Side Dish Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

Maple and Harissa Roasted Carrots

  It's an Autumn Saturday morning in Chicago. As I sit here and type this, I've already seen the weather go from dark and cold, to windy and pouring rain. Now, its slightly breezy and a lovely 70 degrees F and sunshine. Why am I telling you this? Well, for one thing, my fiance is… Continue reading Maple and Harissa Roasted Carrots

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Salads, Vegetarian Recipes

Kale Salad with Breadcrumb Croutons

  I'm guilty of it. I'll readily admit. I'm guilty of eating kale multiple days a week. I love it in my Fall Quinoa and Kale Salad, Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Bacon, Almonds, and Pecorino, and Kale and Corn Salad with Basil Lime Vinaigrette.  All incredibly tasty, satisfying, and hearty. But just because kale… Continue reading Kale Salad with Breadcrumb Croutons

Appetizers, Salads

Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Caprese Salad

  "It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all." Laura Ingalls Wilder was right on. The freshness of your ingredients - heirloom tomatoes, burrata cheese, fresh basil - make this simple salad so beautiful and delicious. Ideal for late summer gatherings with friends or family.  Pair with a… Continue reading Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Caprese Salad

Pasta Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

Stove-top Gnocchi (not mac) and Cheese with Peas

Fun enough for the kids.  Just grown up enough for the adult palate as well.  So simple to make.  Ready for it?  Sure you are.   This is a fun twist on macaroni and cheese.  I like creating an opportunity to introduce children to new foods and expand their palates, while simultaneously eating something with a sense… Continue reading Stove-top Gnocchi (not mac) and Cheese with Peas

Pasta Recipes, Salads, Vegetarian Recipes

Roasted Tomato and Arugula Pasta Salad

  I've got roasted garlic and tomatoes, and I've got feta cheese, and I've got arugula, and I've got artichokes, and I've got a deliciously lemony dressing.  And, you may partake with me on one condition; that you listen to (read) my short rant about Spring weather in Chicago.  Those of you not dealing with… Continue reading Roasted Tomato and Arugula Pasta Salad

Breakfast Recipes

My Favorite Morning Smoothie

I should trademark this phrase. 'My Favorite Morning Smoothie.'  It'll undoubtedly be the upcoming title of a new band,  a popular song, or political podcast.  Alas, for now, it shall be the modest title of my most recent post. (Don't any of you go stealing it!) In addition to being low in calories and high… Continue reading My Favorite Morning Smoothie

Salads, Vegetarian Recipes

Arugula and Cauliflower Salad with Farro, Feta and Avocado

  Stuck in a salad rut?  Well, not anymore. This one has a fantastic variety of delicious and beautiful attributes.  Time to bust that salad rut!  (That sounds kinda weird, but I'm gonna roll with it.) Charred cauliflower is a fun and unique salad ingredient.  When combined with the nutty farro, a hearty quality is… Continue reading Arugula and Cauliflower Salad with Farro, Feta and Avocado