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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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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...

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Linguine with White Wine Mushroom Sauce

Linguine with White Wine Mushroom Sauce

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One of my favorite things about the holidays is eggnog. Yes, you heard me, good old-fashioned eggnog! I only every buy 1 container a year, and therefore I’m extremely picky about my eggnog. The best eggnogs out there (in my opinion) come from Trader’s Point Creamery in Indiana (I love their milk and yogurt products and this year they created an eggnog!) and Kalona Supernatural from Iowa. Both...

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Deal of the Week: Naked Fruit Juice

Deal of the Week: Naked Fruit Juice

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In case you haven’t noticed, super-couponing has become a major trend this year. Reality TV has led us to believe that super-couponing results in an at-home stockpile of junk food including everything from candy and sugary cereals to cookies and soda. To break away from this myth I wanted to start a “Deal of the Week” post each week to show how you can reap the benefits of super-couponing...

Can you Identify These Foods? 00

Can you Identify These Foods?

Can you Identify These Foods?

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Many of the foods sold on supermarket shelves today have unrecognizable ingredients. These items no longer resemble real food, but rather science experiments. Based on the ingredient list, can you identify these foods? Corn syrup, enriched flour, water, sugar, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil and/or animal shortening (contains one or more of: canola oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, soybean...

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...

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Homemade Mulling Spice

Homemade Mulling Spice

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Nothing is better to elicit the smells of the holidays than mulling spice! Add your favorite spices to warm cider, wine, or other fruit drinks and enjoy the taste of the seasons! In the spirit of the holidays, I did a “make your own mulling spice” event at work today and wanted to share with you guys how to make it! Choose from ingredients: Cinnamon sticks Whole cloves Anise...

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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...

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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Barbacoa Chili

Barbacoa Chili

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Barbacoa is a form of cooking meat that traditionally refers to slow-cooking meat over an open fire in a hole dug in the ground. I once saw an episode of Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel when Andrew Zimmern traveled to a small local village (I forget what part of the world he was in) where he dug a huge hole in the ground, started a fire in it, threw what I remember to be a deer on top of the...

Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Juice 00

Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Juice

Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Juice

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Another rainy day in Chicago – or at least that’s how it started. The sun came out just in time for the Bears game, if only we had a grill my Sunday would be complete. Since we’ve moved into our new garden apartment we have been meaning to clean up the backyard and put a small grill out on the patio for football season. Sadly, we haven’t gotten around to it yet. So instead of grilling, I...

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French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

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Fall is finally here! The crisp, cool, and unfortunately rainy weather this morning inspired me to make my first soup of the season. And nothing says cozy comfort food quite like French onion soup. Yesterday I stopped by Crate and Barrel Outlet, and these French onion soup bowls were calling my name as a perfect addition to my kitchen for the winter (plus they were dirt cheap, can you say...