Dinner

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa Tacos 00

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa Tacos

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa Tacos

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On a busy day, my best friend is my crockpot. Nothing is better than coming home to a dinner that has been cooking itself while you’ve been away! After seeing Rick Bayless at the Good Food Festival last month, I grabbed one of his Frontera Seasoning Sauces at the grocery store last week to give it a try! I went with the Red Chile Barbacoa Slow Cook Sauce, a roasted tomato and ancho chile sauce...

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 gluten-free,...

Halibut with Garlic Almond and Caper Sauce 00

Halibut with Garlic Almond and Caper Sauce

Halibut with Garlic Almond and Caper Sauce

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Halibut was on crazy sale last weekend at Whole Foods, so I couldn’t help but cook some up for dinner last Sunday night! Instead of brown rice, I made a quick salad with Boston lettuce, watercress, radish, and avocado to serve the fish over. The weather in Chicago was finally a beautiful spring 60 degrees, so Will and I went for a quick 30 minute run out by the lake to enjoy it before enjoying...

Beef Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice 00

Beef Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice

Beef Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice

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Yesterday was yet another crazy day of travel for work – from Tinley Park and Wrigleyville to Gold Coast and back to the South Loop. By the time I got home I was exhausted, so dinner needed to be quick. Enter Beef Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice.   Beef Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, seed-free, sugar-free, shellfish-oil,...

Garlic and Herb Roasted Chicken 00

Garlic and Herb Roasted Chicken

Garlic and Herb Roasted Chicken

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I have been all over creation today…literally. After leaving home at 6AM and not returning until 10PM, I have successfully made my way through countless northwest suburbs meeting clients, giving seminars and teaching classes all day stopping along the way at any coffee shop or cafe parking lot willing to lend me free Wi-Fi to get some work done on my laptop from my car (don’t pretend like...

Fajita Taco Pizza 00

Fajita Taco Pizza

Fajita Taco Pizza

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First things first – check out Eat Chic Chicago quoted in Shape magazine in an article called The Best Breakfasts for You! I am so excited to be a part of this! Secondly, we did NOT hang the Urbio this weekend. Turns out it requires drilling 45 holes in the wall…so we are going to wait, brainstorm about how to minimize the destruction that this would cause to our rented apartment wall, and...

Ginger & Garlic Teriyaki Salmon 00

Ginger & Garlic Teriyaki Salmon

Ginger & Garlic Teriyaki Salmon

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I finally finished reading A Stolen Life last night (definitely a must read!) while watching the Australian Open. Talk about an impressive performance by Sloane Stephens against Serena Williams! Today I started reading Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain . I’m loving Bourdain’s crude, bad-ass New Yorker style of writing. I’ve been meaning to read this book ever since my very first...

Salmon with Israeli Couscous and Pistachios 00

Salmon with Israeli Couscous and Pistachios

Salmon with Israeli Couscous and Pistachios

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  Good morning! I woke up this morning hoping we would finally have an inch or two of snow on the ground…nope. The forecast predicted a little snow last night, but unfortunately it never came. We have had a couple light snows here in Chicago this winter, but nothing sticks. I’m waiting for a big snow storm, something major. Winter in Chicago isn’t complete without a snow storm…so...

Linguine with White Wine Mushroom Sauce 00

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...

Tomato Basil Risotto Stuffed Heirloom Tomatoes 00

Tomato Basil Risotto Stuffed Heirloom Tomatoes

Tomato Basil Risotto Stuffed Heirloom Tomatoes

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This recipe is actually adapted from one I did back in 2010! My how the time flies.     Tomato Basil Risotto Stuffed Heirloom Tomatoes  vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, peanut-free, seed-free, sugar-free, shellfish-oil, fish-free, bean & legume-free Ingredients 1 cup dry hulled barley 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning 1/4 tsp garlic powder 2 large heirloom tomatoes 1 cup...

Weeknight Meals 00

Weeknight Meals

Weeknight Meals

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Good evening! Today was a chilly day here in Chicago. I couldn’t believe that it was only 37*F when I woke up this morning! Nevertheless I bundled up and headed out to the Division Street farmer’s market.  I picked up onions and heirloom tomatoes, for meals this week and some colorful dried corn ears of corn and tiny pumpkins on a stick for decoration around the house! Today’s Crossfit...

Sweet Potato Veggie Lasagna 00

Sweet Potato Veggie Lasagna

Sweet Potato Veggie Lasagna

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Greeting from the South Loop! The move is finally over! We moved into our new place over Labor Day weekend and over the past week have been working diligently to unpack boxes, paint walls, install lighting fixtures, and get the internet up and running! There is still much to be done, but I cannot wait to show you all pictures of our new place once everything is in it’s place. I couldn’t...