My Go-To Fall Dinner

Does anyone else think sweater weather is any temperature below seventy degrees?  I guess it's appropriate that I opened a heated yoga studio: I’d rather be sweating profusely than covered in a blanket of goosebumps.  I used to carry a sweatshirt (and occasionally leggings) to school in jr. high and high school. The only thing worse than being unprepared on a cold day is frigid air conditioning.  With temperatures falling, and wind chill dropping into the low 50’s, it’s time for a menu change.   Try out my Roasted Red Pepper Chili and serve alongside some homemade Cornbread.

Roasted Red Pepper Chili


Chili and Cornbread
  • 1 1b grass - fed ground hamburger meat
  • 1 1b spicy chicken sausage
  • 1 1/2 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup corn
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 32 ounces chili beans (2 cans)
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups roasted red chili pepper soup


  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup greek yogurt


Chili Recipe
  1. Pour the roasted red pepper soup, chicken broth, and 2 tbsp. EVOO in the slow cooker
  2. Add 1 1b grass-fed ground hamburger meat and 1 1b spicy chicken sausage to the crockpot, and use bear paw meat handlers or two forks if you don't have a set to break the meat apart.
  3. Drain any excess juices from the chili beans, and add both cans to the crockpot.
  4. Add chopped onion, celery, corn, and garlic to the crockpot, stir to combine.
  5. Add spices to the chili, and turn the crockpot on low. Once, the chili is almost ready to serve (6-8) hours later, taste the chili. You can adjust the taste by altering the spices as you see fit. Sometimes I add red pepper flakes, garlic powder, or a little bit of hot sauce.
  6. To top off the chili, serve alongside greek yogurt and/or parmesan cheese.




Southern Style Skillet Cornbread


  • 1 Bag of red mills gluten - free cornbread mix
  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla soy milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter (kerry gold)
  • 1 can of corn
  • 6 Strips of bacon


  1. Cook 6 strips of bacon in your skillet, keep the grease in the pan.
  2. 2Set the bacon aside on a paper towel to cool. Once cool, break up the bacon into bits.
  3. Keep all remaining ingredients at room temperature.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Either use your already greased skillet, or generously grease a 9 x 9-inch pan, or muffin tin with the bacon grease.
  5. Place cornbread mix in large bowl. Add milk, eggs, butter, bacon, and corn. Mix until blended. Pour into prepared baking pan.
  6. Bake until golden-brown, about 25 minutes. If you make muffins, check the muffins at 18-20 minutes.

Additional Notes:

  • For a sweeter variation, add 1 tbsp. of honey to the mixture. The Vanilla Soy Milk can easily be swapped for another type of milk in your fridge or with buttermilk for a richer flavor.

What modifications did you make?  Did you add any additional spices or veggies? Let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear from you!


Carly Grace Milyo

Born in New York City,  Carly Grace grew up in Atlanta and graduated from The Westminster Schools.  Carly received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech in 2012. During her college career, Carly began practicing yoga as an escape from her intense ACC Cheerleading training. The rigor and requirements Carly upheld as an ACC athlete combined with the social expectations and action packed schedule expected of an Alpha Phi left Carly depleted both physically and mentally.  Before Carly found yoga, she used running, partying with friends, and restricting her diet to maintain a sense of control in her life. It was Carly's true desire to find more purposeful and authentic friendships and to invest her time in cultivating her greater well-being and spirituality that lead her to yoga. 

The creativity and physical challenge of yoga captivated and inspired Carly. Yoga was the first thing Carly practiced where the perfect-ten mentality was not required; in fact, perfection is the antithesis of yoga principles.  After hanging up her poms poms and retiring from her ACC Cheerleading career, Carly quickly found herself  invested in the In Balance Yoga Community in Blacksburg, VA.  With encouragement and affirmation from Studio Owner, Becky Crigger, Carly set out for New York City to train with Dana Trixie Flynn at Laughing Lotus Love Skool.

Yoga Alliance 200 E-RYT, Carly has studied and practiced with many influencers and teachers all over the United States.  Carly currently teaches Thunderbolt Power Yoga®;  a powerful alignment based vinyasa flow inspired by some of her greatest influencers including, Dana Trixie Flynn and Baron Baptiste.  Carly infuses creative ideas and sequencing into her classes. Her purpose as a teacher is to inspire people to move like themselves. Carly is committed to helping students be audaciously playful in both their practice and in their lives. 

You can catch Carly Grace teaching at her studio Thunderbolt Power Yoga, at off-site events such as the infamous FIT Yoga Series with Carly Grace at W Atl Buckhead, at music festivals, corporate conferences, and more!  Be sure to look out for Carly's quarterly Boombox Power Yoga® Class offered alongside a live DJ, accompanied by her pink boombox, and enhanced with a 16 inch disco ball. 

In the mean time, you can follow her adventures on instagram (@yoga__barbie) or give her a wave when you see her drive by in her infamous pink jeep!