Lentil Farro Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

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Omygoodness. I have been SICK. Like living on chicken broth, abandoning all personal hygiene, and finishing every TV season of everything kind of sick. By the time I crawled out of my cave of blankets and tissues it was like Tom Hanks in Castaway - complete Wilson situation with my Apple TV. Slow motion grab for Netflix as I was pulled back into the land of makeup and responsibility.   So after a nasty week of feeling terrible I am happy to report that I have finally rolled off … [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...]

Vegan Queso Dip & A Vegan Super Bowl!

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There is something about smooth, spicy, Queso Dip that makes me..... ......want a beer. Which is an actual MIRACLE because I am a diehard Wino. In my mind literally EVERYTHING goes with wine. Oatmeal...gummy bears at the movies, hot dog at the baseball stadium (No judging!). So the fact that Queso actually makes me crave beer  means that Bud better get on this if they want to catch the .001% of us that don't have a problem getting booed in the wine line at Wrigley Stadium.   So to … [Read more...]

Favorite Minestrone Soup

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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...]

Beet & Orange Citrus Salad

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  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...]

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...]

Spring Goat Cheese Vegetable Dip

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I love vegetable dips. Everything about them.   You can be at any kind of summer party surrounded by the most awkward collection of people - try your questionably twice removed uncle, ex-boyfriend's latest gf, that guy you 'forgot' to call back...3 months ago...take your pick kids.   But put that same group around a big bowl of dip - and voila! BFF's. All the sudden everyone has something delicious in common and a fabulous conversation starter (aka what an amazing cook this … [Read more...]

Thai Quinoa Squash Salad

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Hi!! By the time you see this post I will hopefully be leisurely sunning myself on a California beach, sipping mojitos, without a care in the world :) So while I'm away on vacay I asked Dara, from Generation Y Foodie, to please come and share one of her fabulous recipes with you all! This girl has some of my favorite recipes on the web, always healthy, super inventive, and practical for real world cooking. I could literally cook my way through her blog Monday through Friday.. and then put it … [Read more...]

Creamy Vegan Pasta Primavera

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  Hi guys! It's 7am. I stink like self tanner. There are more clothes on my bedroom floor than hangers in my closet. And my internet search history looks like I am either an LA restaurant critic or seriously stalk LA restaurant critics.   There's only one thing this can mean... I leave for vacation next Monday!! I am so excited! I'm taking a girls trip with my mom to visit a couple friends in California before I make the big move to my new apartment and job in May. It's been … [Read more...]

Spring Vegetable Frittata

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After the past few posts I bet you guys were starting to wonder if you were ever going to see another vegetable on the blog! French toast... doughnuts... crumb cake... umm...can you guess which end of the Easter buffet line I start on??   Luckily for my insulin levels -  the final recipe for my 3 month magazine series with McHenry County Magazine is a super yummy Spring Vegetable Frittata! I'm really excited to share this recipe with you all because I think its kind of a unique take … [Read more...]

Sauteed Ratatouille with Quinoa

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Happy Tuesday everyone! Today is an extra special post about a couple extraordinary bloggers and a very important cause. Today we are joining together to help raise awareness for Heart Disease. Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic lost her Mom to heart disease when her mother was 47, and Kim was 15. Each year on the day her Mom passed she shares stories and photos of her Mom. This year she joined forces with Jen of Juanita's Cocina, whose life was also touched by heart disease when her Stepfather had … [Read more...]

Caprese Sandwiches with Balsamic Vinaigrette

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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...]