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Zucchini bites

Published on April 23, 2014, by in Recipes.

I saw a recipe on cauliflower tots, which let me to a post on zucchini tots, which led me to changing the recipe and making these wonderful zucchini bites. I started out by making them closer to the original recipe, using a mini muffin tin. While they tasted delicious, they were a disaster to get out of the pan. So, I decided to make two more batches, bake them flattened like pancakes on parchment paper and they were perfect! Ingredients: 1 small zucchini, grated 1 large egg 1 thin slice of onion, finely chopped 1/4 cup grated Kerrygold Dubliner cheese(or flavorful cheese) salt-free Italian seasoning to taste salt and pepper to taste Preheat oven to 400F. Grate zucchini onto a clean dishtowel. NOT a terry cloth dishtowel, or you will end up with fuzzy zucchini bites. Wring all the excess water out of the zucchini. In a medium bowl, combine

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Eggcellent weekend

Published on April 21, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

See what I did there? I made an Easter joke. Ha. This weekend was exactly what I needed. Lots to time outside in the beautiful temperatures. It was the exact weather that you hear Chicagoans talk about all year. The weather that is reason we live here and endure the winters. It was perfect. Friday night, Brian and I met for dinner at Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen. I had been there on my last girl’s night and knew he would love it. He did. After eating a lot of hummus, we were both pretty full and didn’t even put a dent in our dinners. The good news was that we then had lunch for Saturday. The only problem was that we didn’t have any more hummus. I did have an eggplant on hand, so I roasted it and made some baba ghanoush to supplement our left overs. It is delicious and

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Easy broccoli cheddar soup-Vitamix recipe

Published on March 27, 2014, by in Recipes.

A few weekends ago, the cupboards were bare, it was snowing out and I had no desire to trek out to the grocery store. Fortunately, we had a bag of broccoli in the freezer and some cheese in the fridge. So, I made this filling and nutritious soup. Ingredients: 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk(or milk of choice) 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1.5 cups broccoli, steamed 1 teaspoon dried onion 1/2 vegetable bullion cube salt and pepper to taste Reserve 1/2 cup steamed broccoli to the side. Place remainder of ingredients in  blender. Set to hot soup and start. When finished, add rest of broccoli to blender and pulse a few times. Serve with some toasted bread. Makes 2 big servings. If you prefer a completely creamy soup, add all the broccoli in the beginning.

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Chicken pesto sandwich

Published on March 21, 2014, by in Recipes.

Every month, on or around payday, we have Payday Potluck at work. We all bring in food, sit around a big table, eat and enjoy each other’s company. It’s really very nice. Although, sometimes I stress about what to bring. We usually have a lot of options for side dishes and desserts, but not always main dishes. Several of us commute to work which makes bringing things in a little more complicated. I decided to make pesto chicken then assemble it into a delicious sandwich for people at work. My Sandwich Artistry skills coming into play years after I stopped working at Subway. The chicken is simple enough to make. I baked up a bunch of chicken breasts in the oven. Let them cook, then slice them thin. In a separate bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise per 1/2 cup of pesto per pound of chicken.  Toss with chicken to

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Weekend wrap up

Published on February 11, 2014, by in Update.

It was kind of a weird weekend in terms of food. Usually I spend a lot of time in the kitchen on the weekends making food for the week, but that was not the case. I have been trying to clean up my eating little by little. I’ve upped my exercise over the past few weeks and with that, my hunger levels have soared. I’ve been focusing on getting in more protein and inadvertently have lowered my intake of carbs. My focus when we went grocery shopping on Saturday was protein, fruit and veggies. We left with a lot of chicken(it was on a really good sale), some beef, and lots of fruit and vegetables. So what was on the menu this weekend? Friday night was pizza night. Instead of bringing home slices, I grabbed a take and bake pizza so there would be leftovers for Brian. I pulled the

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Weekend review

Published on February 3, 2014, by in Update.

It was a very simple weekend in regards to meals. Nothing crazy or time intensive. We got more snow on Saturday. I made easy banana pancakes for a protein packed breakfast before I headed out to run errands and go to the gym. They were the perfect thing to keep me full and energized. We had a simple supper of tacos. All of the delicious topping are under the meat, so you can’t see them. Sunday morning I made myself a deconstructed breakfast taco. I made cinnamon roll waffles for Brian. I revived the leftovers from a stir fry that was a flop into a peanut sauce with soba noodles that was really good.  

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A week in review

This is going to be a little more than a weekend wrap up. Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of having a wonderful meal cooked for me by my friend’s Brock and John. Brock made the cocktails and collaborated with John on flavor combinations while John did most of the cooking. We started with a mixed greens salad, goat cheese and beets prepared two ways. We moved on to scallops, tomatoes and linguine in a moan-worthy white wine sauce. We ended with a pot de creme with mint, fleur de sel and a raspberry reduction pipped to the bottom. Not only was the food out of this world, we had hours of great conversation and laughter. Nearly finished bourbon cocktail: Pot de creme: Thursday night, Brian wanted tomato soup. So, I decided to throw together some ingredients in the Vitamix and this wonderful, creamy tomato soup was born. It has

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Bobby Flay’s pizza dough recipe: pizza 2 ways

Published on January 23, 2014, by in Recipes.

As I previously mentioned, Tyler’s pizza making skills inspired me to elevate my pizza making game this past weekend. I hadn’t made pizza in a while and decided to try out a new crust recipe. I ran across Bobby Flay’s recipe and was skeptical. On one hand, it has an average of a 5 start review. Not an easy thing to accomplish. On the other hand, he’s known for his grilling skills. Should I trust a grill guy to give me the best pizza recipe. Well, the answer is “yes”. The adapted recipe’s crust was an incredible texture and had the perfect crispness to it. Ingredients: 3 1/2 cups bread flour(bread flour has a higher gluten content and will give you a much crisper crust) 2 teaspoons sugar 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast 2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 cups water(110 degrees F) 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided Combine the flour,

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Pizza fest weekend update

Published on January 22, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

On Friday night, we went over to Dana and Tyler’s place for some homemade pizza. Tyler makes some delicious pizza. He made an appetizer of cheese pizza that we nibbled on while the spinach, mushroom, and garlic and the pepperoni pizza’s cooked. Dana made a really tasty salad that I couldn’t resist having two helpings of. Tyler made some of the best homemade pizza I have ever eaten. So delicious. I think I ate double the amount of pizza I usually do it one sitting. I think part of his pizza making skills come from the authentic pizza making outfit: Look at one of his beauties: After we started to come out of our food coma, we played a really fun game called Wits and Wagers(?). I think it would be a great family game for the holidays. Saturday, I encouraged Brian to trek out in the snow with me

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Zucchini noodles

Published on December 19, 2013, by in Recipes.

  I have been struggling to return to healthy eating lately. There are far too many delicious holiday temptations, not to mention more social occasions and drinks. I feel like I am having a good and fairly consistent week this week. I have increased my intake of fruits and vegetables and decreased the crap. I can really feel the difference. Hopefully I can keep this up, but it will be hard with Christmas next week. Last night for dinner I had the opportunity to use my much lusted after GEFU spiralizer. While a bit expensive for a kitchen gadget, I think I will get a lot of use out of it. I spiralized one small zucchini. While I was doing that, I sauteed some mushrooms in about a teaspoon of grass fed butter, salt and pepper. I also heated up a little marinara sauce I had on hand. When the

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