Posts Tagged "dinner"

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...

Roasted Whole Chicken with Chili Maple Glaze 00

Roasted Whole Chicken with Chili Maple Glaze

Roasted Whole Chicken with Chili Maple Glaze

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If you’ve ever roasted a whole chicken or turkey, you know that the secret is in the brine. Brining a chicken not only adds flavor and produces a delicious juicy bird, but also tenderizes free-range pastured birds as they can often be tough. There are number of different ingredients and spices you can use in your brine, but I usually keep mine simple – salt, sugar, and cider vinegar. How to...

Friday Night Pizza 00

Friday Night Pizza

Friday Night Pizza

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Pizza is one of the easiest dinners you can make – and no I am not talking about a frozen pizza or calling up the delivery guy. If Friday night is typically pizza night in your household, making your own homemade pizza can be a simple healthy swap! I make homemade pizza at least once a week for a quick dinner on the weekend. I love that I can throw all of my left over vegetables, cheese,...

Tomato Basil Barley Risotto 00

Tomato Basil Barley Risotto

Tomato Basil Barley Risotto

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I haven’t posted a really great dinner recipe in a long time. Mostly because my recipes have just been ho-hum lately and not really worth sharing. Because I believe that eating nutritious can be extremely delicious, I want to give you guys the best healthy recipes out there. I want your taste buds to go crazy when you cook nutritious meals! Last night I made a phenomenal Tomato Basil...

Maple Glazed Pork Chops 00

Maple Glazed Pork Chops

Maple Glazed Pork Chops

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Friday night we stayed in for a relaxing evening, made dinner, and in the spirit of Halloween watched Zombieland! We had maple glazed pork chops, roasted autumn veggies, and cranberry-apple sauce. The pork chops are yet another charming recipe from my new I Love Trader Joe’s Cookbook. Maple Glazed Pork Chops gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free,...

Dinner Night 00

Dinner Night

Dinner Night

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Last night I had a dinner date with the girls! We had the most incredible dinner cooked by the one and only Jessica in her new apartment! The menu included a tomato, basil and mozzarella salad, grilled chicken breast wrapped in prosciutto, Asiago cheese risotto, grilled zucchini, and fresh fruit with homemade whipped cream for dessert! We gathered around the coffee table in the living room...

Taste of Lincoln Avenue 00

Taste of Lincoln Avenue

Taste of Lincoln Avenue

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Last night I went to one of the many summer festivals going on around Chicago, the Lincoln Avenue in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The festival featured local bands on five different stages as well as over 200 vendors offering food, beer, art, and carnival games. Despite the 90 degree weather, the festival was a lot of fun and a great spot to people watch and meet up with friends! At the...

Dr. Pepper Ribs 00

Dr. Pepper Ribs

Dr. Pepper Ribs

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Sunday night was the perfect night to grill out here in Chicago! I had put a slab of ribs in the fridge to marinade Saturday afternoon, but this was not your typical marinade. Per a recipe in Cook This Not That, I used Dr. Pepper soda to marinate my ribs! I thought this was such a clever and unique idea that of course I had to try it! Here’s what you do: Dr. Pepper Ribs gluten-free,...

Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos 00

Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos

Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos

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In attempt to incorporate more fish into my diet, I’ve decided to dedicate one weekend night dinner a week to fish! Las night I made a summery version of Mahi Mahi fish tacos on the grill topped with mango salsa! If you don’t have mangos on hand feel free to use peaches or pineapple instead! Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free,...

Chicken Potstickers with Snap Peas 00

Chicken Potstickers with Snap Peas

Chicken Potstickers with Snap Peas

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If your life is anything like mine then you know that Mondays can be rather hectic! After getting home from work at 8:30pm starving and sticking with my “finding time for everything” mentality, I threw together a quick dinner. This dish is the perfect example of how you can combine convenience items with fresh ingredients to make a healthy and quick meal; not to mention how a well...

Tomato Basil Pizza 00

Tomato Basil Pizza

Tomato Basil Pizza

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For dinner tonight I wanted to use up a few leftover ingredients in the refrigerator so I went with a fresh tomato, basil, and mozzarella pizza! I used a store-bought crust, but would have liked to make a homemade if I had the time. I am still getting used to working full time and managing my time after I get home from work. Coming up with dinner ideas and making sure I optimize my time...