Try This—Vegetarian Mason Jar Chili and Cornbread

There isn’t much you can’t do in the kitchen with mason jars. I mean seriously. From oatmeal, to smoothies, to salads, to totally unique lunch ideas that will make you the envy of your hungry coworkers, and even just storing leftovers. Mason jars do it all. Over the weekend, I was craving some comfort food like whoa. Let me clarify. I wanted to chill out and watch the Texans-Patriots game with something hot and delicious. Since Ryan Tongia was unavailable, I decided I’d make some cornbread instead. Such is life.

A while back I saw this recipe for baked chili and cornbread, and I really wanted to see what that’s all about. I’ve been a bit hesitant, because the recipe called for baking in a mason jar. Now I’ve made a lot of things with the help of mason jars, but the scientist in me is always a little bit nervous when putting non-Pyrex glass in the oven. If you’re anything like that, believe me, I completely understand. There are tons of oven baked mason jar recipes floating around the internet, though, so I’m pretty sure I’ve just been paranoid.

Nonetheless, I’ve mostly avoided baking in mason jars, but this weekend three things came into play. First, this sudden craving for Fall season comfort food. Second, the bottomless pit of weekend lazy that I slip further into as the minutes go by, fueled by my couch, a chunky throw, and NFL Sunday Ticket rendering me almost completely incapable of preparing a well thought out meal. Last, but certainly not least, is my insatiable desire to prepare cute little meals that are Instagram worthy and mason jars are perfect for that (admittedly, most of the time they end up looking like Cooking For Bae). So basically, my lazy and my shallow gave me the courage to make this recipe. I present you with… Mason Jar Chili and Cornbread!!! You must try this!

Mason Jar Chili and Cornbread

Ingredients

  • 1 can Amy’s vegetarian chili
  • Bob’s Red Mill Cornbread Mix (you’ll need eggs, milk, oil to make the batter)

Directions

  • fill the bottom of your mason jar with chili and top with a couple of spoonfuls of batter
  • bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cornbread comes out clean
  • Enjoy!

If you’re not as lazy as me and want to try your hand at homemade chili and homemade cornbread, try these recipes. Just replace the meat in the recipe with tofu or quinoa to keep it vegetarian.

***For a variation, you can try biscuit batter or pie dough over a hearty stew for a mason jar mini pot pie!

The Virtual Makeup App That Also Tracks How Well Your Skin Care Routine is Working

We all want instant results when trying out that new skin care routine that promises smooth, radiant skin. We stare at our face in the morning to see if that Siegfried and Roy magic routine has erased any blemishes. But actually… you had that second beer at happy hour to wash down the greasy fries you picked up on your way there, you were up half the night with a sick kid, you fell asleep with your makeup on, and so it goes. You wake up to the real life disappointment of realizing there is no instant gratification when it comes to skin care. Nope. Only Snapchat filters.

What if there was a photo app that had those fun Snapchatty filters, but also had a feature that actually allowed you to do something productive like track the progress of your skin care routine? Think Snapchat meets skin analysis diary. Whoot! Whoot! It totally exists. It’s called YouCam Makeup- Selfie Camera & Magic Makeover. Selfies are totally entertaining, amiright? Full disclosure: when we were kids, my siblings and I would laugh hysterically for hours making faces into those reflective glass Christmas decorations. Don’t judge us. Good times. Anyway, this app turns your selfie into a canvas. You can play with different eye colors, make up, and even hairstyles. But the real kick is that you can take no-filter selfies and add them to the Skin Diary feature! This is an invaluable tool for the diy beauty obsessed like me! Check out the app features below.

Free Download Available: AppStore or GooglePlay

Key Features

Skincare Diary helps you to keep track of your skin needs and improvements in your skin health over time.

Try Makeup in Real-Time with the live Makeup Cam and buy the products you love now. Get an instant makeover with hundreds of makeup & beauty looks that you can apply in real life just like a magic mirror.

