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...]

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...]

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...]

Skinny Veggie Chili and Ask Ashley!

I have an extra special post for you guys today! Not only am I introducing you to my fabulous veggie chili recipe... I'm also introducing you to the queen of fabulous - Whipped's resident dietitian, Ashley! She's been the secret machine behind my health topic posts (remember my Girl Power Bars, Probiotic Stir Fry, and White Bean Nicoise Salad recipe??), researching all things healthy and nutritious to help me put together some powerhouse recipes for you all! I wanted to take today to let … [Read more...]

Skinny Office Snacks – Mediterranean Nachos

  Yikes! I cannot believe its already Wednesday. I meant to get this post up on Monday but things like eating leftover birthday cake...  watching the Voice premiere... and being lazy got in the way. The important things.. sorry!! I had such a fun weekend! Fabulous, fabulous weekend! My best friend threw me a party and took me out to this gorgeous Chicago bar I'd never been before. The Bears game on Sunday had absolutely perfect weather - 70s and sunny - plus we won! Woo! Had the g-pa … [Read more...]

Ooey Gooey Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

  So I know today is Labor Day and I should be posting something BBQ or summer party-ish... which is what I was totally planning on doing. I swear.   Until I made these cinnamon rolls on Friday.   And OMG. omgggggggg! Total when Harry Met Sally moment, these little buns are killer.   Just close your eyes a minute...can you smell the warm cinnamon rolls baking in your oven?? Taste the creamy sugary glaze and tender sweet dough...bursting with warm … [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...]

Girl Power Bars – Granola Bars for Healthy Hair, Skin, and Nails!

Ok, so my bathroom counter literally looks like a really bad "Buy One Get One Free" sale in the cosmetics section at Walgreens.   Hoarders would beg me for an episode if they took two steps toward my sink.   There is eye shadow from I swear to God.. at least 5 years ago... moisturizer for oily skin... moisturizer for dry skin...  moisturizer for the wrinkles I don't have but that Lancome has promised me I will within the year... body lotions... hair gels... hair … [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...]

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...]

Jazzed-up Tomato Bruschetta with Sweet Balsamic Reduction

  I love tomato bruschetta.   Maybe even more than chocolate.   Vine ripe tomatoes + fresh basil + lots and lots of garlic = heaven on a toasty cloud of bruschetta bliss. Mm...Mmm...mmmm....   And it just so happens that I am a tomato bruschetta expert. It's a serious profession. Pleased to meet you.   Tomato bruschetta has been one of my favorite foods for as long as I can remember. Living off a college kid's budget, studying in Rome … [Read more...]