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Neapolitan Baked Ziti Recipe

After so many friends asked for my recipe inspired by Rachel Ray’s Neapolitan Baked Ziti Recipe, it was time to share the goods. I saw Rachel Ray make this on her talk show and not only did it look delicious, it was simple. After following Rachel’s recipe a few times, it was a little bland so […] Read more…

Why I Went Gluten-Free

If you’ve been reading So Chic Life for awhile you may already know I went gluten-free by following the Paleo diet but here’s a quick refresher. In grad school I lost 25 pounds after cutting out processed food and having so many issues with with hormone imbalance and adrenal fatigue, I’ve realized along the way that my […] Read more…

Oatmeal Banana Smoothie Bowl

Making breakfast a little more exciting with oatmeal banana smoothie bowls paired with goodnessknows snack squares!

Have you seen the back to school posts on Facebook this week? Where the heck did summer go?? Not that I’m complaining but we’ve been having ourselves a good ole time hanging at the pool, staying up late, eating more than our fair share of ice cream and just having fun. Now it’s time to start […] Read more…

Jicama Fries

Jicama Fries Recipe 21 Day

It wasn’t until taking the 21 Day Sugar Detox, I tried jicama or considered jicama fries. Jicama {pronounced hee-cama} is a root vegetable originating from Mexico, part of the legume family and grows on vines. Oddly enough it’s low in calories, high in important nutrients and the carb content is lower than most of the jicama’s counterparts. […] Read more…

27 Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Planning a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta couldn’t be easier. This is my favorite party theme when entertaining at home. You can go all out or do something as simple as Pulled Pork Tacos, guacamole and a self serve margarita station. Who doesn’t love tacos and tequila??  Any time we have a large group over, pork or chicken tacos […] Read more…

Gluten-Free Zucchini Breakfast Muffins

Low Carb Zucchini Muffins

Raise your hand if making mornings less hectic and stressful is a #lifegoal? Rallying two little ones to get dressed, eat breakfast and out the door to school you’d think we’d have this mastered by now. It never fails, one of the girls always seems to have an entirely different agenda. I’ve found that a lot […] Read more…

Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

paleo gumbo recipe chicken and sausage gumbo

Chicken and sausage gumbo is one of my favorite family recipes with several versions from my grandmother, aunt and mother being passed around. Growing up, either chicken and sausage gumbo or seafood gumbo were always on the menu Christmas Eve along with fried Gulf shrimp and fresh French bread. Depending on who was hosting or agreed to prepare would usually determine […] Read more…

Crumb Topped Brussels Sprouts

21 Day Sugar Detox Recipe Crumbed Topped Brussels Sprouts

My favorite vegetable of all time are Brussels sprouts. There are so many ways to prepare and a new favorite recipe is the 21 Day Sugar Detox  Crumb Topped Brussels Sprouts with red cabbage. Yum! As usual this recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free and of course sugar free but you will never miss any of those. Not that […] Read more…

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

Valentine's Day Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Sticks

Chocolate covered pretzels are such a fun Valentine’s Day treat. Not only are these incredibly easy to make and I love there is no baking involved. Even if you’re an amateur in the kitchen, anyone can make these. There are so many ways to decorate and the end result is a decadent sweet and salty snack […] Read more…

The Sneaky Chef | Spinach Pancakes Your Kids WILL Eat

Sneaky Chef easy spinach

Picky eater on your hands? Try this spinach pancake recipe that your kids WILL eat. I promise. Don’t deviate from the instructions or your efforts will be futile. Exhibit A – I substituted all purpose flour for organic pastry flour. Don’t ask. Yes these spinach pancakes turn out VERY bright green and flat. Don’t be […] Read more…

Easy Tomato Soup | Gluten-Free | Dairy Free

Easy Tomato Soup from Ina Garten

I can’t even take how cold it is in Chicago at the moment. Doesn’t matter how many years tick by that we’ve resided in the Midwest, when winter hits all my brain can process running from the house to the car to whatever destination that takes me back to the warmth of a heater – “Why or […] Read more…

Unique Holiday Cocktails

Unique Holiday Cocktails Wild Hibiscus Mojito

Although a simple glass of wine is a lovely accompaniment for all things holiday, why not mix it up a bit and serve a selection of unique holiday cocktails? Your guests will be wowed when you try out one of the recipes we have gathered below. We aren’t talking dry ice and molecular gastronomy, merely the […] Read more…

Easy Chicken Soup Gluten Free

Easy Chicken Soup Recipe 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook

Now that it’s getting colder my soup cravings are kicking into high gear. I love preparing all types of soups, but some recipes have way too many components and can require too much preparation. Chicken soup is always an easy go-to but the Weeknight Chicken Soup recipe from the 21 Day Sugar Detox cookbook is extremely […] Read more…

Gluten-Free Savory Herb Drop Biscuits

21 Day Sugar Detox Drop Biscuit

One of the only things I miss about going gluten-free and giving up all processed white food is really good fresh bread. I came to grips with this long ago that the only time it’s worth splurging is when it comes to something like buttery, homemade drop biscuits. But why should every splurge be considered off […] Read more…

10 Healthy Pumpkin Recipe Hacks

Grilled pumpkin salad with autumn vegetables

Obsessed with all things pumpkin? Well good, because you’ll love this round up of 10 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes curated just for YOU. This is my favorite season – the time that of year that I dream of pumpkin spice smoothies, creamy pumpkin sauce with sage and last year I incorporated grilled pumpkin in a salad with […] Read more…

How to Make Bulletproof Coffee

Bulletproof Diet Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

In honor of National Coffee Day I’m sharing my latest java obsession – how to make Bulletproof Coffee. It all started when my chiropractor recommended The Bulletproof Diet a few months ago. It’s a similar take on the Paleo Coffee recipe I shared this time last year. The major difference between Paleo Coffee and Bulletproof Coffee is the importance of using […] Read more…

Quinoa & Butternut Squash Stacks

butternut squash timbale stacks

Quinoa & Butternut Squash Stacks is one of my favorite recipes from The Beauty Detox by Kimberly Synder. It’s incredibly easy (your family and friends will be blown away) and super yummy. I’ve never prepared a fancy “stacked” recipe but how hard can it be? Turns out the secret to success are these cute little ramekins. […] Read more…

Paleo Banana Blueberry Muffins

banana blueberry muffins tapioca flour

I’m loving the new kitchen and any chance I get putting my new oven to work. Now that school is back in session I’m trying to find healthy breakfast, snack and lunch options. Paleo Banana Blueberry Muffins seemed like an easy way to survive breakfast this week so here we are. This week’s recipe inspiration comes from Wife Mama Foodie. […] Read more…

Healthy Bacon and Tomato Quiche

bacon tomato quiche 21 day sugar detox

Who doesn’t love a good quiche even better if it’s gluten-free! I whipped up this healthy bacon and tomato quiche with spinach inspired by the 21 Day Sugar Detox cookbook. Not only was it extremely easy, it was delicious and made enough for breakfast several days. The full recipe is provided as it appears in the cookbook, however I […] Read more…

Roasted Fennel with Parmesan

how to cook fennel

Have you ever tried fennel? It’s a unique white bulb vegetable that has mild licorice flavor. Don’t let that deter you as fennel takes on an entirely different taste when roasted. Usually associated with Italian cuisine and restaurants frequently include in salads, fennel was not something I ever tried preparing at home. That was until […] Read more…

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