It’s the New Year, and many of us have goals to eat better and help our family make better food choices. If one of your resolutions is to transition to whole foods, eat more raw foods, or dip your feet into the vegetarian lifestyle, I’ve got a recipe for you!
It’s the Asian Noodle Salad from Pioneer Woman.
This is the one salad my boys actually ask me to make. As in, they will bug me relentlessly until I do. Allow me to introduce:
Asian Noodle Salad
For starters, the dressing is ah-maz-ing! It’s fresh, tangy, and a little spicy from the jalapeño. And when that dressing mixes with the noodles, and the noodles soak up a little of that liquid magic, mmmm mmm! Glorious. And when you get a crunchy, toasty cashew in the mix… Girl, I would not be exaggerating if I said it was slightly orgasmic.
As if that weren’t enough, Asian Noodle Salad makes (more…)
Happiest New Year to you! I hope 2015 is treating you right so far, and you are as excited as I am to start a fresh year! Writing goals for the new year is one of the things I enjoy doing most. In the past, my goal list looked more like a Home and Self Improvement To-Do List. You know: paint the house, replace the outside light, drink lemon water each morning, lose the arm flab once and for all, blah blah blah.
This year, I’m focusing inward. I’ve added Spiritual and Community sections to my goals list. Some of those goals include:
Meditate daily, and participate in a group meditation
Read “Women Who Run with the Wolves”
Be in the present moment (more…)
December is in full swing, which means a bigger TO DO list. It also means less time for healthy eating, right? Not so!
I’ve rounded up seven easy, whole food, gluten free meals you can make with little prep time! These are all recipes I made this month whilst in the midst of home renovating.
It all started when we decided to get new carpet installed. But before the carpet, I needed to repaint the master bedroom and the staircase, which were in dire need of some TLC. Then the beautiful new carpet arrived, and the couch looked horrendous. And so began the downward spiral. Replace one thing and you have just started a dance with the DIY Devil, my friend, because everything else looks horrible next to the new shiny improvement.
Here are a few before and afters of the staircase:
Before: The cherry finish looked outdated and the carpet was gross. Not the first impression I want to make when guests walk into the house! (more…)
Forget the tedious process of traditional jam making. This recipe requires no cooking, water bath, or all day process. In fact, if you have three minutes and three ingredients, you can whip up this delicious jam in no time!
Allow me to introduce Raspberry Chia Seed Jam.
And here is why you should make a batch right away:
- Delicious. I
ate could eat a whole jar in one sitting. On toast, or crackers with a dab of cream cheese, or slathered on fresh baked bread. Or alone, straight out of the jar. Hypothetically speaking, of course.
- Easy to Make. Three ingredients. No cooking. You can’t get easier than that.
- Nutritious. Chia seeds are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, niacin, and zinc. They’re a nutritional powerhouse! And this recipe has no refined sugar. What other jam can say that?
- Family Loves it. My youngest son couldn’t get enough and told me we should make our own jam from now on. I love it when my evil plans come together so effortlessly.
- Gift Worthy. Make a large batch with your kids – it’s so easy, they can make it while you
read a magazine look on in admiration. It’s a perfect gift for neighbors, teachers, or coworkers. Tie some twine or ribbon around the jar and add a sleeve of crackers – waa lah!
- Makes You Feel Like a Culinary Badass. Jam making was always a mystery to me. Now that I can make my own, I’m one step closer to living off the grid. Self sufficiency is sexy!
I love dinner that’s easy to make, is healthy, and tastes delicious. Who doesn’t? Chicken Fajita Marinade definitely fits into all of the above categories. The hardest part about this recipe is remembering to marinate the chicken a few hours ahead of time. My solution is to start marinating the night before. After dinner, but before cleanup, I’ll break out my chicken and marinade ingredients, mix all that goodness together in a gallon baggie, and throw it into the fridge. Bam! I love feeling organized, ahead of the game, and like an overall culinary badass. Whatever chaos comes my way the next day, it’s nice to know dinner is taken care of.
Chicken Fajita Marinade makes a great freezer meal as well! Freeze the marinade and chicken in a gallon bag, and defrost in the fridge the night before.
I found this recipe on Pretty as a Peach. She bought a bunch of chicken breasts on sale and made several fajita meals to freeze. Brilliant!
This marinade is zesty, tasty, and full of flavor. Once the chicken is marinated, it only takes about (more…)