Nov
20

Sweet and spicy maple roasted butternut squash with brussels sprouts and savory, crispy bacon. This filling, veggie-packed dish is perfect for a side dish or a main meal!

I hope your weekend was as relaxing and rejuvenating as mine was. My house is a disaster and we’re in recovery mode after our wedding weekend, but oh my goodness did we HAVE FUN! I can’t wait to show you all of our amazing photos from our photographer and all the other details.

Before I let you get on with your holiday festivities, I have one last recipe for your Thanksgiving table that’s as beautiful as it is delicious.

As Taylor would say… Are you readddyyyy for it?

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Nov
16

Delicious maple glazed carrots roasted with pure maple syrup and garlic. Topped with creamy goat cheese crumbles and crunchy pistachios — this easy, veggie side dish will impress everyone at your holiday gatherings! 

Coming at you live with another delish side dish to share with family and friends this season. Among all of the turkeys and stuffings and gravy, every Thanksgiving table needs some gorgeous, bright veggies. Don’t you think?

It’s the best way to make sure your traditionally beige plate is filled with a little pop of color. I mean, we eat with our eyes first, right? So it’s time I introduce you to my new fav side dish: my sweet and savory maple glazed carrots.

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Nov
15

A lightened-up, gluten free take on a Thanksgiving classic! This cornbread stuffing has bites of sweetness from dried cranberries and incredible flavors from thyme and sage.

In the thanksgiving of my dreams, I have sweet cornbread drenched with honey butter. There’s also fresh cranberry sauce with a hint of bourbon, sweet potato casserole, fresh green beans and creamy silky smooth mashed potatoes.

Turkey is of course optional because let’s face it, Thanksgiving is all about the people you’re with and all of your favorite side dishes.

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Nov
14

Gluten free paleo orange bread kissed and infused with fresh orange juice & zest, then covered with dark chocolate for the ultimate treat. This bread will blow you away by how good it is.

It might be my wedding week, but don’t think I forgot about all of you. My passion and joy in life involves making recipes and I couldn’t neglect you during the holiday season.

I’m going to keep all posts this week pretty short and sweet, which means we can avoid talking about my obsession with Jelena (justin + selena getting back together) and get straight to these delicious recipes.

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Nov
10

Bacon wrapped plantains with a hint of sweetness from pure maple syrup and a little spicy thanks to a kick of cayenne pepper. Everyone will be raving over this unique, easy appetizer!

Meet my favorite appetizer that’s making an appearance at my wedding (in one week!) thanks to Fig Catering here in Chicago: bacon wrapped plantains. I know we are supposed to do weekend favorite on Fridays, but it’s almost Thanksgiving and I’m here to give you what you need: RECIPES!

These bacon wrapped plantains are sweet, spicy and all things nice and I swear you guys are going to fall head over heels as soon as they pop out of the oven.

And I have to say: they make an outrageously delicious holiday season appetizer. Hehehehe.

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Nov
09

Stuffed acorn squash with cranberry, pecans and quinoa then drizzled with a simple goat cheese crema. Perfect for vegetarians at Thanksgiving, or anytime you’re looking for a healthy plant based meal or side.

Here we are again! Thanksgiving is getting close and I’m more than ready to bust out all the fabulous recipes I’ve been testing in my kitchen over the last few weeks. Safe to say Abra and I have been eating very, very well.

To me, Thanksgiving can involve your Grandma’s classic recipes but it can also be about experimenting with new recipes and creating your own traditions. Since coming into Tony’s family, I’ve introduced my both my cranberry sauce and sweet potato casserole to the table and now each year we’re sure not to miss it.

I’m even more excited about the recipes I’m going to post this week and next because they are creative, beautiful and healthy. YASSS.

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Nov
06

Incredibly flavorful yellow curry chicken and rice made in one pot with plenty of veggies and delicious flavors from coconut milk, ginger, garlic and turmeric. Great for meal prep!

Hello, hello! I hope you’re reading this with a smile on your face, a cup of coffee or tea in your cup and of course that you had a relaxing, rejuvenating weekend. Did you do anything fun?

We spent Friday night dining out at my favorite sushi place in the world and sipping wine. I was craving the roll called the black mafia — if you’re ever craving sushi in Chicago, this place is where it’s at!

Saturday went by quick too — we met our wedding photographers and scoped out beautiful spots around the city to take wedding photos (we’re less than two weeks away). And on Sunday, I relaxed on the couch, made a puerto rican chicken stew with tostones and caught up on several episodes of Stranger Things.

(The stew was fantastic by the way, I’ll post the recipe soon.)

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Nov
02

No bake vegan and gluten free cherry cheesecake bars with a chocolate almond date brownie crust made in partnership with Northwest Cherries. Made with healthy fats, naturally sweetened and SO easy to make!

November has arrived. Which means my wedding is almost here. I can’t believe it. I still remember the day we got engaged like it was yesterday.

THANKFULLY we aren’t taking our honeymoon right away, but instead plan on taking a small mini moon, then coming home and simply relaxing, celebrating Thanksgiving with our families and being officially husband and wife.

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Oct
31

No bake superfood brownie energy bars packed with pistachios, pecans, walnuts, chia seeds, coconut and dried fruit! Topped with dark chocolate and sea salt. The perfect nutritious healthy dessert.

I’m sitting here watching the latest season of Stranger Things, staring at photos of these brownies and thinking how much I absolutely adore them. I’ve made them at least 10 times within the past month and still can’t get enough.

So I’ll just get this out now:

YOU NEED THEM IN YOUR LIFE! BADLY.

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Oct
30

A spicy southwest inspired version of tuna mac and cheese with black beans and yellowfin tuna made in partnership with Genova Seafood! Great for weeknight dinners, game day or anytime you have a comfort food craving.

Raise your hand if you loveeeee mac and cheese.

As a kid, my Dad would always make me mac and cheese made with sharp or white cheddar, LOTS and lots of pepper. If I was lucky, he’d would add peas (because I loved them more than any other veggie in the world).

Now that I’m into full on #adulting into my late 20’s, I LOVE when my mac and cheese is packed with anything just a little bit unique: truffle mac and cheese, mac and cheese with a Ritz cracker topping, mac and cheese with brussels, butternut squash mac and cheese, or even a classic broccoli cheddar mac and cheese. Can mac and cheese be its own food group yet?

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