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Rye Poppy Seed Dinner Rolls 00

Rye Poppy Seed Dinner Rolls

Rye Poppy Seed Dinner Rolls

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These tasty, dense rolls are packed with fiber and 7g of protein per roll! Whether you need a nutrient dense bread for a small lunch sandwich or the perfect accompaniment to a warm winter soup, these rye poppy seed buns are just for you!   Rye Poppy Seed Dinner Rolls Makes 10 buns Adapted from The Nordic Diet Ingredients: 1 1/2 Tbsp dry active yeast 3/4 cup plain nonfat...

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad 00

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...

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...

Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates 00

Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

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Goat cheese stuffed dates wrapped in basil and bacon. Drool. Probably one of the best things I have eaten in 2011. I made these babies as part of a fall appetizer class at work. I wouldn’t say they are “healthy” per se, but they are so easy to make and everyone at your next holiday party won’t be able to stop raving about them! Ingredients: 16-20 Medjool dates, pitted 1 small package of...

World’s Best Sweet Potato Fries 00

World’s Best Sweet Potato Fries

World’s Best Sweet Potato Fries

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Ever since I started making my sweet potato fries this way, I’m officially addicted! Take advantage of fresh herbs this time of year as they are in season and abundant at farmer’s markets everywhere! Yes these fries take a bit more time than using simply salt and pepper for seasoning, but the extra effort is SO worth it! Ingredients: 2 sweet potatoes 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil 4 garlic...

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The Perfect Grilled Onion

The Perfect Grilled Onion

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I hope everyone had a fantastic Memorial Day! We had incredible weather in Chicago for the holiday. I went on a bike ride, met up with some friends at the beach, and had everyone over later for a cookout by the pool! Lately, Will and I have been obsessed with making onions on the grill. You can put these grilled onions on a hotdog, bratwurst, burger, or just eat them plain (they are that...

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Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad

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With summer right around the corner, this cucumber salad makes the perfect lunch or side dish! This recipe was actually being handed out at Trader Joe’s yesterday as a free sample. It was too good and simple to pass up! Ingredients: 6 Persian cucumbers (small seedless cucumbers) 1 cup cherry tomato halves 1/2 red onion, chopped 3 Tbsp olive oil  1-2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar salt,...

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Favorite Brussels Spouts

Favorite Brussels Spouts

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If you’ve never tried Brussels sprouts, or think you hate them, this recipe will change your life! This recipe come from Clean Food by Terry Walters (love this cookbook!). Every time I make Brussels sprouts I use this recipe and I can’t seem to get enough, they are seriously addicting! Ingredients: 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 Tbsp olive oil 15 Brussels sprouts, thinly sliced...

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Curried Parsnip Ribbons

Curried Parsnip Ribbons

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Instead of serving chips at your next holiday gathering, try these tasty vegetable crisps. Parsnip ribbons make an incredible healthy snack to enjoy on a wintery day and even the kids will love them! This recipe will forever change your feelings about parsnips. Once you taste these delicious veggie crisps, you will be addicted for life! Ingredients: 2 parsnips 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil 1/4 tsp...

Broccoli Crunch Salad 00

Broccoli Crunch Salad

Broccoli Crunch Salad

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After obsessing over the Broccoli Crunch Salad at Whole Foods this week that I had to find out how to make it myself! Do you ever do that? Eat something so delicious that you can’t wait to get home and figure out how to make it? I do ALL the time Here’s what I came up with, and it’s pretty darn close if you ask me! Ingredients: 2 heads of broccoli, cut into bite size...

Tomato, Basil, & Mozzarella Salad 00

Tomato, Basil, & Mozzarella Salad

Tomato, Basil, & Mozzarella Salad

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After eating this for dinner the other night at Jessica’s dinner party I couldn’t help but make some of my own! This simple salad is the perfect side to any summer meal. There is no particular measured amount of each ingredient in this recipe so feel free to use what you like! Ingredients: Cherry tomatoes, cut in half Mozzarella cheese, cubed Fresh basil, chopped Olive oil Balsamic...