Mexican Chicken & Rice Bowl

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Hi Everyone!! I'm BACK! I'm back! I'm back…! I swear. I know I have been just about the worst boyfriend in the world. I never called. Didn't text. Taunted you with my yummy Lentil Farro Salad pics and then just took off. You can crazy ex-style Facebook stalk the bejeezus out of me and you won't find a trace of Whipped on the internet, in the fridge….I even forgot my password to log in to my own website!   So basically this is the point where I come crawling back begging you … [Read more...]

Creamy Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup

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The weather God is becoming seriously egotistical. OK we get it! We fully understand that you can bury my poor little puppy under a mountain of snow in .02 seconds. And that you think its funny when I trip on a deceptively mushy pile of snow and butt dive on Michigan Ave (high point - old lady behind me thought it was hilarious). WE KNOW. I think we should maybe treat the situation like dealing with a toddler....like maybe if we ignore him (and you groundhog!), this little snowstorm tantrum … [Read more...]

Creamy Guilt-Free Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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  3 days....dun dun dun! If you're scrambling for recipes, I've got you covered!   Today's post is going to be short and sweet on words and heavy (pleaseee pass the side dish recipes!) on the food. I've rounded up all of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes from the blog to give you a yummy and foolproof selection of sides, mains, and desserts that will impress your guests and have everyone asking for the recipe! Because we all know that Thanksgiving is about love, family, and … [Read more...]

Roasted Butternut Squash Farro Salad with Cider Vinaigrette

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Holy Moly. I have SO many Thanksgiving recipes I want to share this month I don't even know what to do! My desk/kitchen counter/living room floor....probably car floor...jeans pockets...coat pockets...anything with pockets....are stuffed and covered in random scratch pieces of paper with recipe ideas scribbled all over.     Literally this is how I organize my life.   Thank God Facebook keeps track of birthdays for me.     But long story short I was … [Read more...]

Summer Vegetable Potato Salad

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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...]

Skinny Maple-Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole and Turkey Day Survival Tips

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2... more... days... till THANKSGIVING! The one day of the year that is completely dedicated to food. Literally. We're supposed to give some thanks in there but lets be serious. Its all about the turkey. gravy. pumpkin pie. and SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE! However, us smart, savvy, gorgeous ladies (and you studly guys) also know that Thanksgiving is a day of diet sabotaging land mines that don't just sneak up on you - they're literally put in front of your face. So I decided to call in the … [Read more...]

Simple Balsamic Roasted Vegetables and a Frigidaire Giveaway!!

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O-MY-Goodness. Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away guys! I swear last week was September. Now I know when we think of Thanksgiving we usually think pumpkin pie... creamy mashed potatoes... stuffing (my favorite!) and any other kind of vegetable with can sautee in butter and bake in cream. Sweet potato casserole! Ugh. Yum.   But there is something so comforting and irresistible about simple roasted vegetables with turkey dinner. Its like when fancy french restaurants give you … [Read more...]

Quick White Bean Nicoise Salad and Quick Fixes When You’ve Overindulged

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  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

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  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...]

Tomato, Avocado, and Cucumber Crostini with Creamy Sherry Vinaigrette

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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...]