruyere cheese over the eggs and put in oven to broil until cheese is melted and browned, and the center is set, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove pan from oven with oven mitts and slide frittata onto a serving plate. Cut into wedges. (Be very careful with the hot pan handle! I usually ice down the handle of any long handled pan I take out of the oven so that no one mistakenly tries to pick up the pan by the hot handle.)

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Get Wise Wednesday: What Makes You Happy



Happiness is an emotion that we all crave, yet sometimes take for granted!  What makes you happy, and what is keeping you from doing more of it?

If you agree with what this picture says, we hope you are able to continue to do what makes you smile and enjoy life!

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Meatless Monday: Savory Eggs Scramble Stuffed Waffles

Happy Meatless Monday, friends!

Starting off your day with a filling, complete breakfast is something we are told over and over again is a necessity, but sometimes it is hard to do without meat. However, with this weeks recipe, whether your preference is sausage or bacon you won’t feel like you’re missing out!

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For Waffles
  • 1 envelope of active yeast
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 cup of warm milk (between 100-110 degrees F)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of melted butter
  • 3 cups of All-Purpose Flour
  • salt & pepper
  • dash of chili powder
  • dash of basil

For Eggs

  • 4 eggs, scrambled
  • 2 Morningstar breakfast patties, heated through
  • ½ cup salsa
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • handful of spinach leaves


  1. Sprinkle the yeast and sugar over the warm milk in a small bowl. Allow to sit for at least 5 minutes. The yeast should be foamy at this point.
  2. Whisk together the eggs and butter.
  3. Add in the milk.
  4. In a large bowl combine the flour, salt & pepper, chili powder, and basil.
  5. Make a well in the center of the flour, and add the liquid ingredients.
  6. Whisk until everything is well incorporated. The dough should form into a ball.
  7. Cover and let rise until doubled, approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
  8. Divide into 8 individual baseball sized balls and let rest about 15 minutes.
  9. While resting, prepare all your “stuffing” ingredients and have them ready to place on the waffle dough.
  10. Heat waffle iron, and brush with oil or melted butter.
  11. Stretch the ball of dough out a bit and place it on the waffle iron so it covers the majority of it. Quickly place about a fourth of your eggs, sausage, cheese, spinach, avocado, and salsa in the middle of the dough. Top with a second ball of stretched out waffle dough.
  12. Gently close the waffle iron as best as you can without squishing it all the way at first. Let it cook for about 30-40 seconds before finally closing the lid all the way down. All the toppings will meld into the dough.
  13. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, or until your waffle is browned.
  14. Very carefully, with a fork or two, remove the waffle from the iron. Continue with the remaining waffles.
  15. Serve with ketchup or additional salsa.

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