Years ago I read an article about how the average American family eats the same 9 meals for dinner on rotation. This fact has stuck with me for years and led me on a quest to expose my family to as many new dishes as I can (without driving myself crazy, of course). However, in the years since, I have spoken to and even worked with many families who don’t love experimenting in the kitchen as much as I do. Continue reading “The 3+3+3 Plan for Healthier Eating”
Sometime ago I had an encounter with two people at a grocery store that has stayed with me ever since. The date, time, and exact location are irrelevant, as this conversation could have taken place anywhere in the world. Continue reading “To the Woman at the Cash Register”
I am frequently asked how my family of 5 handles social gatherings with people who do not follow the same dietary choices. Just like with meal planning, navigating food at social gatherings takes a little forethought, but it doesn’t need to be stressful. Arming yourself with a few tips and tricks will make your next get together a breeze regardless of what everyone else is eating. Continue reading “Plant-Based Eating: How to Eat at Social Gatherings”
At the risk of sounding like Oprah having her famous “I love bread” moment, I’m going to let you all know that I love salad. Continue reading “5 Simple Steps to a Satisfying Salad (every time)”
I often get asked what I buy on a weekly basis at the grocery store for my family of 5. While some of the items may change with the seasons, I do have a set list of produce and staples that I buy weekly. As the school year ramps up (and let’s face it, when I get my garage organized), I plan on hitting Costco to stock up on pantry items to help streamline the weekly grocery shopping list. Continue reading “Plant-Based Eating: Grocery Haul”
Whether you have a growing family to feed or you’re living on your own, a good chunk of your income tends to go toward food. I mean, we all gotta eat! With the rising costs of housing, gas prices all over the map, and kids needing an endless list of school supplies (and clothes, and sports gear, and entertainment…), we could all be more mindful of where our hard-earned dollars go. Continue reading “Money Saving Grocery Tips, No Coupon Clipping Required!”
We’ve all been there. A well deserved vacation full of decadent meals. A weekend with extended family. Moving house. An endless string of holiday parties. An extra busy week where you’re only home for a few hours to sleep. Whatever the reason, we’ve all had those times where our healthy habits get derailed. While you may have enjoyed some tasty treats (or let’s face it, ALL THE TREATS), when the dust settles you’re left with a bloated belly, sluggish digestion, an extra pound or 5, and no clue how to get back on track.
I am a curious person by nature. I like to know things. I like to know how and why things work, interesting facts, and useless trivia. I especially like to know about food, nutrition, and cooking. Shocker, I know.
We did it! We moved into our new home and we couldn’t be happier! The kids love their new rooms, Husband loves his new office, and I love my new kitchen. Everybody wins! We also love that we finally have a patio and a good-sized yard to start growing our own fruits and veggies! While we are mostly unpacked, the house is far from decorated yet. I promise to do a mini house tour (or at the very least, a kitchen tour) when we are finished. OK?
If you’ve ever had lunch with a picky toddler, you know that the golden rule at mealtime is all components of said meal must be separate. Don’t you come at them with some type of “mixed” food like a vegetable hash or casserole. And heaven forbid the sauce be ON TOP of the pasta. That stuff should be on the side in its own dish where it can’t contaminate the pasta. Geeze, mom. Get it together.