Vegetarian Chili | The Basics

Vegetarian Chili | The Basics | The Gray Boxwood

Basic chili is a tall order because there are hardly two chili recipes alike. Some people use chocolate, beer, or even coffee to flavor their soup. We’ve all grown up thinking of “chili” in a certain way. And whether you like it or have ill memories of the soup, it is one that I have found to be a basic. A cozy warm bowl of chili during these cold winter evenings (especially here in Iowa) warms not just the body, but I think the soul as well.

It’s hard to say what a true and basic chili is, but this one lets the real natural flavors come through, from a quick, homemade chili powder to dried beans that give so much texture. I hope this chili helps you forget about those mushy and drab chilis you may be used to. Simple and fresh ingredients give way to a basic and delicious soup that you’ll love!

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Cheese & Jalapeño Cornbread

Cheese & Jalapeño Cornbread | The Gray Boxwood

Cornbread is one of those dishes people either grew up with or not. Thankfully, I’m with the former – I loved cornbread growing up. Of course with the iconic chili, there is nothing better. But cornbread can be a perfect quick side for numerous dishes. With simple ingredients, I love how quick it goes together. And you can mix it up with some fun additives or leave it plain (leftovers make awesome cornbread stuffing). I think after you make this, it will soon become a staple for you as well.

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Melt In Your Mouth Sugar Cookies

Melt In Your Mouth Sugar Cookies | The Gray Boxwood

Soft, light and melt in your mouth sweetness, perfect for Valentine’s Day is the best way to describe these cookies. They are not the crispy edged cookie that many associate with sugar cookies. But they are delicious and so incredibly tender that you’ll want to make these every day of the year. The added unique ingredient of Greek yogurt lends to the tenderness and balances out the sweetness. Thankfully, by adjusting the color of the frosting, you can make these for any – or every – special day!

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Oven Steamed Salmon with Vegetables

Oven Steamed Salmon with Vegetables | The Gray Boxwood

I love getting ready for a large holiday meal, one with a lot of preparations and numerous guests. I enjoy the menu planning, the preparing and of course the wonderful conversations. Thankfully, though, that is not an everyday occurrence or I would probably not enjoy it! Normal days call for less intense meals that can be prepared quickly but still be delicious and most importantly, healthy!

Healthy doesn’t mean flavorless or boring, but can be just as fulfilling as anything pre-bought or processed. Honestly, it’s probably much better. This salmon with vegetables over rice is one of those meals I run to when I want something extra good! With Valentine’s Day coming up, forget making reservations for a meal that many times is lackluster and instead impress with this homemade dinner for two!

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