Winter Veggie Minestrone Soup

Here in the Midwest, 2014 started off with a bang. Or rather, a blast. A big blast. A big blasty blast of chilling artic air and subzero temperatures and what seemed to be endless amounts of that white stuff that often falls out of the sky in January. Enter Polar Vortex. Now, I am certainly … Continue reading

Peanut Butter Banana Boats

Lots of people eat three square meals a day, but to me that has always seemed like a very hungry way to go through life. When my schedule allows, I much prefer to eat between five to six times a day, with two or three snacks sprinkled in between three smaller meals. This tip is … Continue reading

Fresh Garden Salsa

All summer long, my parents have diligently taken care of three beautiful tomato plants – from the storms in early June through that surprisingly cold late July through the sweltering heat of August, they’ve watered and pruned and staked those plants, patiently waiting and hoping for the late summer bounty. Now, in the last week, … Continue reading

Guilt-Free Greek Zucchini Dip

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past eight months that I’ve spent in my combined Masters and internship program, it’s that life moves quickly and it never really slows down. As it turns out, the internet is full of people who discovered this before me (to think that I was so naïve to … Continue reading

The Power of Purple: Confetti Cabbage Salad

Hey, Good Looking! Happy Monday! Today I have a delightful – and I do mean delightful – recipe for you. It’s a variation of a traditional coleslaw, and it’s just brimming with nutrients. I call it “Purple Confetti Cabbage Salad.” It stems from a traditional coleslaw, then my mom modified it a bit to turn … Continue reading

Beating the Winter Blues: Blueberry Pineapple Oatmeal

In the spirit of keeping New Year’s Resolutions, I’d like to share a meal that is a staple in my diet. As you might know, breakfast is very important, and some folks go as far as saying that it’s the most important meal of the day. This is because your metabolism can’t start revving until … Continue reading

Banana Sunshine Breakfast Smoothie

Hey, Good Looking! Hope 2013 has been good to you so far! Yesterday I posted to the Chicago Dietetic Association’s blog, featuring a recipe for a “Banana Sunshine Breakfast Smoothie.” It’s only 255 calories, high in protein and fiber, gets you nearly all your daily vitamin C, and contains a good amount of omega-3 fatty … Continue reading

Maddie & Bella Coffee Co: A Fresh Spin on Coffee Creamer

Hey, Good Looking! Hope this Monday treated you well! Today was an incredibly mild day here in Chicago…the temperature got up to 72 degrees. I’m no meteorologist, but that seems a bit unusual for December… Other than being mystified by the weather, I posted on the Maddie & Bella Coffee Co.’s blog about a topic … Continue reading

Veggie Shrimp Stir Fry

Hey, Good Looking! Hope this Monday is treating you well! My commute from the suburbs into Chicago took a mere 55 minutes this morning, which makes be a very happy camper. It’s the little things in life! Today I introduce to you my Veggie Shrimp Stir Fry recipe, which I posted on the Chicago Dietetic … Continue reading

Pumpkin Chai Muffin Tops

I have always really liked baking for as long as I can remember. Cookies, pies, muffins, cupcakes…you name it, I like to bake it. As far back as elementary school I daringly embarked upon crazy tasks, like making my own red, white, and blue striped chocolate shavings for a 4th of July cake (with the … Continue reading