Mother’s Day Kitchen Giveaway

 
 

 
We are excited to partner with Review Wire Media along with several other bloggers hosting giveaways for Mother’s Day.

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This year we are giving away our 100% bamboo, eco-friendly, cutting board, perfect for any foodie’s kitchen.  It’s delightfully patterned with inlay, has a handle that’s just the right size for easy carrying (moving chopped ingredients from one counter to another), and is the best size for either tucking away in a drawer after using or standing on the counter until you’re ready to use it again.

The cutting board is a handy size for using as a small serving tray for a cheese board with olives and nuts or to dish up a small breakfast in bed for that special someone.

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In addition, we’re including one year of pro account access for digitizing your recipe collection on Dish Dish.  Mom can gather all her favorite recipes and send them for us to type into the online cookbook account, organizing all those recipes digitally, getting rid of the paper clutter in her recipe drawer, and helping her find exactly the recipe she is looking for without digging through stacks of paper or dilapidated fading recipe cards.

As moms, aren’t we always looking for a way to make it easier to get a handle on planning meals, getting the grocery list together (making sure we didn’t forget any vital ingredients), and getting family dinner on the table with less stress and work and more fun?  Absolutely!

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It’s much simpler to get all that done with recipes already categorized and easy to search either on a laptop, tablet, or smart phone from wherever Mom happens to be (work, soccer practice, choir rehearsal, grocery store, or grandma’s house).

And in case you don’t happen to win the prize package here, we have a special offer for you, too!  Use code MomsDay to save 30% off our Digital Recipe Album packages and we’ll send the bamboo cutting board at no additional cost – it’s a great value and a delightful treat for your favorite family member.

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Enter for your chance to win, and be sure to check out the other giveaways in the LinkUp below for even more great prizes.
 

 


5 Healthy Ways to Make Water Taste Better

5 Ways to Improve Taste of Water5 Ways to Improve your Water

World Water Day comes and goes and perhaps you didn’t even realize there was an official day meant to inspire us to make a difference for many around the world who do not have access to safe drinking water (according to WHO, at least 1.8 billion people use a drinking-water source that is contaminated with fecal matter).

Here in the U.S., we most often think of water as something we know we should drink more of in order to be healthy, but we don’t find ourselves in a situation where clean water is unavailable (or like women and children in other parts of the world, having to haul water for miles in order to have any at all – and even that most likely isn’t clean water).

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Even just finding yourself in a situation while traveling to another country where you have to think about whether or not the drinking water is safe (concentrating on having only bottled water and making sure the source is safe), can make you realize how grateful we should be every day for such easy access to life-giving clean water.

If you would like to help make a difference, check out SOSResponds and support their water projects for communities without access to safe drinking water.

But now back to our first-world problem of improving our water so it’s more enticing to drink it all day, keeping ourselves and our families healthy and strong.

Today we’re sharing 5 ways you can easily and instantly improve your glass of water and truly enjoy every single sip!

1. Filter Your Drinking Water

Whether you choose to use a filter on your refrigerator that filters water coming through the door, use a filtering water pitcher, place a filter on your sink for the tap water, employ a whole-house water filter to soften and improve water, or carry around a container with a personal water filter, there are many easy ways to make it taste better as well as eliminate water pollutants.

pouring filtered water

 

2. Infuse with Fruit

I love this super easy way to jazz up a glass (or pitcher) of water.  Grab whatever fruit you already have on hand – and slice or muddle a little bit of it before tossing into your glass or pitcher of iced water.  A few slices of orange, lemon, lime, or peach, or some muddled strawberries, blueberries or blackberries add a sweet twist to your beverage and provide some great antioxidants as well.

Fruit Filled Water in Glass Jars

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3. Add Essential Oils

When drinking your water out of a ceramic, glass or stainless steel container (never add essential oils to a plastic container), add one drop of your favorite therapeutic-grade essential oil for flavor that lasts all day.  I add a drop or two of lemon, lime, orange, or peppermint in the morning to a glass of water and refill it with ice and water all day, only to find the hint of flavor continues throughout the day.  Adding a couple of drops to a warm mug of water is another way to enjoy.  The oils are a great way to quickly improve the water flavor!

Healthy Ways to Improve Water Taste - Essential Oils


4. Jazz it up with Herbs or Spices

Spice your water up with a favorite herb or spice.  Add a couple leaves of mint or basil for a mildly flavored beverage (or let them “steep” in the water overnight in the fridge for more zing).  Toss in a little ginger root or a couple of cinnamon sticks (maybe with some apple slices) and enjoy a cool, refreshing, invigorating drink.

Healthy Ways to Improve Water Taste - Herbs


5. Fruity Ice Cubes

Okay, this is a fun idea, and very simple.  Grab an ice tray and fill with your favorite no-sugar-added juice and freeze!  Now, use those ice cubes to enhance the flavor of your next glass of water.  Alternatively, freeze individual clementine, peach or orange slices, or berries and use them as ice cubes, too.  It will look pretty and add a splash of fruity flavor.

