sweet and spicy mixed nuts

Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts

I brought these nuts over to my cousin the other day and let’s just say they did not last long. I will have to say they were quite the hit. Mixed nuts are a great snack but adding in a little extra flavor here and there just spices them up, literally! This batch offers a…

crispy buffalo tofu

Crispy Buffalo Tofu Bites

Even the smell of buffalo sauce makes my tastebuds tingle. I took a different approach and made a crispy tofu style dish. Make sure you press the water out of the tofu. If you don’t, the bites will not be very flavorful. The dip adds a perfect touch to each bite. Serves: 2 Hands-on time:…

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Grilled Eggplant, Mozzarella, Tomatoes

This eggplant dish is a piece of cake. One of the farmers at the farmers market told me about this recipe. The roasted red pepper sauce acted as the perfect addition to the eggplant. Eggplants belong to the nightshade vegetable family. This means they experience most of their growth overnight! Eggplants contain phytonutrients, which have antioxidant…

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Carrot Cake Energy Balls

Energy balls are a go-to for my weekly routine. I have made some almond date balls or chocolate date power bars. This week, I opted for the carrot cake energy balls and boy, do they taste like a scrumptious treat! Shredding the carrots is a bit of a trick but once you get past that, they’re a piece…

spicy butternut squash soup

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

It’s freezing cold outside and all you want to do is cuddle up in a cozy blanket. A nice bowl of hot soup would do just the trick as you look out the window and see the snowflakes coming down. Maybe it’s rain and 47℉ if you’re in the city of Chicago on February 7th….

moroccan chicken soup

Moroccan Chicken Soup

Picture this: your week has been so busy you don’t even have time to make a lunch. You continue to go out for every meal and those $12 lunches really start to become a dent in your pocketbook. What if you had a dish you could truly savor throughout the week? This is why soups…

lemon water

5 Benefits of Lemon Water

Every morning I start my day with a glass of lemon water. It is such a refreshing taste and drinking it first thing in the morning has many benefits. 1. Aids in Digestion and detoxification It aids in digestion because the atomic structure in the lemons are similar to the digestive juices in the stomach….

roasted chickpeas

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Toss the chips, these roasted chickpeas make for a great snack. Watch out; they are highly addictive. I started with a spicy chickpea recipe but I know, there are more upon the horizon. I used a little smoked paprika, chili powder, turmeric and cayenne on this batch. The cayenne gave it just the kick for…

buddha bowl

Vegan Buddha Bowl

I love to have greens in my meals but my body just does not crave them as much in the winter. I want something that is warming to my body rather than cooling it down. As you know from most of my snapchats, I’m quite the smoothie bowl decorator so of course these buddha bowls…

hasselback butternut squash

Hasselback Butternut Squash

Need something to increase your omega-3 intake? What about a food that includes anti-inflammatory properties? This butternut squash dish is just your answer. Butternut squash makes for a sensational side. If you are unsure what a butternut squash looks like, it is the long pear shaped squash that is light orange in color. It has…