This past Monday night I got back from…

This past Monday night I got back from a 6 day trip to Chicago with my girlfriend and her family to get their dual citizenship squared away, passports in hand and then go to her cousin’s wedding. My friend Jenn and her husband Mark were gracious to put us up and it was a blast.

I met Jenn during my time at Brazen Careerist. She always posted amazing recipes and talked about her social media and marketing work with the American Cancer Society. I made the drive from Madison to Chicago several times to stay in Jenn and Mark’s extra bedroom, enjoy Chicago and Jenn’s wonderful food.

Jenn has Coeliac Disease and it has forced and helped her to develop a whole new lifestyle around gluten free food and cooking. It’s changed her life for the better and has inspired so many of my own new (gradual) habits of eating better and living an active lifestyle. She even got me to try the Couchto5k running program!

Plus it must be said, for all of you peeps who are in love with bread and all types of gluten-stuffs (I may be among your ranks at times), you’d never miss anything with wheat while eating/making Jenn’s recipes. The food is full flavored, healthy and without pesticides and un-natural preservatives.

So without further adue, here are my top 3 favorite recipes on Jenn’s blog. Check them out, let her know what you think and if you cook any of them, let me know too!

Spicy Butter Nut Squash Tacos with Caramelized Onions -Jenn made this the first night we stayed with her… all I can say is DEAR GOD THESE ARE DELICIOUS!!! Make them NOW!!!

Bacon Egg Slurry – This recipe tastes a lot better than the title suggests. After getting laid off in February and being on the public dole, I was looking for CHEAP and healthy eats. This is it and it is so damn delicious. I love cabbage and with brown rice and bacon (I think you can modify it to be vegetarian) you’ve got a really nice meal.

Baked Oatmeal With Tart Cherries – Jenn had a bunch of tupperware containers with chunks of this baked oatmeal goodness in it, so I ate a couple while staying at her place. It’s chewy, filling and you can put even more cool stuff in there like apples, pears, peaches or whatever. So easy and versatile!

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