We want GOOD Italian Food!

We’ve moved from Chicago to a small town in Texas about a year and a half ago.  There is a lot to appreciate about our new little town, but restaurants are NOT included.  This has taken a toll on us.  When we lived in Chicago, Chili’s was considered not worthy, now, it’s our go~to place….. Yes, I am a MAJOR food snob.  Just to clarify, I didn’t say that EXPENSIVE food makes for good food. I don’t mind paying but if I don’t feel like it was worth it, I’m gonna be mad and there are plenty of expensive restaurants that are not worth it.  So, having said all of that, I have taken matters into my own hands and decided to have a theme each weekend, find recipes, make them, photograph them, enjoy them and share them.  This is a good opportunity for me to practice taking pictures as well.  Regardless, it makes me happy and it makes my man happy!  Let’s begin.

I have chosen this wine to accompany all of the Italian recipes for this weekend.  Please note, I am NOT a wine connoiseur so give me some slack…


Then I made a chopped salad that I copied off one of our favorite restaurants in Schaumburg, Illinois called Zeal.


This chopped salad is made with:

  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Purple Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Red Pepper
  • Green Onions
  • Cucumber
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Gorgonzola Cheese
  • Honey Roasted Peanuts

( The good stuff all fell to the bottom in the little bowl but I have a plan for that for next time, for picture taking purposes).

Geary’s Healthy Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup organic raw apple cider
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons organic 100% maple syrup
  • 2 minced shallots
  • 1 minced garlic clove

(This dressing is AWESOME)!

We will also be making and posting throughout the weekend, the following recipes:

Feel free to email me at healthy_not_nuts@yahoo.com for any recipes you cannot access via the links I provided and I will be happy to email you the recipes ~ I do not sell emails.

What have all of you got planned? Always interested to hear!

Happy Eating on the Weekend!




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