Your schedule is packed.  Your days are full.  And you have absolutely no idea what you’re cooking for dinner tonight. 

Sound familiar?  This was my biggest struggle while trying to create a healthy lifestyle that sticks.  It’s just so simple to speed through a drive-thru on the way home from work, and not have to worry about cooking.  Right?

Clearly, fast food isn’t going to help us reach our health goals — this, we know!  So something else has to happen… something more permanent.

It took awhile, but I finally hacked the kitchen confusion and figured out how to plan healthy, simple meals without spending hours in the kitchen daily.

And I’m going to teach you those simple strategies!  Go ahead, take that deep sigh of relief.

Join me for my 5-day Simple Summer Meals Series starting on July 6, 2020.

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Date: July 6, 2020—July 10, 2020
Event: Simple Summer Meals Series
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Have you ever tried to make your own pickles at home? It’s quite easy, and a fun experiment to see what different flavors you can add to them to spice them up a bit.

A great simple recipe to try as a base:

1 Pint-sized mason jar with lid

Pickling cucumbers

Fresh dill sprigs

3 Garlic cloves, sliced

1 cup apple cider vinegar

8 cups of water

1/3 cup coconut sugar

1/3 cup Himalayan salt granules

1 teaspoon pickling spices


Slice your cucumbers into spears and set aside with dill and garlic.

Combine all other ingredients in a pan and bring to a boil. Stir until all salt and sugar have dissolved.

Place your cucumbers in your jar with dill and garlic. Pour mixture into the jar and refrigerate for 24-48 hours before eating.

What’s your favorite Trader Joes item!?

One of my favorite threads to run across online is a list of everyone’s favorite item at Trader Joes.  There are so many fantastic items to choose from, and I’ve almost always found a new recipe staple when perusing these lists.

So, tell me. What’s your favorite item(s) from Trader Joes?

Things You Can Make in the Instant Pot

That You May Not Know About

If your instant pot only gets taken out of the cupboard when it’s time to make a big batch of rice, soup, or beans, it’s time to dust it off and use it! There are so many different ways to use an instant pot that you may have never thought about. An instant pot is a multi-purpose pressure cooker that will save you so much time and hassle compared to the conventional way of cooking your meals. It can also replace so many home appliances, which saves you money and space in your kitchen.


One of the most common uses of an instant pot is its function as a rice cooker. There’s no need for a rice cooker— which serves only one purpose— when you have an all-in-one instant pot. Best of all, in an instant pot, you can throw in all of the remaining ingredients for your meal with the rice and cook it all at the same time!

 Steel-Cut Oats

Your instant pot can cook your breakfast oats without any needed supervision and can keep it warm until you’re ready to eat! Making oatmeal in the instant pot makes it extra creamy and tasty, and there’s no need to keep an eye on it while it cooks. Usually, oatmeal in the microwave or stovetop boils over and can be extremely annoying to cook, especially in those mornings when you’re rushing and need to multitask. You won’t have this problem with an instant pot.

All Kinds of Soups

The best part about an instant pot is that it’s extremely hands-off. All you need to do is throw your ingredients into the pot and wait a few minutes until it’s ready to eat! No stirring, no adjusting the temperature. Your soup will be done within minutes with minimal clean-up and no need to watch over it every few seconds.


No more buying those salty, oily, pre-packaged popcorns from the store. Buy kernels and make your own popcorn for the perfect healthy snack. It uses way less oil, and the best part is that you can add whatever flavors you like, from sweet and salty to even adding some colorful M&Ms!


One of the more interesting things you can use your instant pot for is making your very own yogurt. It might sound complicated, but it’s actually extremely easy and a much cheaper, healthier, and tastier option than buying your yogurt from the store. All you need is milk and a yogurt starter. For you vegans, you can use coconut milk to make your yogurt dairy-free.

Hard-Boiled Eggs 

Making hard-boiled eggs in the instant pot is a lifesaver for meal prepping. You can cook an entire carton of eggs within minutes and place them in the fridge for easy access throughout the week.

What are your favorite recipes for the instant pot? Please leave a link below so we can all get some great recipe ideas from each other.

Is there anything better than a slow Saturday morning spent flipping homemade pancakes and sipping coffee? You could try to convince me otherwise, but I wouldn’t believe you!

Here’s a favorite simple protein-packed pancake recipe.

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup vegan protein powder
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon

Mix all of your dry ingredients. Next, add in your maple syrup and slowly mix in your water. If more water is needed, add what you need. Cook your batter in a pan for a few minutes until browning, and flip to cook the other side.