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One-Pan ChickenThighs & Vegetables

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Winner winner chicken dinner!  This recipe could not be more perfect for this chilly weather, when all I want is something fast and warm!

Don’t be afraid have some fun with changing up the ingredients in the one-pan recipe too!  Your options are endless. This recpie is just one I have found to be my personal favorite!   This is also a really great recipe to adjust to what veggies are in season.

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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

Brussels Sprouts & Turkey Sausage Egg Bake

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As most of you know by now, I have a new obsession with putting shredded brussels sprouts in almost everything i cook lately, including this delicious egg bake!  Perfect for the lazy Sunday, this brussels sprout egg bake is an easy healthy option to feed a large crew.

Perfectly pairs with mimosas and Bloody Mary’s! 😉

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One Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

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It’s 5 degrees outside today and I have very little to no motivation to even step outside into the frozen Windy City! Grocery shopping… no thank you! So quickly I became a contestant on the show Chopped with my fridge of 5 ingredients being my “basket.”

Now I wasn’t given the challenge of wasabi candy canes or banana ketchup…. but rather chicken breasts, vegetable stock, Brussels sprouts, onions, and carrots!  Probably the easiest Chopped basket ever given.  Not much of a “challenge,” but one pretty darn good soup on such a cold day!  Read more

Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Soup

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It’s finally snowing here in Chicago, which calls for a cozy blanket, holiday music, and a delicious hearty soup!

This Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Soup was created by my laziness to walk outside to get groceries in this snowy morning! The blend of spices are really what makes this soup special! All you really need are some canned chickpeas, canned tomatoes, and quinoa… pantry necessities!

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Heirloom Tomato Quiche

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Last night I decided to head back to the suburbs for a quiet night away from the sirens and taxi horns and I’m so glad I did!  I feel like since starting my new job and moving downtown I just haven’t taken a second to just relax and actually truly cook.

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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

Taco Cups

Taco Cup Appetizers

These Taco Cups are my “go to” party favorites! I am constantly asked to make them, but secret is they are probably the most low maintenance and quickest appetizers you could make.

The wonton wrappers might seem scary to some, but they are actually an amazing canvas for so many different ingredients! Fried or baked, these wonton wrappers are incredibly easy to work with. Read more

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