Healthy, Easy, Make-Ahead Breakfasts You Can’t Say No To {Infographic}

 

Healthy, Easy, Make-Ahead Breakfast RecipesWho among us hasn’t skipped breakfast? It happens: We wake up late, or it takes our kids too long to get ready. Or we have to iron a shirt we didn’t count on. Or the dog throws up on the carpet and the mess needs to be cleaned up.

No matter why, we’ve all been faced with situations in which we have to start off our day without that first meal. And that’s too bad, because we’re doing our bodies and our long-term health a disservice.

If you don’t eat, your body doesn’t receive the signals it needs to get started on its new-day metabolism. You’re messing with your hunger cues, too, which can cause you to binge-eat or make bad eating choices later in the day. And you’re probably impacting your energy level and productivity, too.

Research suggests that a high protein breakfast can help reduce daily hunger and make it easier to maintain a healthy weight.

Want a ready-made solution that doesn’t impact your morning to-do list? Try these make-ahead recipes for breakfast.

 

Ozeri Instavac Nesting Food Storage Container Set Review

Ozeri Instavac Nesting Food Storage Containers Review

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These nifty food storage containers came in the mail this week, and we were so excited to try them out and let you know how they can help you save food (and money) by not having to throw out as much wasted food since now you can easily keep it fresh until you are ready to use it.

Keep Food Fresh Longer

All of us have had that time at the end of the week, right before we head to the grocery store again, when we’re cleaning out and throwing away the food items that went bad before we got around to using them.  Often times, this terrible waste is caused by lack of good storage that could have kept those strawberries or that bunch of parsley fresh a little longer.

These storage containers have a patented vacuum seal that seals in the freshness and locks air out.  The patented valve system removes excess air, reducing the chance for naturally occurring bacteria to grow, and it releases pressure to prevent food from spilling and splattering in the microwave (when cooking or reheating your food).

Ozeri stacked food storage containers review

Additionally, there is a nifty wave pattern on the bottom of each container that keeps fresh fruit and vegetables elevated, so they don’t sit inside any water or juices while stored, also helping them stay fresh longer than they would otherwise.

It’s super easy to close and seal the containers by simply placing the lid on top, snapping down the handles on each side, and then using thumbs or forefingers to press down on the center of the lid, pushing out the air from the inside, and vacuum sealing the container.  The center of the valve pops down and whistles lightly when the seal is created (so you know it’s done right)!

 

Enjoy Organized Storage in the Fridge, Freezer, and Pantry

Sometimes when I open the fridge, freezer or pantry, it can be overwhelming as I wonder what in the world is in the various bags or containers staring back at me from every shelf and drawer.  These fabulous containers are see-through, and stack well, so you can easily see what’s inside and make good use of the items before they sit around too long and go bad.

Ozeri food storage containers in fridge - review

No matter where you’re using these containers, they stack on top of each other well, and they stack inside of each other easily, too, for simple space-saving storage when not in use.

I love, too, that the small dial around the valve has numbers on it (1-31), so you can set the dial to the day of the month that the items you’ve put in the container were first stored.  This way, you know exactly how long those green beans or that leftover lasagna has been in the fridge.  It’s such a simple way of tracking, and easy to change for the next round of storage.

 

Safe, Durable Containers for Healthy Meals

As you can probably see from the photos, these containers are a heavy-weight thick plastic, so they feel more heavy-duty – like glass would – but are shatter-proof (can anyone say how great this is if you have children who help with the dishes?!?), while still being almost as transparent as glass.

Since they are BPA-free, you don’t have to be concerned about storing food in them, whether saving cut-up food prep items for the week, snacks for the kids to grab easily after school, or leftovers for heating up later in the week.  And they are stain-resistant as well as dishwasher-safe, so cleaning up is a breeze.

Ozeri food storage containrs filled with fresh food

If you love making freezer meals, and then cooking or reheating those in the microwave, the special valve on top of the containers can be lifted and left open to allow excess pressure to escape while cooking in the microwave (saving us from the splattered or exploded mess that we all know can occur otherwise).

Lastly, the set comes with a complete satisfaction guarantee – so there’s no way to lose.

If you’d like to order your own set, they’re available today at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JM3VFVE (as of 10-15-17, they are on sale for half-price, too!).

Please leave us a comment below if you have other ideas for keeping food fresh longer and organizing your kitchen and fridge.  We love to hear your ideas!

Legacy Cookbook with SOS International and Around the Table

 

 

 

SOS Legacy Cookbook with Around the Table 2017

We are excited and happy to be a part of this collective effort with SOS International and Around the Table to provide so many wonderful recipes as part of the Legacy Cookbook, raising awareness about children who go hungry and how we can make a difference by providing meals for them.

