Meatless Mondays- Vegetable Frittata

Give it a try! The movement of “Meatless Mondays” is to encourage you to skip meat for at least one day a week for both health and environmental benefits. Having been a vegetarian for 13 years, I believe this is an excellent idea and a great way to start a healthy habit!

I will be posting delicious, easy vegetarian recipes here every Monday to inspire new ideas.

Vegetable Frittata-  perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner (w/ a salad)

  • 1 cup vegetables sauteed- (own preference..mushrooms, spinach, onions, tomatoes and broccoli are great components/ frozen vegetables work too)

  • 1 egg yolk and 3 to 4 egg whites

  • 1 tablespoon crumbled cheese- (own preference..feta, goat and Parmesan are great!)

  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a small nonstick pan with an ovenproof handle with cooking spray

Over medium heat, sauté the vegetables

Whisk together the egg yolk and egg whites with a little salt and pepper

Pour the egg mixture into the pan with the vegetables and move it around with a spatula until slightly solidified

Transfer pan to the oven

Bake until the frittata is almost firm to the touch (approximately 15 to 20 minutes) then sprinkle with cheese and bake until firm


Jazz Standard at Blue Smoke

Last night I  had the pleasure of listening to some awesome music while dining at Blue Smoke’s Jazz club with Billy.  It was the perfect setting for a fun Saturday night. The group was Billy Childs Quartet and they were amazing! I’m not traditionally a jazz fan but I enjoyed every minute of hearing them play. The delicious food and cocktails definitely enhanced the evening as well!

My drink of choice last night was the “Illinois Swing”– a mix of Tanqueray, Prosecco and fresh lemon juice, so refreshing! And of course we had to get the infamous sweet potato wedges, they were heaven!

I highly recommend checking this spot out, nothing beats listening to live music and it was the perfect way to spend an evening.

Picture of the stage

Sweet potato wedges with Maple dip…so good

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

I wanted to try something I’ve never made before and both chocolate and pretzels are a favorite of mine

All in all they were fairly simple to make, just required a little prep

I choose to do pretzels dipped in white and milk chocolate, but there is so much you can do, caramel, peanut butter and marshmallow are some other delish ideas

I got my ingredients together, and made sure to have colored sprinkles and chopped  peanuts and almonds. Again, you can get so creative with the toppings you use.

*Note- Wax Paper is a MUST, you set the pretzels on it to dry without them sticking to the paper

I melted the white and milk chocolate in bowls in the microwave, start off with about 1 minute and if it needs a little more time to melt, use 15 second intervals, you don’t want the chocolate to get bitter. Meanwhile, on separate plates, chop up the toppings you are using so it is easy to roll the pretzels and cover with toppings

You can see me deep in work here, dipping the pretzels into chocolate and drizzling color onto them (a fork makes a great drizzle tool)

Once finished, place the pretzels in the refrigerator to harden for about 2 hours, after that store in an airtight container until used.

Finished product!

I was bringing these to a friends, so I then wrapped them in clear cellophane and tied with a ribbon, makes a great gift!