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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...

Classic French Onion Soup 00

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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Food Tour of Wicker Park and Bucktown

Food Tour of Wicker Park and Bucktown

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Hello Chicago! Today I wanted to share with you an amazing experience I had this weekend at the Chicago Food Planet Food Tour of Wicker Park/Bucktown! I found out about the tour through Vimbly and have been anticipating the event all month! I had such a great time tasting my way through the neighborhood and wanted to share every moment of it with you! Disclaimer: the foods eaten in this post...

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Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

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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...

Quinoa Oat and Pecan Veggie Burger 00

Quinoa Oat and Pecan Veggie Burger

Quinoa Oat and Pecan Veggie Burger

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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...

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...

Kamut & Garbanzo Bean Salad 00

Kamut & Garbanzo Bean Salad

Kamut & Garbanzo Bean Salad

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With summer coming to an end I am trying to make as many trips to the farmers market as possible! Fall is soon approaching lots of things are changing – the evenings are getting cooler, the beaches are becoming less crowded, kids are going back to school, and we are moving! After finally getting married back in June, we have decided it’s time for a bigger and better place! I’ve had the...

Shrimp Avocado Salad 00

Shrimp Avocado Salad

Shrimp Avocado Salad

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In keeping with the theme of Paleo today, I made a delicious Shrimp Avocado Salad for lunch! The salad consisted of a simple bed of lettuce, sliced avocado, cherry tomatoes, and lemon garlic shrimp. I recreated this salad based on this one I had in Mykonos! Instead of a creamy dressing for the salad, I used Isola Cream of Balsamic, one of my newest favorites in the kitchen! Cream of balsamic...

Vegetable Quinoa Winter Soup 00

Vegetable Quinoa Winter Soup

Vegetable Quinoa Winter Soup

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After a long night at crossfit I enjoyed some  well deserved Vegetable Quinoa Winter Soup with Garlic Crostini for dinner! All I had to do was heat up the soup and bake the crostini for 5 minutes and dinner was served. My day of meal preparation is already paying off! First things first though. Today’s crossfit WOD (for time): 30 air squats 15 front squats (55 – Rx was 65) 30 kettle...

Avocado and Grapefruit Salad 00

Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

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So remember when I said I was going to make Soba Noodles with Thai Coconut Shrimp this week? Well, it was a total flop – edible, but not worth posting. Oh well, sometimes the food wins. However, the Avocado Grapefruit Salad turned out fabulously! It was super easy and made a quick, delicious lunch! Ingredients: 1 head Butter (or Bibb) lettuce, chopped 2 grapefruits, peeled and segmented...

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BBQ Chicken Salad

BBQ Chicken Salad

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Without a microwave, leftovers for lunch have to be strategically planned at my new apartment. This BBQ chicken salad is actually something that is served at the café at my work, and I decided to come up with my own healthy recipe for it to eat at home! It looks a little sloppy, but once you realize how easy, delicious, and versatile it is, you won’t mind. Ingredients: 2 lbs boneless,...

Red Quinoa and Black Bean Salad 00

Red Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

Red Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

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Last week I made a big batch of Red Quinoa and Black Bean Salad and ate it all week for lunch! It was so simple and really REALLY good! What is quinoa? Quinoa (keen-wah) is an ancient Incan grain that comes in both white and red colors. Quinoa has the most complete amino acid profile of all grains meaning it has all of the essential amino acids needed for building bones, strengthening muscles...