At the Legacy Golf Tournament hosted by SOS International this year, we gave the ladies in attendance a printed copy of the Legacy Cookbook, filled with donated recipes from friends of the organization, many of whom have given much of their own time and resources towards feeding children and helping many in their own communities and around the world.  We were honored to have recipes included from Peggy Nelson (widow of golf great Byron Nelson), the Pennington family, and many more.
(Download your own copy of the cookbook!)

We hope you will be inspired by the recipes and stories, so that you too will enjoy family dinner around the table as often as possible with your own family.

Additionally, please consider making a difference by participating in Around the Table‘s monthly family package of activities, challenges and recipes from around the world designed to raise awareness about hunger, poverty and malnutrition while also facilitating delicious meals with your family.  Each month, your family’s participation provides 250 meals for hungry children!

Legacy Cookbook and Around the Table with SOS Local 2017

 

All of the recipes from the cookbook can be found in the digital Legacy Cookbook right here on Dish Dish (so you can easily view and save the recipes for yourself and create your shopping lists and menus, all kept synced together for you).

Thank you for taking a moment to join us in the fight against hunger.  Enjoy some time around the family dinner table, rejoicing for the meal you enjoy, and choosing to help those who would otherwise go hungry.

Healthy Potato Soup with Bacon Toppings

 

 

Healthy Potato Soup with Bacon Toppings

Soups are side dishes that can certainly awaken your appetite. They are sumptuous delicacies that can perfectly blend cold weather and warm conversations. Savoring soup is always a pleasurable experience. You can consider it your comfort food because the delight it brings to your tummy is something else.

There are multiple variants of soups that you can prepare. Despite the wide spectrum that soups cover, their general preparation is pretty simple. Even an inexperienced person in the kitchen can create a rich and warm pot of soup. That’s how simple this recipe is.

Of course, people are new to this food would start looking at most common variants. You can say that corn soups and potato soups are on the top of the list. Between those two, many are quite fascinated by the taste and nutritional value of potato soups. Regardless where you look, potato soups are healthy and fulfilling.

If you want to learn a basic version of potato soup, then I will be your guide. I am going to show you how to create this recipe with minimal ingredients. Let’s start now!

Healthy Potato Soup Recipe

 

Healthy Potato Soup with Bacon Toppings

 

I personally love potato soups because they are sure crowd-pleasers. They can literally attract your entire family or friends to gather in your kitchen table just to experience the taste. Fortunately, such magic is quite achievable. But before that, you need to gather these following ingredients first:

Ingredients:

Bacon (3 slices)
Onion (1 cup; chopped)
Baking potatoes (3 pounds; peeled and sliced)
Water (1/2 cup)
Chicken broth (2 pieces; fat-free)
Salt (1/2 teaspoon)
Black pepper (1/2 teaspoon)
Low-fat milk (2 cups)
Cheddar cheese (4 ounces; shredded)
Sour cream (1/2 cup)
Chives (4 teaspoons; chopped)
Cooking spray


Instructions:

1. Put a skillet on the stove and heat it over medium-heat. Cook the bacon slices in the skillet until they turn crispy. Once done, remove bacon strips from the skillet and crumble them into small pieces.

2. Do not throw out the drippings in the pan yet. In the same pan, saute the onion for around 3 minutes or until the onions become tender.

3. Use a slow cooker and place all the potato slices in there along with the sauteed onion. Make sure that the potato slices have been spritzed with cooking spray. Add a half cup of water, pepper, chicken broth, and salt. Stir them for a couple of minutes before covering the slow cooker. The cooking should take 8 hours or until such time as the potatoes have softened.

4. After the said period, mash the mixture. Add the milk and cheese afterward. You should increase the heat of the slow cooker and continue to cook the mixture for another 20 minutes.

5. At this point, the mixture is already a bonafide potato soup. Serve it hot in small bowls. Sprinkle the shredded cheese and add a dollop of sour cream for toppings. You should also top with the chives and crumbled bacon for more texture and flavor. The soup should fulfill everyone’s cravings!

6. Keep running the slow cooker, remembering that the full flavor of any soup is seen when it is hot and steaming!

 

Healthy Potato Soup with Bacon Toppings Recipe

 

Conclusion

This is just the tip of the iceberg. If you dig further, you will found out that there are a lot of ways to create healthy potato soups. Once you can learn the basics of making this treat, you will be able to explore to other similar recipes. Of course, I recommend that you should do so.

By learning more and more recipes, your meal selection will widen. Therefore, you can prepare different dishes and cuisines for every occasion and gathering that you have! Don’t worry. Cooking is a fun thing to do!

 

Rose - Gimme Tasty
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