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Tarragon chicken salad sandwiches

Published on July 9, 2013, by in Recipes.

This is an easy and flavorful recipe that I lightened up. Perfect for a quick lunch for unexpected guests or as smaller sandwiches/roll-ups for a party. I lightened up the recipe by substituting plain Greek yogurt for the mayonnaise and Brian didn’t even notice. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon mayonnaise(regular or low-fat) 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest 2 teaspoons tarragon dash of salt and pepper 1/4 cup dried cranberries(I used strawberries) 1/4 cup chopped nuts of choice(I used almonds sunflower seeds and cashews) 6 oz of shredded chicken Mix everything except the nuts, dried fruit, and shredded chicken in a bowl. Taste and adjust flavors as necessary. Stir in nuts and dried fruit. Toss with chicken. Let refrigerate for about an hour(if you have the time) to let the flavors mingle. Serve on delicious bread or in pieces of lettuce

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Holiday weekend

Published on July 8, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

Maybe it wasn’t technically a holiday weekend, but with the 4th falling so close to the weekend, it seemed like one. Thursday we had a few people over to grill out and enjoy the back yard. There was a ton of food and festivities(maybe a little too much for some of us). We now have oodles of left overs that I have been trying to recreate into other dishes so that we aren’t eating burger after brat after burger. Saturday I woke up at 5:15am and couldn’t go back to sleep. So, I headed up and did some work in the garden and headed to water aerobics, only to learn that it started at 11am, not 10am. I didn’t want to wait around so I headed home and started creating some calzone dough. I made two different fillings, one being ground taco meat, corn and black beans with cheddar cheese

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Fun and fantastic

Published on June 10, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

This past weekend was awesome. The weather was great and Brian and I ended up doing some spontaneous things and really taking advantage of the city. Something I need to do more often. That’s why I live here, right? Brian took me out to dinner on Friday night because our fridge was bare! We hadn’t really gone grocery shopping in 2 weeks and we had been squeaking by on pantry staples and freezer meals all week. The upside to this was that, our fridge was bare. How is that an upside? It was the perfect opportunity to pull everything out and wipe down the shelves. A task that was long over due! Look at its glowing beauty afterwards: After my speed cleaning fridge session, I headed out the door to walk to meet Brian for dinner. The weather was perfect for eating dinner outside and this place had a patio(no

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Fests, food, fun and crafts

Published on June 3, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

This was one jam-packed weekend full of pure goodness. After work on Friday, I headed straight to Maifest(my favorite summer fest) where Brian and I were able to meet up with several friends from different circles. It was one big fun time filled with German food and beer. I spent some time at the garden on Saturday. We are continuing to get strawberries and kale. Everything else is growing nicely with all the recent rain. This picture makes it look like my garden is full of weeds, but those are just onions growing in the spaces between the other plants. I really tried to maximize my space this year. I made a big pitcher of iced tea to sip on all of Saturday afternoon and evening. Brian and worked hard on finishing up some details for the wedding and getting the Save the Dates ready to send out. Our hard

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Meal Planning 101

Published on May 9, 2013, by in Recipes.

I’ve had a few people ask me lately about meal plans. I’ll give you a run down about how I plan our meals. Brian and I pack and take our lunches to work most days of the week. It’s way cheaper and healthier. Even if you are getting an inexpensive meal out, just keep in mind that restaurants charge you at least 3x or more what it costs them to make it. Meaning: You can make it sooo much cheaper at home. Let’s do the math. If you spend $5 on lunch everyday eating out(which if you live in Chicago you spend more), that means that it’s costs that restaurant at most $1.66 to make your meal. So $5 x 5 days per week is $25 per week on lunches. If you made that same thing at home for $1.66 x 5 days a week, you would have spent $8.33.

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Pumpkin pizza dough and bbq chicken pizza

Published on May 4, 2013, by in Recipes.

I love the blog {Never} homemaker. She is constantly being creative with what she has. Which, I try to do, but she seems to do it much better. I recently planned to make a hybrid of her Pumpkin Garlic Knots and Pesto Garlic Knots by making Pesto Pumpkin Garlic Knots. So, I made the dough. And then I let it rise. I put half of the batch in the freezer to use later(genius to have spare bread/pizza dough on hand) and went to grab my pesto out of the fridge. Uh oh. There wasn’t near enough left to make the pesto garlic knots. But there was enough left for me to make a delicious flat bread(you know, less surface area to cover than multiple knots). So, that’s what I did. I pressed the dough out real thin, spread some pesto on it, topped with slices of tomato and a nice blend

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Takeout Fake-out Rama Chicken

Published on April 26, 2013, by in Recipes.

Brian wanted to go out for sushi for his birthday. I love, love, love sushi, but it can be a calorie bomb. Some rolls weigh in a more than 50 calories per piece! Yikes. Being that I didn’t feel like I could splurge that much, I looked over the menu for a healthier options. It looked like most everything else on the menu was stir fried. Again, not very healthy. Then I spotted my little friend, Rama Chicken. Steamed! Never having the little wonder that is Rama Chicken before, I was a little worried that it was going to be drowning in peanut sauce. Fortunately it wasn’t. I’ve since attempted to recreate it at home with pretty good results. Start by making your peanut sauce. I had some peanut dipping sauce in the fridge(too liquidy and tangy just to pour on the meal), so I used that as the base.

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Sunday: the rest of the story

Published on April 14, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

All last summer I had wanted a grill. So, with my upcoming birthday, Brian asked me what I wanted. He happened to ask me on our walk home from brunch last Saturday. I told him I was thinking about asking my parents for a small grill. He immediately looked a little uncomfortable and told me not to do that. I immediately became suspicious and started firing off questions. He had already ordered one for me! And it was to be delivered that day! In my excitement, I insisted that we stop and buy steaks to grill that night. Steaks bought. Lo and behold, we get home, check the tracking and it wasn’t going to be delivered until Tuesday. With rain and cold all week, I finally got to grill tonight. I love my new grill. Look at all that healthy food for the week. Something a little less healthy happened

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All things weekend

Published on March 18, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

Happy belated St. Patrick’s Day! I started out my weekend by doing a new LUSH face mask. It had lots of mint in it and felt amazing. Then I headed the the gym for a good workout. And thank goodness I did. The rest of the day was filled with some St Patty’s Day celebrating with friends. I did stop at Whole Foods to grab lunch after my work out, though. I grabbed some salad, bison chili and their amazing jalapeno corn bread. I don’t eat much bread, the WF’s corn bread is a carb that I make an exception for. I had leftovers of both and made them into a cowboy eggs “benedict” for breakfast the next morning. Then I headed into the kitchen to make food for the week and weeks ahead. I double up on the meat purchases for the week and cooked it all up so

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Easy chicken and mushrooms

Published on February 1, 2013, by in Recipes.

Who gets tired of eating chicken? I do! I try to make it as many ways as possible so I forget that I am eating chicken again. This is a flavorful and healthy recipe. Ingredients: 1 pound of boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/4in thickness 1 pound baby portabellas, sliced 1/2 small onion, diced 2 tablespoons butter 2 cups brown rice, cooked 1 cup chicken broth, hot salt and pepper Place one tablespoon of butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Let heat and start to brown. Salt and pepper chicken breasts. Then add in chicken breasts and cook for about 4 minutes on each side, or until chicken starts to brown. Remove chicken from pan, set to the side. Slice into 1 inch slices. Add 2nd tablespoon of butter to skillet, turn down to medium heat. Add onion and saute until glassy. Add mushrooms and cook about 7

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