So, who is ready to get started jazzing up your glass of water this week?  Leave us a comment below and let us know how it goes or if you have some other “refreshing” ideas to jazz up your healthy glass of water.

 

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Camping How-To: Site, Food and Safety

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Camping with the family is supposed to be relaxing, but it can feel stressful if you don’t know how to pack, set up, and organize your campsite efficiently.

After all, no one wants to spend all their time unpacking gear, looking for things, and hauling stuff around their campsite! Read on to learn how to efficiently pack and set up all your gear!

 

How to Pack Your Camping Gear for Easy Set Up at the Campground

Start your packing process with stackable rubber storage totes. You’ll need at least three (one for each camping “section” of your campsite, including the kitchen, sleeping, and living areas). Larger families or those with extensive gear will probably need more than one tote for each section.

Once you arrive at your campsite, simply set each tote in the designated area you’ll need it in, such as the area around your picnic table for the kitchen tote, your tent area for your sleeping tote, and near your campfire pit for your living area tote. Color code your totes to remember where each one belongs.

 

Tote Packing for Camping

 

Try this kitchen packing hack: Store your kitchen tools and utensils in a toiletry bag or other small bag to keep them organized and clean between uses at a dusty campground. You can hang them from a tree branch for easy access when you’re at your site.

 

How To Pack your Cooler for Camping

 

In addition to your three “main section” totes, assign a smaller tote to each family member. This tote will hold that person’s clothing and personal items. Using totes for this purpose, instead of duffel bags or suitcases, saves space in your car or trailer since you can stack them.

Place items you’ll need at the ready in a mesh laundry sack (which can be re-purposed later for dirty clothes). These items may include swimsuits and towels you’ll want as soon as you arrive at the campground or jackets and boots if you’re camping in damp areas or in the off-season.

 

How to Find a Good Campsite and Set Up Efficiently

If you can reserve your campsite ahead of time, do so online as early as possible. Look at the campground map and note campsites that back up to the wilderness instead of other sites. In addition, look at the bathroom and shower locations (you may want to be close to one or you may want to be farther away from foot traffic). If you are camping at a campground that does not take reservations, arrive at the campground as early in the day as possible. When you arrive, look for a campsite that backs up to the forest or scenery to minimize noise from any neighbors.

Find a campsite with equal parts shade and sun to maximize your exposure and enjoy warmth in the mornings and cooler temperatures in the afternoon. Once you’ve selected a site, set up your sleeping area in the shade (so your tents don’t heat up during the day) on flat ground away from the fire ring and kitchen area.

Set up your kitchen adjacent to the fire ring and picnic table. You may want to consider setting up a screen dome or shade shelter over the table to reduce unwanted quality time with insects and mosquitos. Make sure you place your cooler in the shade.

 Finding the Best Camping Site

 

How to Have a Safe Campfire

First, always make sure the campground permits campfires. Campfire policies can change seasonally, and they may be prohibited during peak forest fire danger periods. If campfires are permitted, make sure to gather sticks and wood from the ground around your site, taking care not to break branches off living trees. Dead wood is drier and better for burning.

If you need to buy firewood, buy it at your campground or at a local store. This practice saves space in your vehicle for your other gear, and it is far better for the environment. When you bring wood from home, you can unknowingly bring unwanted, non-native insects or parasites along with it.

Start your campfire with kindling or small sticks from around the campsite, combined with some newspaper or store-bought fire starter.

Always let your campfire start to die out one hour before bedtime. This is a great time to light a camping lantern and play a few rounds of cards or a board game. Of course, you should always put your fire completely out before leaving your campsite (for the day or at the end of the trip). To extinguish your fire quickly, separate the burned coals with a stick. Once they’re not touching, they will become cool to the touch within 15-20 minutes on average. After spreading the coals, ensure that the fire is fully out by throwing buckets of water or sand or them.

 

Storing Food at Night While Camping

 

Original Article by eReplacementParts’ Lifestyle Blog

 

Written by Amy Whitley

 

How to Turn Your Fridge into a Nutritional Paradise

 

 

How to Turn Your Fridge into a Nutritional Paradise

Woman at Fridge | How to Turn Fridge Into Nutritional Paradise

(Guest post by Cassie)

When you’re hungry, there’s nothing more satisfying than opening the fridge and finding it packed full of nutritious and delicious goodies. Unfortunately, many of us fall victim to the horrors of the sparsely stocked, disorganized ice box filled with leftovers of questionable origin and time.

Keeping a properly stocked fridge requires good shopping habits and proper management of leftovers and condiments. For some of us, that process comes naturally, but quite a few of us still need a little bit of extra help.

Here are a few ways you can help yourself develop these habits so that healthy, nutritious food will always be within your reach.

