Nov
19

Happy Round Up Sunday, everyone! As you probably know, I celebrated my wedding day on Friday and it was nothing short of magical. #AmbitiousWedding was one for the books, and I can’t wait to share the full recap with you guys soon. But for now we’re in full-on #AmbitiousThanksgiving mode! You knew this round-up was coming…I rounded up 37 MUST make Thanksgiving recipes that are going to wow your whole family.

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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
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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Oct
27

It’s here…the final day of #AKPumpkinWeek 2017! I hope you’ve loved every minute of these new amazing pumpkin recipes, because I’ve had the best time cooking up this goodness all week long. We’ve had a chilly week here in Chicago (I actually turned the heat on a couple of times) which has made for the perfect weather for all things pumpkin.

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Oct
26

Beautiful healthy paleo pumpkin pie bars with an almond flour ‘sugar cookie’ crust. Easy to make and a great healthy thanksgiving treat! 

HAPPY THURSDAY and welcome to day 4 of pumpkin week. This recipe could be one of my favorites of the week and one that I think many of you will absolutely adore.

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Oct
25

Healthy double chocolate pumpkin bread made with vitamin A packed pumpkin, shredded coconut and whole wheat flour. Tastes like a slice chocolate cake!

Why does baking give me such joy? It is the smell of chocolate melting into puddles of goodness? Is it the adventure of putting unique flavors together? Is it warming my house with the aroma of cinnamon in the fall? Or perhaps it’s the end result: a beautiful baked treat to share and make someone smile.

What I do know is that I’ll never stop baking goodies to share with you so hopefully they make you as happy as they make me.

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Oct
23

Whole grain pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies in partnership with Coach’s Oats. These cookies are packed with cozy pumpkin flavor + plenty of chocolate chips. Made with coconut oil instead of butter!

It’s HERE! Welcome to Pumpkin Week 2017!

Dear LAWD I love pumpkin. Once I hit 70 years old my goal is to eat a daily slice of warm pumpkin pie until my last day. With real whipped cream too. #grandmagoals

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Sep
27

The BEST turkey lasagna EVER. Made with a homemade tomato basil sauce packed with fresh herbs & italian spices, layered with lean ground turkey, mozzarella, creamy ricotta and a touch of parmesan. Perfect for serving crowds, family style dinners, or freezing for later!

YO YO YO.

Remind me to never start a blog post with that intro again. HI. It’s me. Your neighborhood healthy makeover lady coming in with a juicy new recipe for you that’s perfect for when you want to impress your family, make your love swoon, comfort a friend or just make cause you freaking love Italian food.

Say HELLO to my healthier turkey lasagna. She’s a beauty, isn’t she?

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