Thursday, January 19, 2017

Crispy Tofu Soba Noodles


Soba noodles are Japanese noodles made with buckwheat flour. They look and taste similar to traditional spaghetti, but pack more fiber and protein per serving than wheat pasta. On their own, soba noodles lack the B-vitamins and iron typically found in wheat pasta, but by pairing them with the crispy tofu, your meal will be nutritionally complete. Despite the name, buckwheat flour is naturally gluten-free. You can find store-bought varieties made from 100% buckwheat flour, but be sure to read the label if you're looking for gluten-free, because many are made with a mix of buckwheat and wheat flours.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Health & Happiness, One Bite at a Time!


It's a new year! A time for taking stock of our lives, and figuring out how to create the change we want for ourselves and our families. Food tends to be a big player in New Year's resolutions. But how do we craft resolutions and goals that are realistic and sustainable? Ones that won't be distant memories by Valentine's Day?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Pumpkin Quesadillas

Photo courtesy of Purple Asparagus

We asked Melissa Graham (who has made helping kids eat better her life's work), why she thinks healthy eating is so important. It's a topic so near and dear to our hearts as well, and yet one that seems elusive and challenging for many folks these days. Here's what she had to say...

Monday, November 21, 2016

Pear Bloomy Cheese Toasts



Keeping the crowd fed while you're putting the finishing touches on the holiday meal is key. These toasts are perfect for taking the edge off, and come together easily. Simple in preparation, but with a sweet savory combo will make your taste buds jump with joy.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes + Combating the Holiday Sugar Blues

Photo courtesy of Healthy Jasmine

How much sugar are you or your child consuming every day? And how much do you think is coming from "healthy" foods? We're thrilled to welcome this guest post by Jasmine Jafferali, Lifestyle & Wellness Consultant, about the evils of sugar and how much of it lurks where you might least expect!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

"Fly the W" French Onion Dip



I am not a big sports fan. But I've lived in Chicago for almost 20 years, so at this point I think it's safe to call myself a Chicagoan. And right now, as a Chicagoan, I would LOVE to see the Cubs win the world series! It's hard not to care when you see how much and how deeply other people do. I want the win not for myself, but for the Cubs and their diehard fans who have been dreaming of this since they can remember. And it would be pretty mind-blowing if Back to the Future's prediction of a Cubs World Series win was only off by one year!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Roasted Butternut Squash with Onions & Goat Cheese


We all know that eating right is important. But what if you're doing everything "right" and something still seems off? Food intolerance could be the culprit. Learn more about this increasingly hot topic from Dr. Sarah Weber, Chiropractor and Loomis Digestive Health Specialist - plus enjoy a scrumptiously seasonal recipe!