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3 Easy Zucchini Noodle Mason Jar Lunches

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One of my new year resolutions is to bring lunch from home at least 4 work days a week. As all of us know…. harder said than done, especially working with a restaurant group!

So my plan is to make use of my favorite inventions, my zucchini spiralizer and mason jars! Here are a few recipes below that are some of the most simple and efficient ways to spice up your lunch and by day 4 still not wanting take out!

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Quinoa Risotto Stuffed Acorn Squash

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The ultimate healthy comfort food, this stuffed acorn squash gives you the creamy texture and rich taste with out any regrets. Delicious for lunch… dinner… or special event, this dish is a unique blend of flavors that will leave a memorable impression!

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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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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

Warm Quinoa & Vegetable Salad

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There are so many people and hands that go into creating one dish. We easily forget about this. Our society has come to a point that if we can't directly see or feel something, its not there. I fell in love with food because of the story it tells. Not by cooking exactly, but by the story of how the ingredient came upon the plate has always fascinated me. We fail to remember the artisans of cheese, the farmers of the organic carrots, or even the coffee roaster who provide you with the robust aroma and satisfying jolt of caffeine every morning.   These are the hands that need acknowledgement because, end of the day, my part is simple. My role is to take these beautiful ingredients that are given to me and unify them to become one piece of art.

Next time you are in the kitchen, I encourage you to stop to reflect on the love already put into these ingredients

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Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Peppers with Baked Eggs

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If you happen to have a pepper and egg in your fridge, I can guarantee you will be able to make this recipe on an almost empty pantry. Not only is this recipe fabulously simple and versatile, but your bowl is literally edible! It’s the perfect “pick me up” meal in the sense that the peppers are filled with vitamins and the egg and quinoa are packed with protein. These stuffed sweet peppers are an easy recipe that goes a long way! Read more

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