Jan
10

Normally I don’t ever claim things are the best, especially in my line of work. HOWEVER, when I’m able to make a normally calorie-laden blueberry muffins both nutritious AND incredible, I get a little excited. Even more thrilled when I somehow was able to make them gluten free.

First these beautiful, moist muffins were baked when I needed them the most: a few days after Thanksgiving after I came down with an absolutely dreadful post-nasal drip cough coupled with a lack of sleep from holiday festivities. The leftover blueberries that weren’t used in my blueberry pie were sitting in the fridge, begging to be thrown into some muffin batter. So off to the kitchen I went.

It neared 7am; Tony was still sleeping as I pulled the enormous muffins out of the oven and set them on the cooling rack. My goodness they were lovely and bursting with juicy blue color. I left a note for T to try them, then went out to grab cough medicine and run a few errands.

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Jan
04

Happy New Year, friends! Today marks my last day soaking up the Florida sunshine! Can’t wait to tell you all about it soon.

In the meantime, I have been waiting to bring you these AMAZING peanut butter protein balls (that taste like a a mix between cookie dough and a peanut butter cup) since late October. The timing just never felt right with all of the holiday goodies. I’m sure you’re more than ready for them now. Am I right?

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Dec
28

Vegetarian stuffed poblano peppers loaded with salsa, sweet potato, corn and black beans. Easy, minimal ingredients and HEALTHY!

We spent Christmas in Minnesota with some of my family members. Honestly, I didn’t answer emails or pay attention to my site for a second. The only thing I did was cradle in by the wood-burning fire, bake cookies, chop veggies and laugh until I couldn’t anymore. Most of this was due to wine, and it was more than needed. December has been a crazy month full of travel, planning and posts. A mini blog break always leaves me feeling rejuvenated and eager to do MORE MORE MORE. Actually not sure if that’s a good thing? Ha.

After a quick three days in the always-freezing tundra, I returned home late Saturday night craving nothing but vegetables, smoothies and all things nutritious. After Christmas, it’s 100% safe to say that I’ve had my fair share of meat, booze and sugar.

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Dec
21

I have to admit that I spent a lot of time in November testing out pumpkin pie recipes. And even better, I was set on creating a healthy pumpkin pie recipe because I’m 100% sure we don’t need to have pumpkin pie made with sweetened condensed milk.

If you weren’t already aware, my love for pumpkin pie is right up there with my love for all the nut butters, Justin Bieber and cats. You know, all the normal things in life. Uhhhhh…

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Dec
14

Right now I’m on a plane to Utah, heading to Solitude Resort in Park City for a beautiful ski trip. It’s funny, I don’t remember the last time I went skiing. Probably 7th grade? I don’t remember being too terrible so maybe I’ll pick it back up again. Or I’ll just fall on my ass and enjoy a really good workout. Either way, it’s going to be a blast.

And honestly, I’m so excited for the rest of December! Lots of cookie baking, a vacation to Florida and Minnesota for Christmas.

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Dec
09

I’ve probably told this story a million times, but here it is again.

The story of how I fell in love with chile verde. How it screams everything warm and comforting to me.

So, here goes the story…

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Dec
07

I hope your weekend was as lovely as ever. I spent Saturday morning rowing 21,000+ meters (a half marathon) at Iron & Oar, a local Chicago workout studio. Honestly I had only rowed maybe once before signing up for the half marathon. Not sure what I was thinking, but I’m happy that I committed to it. Not only was the race actually fun, but my legs hurt in the best way. That sounds odd, but if you love a good tough workout you know what I mean. Best yet, we got 3rd place and didn’t even train! WHOOP!

After the race, I enjoyed a GIANT cheat meal with Tony, followed by two of these chocolate peanut butter truffles that were waiting patiently for me in the freezer. I’m obsessed with the crispy, crunchy texture and how they resemble the taste of peanut butter cup.

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Dec
02

OH MY GOODNESS. These bars. No seriously, theeeeeseeeee bars.

I found myself baking these after an intense craving for fig newtons. While I realize that Fig Newtons contains actual figs, I couldn’t find any at the store so I settled with dates, another favorite dried fruit. Good old dates — cheap, addicting and always there to save the day. My favorite way to enjoy dates lately has been by spreading almond or peanut butter all over them. Can you say YUMMMMM?

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Nov
30

How was your Thanksgiving? I’m so happy I was able to take the weekend off and enjoy some time with my Grandma; we had a wonderful time eating, shopping and laughing.

Unfortunately her wallet was stolen while we were out shopping. Tis the season for thieving? Ugh! Even worse, she had some pretty important documents in there. But the good news is that we got her back on the plane safe and sound (without an ID)! I guess the TSA knows more about you than you think.

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Nov
22

What’s your bread of choice on Thanksgiving? When I was younger, we always had soft and fluffy croissants and they were my absolute favorite.

This year, we’re doing things a little differently due to the fact that I have uncontrollable love for biscuits. Yes, biscuits! Surprisingly, there just so happens to be a multitude of Chicago restaurants that serve biscuits at brunch. While I’m not typically into carbs at breakfast (love my eggs), biscuits have been a breakfast game changer for me. Giant, fluffy puffs of love smothered in honey. That’s when you know it’s going to be a good weekend, right?

A great characteristic of biscuits is that they’re versatile and easily acceptable at any meal of your choosing. Furthermore, biscuits don’t just have to be served with jelly or honey at breakfast; in fact, they are the perfect way to soak up your cranberry sauce and extra gravy. Another option is piling on the turkey and making sandwiches with your leftovers. Basically just determined to turn you into a biscuit lover.

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