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Go-To Formulas for Clean Eating on a Weeknight

Many of my clean eating cooking class students express the same desire to me: they want to be able to just open their fridge and cook a delicious, healthy meal from what they have on hand, without ...

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A Healthy Smoothie to Start Off the New Year

It’s the first week of January, and people all over the world are making resolutions. A common resolution is to try and lead a healthier lifestyle by eating better food. A simple and delicious way to ...

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Peruvian Superfoods to Try in the New Year

  I recently took a ten-day hiking trip to Peru with my family. Every year we get together to explore a new region of the world. This year we chose Peru. None of us had ever been to South America for ...

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Clean Eating Boot Camp with Chef Alia Dalal

  Chef Alia Dalal taught her first hands-on cooking class at The Chopping Block this past Saturday, and it was a total success. Clean Eating Boot Camp was a fun-filled, educational day of learning ...

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Announcing Chicago’s First Clean Eating Boot Camp

As the resident wellness chef at The Chopping Block, I spend a lot of time thinking about our relationship with our food. Chefs are known to obsessively tinker with flavor and plating. Some ...

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Vegan Date Night: Truffled Polenta Cakes with Wild Mushroom Ragout & Garlicky Greens

  If you have ever set foot in The Chopping Block, you’ve probably seen (and hopefully tasted) our signature truffle salted popcorn. Everyone who works here has a jar of truffle salt in their kitchen ...

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An Ode to Breakfast: Greens and Grains

Breakfast is, by far, my favorite meal of the day. My answer to the hypothetical question about the single food I would choose to eat for the rest of my life? Breakfast food, always. (Yes, I am well ...

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Say No to Processed Foods by Eating Clean

How is it already the middle of January? I had every intention of starting the year with a clean slate and trying to undo the eating and drinking damage done during the holidays. But with traveling ...

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A New Year: A New Food Conscious Lifestyle

  As we enter the new year, we all have our set of resolutions with the most common ones being promises of exercising more and eating healthier. While the two certainly go together, one tends to be a ...

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Year of the Smoothie

  It’s the time of year when we all come out of our collective holiday food coma and realize that we may have packed on some holiday pounds, are feeling a little sluggish, and would like to spend ...

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