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...]

Cheesy Pizza Pockets – Skinny Superbowl Snacks!

  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...]

Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad

  So we're coming into the last week of January everyone! Its just about that time when every day-time talk show, magazine, and newspaper reminds us that we are in a competition with our New Years Resolutions and its time to check the score...   So if chocolate, cycling class, and happy hour are kicking your pretty little butt, stop stressing because this isn't the NFL. Not even high school basketball... this is pee wee soccer ladies and gents; and everyone is a winner as long … [Read more...]

Chicken and Roasted Tomato Sandwich with Mozzarella

So bare with me on this post everyone! Remember last Friday's post? My Quinoa Salad with Roasted Tomatoes?? I was trying to be all organized (for once) and coordinate recipes to show you how to rollover my Roasted Tomatoes into two recipes.... Aka..show you how to use Friday's post to make an easy dinner on Sunday. But... the Golden Globes were on... and Revenge... and Downton Abbey...so there was literally no time to do anything productive with my life besides rot on my couch with a glass of … [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...]

DIY Whole Grain Holiday Pancake Mix

  Wanna know how I like my breakfast ?   Mm...Pancakes. Warm Maple Syrup. Coffee... ...With a side of restaurant waiter and a big cup of 'I don't cook in the morning'.    I love breakfast! I just really (really) dislike making it myself. Or at least doing it at 7am. When I'm hungry and its hard enough trying to focus on straight eyeliner and matching socks. So what to do? How ever do I manage a 5 star brunch when my brain is functioning at the speed of my 2 year … [Read more...]

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

There is something so comfortably satisfying about a big warm bowl of creamy tomato soup on a lazy Sunday. I have a presentation at my old high school this week and I think all the preparation has got me seriously nostalgic for some of my childhood favorites - Tomato Soup. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. White Keds. And my Malibu Barbie with...Gymanstic Barbie's head. I was just as OCD efficient at 5 yrs old as I am now. I didn't want to take the time to change Barbie's clothes.. so I would change … [Read more...]

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

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...]

Buffalo Chicken Chili

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...]

Probiotic Power Plate – Tempeh and Asparagus Stir Fy

Today's post is all about Probiotics and Prebiotics for healthy tummy's and happy bodies! Ok...soooo.....why is there a big pic of a Stir Fry at the top of this page??   Where's the yogurt? The dairy?? Where is Jamie Lee Curtis telling me I will be regulated in 7 days...? Probiotics and dairy have become almost synonymous for each other when we're talking about regulating our GI tract, but while yogurt definitely is an enormous powerhouse for all of those good bacteria - … [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...]