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Stovetop Citrus Carnitas with Pickled Jalapeño and Red Onion

Weeknight dinners for us are always relatively quick and easy. Our little guy usually goes to bed right around our dinner time, so I things tend to get a little crazy in the kitchen if I don’t have things planned out or if the hubby isn’t home to help out. We stick to lots of one-pot meals or a protein with a side of carbs and veggies ....more

Le Pain Quotidien Lover! My Fire & Ice Appetizer + Fave Goodies.

If you follow me on Instagram, or have been reading my blog for a while you have probably noticed that I am a bit obsessed with the restaurant brand Le Pain Quotidien. Today I want to share my favorite LePQ menu items, products and goodies and a favorite party cracker appetizer recipe. My Fire & Ice Appetizer combines a slathering of warm and spicy tomato harissa spread with cool thinly sliced cucumbers, fresh basil, lemon, cracked black pepper, a drizzle of fine extra virgin olive oil, a nibble of rich vegan jack cheese and some nutty sprouted pumpkin seeds, all sitting on a bed of the.. ....more

Sesame Zucchini “Noodles” with Snow Peas

This very green salad has a contrast of flavors and textures, from the crunch from the snow peas to the tender raw zucchini “noodles.” Though nice and light, the sesame dressing and two kinds of seeds — sesame and sunflower — give it substance. Serves: 4 Dressing: 2 heaping tablespoons tahini (sesame paste) Juice of 1/2 lemon or lime (about 2 tablespoons), or to taste 2 teaspoons agave nectar or maple syrup 2 medium zucchinis, ends trimmed 2 cups or so snow peas, ends trimmed...more

Mushroom & Artichoke Lasagna

A common misconception of vegetarians is that we took on this diet because we really love vegetables. As in, you could just steam up a bunch of vegetables and serve them on a plate and we would be happy as clams. This is probably why so often the token vegetarian dish in restaurants has the generic “vegetable” in the title, like “vegetable pizza” or “vegetable lasagna” or ” pasta w/ vegetables.”...more

Mint Oreo Ice Cream

When OXO asked me to jump in on their latest kitchen campaign – Ice Cream for OXO – I was literally wayyy to excited; it never fails to amaze me how ridiculously good homemade ice cream can be. Like, seriously?? It makes bearing 1,ooo degree summer temps totally worth it ....more

Jicama, Black Bean & Corn Salsa Recipe

Whip up this jicama, black bean and corn salsa for a healthy, low calorie snack or serve it over grilled chicken or fish for an awesome meal! As much as I love hummus and veggies, there’s only so much that one gal can eat. Afternoon is snacking and grazing time and I need to spice things up a little, otherwise I start thinking that a bag of puffy Cheetos is a good idea ....more

Mini BBQ Cheddar Meatloaves

My friend took my 3 kids for a sleepover last week. (She’s an angel ) It was so nice! It’s pretty rare when Kale and I are kid-free, and when we are we usually go out to eat, but since we were both exhausted we chose to eat at home ....more

Homemade Garlic Spread Recipe

This is doing nothing for my bread addiction. We all have that thing that we are addicted to when it come to our diet. For some people it is French Fries, cakes, cookies, pie, burgers, bread, or, in my case, all of the above ....more

Corn Chowder with Sausage

When my husband and I first moved to Chicago, he jokingly told me that I better start coming up with a lot of corn recipes....more

nutella stuffed french toast

French toast just got a little sweeter. Thick slices of crusty french bread, stuffed from the center with creamy nutella, and topped with maple and strawberries- are you drooling yet? It’s no secret that we love breakfast in our house, and french toast is at the top of that list ....more