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Vegan Corn Chowder

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I will definitely not take credit for the carved pumpkin soup bowls.  This is a Shirley (my mom) staple for sure!  One of my favorite High School memories was having all of my friends over to my house for dinner before the big Homecoming Dance in the fall.   My mom served up Wild Rice Soup in carved out pumpkins (keep in mind there were about 16 of us…).

Ever since then, I want to eat my soup out of nothing other than a pumpkin!  Warm up in this chilly weather and enjoy this delicious, yet simple Vegan Corn Chowder!  In a pumpkin bowl of course…  Read more

Healthy Spaghetti Squash with Lemon, Thyme, Asparagus, & Ricotta

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So what’s this big trend around Spaghetti Squash?  This gorgeous yellow squash is available year-round in most grocery stores and can be considered both a summer or winter squash.  By adding this vegetable to your table, you will easily get hooked on this delicious treat and the several health benefits it can bring to your body.

That moment you realize you may have waited a little too long shed that winter coat and jump into that new tiny bikini… this summer squash might just be a life saver!   With only 42 calories and 10 carbs in a 1-cup serving of cooked spaghetti squash, this vegetable is a safe addition to any diet!

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Coffee Roasted Carrots

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The talented Daniel Patterson, Chef owner of Coi, in San Francisco’s North Beach brought to life the idea of “Carrots/Coffee.”  Daniel’s “Coffee Roated Carrots with Chicory Granola” dish has meat lovers even leaving his restaurant saying that the carrot course was the standout favorite.  Experimenting with these two unique ingredients brought together a genius combination of sweet, smoky, and earthy flavors.

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Grilled Mediterranean Romaine

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This salad is a fun healthy twist on a Cesar salad. Rather than a heavy cream dressing, I have tied in one of my favorite yogurt dressings and substituted a meat protein for chickpeas and pine nuts!

Grilling romaine is actually something I learned from my mom. One of her favorite summer dinners is a large plate of grilled romaine with a light dressing. After picking up romaine at the grocery store today, my plan was to make a fulfilling winter version of her salad!

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Vegan Sweet Potato Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

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It’s tough to stick with a healthy diet, especially during the week days. These vegan stuffed portobello mushrooms are an easy meal to whip up for lunch or dinner after a long day. They are packed with nutrients and protein and take just about 20 minutes to make.  Read more

Balsamic Fig & Blackberry Avocado Toast

Balsamic Fig & Blackberry Avocado Toast

I am going on my 3rd week of sticking to a vegan diet and I must say these past few days have been the hardest for me! Being vegan is easy…. until your faced with the challenge of saying no to every egg dish on that glorious brunch menu or it’s your moms birthday at a restaurant known for their succulent and mouthwatering duck. Going out to eat hands down brings out every vegans little devil on their shoulder. That guy doesn’t seem to shut up until the menus are gone!

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Cindy’s- Chicago

Cindys

12 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603

MONDAY – FRIDAY
Lunch 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
4:00 pm – 2:00 am

SATURDAY
Brunch 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
4:00 pm – 3:00 am

SUNDAY
Brunch 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
4:00 pm – 12:00 am

Undoubtedly on the list of top summer rooftops, stepping out onto Cindy’s terrace and overlooking the endless turquoise lake Michigan, you there is not better panoramic view of the city. Perfectly placed in the Chicago Athletic Club Hotel, Cindy’s airy “beach house” feel flawlessly contrasts the dark smoky feel of the historic men’s club.

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Cappello’s Gnocchi with Salmon & Spinach

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This recipe is very simple! Almost too easy for how delicious it is. Sometimes all you need is a combination of a few really beautiful ingredients to make something memorable.

Gnocchi (or as my family pronounces it, “Naki”) has always been my most beloved pasta dish! I just love the texture of the dumplings and how they soak up the flavor of the dish. Cappello’s gnocchi is different in the fact that it is gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free. Let me tell you though, you honestly would never know the difference! Read more

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