Do You Have an Instant Pot?

Have you jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon yet? Just when you thought a slow cooker was the most helpful time-saver in your kitchen, along comes the Instant Pot with limitless options.

It’s incredible the things you can make with an Instant Pot.  Things like:

– steel cut oats

– sautéed veggies

– boiled eggs

– homemade yogurt

– custard or cake

You can use your Instant Pot to sauté, roast, make soups — you can do it all.  It does come with a bit of a learning curve, but with all of the resources available on Pinterest, YouTube, and Google, you’ll pick it up in no time.

What’s your favorite thing to cook in the Instant Pot?

 

Mushrooms – Love or Hate Them?

Do you have a love or hate relationship with mushrooms?

I’ve noticed that’s one of the foods people either stick their tongue out at or absolutely love.  What’s your stance?!  I don’t like them.

Mushrooms are packed full of antioxidants, boasting anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties that are beneficial for your health.  They’re so versatile and can be thrown into nearly any recipe, so pick up a carton of mushrooms next time you make a grocery trip.

If you’re a mushroom lover, here’s an excellent recipe for you to try.

1 Carton Mushrooms (any type)

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

3 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter (or vegan spread)

4 Cloves Garlic, Minced

1 Tablespoon Pesto

Generous Amount of Freshly Cracked Black Pepper

Heat butter/vegan spread and oil in a pan until melted. Toss in mushrooms and sauté 5 minutes.  Add pesto and black pepper, stirring to coat mushrooms thoroughly.  Continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes, until cooked through.  Enjoy!

Where Do You Get Your Recipes?

Where do you go to find your recipes?

Are you a sift-through-the-cookbook-section kind of person?

Or on the scroll-through-Pinterest-boards-until-something-looks-delicious side of the fence?

I always find it interesting to hear how others do it in the kitchen, so let me know what camp you’re in!

Healthy Snacks to Fuel You All Week Long

There comes a point when you feel tired of eating the same snacks over and over again. Prepping them each week can become mundane, and that trip to the vending machine to make a snap decision seems exciting, easy, and spontaneous. Undoubtedly, the snack you’d get from the vending machine may momentarily taste good, but your returning hunger and sugar crash an hour later will remind you why you need to pack a healthy snack.

As long as you keep a variation, you can rotate these snacks to keep things interesting. They’re easy to put together, easy to take with you, and they don’t need to be kept cold, so if you’re on the go, you won’t have any excuses to run to the break room for free donuts.

1. Apple Sandwich
Take an apple, cut out the core, and slice it horizontally so you can layer it with almond butter, bits of dried fruit, and chia seeds, and it’s a gourmet treat for the taste buds. Plus, with all that nutrition, you’ll feel full and completely satiated.

2. Trail Mix
I love the variety with trail mix, there are so many different types you can create. Switch it up each week to keep things interesting. Your best bet is to mix up a great big batch at home on the weekend and portion it out into ¼- cup servings. Bag those up and have them ready to go. Stash them in your purse or gym bag, and you’ll never have a reason to eat unhealthy snacks again. Choose your own nuts, dried fruits, and other tidbits, plus you can add seasonings to make it even more exciting so you’ll never grow bored. Savory
or sweet, what will it be?

3. Roasted Chickpeas
Add spice to make them extra tasty, or even try them with a mild, ranch flavor. However you roast them, you’ll forget all about chips. You can snack on these guilt-free and get all the fantastic antioxidant benefits to boot.

4. Hummus Pockets
Grab a whole wheat pita and stuff it with hummus. Add cucumber slices, carrot shreds, and anything else you like. You can prep your veggies at the beginning of the week so it can be a quick grab-and-stuff snack to run out the door with. For a grain-free option, use large lettuce leaves instead.

5. Baked Sweet Potato Chips
All you need is a good-sized sweet potato, a little olive oil, and sea salt, or a little curry powder if you’re adventurous. Slice thin and bake for 40 minutes at 275F. Flip them over, and bake 40 more minutes and you’ll have heavenly preservative-free and healthy chips to snack on for the week.

