I dare you to cook from home every night for 30 days

Posted on April 24, 2021April 24, 2021Categories CookingTags
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Yes you read that right. I dare you to cook from home every night for 30 days. If you want to do this, but you think you can’t or want some help, then you are in the right place. Keep reading for simple ideas on how to save time and money and eat healthier by cooking from home every night for 30 days or more.

First, meal plan. I know this isn’t the first time you’ve heard this but if you want to succeed at avoiding eating out for at least 30 days, then you really must do this. The easiest method I’ve found is to use a paper meal planner or just a piece of paper. Then list everything you have in your fridge, freezer and panty. Then start writing down meals you know you can make from what you have already. If needed make a separate shopping list for anything you need to buy. If you need more meal ideas for using up what you have, then I use a website or app like yummly or all recipes.

Second, look at your calendar and schedule for the week. Which nights do you have something going on that will make it harder for you to have the time to cook at dinner time? Which nights will you get home later from work? For those nights you will want to plan on either using a crockpot in the morning or meal prepping ahead. I recommend doing a combination to make it easier for you. For crockpot meals the best options are some kind of soup or stew. You can’t go wrong with classics like split pea and ham soup, lentil soup, or a stew with chicken, onions, carrots, cabbage and potatoes. You can also experiment with other combinations too.

For meal prepping I recommend taking a few hours on the weekend to do this. Decide which meals you want to meal prep for and how much food you will need. Then get out enough Tupperware or rubbermaid containers to store the food in. Some of my favorite things to meal prep include: chopped veggies for salads, rice, quinoa, cooked chicken or turkey, and cooked mixed vegetables. When I am doing a complete meal prep, I like to do some of all of these. It can also be a good idea to cook a couple of batched of gluten free muffins or similar baked goods to have on hand for breakfast or snacks.

Third be committed to cooking from home every night. You can do it if you plan ahead and make yourself stick with it. It also helps to have a reason why. In most cases you are doing this to save money and improve your health. You can do it. I believe in you. If you need help, you can schedule a wellness consultation with me and let’s talk about it.

What is nutritional yeast and how do you use it?

Posted on March 20, 2017January 1, 2018Categories CookingTags ,
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Have you ever heard of nutritional yeast? If you are like most people, you may have seen it on the grocery store shelf, or heard about it but never actually tried it. In fact, you probably are wondering what exactly is nutritional yeast, and how do you use it? Why should you use nutritional yeast?

In this post I will answer all three of these questions.

1. What on earth is nutritional yeast? Well the short definition direct from the bottle is: Provides great-taste and nutrition when added to a wide variety of foods and recipes. Makes a delicious seasoning when sprinkled on most foods, especially salads, vegetables, potatoes, rice, pasta and even popcorn! Add to soups, dips, spreads, cereals, juices and smoothies for added flavor and nutrition. It’s ‘cheese-like’ flavor makes it a great low-sodium, cholesterol-free, addition to recipes and foods. Despite the word “yeast” in it’s name, nutritional yeast does not contain yeast, so no it won’t make bread rise and yes you can still have it even if you can’t have other kinds of “yeast”. It also will not cause candida, other yeast induced problems. It is also a great source of B12, so if you are like me and you don’t eat red meat, then cooking with nutritional yeast, can be one way to up your B12 intake. In someways nutritional yeast, is both a supplement and a spice you can cook with.

2. How do you use nutritional yeast? Personally I like to use it in recipes as a replacement for cheese or a similar sauce or flavoring. I use it as main ingredient in my gluten free and dairy free macaroni and cheese as well as in several other recipes. I’ve found that it ads a nice “cheesy” flavor to soups and egg omelets as well. Any recipe where you might use cheese, you can use nutritional yeast instead. It’s funny because even though it has no milk in it, it still has a cheese like taste and because it’s orange, you can trick children into thinking there is cheese in something, when there isn’t. It’s only nutritional yeast. Warning: Don’t use it with anything cold like smoothies, salads, cereals, or other similar items. It’s gross that way. Even though you may want the nutritional benefits, it really only tastes good, when used with hot recipes and food that you cook.

3. Why should you use nutritional yeast? Well I touched on one reason in number 1, because it has a lot of vitamin B12 and can help with a vitamin B12 deficiency. However, there are several other good reasons to use this awesome powder. First, you can use it has a replacement for cheese and this is great when cooking for children who are used to cheese but have to give up dairy. Second, it’s an inexpensive way to add favoring without salt, sugar or fat. Third, it is good for you.

What other comments or questions do you have about nutritional yeast? Post them below.

How to Cook Cabbage

Posted on September 27, 2016August 19, 2017Categories Cooking, Healthy Eating for KidsTags ,
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Have you ever wondered how to cook cabbage and make it taste delicious? I’ve been surprised at how many people have told me ever since I began doing health coaching how many people claim to have never eaten cabbage. Yet cabbage is great green vegetable that is very good for you and can be cooked in a variety of ways. One of the more common uses that many people are familiar with is coleslaw. However, when preparing coleslaw the cabbage is raw. Personally I’m not a big fan of eating cabbage in this way, I prefer to eat my cabbage cooked. Here are some tips and recipe ideas on how to cook cabbage.

1. Slice the cabbage into thin pieces. I recommend using a slicer or chopper rather than a knife. This makes it easier for you to make the pieces small enough that you can cook them thoroughly without overcooking.

2. Then put the pieces in a pan with just enough water to cover them and cook until the cabbage is just barely tender.

3. You can also cook larger pieces of cabbage and use them like you would a piece of lettuce to create cabbage wraps instead of lettuce wraps. Pretty much anything that tastes good in a lettuce wrap will taste good in a cabbage wrap too.

Here are some of my favorite recipes and meals that use cabbage.

Saute cabbage with onions and chicken and some olive oil then eat with brown rice or quinoa

Add cabbage to your chicken soup. It can use used to create a thicker chicken soup without noodles.

Cook it in a crockpot with chicken, potatoes, carrots and onions for a nice Sunday evening or really anytime evening meal.

Serve with potatoes and salmon.

Cook with red onions, carrots, mushrooms and spinach in some olive oil for a nice vegetable stir fry. You can also serve over brown rice or quinoa.

Make some mashed potatoes and then fill larger pieces of cabbage with the potatoes and eat them like a cabbage wrap.

What other ways have you cooked and enjoyed your cabbage? Share with me in the comments below.