Since its fall and Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I have been experimenting with some butternut squash recipes. I had no idea where to start with the prep. Are you supposed to peel it? How much do you need to peel? Does it matter how you cut it? Well, here are the answers to those questions and more about prepping this winter squash.
*Oh, to make it much easier, (more…)
The holidays are upon us – the Thanksgiving to New Year’s season seems to take forever to get here, but then goes by way too fast! It’s the time we forget about our diets because it’s just SO hard when delicious traditional food is all around us – we can’t get away from it. From spending time in the kitchen with family and friends to work holiday parties to simply running errands – the smells of pumpkin spice, peppermint mocha and gingerbread are everywhere.
With that said, I always try to incorporate some healthy options into the feasting to balance out the inevitable overeating and indulging. We are running a 5-miler on Thanksgiving morning as well! I hope my fiance and brother go easy on me this year! Although I have become a better runner with some of the tweaks I mentioned here.
Here are 10 yummy, must try recipes … (more…)
I don’t always buy whole pomegranates when I see them at the store — because of that one time when I tried to get the seeds out and made a big mess — seeds and juice all over the place and a nice big red stain on my white shirt (of course, I was wearing white when doing this!) (more…)
I have been exploring with making a rotisserie style whole chicken at home. If you can cook a whole chicken for a Sunday dinner (and have it taste amazing) than you officially are a self-sufficient grown up. For some reason, roasting a whole chicken seemed like something I would just never be able to do — I accepted that I would only have this meal when I went to my parents house for dinner. I never thought I would know how to make it myself. Turns out, I was over-reacting – it really is SO simple! I have made it a few times now, trying out different methods and ingredients. I am going to share 2 different recipes with you: a juicy German-style roast chicken that is beyond simple to make and my favorite roast chicken that has a few extra steps involved (kitchen twine!)What’s a chicken without (more…)
On Sunday, I make dessert… okay it’s not just on Sunday –I have something for dessert every night — but on Sunday, I put more thought into actually making something. You know, more than just a spoonful of Nutella (Does anyone else do that!? It’s so addicting) or some vanilla gelato with berries –no effort kind of dessert. I love to explore with what ingredients I have on hand and whip up a new recipe. Everything I make these days has some health benefit to it, so it’s no surprise these cookies are packed with healthy alternatives! In fact, they are a perfect, healthy little breakfast on the go. Hence, why I made a big batch last night and sent Nico to work with a home-brewed iced coffee and a ziplock with these cookies. I mean they have bananas, peanut butter and oats – that’s breakfast-y, right?
We carved pumpkins over the weekend at my parents house and I figured I would make some type of easy dessert that involved apples for everyone. These apples were so simple to make and (more…)