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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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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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Tips to Quick Pickling Just About Everything!

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Being an absolute crazy pickle lover, I will never really understand people who don’t like pickles. Not to mislead you into thinking I do not have pickle hating friends… I do.  Before the burger can even touch the table they are throwing all their pickles my way… I mean c’mon, it cant get much better than that!

This weekend it was my goal to dive into learning how to pickle some of these delicious summer veggies, without necessarly having to learn how to/buy the equipment to can.

Quick pickling is also a brilliant solution for preserving an assortment of vegetables from the market or your garden. It also gives you the freedom to get a little creative with the different types and quanities of herbs and spices!  I highly recommend all my pickle lovers to give it a try for themselves!  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

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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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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Pomegranate & Tomato Summer Salad

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One of my favorite memories at Ballymaloe Cookery School was walking into the green house with the feeling of just stepping into a rain forest of tomato vines from floor to ceiling. The vibrant colors of the tomatoes ranging from green to deep red could not even be captured by a camera they were so naturally beautiful.

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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

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