by Lauren on May 13, 2013

Lately, I haven’t been around the internet much and I must say, I’m not sorry about it.  As much as I love you all dearly, the break from feeling the “need” to post every day is relieving.  That being said, my little breaks have turned more into strong leave of absences and for that, I do apologize.

Just thought I would pop in to catch you up on a few things as of late….


Well, it’s been busy but good.  Chicago is finally starting to take on that quintessential summer glory feeling that everyone keeps raving about.  It’s true what they say, as soon as the sun comes out so does the rest of the city.

Work has been really picking up and has been keeping me inundated but not getting in the way of some incredible times with good friends.




Clare came to visit last week which turned out to be such a welcomed treat.  Not sure if you know this, but Clare and I go back a few years and have developed one of the strongest blog friendships I have.  We only get to see each other once or twice a year, so when I found out she was in Chicago, I stopped my life in order to make time for this one.  We spent the evening catching up over wine and a giant cookie skillet.  Everything about that last sentence just sounds right.



And then there are these two beautiful ladies (and one handsome little guy) that light up my Saturday mornings once a month.  Our Saturday monthly brunch dates are now mandatory but I imagine it will become harder once Chelsey has the twins.  Until then, we are soaking up every moment of our time.



I’m pretty sure I found a new obsession:


Do you remember when Jessica posted this recipe a few days ago?  I do and apparently never stopped remembering.


Sweet potatoes and egg yolks – I love you! I subbed goat cheese and spinach but other than that, it was spot on.

I’ve become a bit of a pancake freak.  I swear, if I had more time in the mornings, I would make pancakes every single day.  Why do they never get old?



It’s Frappuccino season at The Bux!  All week, I took advantage of the highly advertised “Frappy Hour” and found ways to be conveniently located next to a Starbucks between the hours of 3Pm and 5Pm.



A few weeks ago, I was asked to try MoringStar Farms newest addition to the meatless burger line- Mediterranean Chickpea Veggie Burger .  I’ve always been a fan of MoringStar Farms products and was actually pretty pumped to try a new burger of theirs.



From the advertisement: “This bikini-friendly burger is ready for the grill and will add some delicious Mediterranean spice to your summer. With 70 percent less fat than regular ground beef, 110 calories and a good source of protein, the Mediterranean Chickpea Veggie burger is a great addition to summer eating.”



My experience was quite positive. I heated one up for dinner tonight and served it inside a whole wheat bagel thin lined with roasted red pepper spread and hummus.  The burger is a bit spicy but not overpowering.  I love the texture chic peas gives in a veggie burger and appreciated the detection of whole peas throughout.

Overall, I think I would consider adding this one to the veggie burger lineup.  It’s a nice flavor and great for summer grilling!

MorningStar Farms has offered to give away a pretty sweet summer prize package to one of you!

This giveaway is worth more than $80 and includes:

  •          $25 Visa gift cards to purchase MorningStar Farms Mediterranean Chickpea Veggie Burgers
  •          Greek-inspired grilling apron
  •          Mediterranean hummus cookbook
  •         Chickpea tote bag


To Enter: 

Leave a comment on this post with your favorite MoringStar Farms product.  If you’ve never had any of their products, visit their website and leave a comment letting me know which one you would most like to try.

I will choose a winner on Wednesday, May 16th! 


Well, that’s all I have for you now.  I’ll hopefully have more for you soon!



70 thoughts on “Lately”

  1. <3.
    and i must make that sweet potato recipe! all of my favorite things.

  2. Christina S says:

    I’d love to try the California Turk’y Burger! The chickpea veggie burgers sound quite good too!

  3. laura says:

    I’d love to try the California Turk’y Burger!

  4. I would love to try any of their veggie burgers!

  5. My roommate always cooks up the Morning Star Bacon Strips for breakfast, and I always try to snag a piece. So dang good! I would love to try out some of their veggie burgers. Yum!

  6. Meg says:

    I’m always looking for healthy eats! Would love to give these a try.

  7. Egg yolks on salads are my favorite! A healthy, all-natural, vitamin-packed dressing. 🙂
    I love all of MorningStar’s stuff! My favorite would probably have to be their Chipotle black bean burger. I’m such a sucker for black bean burgers, especially spiced-up ones!

  8. amye says:

    I love their spicy black bean burger.

  9. Erica says:

    I am always thrilled to see a post from you! glad things are going well! Great meet ups, lots of yummy eats! I adore morning star! My favorite of theirs is the California Turky’. I have them in my freezer right now- I’m addicted!

  10. Amy says:

    glad to hear from you, and that you’re doing so well. I love the Morning Star mushroom burgers-they are a little spicy, and sooo good!

  11. Lisa says:

    I love their spicy black bean burger.. so yummy!

  12. I love their faux beef crumbles!

  13. Meghan says:

    I’d love to try the spicy black bean burger!

  14. Emily says:

    I love their soy beef crumbles, I would love to try the new mediterranean flavor!

  15. I like the spicy black bean burger!!

  16. Angie N says:

    I love the spicy bean burgers!

  17. Holly says:

    We love their products at my house ! My husband is a huge fan of the sausage links, patties, and bacon. I LOVE the chik’n grillers.

