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...]

Vegan Queso Dip & A Vegan Super Bowl!

There is something about smooth, spicy, Queso Dip that makes me..... ......want a beer. Which is an actual MIRACLE because I am a diehard Wino. In my mind literally EVERYTHING goes with wine. Oatmeal...gummy bears at the movies, hot dog at the baseball stadium (No judging!). So the fact that Queso actually makes me crave beer  means that Bud better get on this if they want to catch the .001% of us that don't have a problem getting booed in the wine line at Wrigley Stadium.   So to … [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...]

Favorite Minestrone Soup

Whoa. It is COLD in Chicago today. Holy moly.   I left my makeup bag by the window last night and it literally turned my mascara into this thick goopy mess that makes my eyelashes look like tarantula legs on steroids. I'm going to need an ice pick to get out my moisturizer.   But the good thing about freezy cold days are that they make for the best cozy nights at home! One of my favorite parts of December is coming home after a long day of Christmas shopping in the cold, … [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...]

Sparkling Pear Cranberry Cocktail and my 2 year Blogiversary!

ZOOM!   Ok sometimes it crawled...maybe even made a few U-turns., but I seriously cannot believe how incredibly fast these past 2 years have flown! I look back and it is so crazy to think of how much has changed since my very 1st post on November 5, 2011. CRAZY.   New jobs...new apartment....new friends...new KitchenAid mixer (Yeaaah!) thank God still same dog...! But so many new things and awesome experiences and I am SO blessed that I get to share each and every step of … [Read more...]

Skinny Mini Apple Crisps

  Mm..mmm! Apple crisps are the epitome of Fall. I know Pumpkin is usually the popular kid on the playground but lets not forget who is first to recess! It is apple season guys and ALL I want to eat are apples. Especially those covered in buttery crumble and baked warm with cinnamon....and maybe some ice-cream. I'm sorry but this post it 100% selfish... it was Friday... and I really just wanted apple crisp. Like really, really bad. All week my mailbox was stuffed with cooking … [Read more...]

Vegan Funfetti Birthday Cupcakes

Happy Birthday...... to me!!   It has been a fabulous birthday week! Ok so technically my birthday was Monday...but as long as the birthday mail keeps coming I reuse to give up the bday crown :) I wouldn't refuse another birthday cake either... I like vanilla with chocolate buttercream...just sayin'...   or pumpkin cake (my favorite)... or carrot cake...   or FUNFETTI cake!   My birthday is the 9th and my dad's birthday is the 10th.....and we had … [Read more...]

Vegan Honey Dew Green Monster Smoothie

  I swear Green Monster Smoothies are like the Starbucks of all smoothies. They are e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e. EVERYWHERE guys! You can even make them to order, just like your nonfat no whip skinny latte.... I'd like mine light spinach, little honeydew, no pineapple. K thanks.   A simple search on the internet will crash your computer with thousands of recipe combos. And I know I'm a little late to the game but I really wanted to create a version that I personally love. And doesn't … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Blender “Ice Cream”

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...]

Beet & Orange Citrus Salad

  So I do not  did not like beets.   I didn't just kind of not like them... like I really really didn't like them. You know when you're swimming in a lake and you accidentally swallow lake water? Like right by some seaweed? That's what I thought they tasted like. Dead serious.   Then something magical happened... I went out to dinner to this restaurant I had been dying to go to (RPM Italian!), and I ordered beets...and I LOVED them. They were prepared to perfection. … [Read more...]