Vegan Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese

Who doesn’t love mac and cheese? In my home, this tasty dish was a staple. Fish sticks? Check. Mac and cheese? Double check. No matter the “main course,” mac and cheese was often the accompaniment. Unfortunately, cheese is not our friend (Don’t believe me? Read all about it here). And if you’re a vegan, giving up... Read more »

Fresh Produce Delivered Straight to Your Door - Free: Shop Door to Door Organics!

I am a bit of a produce snob. Even if it says organic, I sniff, poke, prod, shake, and weigh what I am going to purchase. I find myself annoyed if I pop into Whole Foods and see the word “conventional” staring back at me. Not only does organic produce make you feel better, it’s... Read more »

Lean and Green: The Daily Challenge

Everyone needs more vegetables in their lives. But, it’s not always that easy to down the green stuff, especially if you are on a budget, in a hurry, or generally just carry a disdain for all things vegetable related. As a rule, it’s important to eat the colors of the rainbow in produce (no, skittles... Read more »
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Post Workout Chocolate Power Pudding!

One of the most common questions I get asked is what to eat before and after a workout. Ask this question to anyone, and you will get a wide range of answers. Eat simple carbs! Eat complex carbs! Eat fat! Eat no fat! Eat something small! Eat something substantial! While pre-workout food is very important, what... Read more »

Love Butter? Make Your Own!

Maca can be used in virtually anything to adapt to a unique flavor profile. Full of essential minerals and vitamins, maca is considered a superfood.
I never got on the butter bandwagon. As a kid, I loved slathering toast with peanut butter and honey, not jam and butter. However, I seem to be the minority, and I often get asked: “What can I put on toast? I just love the taste of butter!”  So, here is my suggestion: make your... Read more »

Make Your Own Kale Pesto!

A delicious creamy sauce!
I love pasta dishes, but I rarely order pesto. I usually opt for a red sauce chock full of extra veggies. However, if you don’t want to take the time of making your own sauce from scratch, constantly stirring and adding ingredients, then this kale pesto is for you. Tasty, quick and delicious raw over... Read more »
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THE CHEAT SHEET BOOK RELEASE PARTY AT TOCCO: THURSDAY, JUNE 16

I am going to take a break from my usual “food” talk and invite all you ChicagoNow devotees to my book release party tomorrow night at Tocco (1266 N. Milwaukee) from 5:30-8:30. Feel free to swing by and purchase a copy of my book, The Cheat Sheet: A Clue-by-Clue Guide to Finding Out If He’s... Read more »

What's For Breakfast: Quinoa Cranberry Walnut Muffins

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. The rotation goes as follows: oatmeal with berries, hemp seeds and agave, buckwheat chocolate chip blueberry pancakes, or a green smoothie. But, sometimes, I crave muffins. There’s nothing like a healthy muffin (this muffin is not glorified cake, I promise – though it tastes like it) and... Read more »

Make Your Own Sugar Substitutes!

I love desserts. You love desserts. But, sugar wreaks havoc on our bodies, leading to diabetes, disease, cancer, obesity, mood swings, and a host of other health problems. In a study in 2009, the average American was said to consume 22 teaspoons per day of added sugar, with teens coming in at 34. It’s a... Read more »
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What's For Lunch: Chickpea Crepes!

What's For Lunch: Chickpea Crepes!
I love anything with the word “crepe” in it – who doesn’t? Also known as socca, chickpea crepes are known as “street food,” and are basically just delicious flat bread. I stumbled upon this recipe in David Lebovitz’s book, The Sweet Life in Paris. Though it takes just a little bit of prep (to let... Read more »