  18. Amanda says:

    Their tomato basil burger is my favorite!

  19. jen says:

    The spicy black bean burgers are my favorite!!

  20. Keri says:

    My favorite is the garden veggie patties! perfect for summer cookouts.

  21. JessW says:

    I like many of their products- especially the veggie links and black bean burgers

  22. misty says:

    I love their black bean burgers!

  23. jill says:

    I love their spicy black bean burgers!

  24. Jonna Green says:

    Hi, I love Morningstar’s new Mediterranean Chickpea Burger and I’m also a big fan of their spicy black bean burger. Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

  25. Sarah R. says:

    I looooove the spicy black bean burger!

  26. Kristin says:

    Love their veggie burgers!!

  27. Christine says:

    I love their turkey burgers!

  28. Emily says:

    I love the tomato basil burger!!

  29. Any of their veggie burgers I’ve tried, I’ve loved!

  30. Megan says:

    Love the spicy black bean burgers!

  31. Sharon M says:

    I love their grillers original veggie burgers!!

  32. Andrea says:

    I love all of your life updates! Keep it coming girl! Miss your posts! I would love to try thier products!

  33. Inna O. says:

    I thought this was a health and wellness blog. Why would you promote a product that is mostly GMO? These burgers have caramel coloring (which is linked to cancer) and a slew of other chemical based preservatives. Doesn’t anyone read the labels?

  34. Taryn says:

    I would love to try the spicy black bean burger but the mediterranean chickpea burgers sound delicious! I think I eat chickpeas every single day!

  35. Meghan says:

    I love the spicy black bean burgers! They’re so delicious with hummus 🙂

  36. Cellabella says:

    I’ve never had any of their products before, but I’d like to try their Asian Veggie patty and their California Turk’y burger too!

  37. Madeline says:

    That chickpea burger looks delicious! I really like their breakfast sausage links 🙂

  38. Caitlin says:

    i just love the veggie crumbles from morningstar. my mom uses them all the time in casseroles and chilis.

  39. Sami says:

    Those burgers look SO, so good.

    My favorite, thus far, is probably their Veggie Corn Dogs 🙂
    If they didn’t contain soy, I’d probably have to buy them way more often.


    1. Aren’t the corn dogs awesome???

  40. Michelle says:

    I love the Morningstar Farms pizza veggie burger! So tasty!

  41. Lauren S says:

    I love the black bean burger:)

  42. Amy says:

    I love the spicy black bean, but after trying the chickpea that became my favorite. Love that there are whole chickpeas in it.

  43. Kaitlyn says:

    I’d love to try the California Turk’y Burger! The chickpea veggie burgers sound delicious too.

  44. I like their spicy black bean burger. YUM!

  45. Kristin says:

    I am a huge fan of morningstar farms products; my favorites are the california turky burgers, bacon, egg and cheese biscuits and the morningstar chicken nuggets are a fav of my daughters.
    Great taste and a great price!

  46. Emily says:

    I love the crumbles. They’re so versatile.

  47. Julie says:

    I LOVE their spicy black bean burgers! Would love to try the new chickpea ones. 🙂

  48. Jeanne says:

    I love the spicy chicken patty.

  49. Emily says:

    First got introduced to their products with the original Grillers, but now I love the spicy black bean burgers!!

  50. Jenn says:

    I love their spicy black bean burgers and would love to win this!!

  51. Cassie says:

    I love the spicy black bean burgers!

  52. Elizabeth V says:

    I love the black bean burgers!

  53. tara says:

    I love the broccoli and cheddar bites!

  54. tiffany says:

    i like their black bean burgers. chopped up and mixed with some lettuce and veggies, it makes the perfect taco salad!

  55. Brittany @ proteinandpumps says:

    Apparently I need to try the spicy black bean burger?!? My favorite product is their bacon!!!! I could eat a whole package in one sitting.

  56. barbara says:

    I love their black bean burgers.

  57. marissa says:

    I would love to try the Chipolte Black Bean Burger. Looks great!

  58. rachel says:

    I’d like the black bean burgers!

  59. Dippy eggs on sweet potatoes are the best!!

    What an awesome giveaway! I LOVE MorningStar Farms’ corn dogs!!

  60. Shari says:

    I would love to try the black bean burger.

  61. sheila says:

    i love their “turkey” burgers! yummm

  62. Denyne says:

    Never tried Morning Star products. I would like to try the California Turkey Burger.

  63. Marlena says:

    I’m pretty obsessed with their California Turk’y Burger, since I can’t turn away anything avodaco!

  64. Marlena says:

    Also, egg yolk is nature’s gravy (or salad dressing) as I like to say! Not much can’t be improved by a generous slather of yolk!

  65. Nancy says:

    I would love to try their black bean burger or the chickpea burger on the grill this summer!

  66. Kylee says:

    I LOVEEE the spicy black bean burger

  67. Nelly says:

    I would love to try the Chickpea flavor. We always buy the black bean and pizza burger right now!

  68. I have always been a Spicy Black Bean gal, however the chickpea looks like it has my name on it! 🙂

  69. Karla says:

    I love their chicken patties!

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