Lunch

BBQ Chicken Salad 00

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 caf√© 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.   BBQ Chicken...

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...

Asian Chicken Salad 00

Asian Chicken Salad

Asian Chicken Salad

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I always find that salads made at restaurants seem to be so much more satisfying and flavorful than any boring old salad I could possibly make at home. So instead of my usual weekend trip to Panera for lunch I decided to challenge myself to create an equally delicious salad at home! Here is what I discovered. First, presentation of the salad is key. If it looks boring, it probably will taste...

Southwest Pasta Salad 00

Southwest Pasta Salad

Southwest Pasta Salad

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Oh my word, it seems like forever ago that I posted anything! Life has been totally crazy this week starting a new job, going to night class at UIC, and trying to get enough sleep to recover from a cold. At any rate, I’ve got a new recipe for you guys! A few months ago Will surprised me with a bag of handmade Whole Wheat Chipotle Lime Mafaldine pasta from Papparedelle’s at the French...

Pesto Gnocchi Pasta Salad 00

Pesto Gnocchi Pasta Salad

Pesto Gnocchi Pasta Salad

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Its finally summer, and nothing says summer like pasta salad! With being out of town and starting up my dietetic internship I feel like I haven’t cooked in ages! Pesto Gnocchi Pasta Salad was the perfect solution for dinner. I took this recipe from Cook This Not That; I used store-bought pesto from Whole Foods and leftover whole wheat gnocchi that I had made a month or so ago. Pesto...

Cobb Salad 00

Cobb Salad

Cobb Salad

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I had a craving for Cobb salad this week and got a great recipe from Smitten Kitchen which I modified slightly! This recipe was enough for two Cobb salads and was absolutely delicious! Cobb Salad gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, sugar-free, shellfish-oil, fish-free, bean & legume-free Ingredients: 1 head romaine lettuce 1 chicken breast (seasoned, grilled, and...

Arugula Pesto Salad 00

Arugula Pesto Salad

Arugula Pesto Salad

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Arugula Pesto Salad vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, sugar-free, shellfish-oil, fish-free, nightshade-free Ingredients: 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 4-5 cups arugula 6 Tbsp olive oil Lemon juice from 1/2 a lemon 3 cloves garlic 2 19-oz cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained 3 cups shredded red cabbage 2/3 cup thinly sliced green...

Best Summer Salad 00

Best Summer Salad

Best Summer Salad

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This year’s Best Summer Salad Award definetly goes to the Narwhal Salad! At long last, I finally made this delicious salad that I posted about a couple weeks ago! It was AMAZING! I recommend giving this recipe a try for a quick summer lunch; it’s worth the time and the...

Narwhal Salad 00

Narwhal Salad

Narwhal Salad

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At a dinner party over the weekend, this salad was served. It was to die for and I just HAD to get the recipe to share with everyone! The name of the salad came about in a fun way; since the cook had no official name for the salad she took the first letter of the names of everyone at the table and tried to make a word with the letters. Strangley enough, “Narwhal” was the end result....

Garden-Fresh Summer Veggies! 00

Garden-Fresh Summer Veggies!

Garden-Fresh Summer Veggies!

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Use your garden-fresh veggies in easy pasta dishes like this one! Today’s lunch was simply pasta with sauteed summer veggies (yellow summer squash, broccoli, green pepper, carrots, and tomato). Add your favorite spices as well as some Parmesan cheese and Voila! One serving of this was surprisingly VERY filling! Fill up on your summer veggies before the season is over! Share your ways of...