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...]

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...]

Double Chocolate Vegan Brownies

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...]

Spring Goat Cheese Vegetable Dip

I love vegetable dips. Everything about them.   You can be at any kind of summer party surrounded by the most awkward collection of people - try your questionably twice removed uncle, ex-boyfriend's latest gf, that guy you 'forgot' to call back...3 months ago...take your pick kids.   But put that same group around a big bowl of dip - and voila! BFF's. All the sudden everyone has something delicious in common and a fabulous conversation starter (aka what an amazing cook this … [Read more...]

Loaded Vegan Nachos

So today's post started out as a Mojito recipe...(a really good mojito recipe!)   Buttttt... 4 test recipes and a half of bottle of Bacardi (no judging) later and all I was craving was a big, heaping, plate of nachos. Should have seen that one coming..   Normally a frozen pizza would do the trick, but thanks to a marathon of Mexican recipes on the Food Network and Pinterest exploding with Cinco de Mayo -  it was nachos or bust. And these are SO good guys! SO yummy. And … [Read more...]

Thai Quinoa Squash Salad

Hi!! By the time you see this post I will hopefully be leisurely sunning myself on a California beach, sipping mojitos, without a care in the world :) So while I'm away on vacay I asked Dara, from Generation Y Foodie, to please come and share one of her fabulous recipes with you all! This girl has some of my favorite recipes on the web, always healthy, super inventive, and practical for real world cooking. I could literally cook my way through her blog Monday through Friday.. and then put it … [Read more...]

Creamy Vegan Pasta Primavera

  Hi guys! It's 7am. I stink like self tanner. There are more clothes on my bedroom floor than hangers in my closet. And my internet search history looks like I am either an LA restaurant critic or seriously stalk LA restaurant critics.   There's only one thing this can mean... I leave for vacation next Monday!! I am so excited! I'm taking a girls trip with my mom to visit a couple friends in California before I make the big move to my new apartment and job in May. It's been … [Read more...]

Spring Vegetable Frittata

After the past few posts I bet you guys were starting to wonder if you were ever going to see another vegetable on the blog! French toast... doughnuts... crumb cake... umm...can you guess which end of the Easter buffet line I start on??   Luckily for my insulin levels -  the final recipe for my 3 month magazine series with McHenry County Magazine is a super yummy Spring Vegetable Frittata! I'm really excited to share this recipe with you all because I think its kind of a unique take … [Read more...]

Sauteed Ratatouille with Quinoa

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today is an extra special post about a couple extraordinary bloggers and a very important cause. Today we are joining together to help raise awareness for Heart Disease. Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic lost her Mom to heart disease when her mother was 47, and Kim was 15. Each year on the day her Mom passed she shares stories and photos of her Mom. This year she joined forces with Jen of Juanita's Cocina, whose life was also touched by heart disease when her Stepfather had … [Read more...]

Caprese Sandwiches with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Today's post is going to be short & sweet! Mainly because my butt is on fire guys. Whoa. I started PT last week for this hip thing I have and I am sore in muscles...I knew I had (lets be serious), but were pretty content not getting any use. Now they're very unhappy about not being able to free load off the rest of my lower half - so high maintenance! But before I go duct tape ice around my entire body I need to share my Caprese Sandwich recipe with you all! I made these sandwiches for a … [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...]

Inside Out Lasagna

Happy New Year everyone!! So while we're all trying to be good in 2013, sipping wheat grass shots, showing up on time to Yoga, and wrestling with separation anxiety over our secret chocolate drawers (doesn't everyone have one of those??), I thought I would taunt you with a little bit of lasagna... :) Because nothing says New Years resolution like fluffy ricotta cheese, rich tomato sauce, and a big. fat. bowl of carbs... or does it?? This healthy take on lasagna is lower cal, full of fiber, … [Read more...]