6. Scaled-Down Skinny Bistro Box
If you tend to flock to certain chains for coffee and café eats, try making your own protein-filled box to go. Make it full-size to serve as lunch, or create a smaller version for a snack. Take it to Pinterest to find some perfect box combinations for your preferred way of eating — there are gobs to choose from.

With snacks like these, you’ll never want to stray from your healthy path. What are your go-to snacks currently?

Lunches can get repetitive and a spark of inspiration for some new, healthy meals to take to work next week is what’s on the menu today.

Planning your lunches is imperative to staying on track — you’ll save a ton of money, eat better quality food bringing it from home, and not have to rush out for lunch and back before your lunch hour ends.  It’s a win-win-win.

One great option is hummus and a variety of veggies, chickpea salad, and a piece of pita bread (or skip the bread), but it is filling and delicious.  Chickpea salad is a great alternative to chicken salad and is made by merely mashing chickpeas with a fork and combining with guacamole.

Another option is creating your own Chinese food. A yummy chicken teriyaki, broccoli, bell pepper, and brown rice bowl will conquer that craving for Chinese food while being healthy and keeping you full through the day.  For a meat-free option, just saute up your favorite veggies in the teriyaki sauce!

One great lunch you can prep for the week is mason jar meals.  Salad jars are so simple to create with tons of variations, easy to transport, and so very good for you.

What’s your typical go-to lunch during the work week?

Did you know you can make pancakes with 4 simple ingredients?

Bananas. Eggs. A pinch of baking powder. And some cinnamon.

That’s it. So easy, so delicious.
Use 2 ripe bananas, 4 large eggs, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. Mash your banana with a fork in a bowl until smooth, add baking soda and stir. Add egg and cinnamon to mixture and stir.

Adding almond butter to these when they’re ready and warm is a delicious and healthy alternative to syrup — give it a try!

One of my favorite things to do in the autumn once the air gets crisp is to visit an apple orchard and bring home a bushel.  Apples are a staple in my home during the autumn months, and I make sure to find a new way to enjoy them each year.

With so many ways to cook, bake, and consume apples — what’s your favorite way?!  Let’s fill up the comments with delicious apple recipes 🙂

It matters how you cook it.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “I just don’t like veggies.”

Now, of course, we all have foods we don’t love or prefer — that’s a given.  But I do wonder how many foods you don’t currently like could turn into something you love with a different cooking method.  It’s worked for me with many types of foods.

Different ways of cooking and seasoning can make a world of difference.  For example, steamed broccoli may turn your nose up, but have you ever tried roasting broccoli in the oven with some olive oil, garlic, and black pepper?  It’s incredible. An entirely different taste, smell, and texture.

So before you swear off of a veggie that hasn’t won you over yet, look up different ways to cook it and give it a shot.

What’s for dinner tonight?

Let’s share what we’re all having for dinner tonight, in hopes to inspire anyone who needs some delicious ideas to cook the rest of the week.

Bonus points for dropping a picture in the comments of something delicious you’ve made recently!

You can also check out my priceless resources page for a few eBooks with meal suggestions and recipes 🙂

Everybody loves breakfast, but so few make the time to enjoy it — wouldn’t you agree?  Mornings can be a blur of scrambling to get out the door, leaving little time for those delectable breakfast items we long for. There are plenty of quick breakfast ideas that are healthy and portable, and even ones you can make ahead, so there’s no extra time out of your morning.

Of course, I absolutely suggest pulling as many strings as possible to make a healthy breakfast a priority in the mornings, but I fully understand that’s not always possible.  If this is a problem you’re struggling with, I suggest you take a small chunk of time out of your day today to search for quick, easy, and healthy breakfast ideas.  Try one or two out this week and see how it works for you.

Need some ideas to get you started – check out these resources: Breakfast Recipes and Breakfast in a Pinch.

What’s your favorite breakfast?