Pumpkin Alfredo

  Call me Trader Joe’s, because I am feeling more than a little obsessed with pumpkin.  Fall has always been my favorite season - it always feels like a fresh start.  A new school year, a new season, new boots!  I also got married in Fall, so it will always be very special to me. That being said, thereRead more

Black Bean Soup with Butternut Squash Quesadillas

  Hello!  Happy Fall!  I am so excited to bring you this comforting, vegetarian, Fall meal!  It is simple, delicious and can be prepared in less than 30 minutes.    I have been working with Home Chef, a Chicago-based (yay!) meal delivery service on a mission to make cooking fresh food at home as easy as possible,Read more

Why I Love Cooking Kits + Blue Apron Review


As you can see from previous posts, I am loving cooking kit delivery services right now!  It lets me focus on the relaxing, enjoyable parts of cooking without the hassle.  They also give me new ideas for recipes.  I’ve started doing some freelance recipe development, so I’m always looking for inspiration!  A few weeks ago,Read more

Pairdd Review


If you’re anything like me, you love to cook, but could do without all the prep work… grocery shopping, measuring, chopping, peeling garlic (yuck).  There’s something so relaxing and satisfying about spending a sunny Sunday afternoon preparing food that I know will nourish me and my family.  I’ve been curious about trying a cooking kitRead more

Rosemary Macaroni and Cheese with Roasted Chicken & Goat Cheese

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June has been a big month in our house.  We celebrated Charlotte’s birthday, Father’s Day and Tim’s birthday all within 1 week!  Not to make it all about me, but there’s another birthday this month… Diet Deep Dish’s 6 month anniversary!  Hitting this milestone gave me a chance to take a step back and see how farRead more

Mushroom Meatball Hoagies with Eggplant Fries

Mushroom Meatballs

  If you’re looking for an easy, delicious way to sneak more vegetables into your diet, then these mushroom meatballs are for you!  I have to admit, I’ve never even thought about replacing the meat in a dish with minced mushrooms, but it totally works!  This month Recipe Redux members had the opportunity to join theRead more

Parmesan Chicken Tenders

Parmesan Chicken Tenders

  I received free samples of Breton Gluten Free Original with Flax and Breton Gluten Free Herb and Garlic from Dare Foods Incorporated mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Dare Foods Incorporated and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was notRead more

Peanut Butter & Jelly Grilled Cheese

Don’t be scared… I know how weird this sounds.  Combining creamy peanut butter, sweet strawberry jam, crispy bacon and rich gouda cheese is definitely a high risk, high reward situation.  This is the ultimate sweet and salty treat! Today I’m excited to bring you the 4th edition of Fashion Friday!  This sandwich was inspired by MayaRead more

White Sausage Pizza with Honey Balsamic Glaze

White Sausage Pizza

This white sausage pizza feels like a comforting winter dinner, but is light enough to transition into spring!  The white sauce is made from sautéed leeks, roasted garlic and creamy goat cheese - it is incredible!  We then pile on turkey sausage cooked with the leek greens and finish with a lightly sweet honey balsamicRead more

Savory Sweet Potato Pie

With the freezing temps and recent snow, I just wasn’t quite ready to post a light lemon or lavender spring recipe.  This savory sweet potato pie seemed much more appropriate.  I recently purchased my new favorite cookbook, The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook.  I was looking for a little more inspiration for Chicago dishes to lighten-up, and this wasRead more

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