Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Blender “Ice Cream”

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So today's recipe is kind of AWESOME. I'm so excited about this one guys!   Like the kind of awesome that lets you eat cool creamy peanut butter banana ice cream in less than 3 minutes....For 100 calories per serving. With no dairy. Totally vegan. No added sugar. And tastes AMAZING.   Pretty much kicks butt.   I was kind of embarrassingly inspired by that Yonanas banana ice cream maker... you know what I'm talking about?? I have this problem with … [Read more...]

Double Chocolate Vegan Brownies

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Woo woo!! Tomorrow is moving day into my new apartment for the summer!! I'm knee deep in boxes of kitchen equipment, high heels, and procrastinated laundry... Buttttt...instead of boring you all with my newfound revelations of a serious hoarding problem and a collection of old battered white tank tops with holes big enough to prove that I actually don't know how to use a washing machine....   Let's focus on these FABULOUS Double Chocolate Brownies! I am absolutely so proud of … [Read more...]

Turkey Sloppy Joes

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Ooooo I love sloppy joes! Everything about them.   They're the perfect sweet and tangy comfort food. They have that kind of 1950s nostalgia where there'd be a commercial with some elementary school kid spilling red sauce all over his newly pressed white tshrit and his mom just smiling and shaking her head...so much love for the sloppy joe!   Ok only I have to admit that my sloppy joe nostalgia doesn't usually jump to prepubescence, braces, and training bras; I go straight … [Read more...]

Chicken Fried Rice

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It is snowy and cold in the best ever way possible today.   I'm tucked inside with nothing to do; no way to drive on the roads, huddled in last night's pjs surrounded by cookbooks. I'm wrapping up a website this week so I've been graciously working from home, far from my snow boots and North Face. I really thought I hit my max on snow this year but the whole not having to commute thing is giving me a new zen in the blizzard. Only don't push it blizzard. This is it. The big send … [Read more...]

Cheesy Pizza Pockets – Skinny Superbowl Snacks!

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  Woo! It's just about a week till' Super Bowl Sunday! Bring on the beer, chili, brownies, and don't forget the Tums! I LOVE football parties. Everything about them. Well. almost. Ok - I'm so sorry. I really wanted to come up with some super witty first paragraph about the game - maybe some awesome insightful joke on who's going to win. Only when I sat down to type I realized that I needed to google "who is in Superbowl 2013"...   But knew that Beyonce was the halftime show. … [Read more...]

Skinny Maple-Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole and Turkey Day Survival Tips

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2... more... days... till THANKSGIVING! The one day of the year that is completely dedicated to food. Literally. We're supposed to give some thanks in there but lets be serious. Its all about the turkey. gravy. pumpkin pie. and SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE! However, us smart, savvy, gorgeous ladies (and you studly guys) also know that Thanksgiving is a day of diet sabotaging land mines that don't just sneak up on you - they're literally put in front of your face. So I decided to call in the … [Read more...]

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Do you know what is less fun than dishwashing. Laundry. Going to the dentist. And finding out the real calorie counts at Starbucks. Combined. Apartment shopping.    For real. Craigslist  and I are seriously fighting right now. That and every other apartment agency in Chicago. But I'm keeping my chin up! The Carrie Bradshaw in me still firmly believes that sparkles, cosmos, and Manolo Blahniks (or DSW) are destined for my future. And no matter what little whole in the wall me and my … [Read more...]

Skinny Pumpkin-Banana Bars

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I love pumpkin bars.   Holy moly ladies and gents. I forgot how good these were! Peanut butter and Jelly might be the originals but Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Frosting are the new kids in town. Move over Regis... I'm loving my Kelly & Michael!   These little babies are just happy food.   Happy fluffy pumpkin-y cake with happy smooth cream cheese frosting. The kind of simple desserts that make a bad day good and a good day that much … [Read more...]

Buffalo Chicken Chili

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Tomorrow's my first official tailgate of the football season and I am SO excited! A whole bunch of us are heading to the Notre Dame v. Michigan game at Notre Dame in the morning (some as early as 6:30am. Yikes! Definitely not my car...). It's going to be a lot of fun - lots of people, lots of food, ...and lots of rain! (Boo on the rain reports! I really hope weatherchannel.com is lying)   Only problem... I didn't go to Michigan. Or Notre Dame. I went to University of … [Read more...]

Ooey Gooey Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

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  So I know today is Labor Day and I should be posting something BBQ or summer party-ish... which is what I was totally planning on doing. I swear.   Until I made these cinnamon rolls on Friday.   And OMG. omgggggggg! Total when Harry Met Sally moment, these little buns are killer.   Just close your eyes a minute...can you smell the warm cinnamon rolls baking in your oven?? Taste the creamy sugary glaze and tender sweet dough...bursting with warm … [Read more...]

Girl Power Bars – Granola Bars for Healthy Hair, Skin, and Nails!

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Ok, so my bathroom counter literally looks like a really bad "Buy One Get One Free" sale in the cosmetics section at Walgreens.   Hoarders would beg me for an episode if they took two steps toward my sink.   There is eye shadow from I swear to God.. at least 5 years ago... moisturizer for oily skin... moisturizer for dry skin...  moisturizer for the wrinkles I don't have but that Lancome has promised me I will within the year... body lotions... hair gels... hair … [Read more...]

Skinny Chocolate Chip Pumpkin-Banana Bread

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  The pumpkin plant in my garden is getting SO BIG. Crazy big. The kind of big that ate my thyme plant... my parsley plant...and my green pepper... and I don't think its going to stop until it's finished off my cherry tomatoes.   A good mom would rein in her bullying child, but I'm totally playing favorites and I am way too excited to have my own pumpkins for this fall to do anything about it!   Look at them! I've never even successfully grown a basil … [Read more...]