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Healthy Chicken Meatballs with Red Wine Sauce 00

Healthy Chicken Meatballs with Red Wine Sauce

Healthy Chicken Meatballs with Red Wine Sauce

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These lean healthy chicken meatballs are oven baked in red wine sauce so that they remain juicy and bursting with flavor! A few things you might think when you hear that poultry has been substituted for the traditional beef, pork, and veal in these healthy chicken meatballs: These won’t be as good as the real thing These lean meatballs are destined to be dry There’s no way my spouse will eat...

Country Fried Steak Fingers with Cashew Cream Gravy 00

Country Fried Steak Fingers with Cashew Cream Gravy

Country Fried Steak Fingers with Cashew Cream Gravy

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Memorial Day weekend is for grilling. These country fried steak fingers and gravy are for all of the other summer nights. This is where diner chicken fried steak meets poolside finger food. Prepare to be addicted…and embarrassingly eating the gravy dipping sauce with a spoon. Guilty. Spoiler alert – chicken fried steak isn’t actually chicken. It’s beef....

Healthy Valentine’s Day Recipes 00

Healthy Valentine’s Day Recipes

Healthy Valentine’s Day Recipes

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Show your loved ones how much you care this year with a home-cooked meal using one of these healthy Valentine’s Day recipes! Holidays and candy go hand in hand and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Celebrated with chocolate, red wine and champagne, Valentine’s Day is up there on the list of unhealthy holidays alongside Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. But don’t let...

Healthy Labor Day Recipes 00

Healthy Labor Day Recipes

Healthy Labor Day Recipes

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Thanks to fresh summer produce and grilling, healthy Labor Day recipes are easy. Feed your guests with one of these nutrient-packed recipes this weekend! Hello holiday weekend! Whether you are spending the long weekend soaking up the last of the summer sunshine at the pool, grilling out with the family before the kids go back to school, or celebrating the start of football season, I have plenty...

Hoppin’ John Quinoa Sliders 00

Hoppin’ John Quinoa Sliders

Hoppin’ John Quinoa Sliders

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We are two weeks into the New Year and it’s time to pay homage to our lucky black-eyed peas! Hoppin’ John is a peas and rice dish made with black-eyed peas, onion, bacon, spices and sometimes greens like collard greens, Swiss chard or kale. The dish, traditionally served in the South, is meant to bring about a prosperous and lucky year. So I wanted to give this traditional dish a unique...

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

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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

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  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

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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

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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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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...

Grilled Salmon with Cherry Balsamic Salad 00

Grilled Salmon with Cherry Balsamic Salad

Grilled Salmon with Cherry Balsamic Salad

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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

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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...