Mexican Chicken & Rice Bowl

Hi Everyone!! I'm BACK! I'm back! I'm back…! I swear. I know I have been just about the worst boyfriend in the world. I never called. Didn't text. Taunted you with my yummy Lentil Farro Salad pics and then just took off. You can crazy ex-style Facebook stalk the bejeezus out of me and you won't find a trace of Whipped on the internet, in the fridge….I even forgot my password to log in to my own website!   So basically this is the point where I come crawling back begging you … [Read more...]

Lentil Farro Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

Omygoodness. I have been SICK. Like living on chicken broth, abandoning all personal hygiene, and finishing every TV season of everything kind of sick. By the time I crawled out of my cave of blankets and tissues it was like Tom Hanks in Castaway - complete Wilson situation with my Apple TV. Slow motion grab for Netflix as I was pulled back into the land of makeup and responsibility.   So after a nasty week of feeling terrible I am happy to report that I have finally rolled off … [Read more...]

Creamy Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup

The weather God is becoming seriously egotistical. OK we get it! We fully understand that you can bury my poor little puppy under a mountain of snow in .02 seconds. And that you think its funny when I trip on a deceptively mushy pile of snow and butt dive on Michigan Ave (high point - old lady behind me thought it was hilarious). WE KNOW. I think we should maybe treat the situation like dealing with a toddler....like maybe if we ignore him (and you groundhog!), this little snowstorm tantrum … [Read more...]

Favorite Recipes of 2013

Out on the town toasting the holidays with my dad! Hi! It's me. Kristina... Remember??   I feel like I need to reintroduce myself after this long hiatus I've taken from blogging over the holidays! Things like sugar cookies, onDemand movie marathons, and literally doing nothing have gotten in the way of me being anything close to productive. I just shamelessly self tanned (little NYE prep - which may or may not have been a terrible decision, we'll see what color I turn tomorrow...) … [Read more...]

Creamy Guilt-Free Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  3 days....dun dun dun! If you're scrambling for recipes, I've got you covered!   Today's post is going to be short and sweet on words and heavy (pleaseee pass the side dish recipes!) on the food. I've rounded up all of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes from the blog to give you a yummy and foolproof selection of sides, mains, and desserts that will impress your guests and have everyone asking for the recipe! Because we all know that Thanksgiving is about love, family, and … [Read more...]

Roasted Butternut Squash Farro Salad with Cider Vinaigrette

Holy Moly. I have SO many Thanksgiving recipes I want to share this month I don't even know what to do! My desk/kitchen counter/living room floor....probably car floor...jeans pockets...coat pockets...anything with pockets....are stuffed and covered in random scratch pieces of paper with recipe ideas scribbled all over.     Literally this is how I organize my life.   Thank God Facebook keeps track of birthdays for me.     But long story short I was … [Read more...]

Summer Vegetable Potato Salad

Hi guys! Yikes! I feel likes its been forever since I last spilled my guts to cyberspace. I'm just about settled into my new apartment and have been having the time of my life playing around in the big bad city! My new job kicks butt - I spent the entire day yesterday in a photo shoot for these awesome DIY juices, and the entire last week helping recipe write and photograph the cutest little appetizers. And as if tasting, experimenting, and photographing food all day isn't enough, my … [Read more...]

Shrimp and Avocado Citrus Salad

Hi guys! Today is an extra special post for too many reasons to count! First - I'm guest posting today for one of my absolute favorite blogs ever - The Realistic Nutritionist! If you haven't checked out her site yet you are seriously missing out. She is personally responsible for about 99.9% of my food cravings. So thanks Claire.... :) To check out my post and say hi to one of my all time favorite foodies click here for the link! AND I have the fabulous Ashley visiting today with a post on … [Read more...]

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Tomatoes, Basil, & Balsamic Vinaigrette

Happy (almost) Friday everyone! We're just breaking into January and the New Year is all about discovering a new and fabulous you! Unfortunately, I just discovered.... that I am a big baby. A crabby, whining, rub my tummy kind of 6 month year old. I woke up New Years Day (go figure) with the flu and it absolutely kicked me to the curb. I've been living in mountain of dirty tissues, half drunk mugs of tea, and trashy gossip mags. But lucky for everyone around me (sorry!) I'm back on my feet … [Read more...]

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

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...]

Simple Balsamic Roasted Vegetables and a Frigidaire Giveaway!!

O-MY-Goodness. Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away guys! I swear last week was September. Now I know when we think of Thanksgiving we usually think pumpkin pie... creamy mashed potatoes... stuffing (my favorite!) and any other kind of vegetable with can sautee in butter and bake in cream. Sweet potato casserole! Ugh. Yum.   But there is something so comforting and irresistible about simple roasted vegetables with turkey dinner. Its like when fancy french restaurants give you … [Read more...]

Quick White Bean Nicoise Salad and Quick Fixes When You’ve Overindulged

  So I had such a great time this weekend! One of my very best friend's from growing up got married and her wedding was fabulous!! I have never seen a couple so in love - if I ever had any thoughts that real love and soul mates don't actually exist (Flash back 2 weeks ago to me shoving my face with soy ice-cream... watching 500 Days of Summer...and wondering why Prince Charming hasn't called yet....), 5 minutes into their wedding and you would have already completed your E-Harmony … [Read more...]