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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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Balsamic Asparagus Breakfast Pizza

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It’s quickly coming to the end of asparagus season!  So let’s eat them up while we can! Nothing is better than pizza and breakfast,  so to combine the two might just be the most brilliant food idea ever thought of. In this pizza I chose to showcase the asparagus because, let’s be honest, we need to savor it for the short amount of time we do have it! Read more

Cilantro Lime Fried Avocado Tacos

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Tacos might just be one of my favorite foods to cook and prepare. I know what you’re thinking… she went all the way to culinary school in Ireland to master the art of tacos? Well no. I can actually say I did not prepare one taco while I was there! Now experimenting with different recipes and flavor combinations back home, I love the never ending possibilities when it comes to tacos. Read more

The Chop Shop & 1st Ward- Chicago

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|2033 W. North Ave – Chicago IL 60647|

Restaurant & Bar:

Mon – Thurs: 11 am – Midnight
Fri: 11 am – 2 am
Sat: 11 am – 3 am
Sun: 11 am – 10 pm*

You should definitely not judge a book by its cover when it comes to this adaptable space! The Chop Shop & 1st Ward in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago showcases everything from a gourmet butcher shop, restaurant with a seasonal menu, and 6,000 square foot private event space. Read more

Salmon Quinoa Burger

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I am one to crave a big juicy burger from time to time, but really who isn’t! Below is a recipe that allows you to enjoy those same delicious flavors without the regret! The salmon and quinoa also provide a fantastic boost of protein and vitamins for a healthy heart.

Turkey burgers and black bean burgers are always some of my favorite choices when I go out to eat, but there is always a risk of them being too dry! This Salmon Quinoa Burger definitely does not fall into the same category. The fresh ingredients create a beautifully moist patty, that is heightened by the amazing vegetable toppings!

Give it a try!

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Pinewood Social- Nashville

Pinewood Social- Nashville 7

33 Peabody St, Nashville, TN 37210

| Hours 7:00am- 1:00am |

My first time walking into Pinewood Social I thought I had found the greatest hidden gem of all time tucked right off the beaten path of downtown Nashville. Little did I realize that all the Nashville locals knew of the spot! I should have known; this place was way to epic to be a secret!

Owned by brothers Benjamin and Max Goldberg, Pinewood Social was created to offer Nashville a go-to social gathering place. Pinewood Social accommodates their guest’s daily routines by brewing up one of the best cups of coffees to start the day, a comfortable place to meet for a casual lunch with a co-worker, and Pinewood Social even converts to be a happy hour spot to sip on a delicious cocktail after a long work week.

Pinewood Social has a little something for everyone. Not necessarily catered to specifically locals or tourists, this spot is merely a place to meet friends and play! Yes, literally play! Pinewood Social has six reclaimed wood lanes from an old Bowl O’ Rama in Indiana. (It might just be the cutest thing you’ve ever seen.) When the weather is nice, the outdoor patio also offers bocce ball and features two dipping pools for a much needed cool down in the Nashville heat. 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

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