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4 Healthy Summer Salads Recipes

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Summer means Famers Markets and beautiful fresh produce, so why not celebrate with a few of my favorite healthy salad recipes! Check out these 4 quick and simple recipes below and feel free to get a little creative with your own favorite ingredients! Read more

Chicken Caprese Pull-Apart Bread

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Looking for the perfect appetizer?  This pull apart bread takes just a few minutes to throw together and is definitely a crowd pleaser!

Each bite is a great combination of creamy yet fresh flavors, which are all brought by the addicting basil dipping sauce!  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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Egg White Frittata with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Artichoke, and Goat Cheese

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The frittata below is the ultimate low calorie, yet rich, vegetarian breakfast! So many times after eating an omelet or skillet, I feel overly full. This egg white frittata recipe is packed with vegetables and herbs, but unlike your corner diner’s breakfast, it’s a light and energy boosting meal!

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Cappello’s

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Nothing is more inspirational than to witness someone becoming successful with an idea that has been driven by their passion. Benjamin Frohlichstein from my hometown of Saint Charles, IL partnered with his friend Stacy Marcellus to create a completely unique food company for an unsaturated market.

Cappello’s all began in a small Colorado kitchen. Stacy and Ben quickly began brainstorming ways to be the best gluten-free and grain-free product on the market.  Their mission was simple, to provide fresh, uniquely delicious options for gourmet food-lovers, healthy eaters and people with dietary restrictions. Little did they know the dedication to their once small idea would lead to being in 864 grocery stores, including Whole Foods, in 48 states and growing!

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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

Surprisingly Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip

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At every single one of my family holiday parties you can always count on there being Spinach Artichoke Dip somewhere in the line up of appetizers. Believe me, I am not complaining! I love the stuff, but how could you not? The dish is packed with all different kinds of cheeses.

I know that eating healthy isn’t the first thing on your mind when at a holiday party, but I decided to create a new healthier version of my moms oh so famous Spinach Artichoke Dip. It never hurts to cut out a few calories without even knowing it! Read more

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