YouCam Makeup Selfie Camera Features:
◇ Selfie editor complete with lipstick, contour, eye makeup & blush that you can shop for

Makeup Videos – Live Streaming Makeup Experts
◇ Live streaming makeup tutorials to feed your makeup addiction
◇ Live chat with beauty tutorial streamers for makeup tips & hot trends from our live stream

Daily Horoscopes
◇ Daily horoscope readings and lucky beauty tips, 7 days a week
◇ Astrology advice from real fashion and beauty astrologers

Beauty Circle Social Community – Your Daily Beauty Guide
◇ Makeup, fashion & style talk keeps you up to date with latest trends. Find inspiration, try then buy!
◇ Share to Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and your favorite social networks

Makeovers in Real-Time: Try Makeup, Auto Beautify Before Taking a Photo & Shop Your Favorite makeup
◇ Record a Makeover Mashup Video, try on a series of makeup looks automatically & record them in a short video**
◇ Get style ready for social media like Instagram & Snapchat with real-time effects and previews
**Available for Android 5.0 devices with 1GB or more

Flawless Skin & Face Editor – Always a Glamorous Look
◇ Flawless skin is yours with adjustable skin tones and effortless tans
◇ Face editor includes skin smoother and skin toner for flawless skin or add freckles for a totally on fleek look!
◇ Add blush & contour, remove shine for a pristine, natural look
◇ Change eye color and overlay makeup to style your look up or down for any occasion

Hairstyle & Hair Color Changer – Salon Styles in Dozens of Shades
◇ Try on a hairstyle over any face with super-accurate facial detection
◇ Dye your own hair – color hair any way you want!
◇ Hairstyle choices and haircuts range from long hair, short hairstyles, curly hair or straight

Eye-catching Makeovers – Create Unique Eye Styles
◇ Make your eye color shine with smart tools that conceal under eye circles and remove red eyes
◇ Mascara tool instantly adds volume & length to lashes

Eyebrow Editor – Find the Best Eyebrow Style for Your Face
◇ Powerful eyebrow editor lets you color or trim existing brows for a subtle change that will soften your facial features. Get the perfect brow just like microblading!
◇ Our eyebrow editor can replace your brows with dozens of colors & shapes

Lip Enhancements & Gleaming Teeth – A Natural, Confident Smile Every Time
◇ Lipstick and lip gloss! Choose classic matte color or shine colors depending on your mood
◇ Whiten your teeth instantly with teeth whitener

Source: GooglePlayStore

Target Launches Project 62 and It is Amazingtastic

***this post contains affiliate links which means I will receive a small compensation when you purchase any of the awesomeness contained in this post from Target.

I’ve recently been obsessed with mid century modern furniture and home decor. To be honest, while I still love the whole Scandinavian minimalist style, I’m finding more and more that when you have kids and pets, you can’t have nice things. Okay, you can have nice things so long as they are functional, hard to break, and easy to clean. I find myself constantly replacing a lot of damaged or dingy things around the house. No bueno. That’s why I’m completely over the moon for this new home decor line from Target. Project 62 is the perfect marriage of form, function, and affordability. Seriously, this line speaks for itself. Check out the pics below and enjoy free shipping on purchases of $35 or more!

Try This— Reuben Inspired Vegetarian Sauerkraut Sandwich

My health crazes come in waves. I make secret promises to myself every now and again that I’ll juice everyday and incorporate at least one raw ingredient at every meal. Sigh. Then that ‘sort your life out’ urgency surrounding New Years, or most recently back-to-school, wears off and I’m back to quick hunger fixes that are not always the healthiest choices. So here we are. School is in full swing. Days are long and hectic. Weeknights are way too short, and weekends are lightning fast. My menu goals have once again degenerated from lofty meal plans filled with raw foods and special recipes to the quickest grab and go recipe I can make, usually with whatever hodgepodge of ingredients I still have on hand. But sometimes, in the midst of all of the work week chaos and the lazy girl meals I resort to, I find a happy place. A place where my lazy girl, work week meal is actually super healthy. Enter the sauerkraut sandwich.

So putting sauerkraut on a sandwich is as American as, well, it’s as American as a hot Reuben. When I was a kid, my parents used to drive us over the Williamsburg Bridge and head up to Madison Ave. in Midtown. There was this deli there that was famous for their Reuben sandwiches. In fact, I think the place might have been called Reuben’s Delicatessan. Whatever the place was called, they seriously had some bangin’ reubens. Corned Beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing on rye bread. A beautiful representation of the diversity of America, totally unlike this recent wave of venomous xenophobia we’ve seen infecting the headlines. #NoFascistUSA. Ahem, I digress.

