If you're like me...lunch is either: A. in the car or B. rushed. Or wait, C. both! The struggle is real, my friends. What's worse than a lunch that provokes the 3pm slump at your desk? You know what I'm talking about. You chose unwisely and ate a carb laden, ridiculously portioned meal that made you want to pull a Costanza once you returned to the office.
Does that only happen to me?
My husband and I shook it up a bit and met for a "lunch date" at a new(ish) lunch spot: Fresha. It was bright, vibrant, immaculate and on one of the busier streets in the Loop - Wells Street.
With so many choices at our finger tips, we've been opting for healthier fare. Fresha is that option. Everything is made from scratch and with love only using the "freshest" ingredients, homemade dressings, quality wraps and loads of delicious vegetables.
I ordered the Mediterranean Chicken Quinoa Bowl. I've started to dig on quinoa bowls. You feel satisfied without feeling stuffed. I highly recommend the basil pesto dressing to accompany this entree. It was light and provided just the right among of tang to this dish. I ate the.entire.thing.
My husband ordered the Caribbean BBQ Wrap. The colors were just gorgeous...so I made him pose as my hand model in between bites. He loves when I do this to him; let me tell you.
If you're seeking lunch alternatives under $10 and under 550 calories - pay them a visit. Yes, that's right...every dish is under 550 calories! Ahhh-mazing.
I'll do you one better, if you live in Chicagoland and work in the city...enter to win my giveaway for a complimentary lunch on Fresha. I promise you'll return!
Fresha Place | 171 West Randolph | Chicago
Today I am sharing a super simple recipe that you can whip up in minutes. I stumbled upon it by accident and within an hour we had a healthy recipe that was equally delicious. It's perfectly Fall with something to satisfy your sweet tooth which I am currently battling. <thank you Halloween...cough, cough>
Give it a spin and let me know what you think!
This recipe was shared with me by a dear friend after she learned that we had a successful apple picking adventure. It's simple, straightforward and deliciously Fall. Thank you Desa!
I asked my kids to participate with me but they were more interested in the finished product but the house smelled AMAZING!
This dip could not be easier to whip up. A total of 10 minutes prep time and a little refrigerator action is all you need. I made it for the first time yesterday and it was a crowd pleaser.
WARNING: this is not a healthy recipe. But hey, that's what Sundays are for...Fall + Football!
Despite the 90 degree temps, we're feelin' Fall in a major way. I also see 60 degree forecasts ahead so don't put those sweaters away just yet!
Last week I had the pleasure of collaborating with Chicago Parent in sharing our favorite pumpkin inspired recipe. There are SO many pumpkin recipes out there - it's enough to make your head spin and I truly prefer the less sugary, artificial taste that so many beverages leave you with. Yick! Instead, we create a new spin on our morning smoothie. I'd love to share it with you!
Sunday dinner is an event for us every weekend. As it should be. We run around like crazies all week long and it's our first real opportunity to relax and chat. Outside of this one hour it's birthday parties and errand running and special events...like every family in America. While we do spend a lot of time together as a family, it's not until a delicious dinner is in front of us that we actually pause and have conversation. Kind of crazy that it takes six days to get to that but I suppose that will be our new norm.
Cucina Paradiso is home to some of the best, authentic Italian cuisine here in Chicagoland.
The Shamrock Shake has once again made its annual appearance. And while this may be a favorite childhood treat for many, including myself, I went on a quest this year to find a healthier version. One that my entire family would love. Selfishly, this is also how I start my day so really, it's about killing two birds with one stone.
It's not uncommon for girlfriends to joke that I am no fun when we eat out or elbow me about eating like a bird. I don't take it personally. The reality is I eat quite a bit but all day long and rarely in one sitting. I eat with intention and I'm very aware of what I am putting in my mouth. This begs the question:
Why did you go gluten free?
In an attempt to eat "healthier" this past Super Bowl Sunday, I found a recipe in, none other, but Blissful Basil's newest cookbook for a fresh take on sliders. The recipe does not exist online but I found a similar version to share with you today.
Greetings friends. Happy Monday! I'm all over the place with this blog content schedule but I digress. I spent quite a bit of time in the kitchen yesterday and wanted to share this bright, colorful dish as it takes 30 minutes to whip up and it's oh-so-healthy. I will be making this again and again. Not only did I feel full but I felt healthy.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am rarely without a can of LaCroix in hand save for the hours of 5-9am when I am chugging back coffee and slapping myself awake. What you don't know is that I literally grew up on LaCroix. My parents didn't allow any pop in our house so the only way we could scratch that itch was by gulping down cans of flavored sparkling water.
In hindsight, it was a fabulous habit to enforce and now one of my daughters walks around with her own LaCroix. Yes, she's four years old and it could appear a bit ridiculous but hey...I know how to get her to consume more water!