Posts Tagged "bean & legume-free"

How to Make Kombucha 00

How to Make Kombucha

How to Make Kombucha

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Kombucha tea is gaining popularity as the beverage of choice for may health conscious people in today’ world. It’s no longer just for the hippies and can now be purchased in a variety of flavors at just about any supermarket. But at nearly $4/bottle, have you ever thought of brewing your own kombucha at home for a fraction of the cost? It’s a lot easier than you might think. All it takes is...

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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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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...

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Donuts 00

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Donuts

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Donuts

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Yesterday was the November Chicago Food Swap at The Chopping Block! I wanted to bring something unique, healthy, festive and trendy to the swap and thus, these Paleo Pumpkin Spice Donuts were born! But before we get to the recipe, let’s take a look at all the action during the swap! The Chopping Block was the PERFECT location for the swap – plenty of room, lots of counter...

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Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

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With the holidays soon approaching, it’s more important than ever to stay healthy and energized. These nutritious pumpkin pie energy bites provide a quick and easy boost of energy to keep you going! I absolutely love these tasty little treats – they taste just like pumpkin pie, but have a nice added crunch with the coconut and pumpkin seed coating. Not to mention they are the perfect...

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Back to School Breakfast Ideas

Back to School Breakfast Ideas

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How much time do you have for breakfast? You don’t have to wake up 2 hours early just to make a healthy breakfast. Whether you have 15 minutes or even just 1 minute, here are some great ways to start your day! Got 15 Minutes? Make a smoothie by blending fresh or frozen fruit. Toss in a handful of spinach or kale for an extra boost! Try this delicious Get Your Greens Smoothie to start your day...

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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...

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...

Sunday Morning Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles 00

Sunday Morning Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles

Sunday Morning Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles

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Sunday morning called for waffles! But not just any waffles; I wanted something summery, something light, something refreshing. Enter lemon and poppy seeds – possibly one of the best culinary combinations.  Let me preface this post by saying I never make waffles…never…ever. Probably because I’d rather fill my grumbling belly with fruits, vegetables and protein in the form of a...

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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...

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Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Crumble

Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Crumble

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Nothing says summer like strawberries and rhubarb! I made a special trip to the Green City farmers market in Lincoln Park this morning for some fresh summer goodies! I came home with strawberries as sweet as candy, local melrose sweet peppers, juicy red currants, and of course a bundle of rhubarb. This Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Crumble is the perfect summer dessert for an all-American...

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Chocolate Chia Smoothie

Chocolate Chia Smoothie

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I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July yesterday! After a late night of grilling, fireworks, swimming and drinks by the fire pit at a friends house I woke up ready for something nutritious and delicious! Enter the Chocolate Chia Smoothie – a rich blend of almond butter and cocoa powder that tastes so decadent you would think it was a milkshake!   Chocolate Chia Smoothie vegetarian,...