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...]

Make-Ahead Mini Muffin Pizzas – Back to School

Can you all believe its already mid August?? I've been trying to live in denial that summer might actually end, but Famous Footwear and Old Navy will just not give it a rest. So. many. back to school commercials going on.   Which isn't entirely depressing... I love fall. Love boots, changing leaves, football tailgates... my birthday... :)   But most of all (totally not surprising), I love fall food. We start getting back into some comfort food - and there is nothing more … [Read more...]

Baked Chicken Fingers with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

I am SUCH a condiment girl.   Ketchup. Honey Mustard. Mayo... Miracle Whip (forget those commercials that make you pick sides). I dip french fries in honey. Eggs in salsa... eat mayonaise and tomato sandwiches....so its only natural that one of my favorite foods on earth are Chicken Fingers. The holy grail of dippers.   The only problem is that most chicken fingers you find at restaurants are battered, deep fried, and loaded with calories. With a 2 am Wendy's run as an … [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...]

Whole Grain Peach Blueberry Cobbler & a King Arthur Flour GIVEAWAY!

Happy Holiday Weekend!! Ok so I understand that posting a red white and blue cobbler the day after the 4th of July is like posting a ginger cookie recipe the day after Christmas. But my organizational skills that I promised last week should be coming in the mail soon....so with any luck if I start planning now I might get a stuffing recipe up for Thanksgiving!   I hope you all had fabulous 4th of Julys! The weather was stunning in Chicago - 80s, sunny, with a breeze :) Perfect for … [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...]

Spicy Chicken with Summer Vegetable Salad

So it might have been 50 and rainy today; the Memorial Day gods may have been laughing at us as we ducked in and out of the patio trying to grill our bbq chicken, but I feel like summer guys! I just got home from one of those genius self serve frozen yogurt joints where they let you pick from an endless buffet of candy, chocolate,  and all things sugar, and I feel like it could be sunny and 80's. Or like I may be suffering from a mild sugar coma. Summer doesn't start when the pool opens, it … [Read more...]

Blueberry Sugar Shortcakes with Mango Compote

ahh! hi! Sorry, I feel like I've been seriously cheating on you all lately. I've been cooking, baking, and cooking obnoxiously more (as usual) but instead of sharing it with you all I have been EATING it all! Oops. Life's been crazy busy lately so I've had absolutely no time to to take pretty pics and write about it. Only enough time to shove it in my own mouth. Things are going to start settling down though next week so get ready for some full force Whipped recipes!   I've been … [Read more...]