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Hillbilly Bean Dip

Seventy-five percent of federal poultry inspectors say they would not eat chicken.

This recipe is a good one to keep in your playbook when you need to whip up something quick and easy for a party.  I think this would be a hit at a sports party or something along those lines.  It would also go well with a Mexican meal either on tacos/nachos or served as a side.  I made it right before I moved for the first time and it took about 10 minutes of prep time and 20 minutes in the oven.  Now my recipe is a smaller portion but it can easily be multiplied if you wanted to bring it as a dish to a party.  I’d say my recipe would make about 8+ servings as a side dish or appetizer.

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 can vegetarian refried beans
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • tortilla or corn chips to serve
  1. Mix the sour cream and cream cheese together first.  Add in the refried beans, about half a can at a time.
  2. Add the onion, tomato, and chili powder.  Stir.
  3. Pour into baking pan, I used about a 6in circular pan.  Use whatever size you have so that the dip is at least 1/2 inch thick.
  4. Sprinkle the cheese across the top.
  5. Bake for about 15-20 minutes at 350.  It can be served hot or cold.

Bean Dip

Now that I’m finally all settled into my new apartment in Raleigh I should be able to post a little more regularly.  It was pretty hectic the past 2-3 weeks with final exams, graduation, and moving several states away! I’m also planning on doing a juice cleanse coming up so I will keep you all posted on how that goes! 🙂

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Using Steak Seasoning as a Vegetarian

Livestock–cattle, poultry, goats, sheep–totaling 15 billion worldwide now outnumber people three to one.  Livestock graze on half of the world’s land mass.  The explosion of livestock populations has resulted in a parallel explosion of animal wastes that pollute surface and ground water.  U.S. livestock produce 230,000 pounds of excrement per second.  The amount of waste created by a 10,000-head feed lot is equal to the waste of a city of 110,000 people.

Steak seasoning is obviously used on steak, but there are plenty of vegetarian friendly recipes that steak seasoning complements.  My favorite is with tomatoes, mozzarella, and balsamic vinegar.  The best part of combining the mozzarella with the tomatoes is that the fat in the cheese helps your body absorb more of the disease-fighting lycopene from the tomatoes.

  • Slice a tomato or two and top with slices of wet mozzarella.
  • Add a small amount of diced onions, sprinkle with steak seasoning, and drizzle balsamic vinegar.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes so that the flavors can blend.

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Another variation of the above recipe is on garlic toast.

  • Cook garlic toast for 1/2 of the suggested time.
  • Flip the garlic toast over and top with tomato slices, steak seasoning, mozzarella (slices or shredded)
  • cook the remaining amount of time

Kale Chips with Steak Seasoning

  • Preheat oven to 325F
  • Pick the leaves off of the stems, rinse, and dry–wet leaves will burn in the oven
  • Drizzle olive oil across a cookie sheet
  • spread rinsed and dried pieces of kale across the cookie sheet,
  • sprinkle steak seasoning and oregano  or steak seasoning and dill on the kale
  • bake for about 20 minutes

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Another suggestion is to season french fries or baked potatoes with steak seasoning. I hope that you enjoy these recipes these are some of my favorite snacks or side dishes.

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