Anyway, Reubens were one of my favorite sandwiches when I was still a meat eater, and as a vegetarian, I’ve often used those favorite, childhood recipes to inspire the recipes I create today. This sauerkraut sandwich recipe is totally inspired by those classic Reubens I loved as a kid.

 

Okay. So I’m gonna tell you what this sandwich is all about, but you gotta promise you’ll at least try it. Pinky swear, because this right here might be a giant leap of faith. On paper these ingredients listed together won’t sound all that tasty, but I just need you to let me guide you through this. The two main ingredients are sauerkraut and almond butter. Seriously, you guys! Keep reading! I promise it works. For those of you that don’t really like sauerkraut, let me try to set your mind at ease just a little bit. I don’t go crazy for sauerkraut either. I mean, it’s okay, but honestly I could do without it. I’m not all that into almond butter either. Again, it’s good, but not to die for. You have to trust me when I say this though… the two combined make for one of the most divine, yet healthy sandwiches you’ll ever have. Leap of faith for sure. You must try this!!!

Reuben Inspired Vegetarian Sauerkraut Sandwich

ingredients

  • 2 slices of bread, toasted
  • sauerkraut, drained
  • 2-3 tbsp almond butter
  • Bragg’s Liquid Amino (we’re talking less than a teaspoon)
  • garlic powder, pinch

Directions

  • drain your sauerkraut by placing it between some paper towels
  • try to get as much of the liquid off as possible
  • on toasted bread, spread an even layer of almond butter on both slices
  • place your drained sauerkraut on top of the almond butter
  • sprinkle the sauerkraut with a pinch of garlic powder, then drizzle a little Bragg’s over top (again, be careful not to soak your sandwich, a very little bit of Bragg’s goes a long way)
  • close your sandwich and dig in!

Optional add-ons which are fun:

Swiss Cheese—if you want it melted, don’t be afraid to pop the whole sandwich in the oven, it won’t hurt it

Alfafa Sproutshealth benefits galore

Roasted Garlic Paste—only if you’re surrounded by people that love you for you no matter how bad your breath smells

Tempeh—mostly for the texture, but remember tempeh has a very nutty flavor. Keep that in mind when you’re spreading your almond butter

2- Ingredient Purifying Rice Flour Face Mask + Honey Chamomile Rice Flour Scrub

I’m gonna jump right into this one. No need for me to go through all the amazing benefits of homemade beauty recipes. Just like there’s no need for me to tell you about the importance of exfoliation and moisturizing. I mean, if you’re here and you’re reading this, you’re probably already an expert in natural skin care.

Well, if you don’t mind me bragging, I fancy myself quite the natural skin care guru myself. I try not to get too excited about some of the fads that sweep across Pinterest boards, because you know, not all pins are created equal. I do get excited when I see something that I’ve been using for a long time get that good ol’ Pinterest pin of approval. So when I saw a few pins praising the skin healing properties of rice flour, I was pretty stoked.

You guys! Rice flour is my go-to for a quick, skin brightening treatment. Seriously. Imagine a face mask that could not only gently exfoliate, but could also moisturize, combat discoloration left behind by breakouts, and target fine lines, leaving your skin an amazingly bright, youthful blank canvas. That’s the dream, right? As it turns out, rice flour makes this dream a reality. So without further ado, here are a couple of easy rice flour beauty treatments that you can try out on your next spa day at home!

2-Ingredient Purifying Rice Flour Face Mask

Ingredients

  • 1/4c rice flour
  • 1/4c water

Directions

  • just mix together your rice flour and water until you have a smooth paste
  • spread the mixture over your face in a thin layer
  • leave it on for about 15 minutes, or until it feels noticeably dry
  • rinse off with warm water and a soft washcloth using circular motions

Honey Chamomile Rice Flour Scrub

Image: HelloGlow

ingredients

  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp dried chamomile
  • 1/4c rice flour
  • 3-5 drops tea tree essential oil (optional)
  • 1-2  tbsp water

Directions

  • combine all ingredients and mix until you have a paste
  • apply to skin and spread it around in circular motions to gently scrub away dead skin
  • rinse off with warm water