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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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Asparagus, Brussel Sprout, & Pancetta Salad

Asparagus Brussel Sprout Salad

This past weekend I moved into the city and I am no longer living out of my large bag, or more familiarly known as my “traveling studio apartment.”  Chicago has finally become my home after a long dreaded job search and I can officially call myself a Catering and Sales Manager at Rockit Ranch ProductionsRead more

Chicken Shawarma Sandwiches

Chicken Shwarma Sandwiches

This recipe was greatly inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi, a co-owner of four restaurants and co-author of several successful cookbooks, who has quickly become an idol to me. His inspiration comes from his Mediterranean background and unapologetic obsession with ingredients. When I was in London, I was fortunate enough to be able visit his restaurant Nopi.  It was one of the most breathtaking dining experiences I have ever had! Read more

Loaded Hassleback Sweet Potatoes

Loaded hassle back sweet potatoes

Always in second place to the potato in most people’s eyes, sweet potatoes actually are packed with nutrients and contains serval amazing health benefits.  In my opinion, the sweet potatoes flavor actually brings much more to each dish instead of just being a canvas for toppings.

Perfect as a meal in itself or as a side to a nice roast, I really enjoy these Hasselback sweet potatoes for their simplicity and ease.

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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

Fresh Spring Salad Trio

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Salads are so often overlooked, but can be essential to enhancing a meal! A perfect plate of grilled steak or chicken can be given a whole new personality with the right combination of vegetables. Some of my favorite salads incorporate fruit and below are a few recipes that I truly believe will make anyone from family to guests coming back for seconds. Read more

Pistachio Crusted Chicken with Roast Asparagus Salad with Pomegranates & Goat Cheese

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Oh, the go to chicken dish! Everyone has one…but why not change it up? This Pistachio Crusted Chicken will bring a new flavor to the table with no added time.

I have also found that the addition of pistachios is a terrific way to add a little more nutrition and also protein to your diet. This Pistachio Crusted Chicken would be a great addition to your salad at lunch to help maintain a full feeling throughout the day and cut back on some snacking! Pistachios are a wonderful source of potassium and vitamin K and the key to maintaining a low cholesterol and healthy heart! Read more

Quick Chicken Coconut Curry

Healthy Thai Coconut Chicken Curry

When I have left over chicken, the last thing I want the next day is chicken. This recipe is the perfect way to add a new bold flavor and completely transform your leftovers.

Curry always takes me back to my study abroad trip in Thailand. You know when people say that the Westernized versions of worldwide cuisines are dramatically different? They are completely right. No American Thai restaurant could have prepared me for the street food in Bangkok. When unfamiliar food becomes your basic diet, no matter how adventurous you are, I found that my whole group after week one would lean towards a dish that brought out familiarity and comfort to them. For me, this dish was the Coconut Thai Curry! Read more

Goose Island Brewery- Where Food & Beer Meet

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When creating a food and beer pairing piece, my goal before even writing was to solidify a concrete understanding of how food and beer related to one another. Not only by taste, but in transformation to the final product. The idea of fire, water, and air came to mind. These three components have played such a vital role in humanity since the beginning and continue to factor the way we innovate and grow both with beer and food.

I have chosen to highlight Goose Island Brewery out of Chicago, IL in my pairing. Since day one, this company has been driven by quality and continues to be a leader of innovation in the beer world. Each chosen beer style below is paired with a recipe, which mutually enhances flavors and compliments aromas and textures.

Once you begin you will find that beer does pair well with your local burger and hot wings, but you will also discover that beer is far more congenial than wine for many foods.

These beers are “brewed for food.”- Goose Island Brewery Read more

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