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...]

Quinoa Curry with Mango and Tomatoes

  I have a big. fat. crush. on quinoa. I'm rocking some sexy red lipstick and some low cut pjs for this dinner. Maybe even my bunny slippers.     Lately quinoa's become the super hot Senior Quarterback of health food. I have a (totally controllable...!) magazine obsession... and I swear this stuff's seen more media appearances in the last month than Katie Holmes and Suri. All the health professionals can't stop talking about it and all us health nerds are grabbing … [Read more...]

Roasted Salmon Summer Salad with Capers and Sweet Red Onion

    I just can't do it guys. Nope. No way. No how.   You can dress it up all you want... smother it in bbq sauce, hide it in a quesadilla, pound it into a burger....   Okkkk maybe mold it into a McNugget...   But I cannot eat chicken again this week. I have hit my poultry limit. Do you ever get like that??   I don't eat red meat and I'm usually too lazy to defrost frozen fish so my weeknight meals usually revolve around … [Read more...]

Tomato, Avocado, and Cucumber Crostini with Creamy Sherry Vinaigrette

Happy (Insert Holiday Here)!   It's officially wedding season....bbq season... baby shower season, memorial day... 4th of July.....grill outs....   Summer's coming and all this gorgeous warm weather (Its going to be 90 degrees today in Chicago!) means finding every possible excuse to celebrate cold beer, blue skies, fresh food, and awesome friends!     It also means that Jenny from apartment 201 is probably going to ask you to bring an appetizer to tomorrow … [Read more...]

An Earth Day Inspired Dinner Party

 So today's post is extra special - like deserving of glitter, a gold star, and maybe even a firework kind of special... I hosted my very first dinner party ever yesterday! I am so excited that Foodbuzz.com liked my proposal for an Earth Day themed, earth-friendly, vegetarian (mostly vegan!) dinner party, because it gave me an amazing excuse to invite over my closest friends to be with the people I love the most - doing the thing I love the most...cooking! I loved having an Earth … [Read more...]