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...]

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...]

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...]

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 Mini Pizza Appetizers with Arugula, Peppers, and Prosciutto

Happy 2012! Well... almost. Can you believe its already been another year? I keep accidentally typing 2010 for some reason. I'm a little behind. I literally almost sent out a resume yesterday that said December 2010. And the first line under my 'skill' section says "detail oriented..." I'm excited for New Years Eve though! As a kid we'd always work it up and make NYE into a huge deal. We'd all sneak like a half of beer from our parents, buy some cheap party hats... and then realize that … [Read more...]