Dinner

Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup with Moroccan Chermoula 00

Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup with Moroccan Chermoula

Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup with Moroccan Chermoula

00

The Polar Vortex is on its way to Chicago….great. But let’s look on the bright side. Cold weather means soup season has arrived! Nothing beats a warm bowl of soup on a frigid day, especially in Chicago. The beautiful thing about soup is that you can cook once and eat for the week – who wouldn’t love this? Would you like chermoula with that? Yes that’s a real thing....

Mushroom Lentil Meatballs 00

Mushroom Lentil Meatballs

Mushroom Lentil Meatballs

00

  Whether you swoon over the gourmet flavors of portabella and shiitake or yearn for the traditional taste of white button and cremini, summer is the perfect time to transform your meals with mushrooms! Swap out beef burgers by throwing a marinated portabella mushroom on the grill, substitute half of your ground beef with mushrooms to make a flavorful burger patty, or top your favorite...

Wild Blueberry Barbecue Ribs 00

Wild Blueberry Barbecue Ribs

Wild Blueberry Barbecue Ribs

00

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. Most conventional BBQ sauces are full of added sugar and salt. But, by using sweet wild blueberries as one of the key ingredients, I was able to pack this tasty sauce with a...

Classic French Onion Soup 00

Classic French Onion Soup

Classic French Onion Soup

00

The weather in Chicago today has been completely unpredictable. With the Bears game delayed, the rain coming down, and a tornado warning in effect, I decided to keep cozy with some soup! Classic French Onion Soup is one of my favorite winter comfort foods. Yes, even dietitians enjoy comfort food once in a while in…in moderation of course. In my defense, it has been over 2...

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad 00

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

00

In celebration of fall and football, I have been making my fair share of cabbage slaws in the kitchen. But nothing makes my taste buds dance like a good shaved Brussels Sprout salad.   Years ago I came across a raw Brussels Sprouts salad at a local Chicago restaurant and fell in love with the concept. With a little creativity in the kitchen, this delicious Shaved Brussels Sprouts salad with...

Grilled Salmon with Cherry Balsamic Salad 00

Grilled Salmon with Cherry Balsamic Salad

Grilled Salmon with Cherry Balsamic Salad

00

While the first day of summer is still 2 weeks away, I’m ready for the summer salad season to begin! The weather here in Chicago has been unfortunately chilly for June but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying delicious grilled food and cold brews indoors! With family in town all last week, my fridge was an empty sad sight and I felt like I hadn’t been grocery shopping in ages. Instead of...

Ginger Shrimp and Chard Stir Fry 00

Ginger Shrimp and Chard Stir Fry

Ginger Shrimp and Chard Stir Fry

00

Monday night I had a lot on my plate (no pun intended) and needed a quick dinner. I had planned to make Ginger Shrimp and Chard Stir Fry over brown rice, but last minute changed my mind and used Tasty Bite Asian Kung Pao Noodles instead! This was the first time I ever bought this pre-made microwaveable pouch of fresh cooked noodles and vegetables tossed with peanuts in a Kung Pao sauce and I have...

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa Tacos 00

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa Tacos

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa Tacos

00

On a busy day, my best friend is my crockpot. Nothing is better than coming home to a dinner that has been cooking itself while you’ve been away! After seeing Rick Bayless at the Good Food Festival last month, I grabbed one of his Frontera Seasoning Sauces at the grocery store last week to give it a try! I went with the Red Chile Barbacoa Slow Cook Sauce, a roasted tomato and ancho chile sauce...

Quinoa Oat and Pecan Veggie Burger 00

Quinoa Oat and Pecan Veggie Burger

Quinoa Oat and Pecan Veggie Burger

00

I’m always on the search for new and innovative ideas for veggie burgers! This one features red quinoa giving it a fabulous chewy and crunchy texture that I absolutely loved. However, with the added bun, it felt a little carbohydrate heavy, so next time I would be perfectly happy crumbling it over a salad instead!   Quinoa Oat and Pecan Veggie Burger Serves 6 Adapted from Eating...

Halibut with Garlic Almond and Caper Sauce 00

Halibut with Garlic Almond and Caper Sauce

Halibut with Garlic Almond and Caper Sauce

00

Halibut was on crazy sale last weekend at Whole Foods, so I couldn’t help but cook some up for dinner last Sunday night! Instead of brown rice, I made a quick salad with Boston lettuce, watercress, radish, and avocado to serve the fish over. The weather in Chicago was finally a beautiful spring 60 degrees, so Will and I went for a quick 30 minute run out by the lake to enjoy it before enjoying...

Beef Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice 00

Beef Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice

Beef Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice

00

Yesterday was yet another crazy day of travel for work – from Tinley Park and Wrigleyville to Gold Coast and back to the South Loop. By the time I got home I was exhausted, so dinner needed to be quick. Enter Beef Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice.   Beef Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice Ingredients: 1 Tbsp olive oil 1/2 red onion, sliced 1 lb tri tip steak, thinly sliced 1/2 red bell...

Garlic and Herb Roasted Chicken 00

Garlic and Herb Roasted Chicken

Garlic and Herb Roasted Chicken

00

I have been all over creation today…literally. After leaving home at 6AM and not returning until 10PM, I have successfully made my way through countless northwest suburbs meeting clients, giving seminars and teaching classes all day stopping along the way at any coffee shop or cafe parking lot willing to lend me free Wi-Fi to get some work done on my laptop from my car (don’t pretend like...