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Healthy Easter Brunch Menu Recipes 00

Healthy Easter Brunch Menu Recipes

Healthy Easter Brunch Menu Recipes

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Spring is finally here and Easter is only a week away! What are you cooking up this Easter Sunday? Unfortunately I am not the one hosting Easter brunch this year, but if I was, here are a few things I would definitely have on the menu! These healthy Easter brunch menu recipes are gluten-free and dairy-free (just leave out the cheese!) and are sure to be crowd-pleasers!   Lemon Poppy Seed...

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Gluten-Free Sweet Treats

Gluten-Free Sweet Treats

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You won’t be missing refined sugar and flour with these twelve decadent gluten-free desserts! Make one of these tasty recipes for you and your sweetie this Valentine’s Day!   Chocolate Date Caramel Walnut Tart by Gourmande in the Kitchen – This tart includes an almond sea salt crust with a date and walnut filling and is topped with silky raw chocolate...

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Health Benefits of Avocados

Health Benefits of Avocados

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I. love. avocados. No, I mean…LOVE.  It’s a problem…or healthy addiction if you will. As a dietitian, I’m always looking for new and creative ways to add them to everything. There are so many amazing health benefits of avocados that it would be a shame not to! Avocados are a great source of healthy unsaturated fats, are naturally cholesterol and sodium free, and contain only 50 calories...

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Classic French Onion Soup

Classic French Onion Soup

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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...

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Paleo Pumpkin Spice Donuts

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Donuts

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Yesterday was the November Chicago Food Swap at The Chopping Block! I wanted to bring something unique, healthy, festive and trendy to the swap and thus, these Paleo Pumpkin Spice Donuts were born! But before we get to the recipe, let’s take a look at all the action during the swap! The Chopping Block was the PERFECT location for the swap – plenty of room, lots of counter...

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Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

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With the holidays soon approaching, it’s more important than ever to stay healthy and energized. These nutritious pumpkin pie energy bites provide a quick and easy boost of energy to keep you going! I absolutely love these tasty little treats – they taste just like pumpkin pie, but have a nice added crunch with the coconut and pumpkin seed coating. Not to mention they are the perfect...

Spicy Corn Salad with Walnuts and Feta 00

Spicy Corn Salad with Walnuts and Feta

Spicy Corn Salad with Walnuts and Feta

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Over the Fourth of July weekend, we went over to a friends house and someone had brought this delicious corn salad with feta. It was so tasty I had to recreate it at home with my own spicy twist! Many recipes for corn salad call for jalapeno, but after visiting the farmers market last weekend and getting my hands on a bunch of Melrose peppers, I couldn’t help but put a Chicago twist on the...

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Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

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I did it. I officially registered for my very first Chicago Food Swap in August! I am beyond excited, but nervous about what I want to bring. Being the competitive person I am, I obviously want bring something that is out of this world. So let the brainstorming begin…any thoughts? While I don’t usually roast tomatoes until the end of the summer to preserve these tasty gems in order to enjoy...

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Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Crumble

Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Crumble

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Nothing says summer like strawberries and rhubarb! I made a special trip to the Green City farmers market in Lincoln Park this morning for some fresh summer goodies! I came home with strawberries as sweet as candy, local melrose sweet peppers, juicy red currants, and of course a bundle of rhubarb. This Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Crumble is the perfect summer dessert for an all-American...

Ginger Shrimp and Chard Stir Fry 00

Ginger Shrimp and Chard Stir Fry

Ginger Shrimp and Chard Stir Fry

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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

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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...

Pomegranate and Satsuma Quinoa Salad 00

Pomegranate and Satsuma Quinoa Salad

Pomegranate and Satsuma Quinoa Salad

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After a full 10 hour day of work yesterday, I’m proud to say I completed everything on my list in time to catch the Golden Globes! Fortunately the one film I saw this season, Life of Pi, won best original score! However, after seeing all of the awards go out last night, clearly I have some movie watching to do! With the day so busy, I only had time to make a quick quinoa salad to snack on...