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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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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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Whole Grain Spaghetti with Heirloom Tomatoes

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Inspired by the vegetables and herbs growing in my backyard, this pasta dish incomparably encompasses the flavors of summer. Even though I must admit I love to indulge in a overly cheesy baked spaghetti dish, the brightness of the ripe tomatoes and savoriness of the garlic in this recipe are simply all you need.

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Lazy Jane’s Café- Madison

Lazy Jane's Madison Wisconsin

1358 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703

Located in the Marquette Neighborhood of Madison, Wisconsin, Lazy Janes Café is a must stop for all scone lovers. Their fresh scones are the envy of every other bakery in Madison. Embracing the impact of Madison’s hippie culture, this adorable café makes its home in a corky colorful house.  Mismatched mirrors line the stairway and a rolling pin and meat tenderizer replace the door handles.

If you are patient enough to mingle in line on the weekend, you will never be let down by the friendly waitstaff and one of a kind menu options. From a full egg breakfast to a berry scone and cappuccino, Lazy Jane’s menu has a little something for everyone. The vegetarians and vegans even go crazy for this spot!    Read more

Roasted Acorn Squash with Pomegranate & Yogurt Dressing

Acorn Squash with Pomegranates & Yogurt Dressing

This is side dish is a wonderful pop of color to any table! Finding myself as a cook, I have discovered that I love the combination of flavors in Middle Easter cooking. Yotam Ottolenghi, a co-owner of four restaurants and co-author of several successful cookbooks, has quickly become an idol to me. His inspiration comes from his Mediterranean background and unapologetic obsession with ingredients. When I was in London, I was fortunate enough to be able feast at his restaurant Nopi.  It was one of the most breathtaking dining experiences I have ever had!

I also highly recommend his cook books to anyone, but especially those who are vegetarians! His cookbook Plenty has hundreds of vegetarian recipes that bring a whole new light to vegetable and flavor combinations. Below is not a recipe from any of his cookbooks, but is a play on a lot of the flavors he loves to use. Check it out! Read more

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