Make Shopping Easier

Grocery App | How to Turn Fridge Into Nutritional Paradise

The days of carrying a handwritten and crumpled shopping list are gone. Thanks to modern apps such as Buy Me a Pie! and Grocery iQ, it’s much easier to create and share lists with family members. This helps to share the workload and keep all your lists safe in one place.

For the thrifty shopper, consider using one of the many rebate apps. I’m partial to Ibotta, but the process sometimes can be trying. Otherwise, you may want to utilize FarmStand or other equivalent apps to find where and when there are local farmer’s markets.

Shopping for local produce and goods ensures fresher goods and often affords you better prices as well. Plus, it’s better for the environment since farms usually don’t sell packaged and processed foods you find in grocery stores.

Find New and Exciting Recipes

Online Recipes | How to Turn Fridge Into Nutritional Paradise

Buying an array of tasty goods is definitely the first part of creating a collage of culinary curiosity, but actually preparing the food is an entirely separate matter. For that, you really want to make good use of the many recipes found online.

DishDish’s Online Cookbook app is a great way to store recipes for later use. We strongly recommend not relying on bookmarks for favorite recipes, as sometimes sites remove recipes or lose their hosting.

In case you’re in an area without internet reception (we’ve all had the dreaded “dead zone” experience at super markets), consider jotting down some notes with your device’s default app so you can store it online later. For instance, Apple’s Notes app is a good temporary solution until you regain internet capabilities.

Manage Your Leftovers

So you’ve stocked your fridge, you’ve made a great meal and now you’re left with the final inevitable result—the leftovers. As something both to rejoice over and cringe at, leftovers can save you time or become a very disgusting cleanup if improperly managed.

We store our leftovers in glass containers (Pyrex or similar) so that there’s never any mystery about what’s inside. But the real secret to management, from my perspective, is actually much simpler. All it takes is a pen/marker and a pad of sticky notes.

To keep food from being lost to the annals of time and forgetfulness, I label all leftover containers with a date. This is a straightforward way to make it clear when something was put in the fridge and whether or not it’s still safe to eat. You can even go the extra mile and add a “use by” date just like at the supermarket to make sure food either gets eaten or tossed before it goes bad.

By doing this, you avoid turning the food in your fridge into someone’s high school biology project. It also keeps the fridge smelling nicer and reduces the likelihood of mold growing on your fresh foods.

Cleanup Time

Cleaning the Fridge | How to Turn Fridge Into Nutritional Paradise

If there’s one thing I see more than neglected leftovers, it’s a fridge that hasn’t been cleaned in ages. It may be because we’re constantly adding new things or because it’s just cold inside, but we always seem to forget to actually scrub down the inside of our fridges.

Well, don’t forget and make sure to dispose of rotten food and scrub surfaces down with a cleaner of your choice (vinegar works well as it kills mold and isn’t toxic). If you’re concerned about odors, you can place a box of baking soda in the fridge to help maintain a fresh scent. Together, cleaning and prevention will keep your foods fresher longer.

Will you take the steps necessary to create the kind of fridge everyone envies? Share your thoughts in the comments.

 

Cassie - Guest Blogger | How to Turn Fridge Into Nutritional ParadiseAbout the Author: Cassie is a blogger that enjoys sharing her passion for health and technology.  With the internet on her side, she’s on a dedicated mission to spread the good words of nutrition and wellness. Find some of her work at eHealthInformer.com or on Twitter.

 

 

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7 Tips to Boost Your Healthy Food Habits

7 Tips to Boost your Healthy Food Habits

Thinking about eating healthy and having a good diet is one thing, but keeping those healthy food habits up is another thing entirely.

Our whole lives we’ve been told it’s important to eat healthily and to develop good habits, but those habits and diets seem to change all the time.

However, one thing is for certain, as we get older, having good eating habits becomes more and more vital.

That is because in our youth, the bad side of eating unhealthy meals feels so far away, but these decisions start to creep up on us and hit us hard.

Now is the time, no matter your age, to develop better eating habits with healthier foods. Having been through my fair share of fads and trials, I can say with some certainty, that these 7 tips are the best way to start:

1. Cook your own meals

2. Try fruits and vegetables you’ve not had before

3. Keep a record of what you like

4. Try swapping healthy alternatives to improve your meals

5. Make smaller portions using smaller plates and bowls

6. Quit sodas or at least, cut down on them

7. Drink lots of water – especially one a day with lime or lemon juice mixed in

These might help solve some health problems you feel, might fill you up with energy as well as help you lose weight. They are great foundations for feeling better no matter your age.

To find out more about each of these tips, check out this excellent article on 7 tips for developing better eating habits.

 

(Article contributed by Jess Walter, freelance health and food writer and mother.  She loves the freedom that comes with freelance life and additional time it means she gets to spend with her family and pets.)

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Easy Family Dinner Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day

Easy Dinner Ideas for St. Patrick's Day, recipesWhen you look about, do you see leprechauns and shamrocks aplenty? St. Patrick’s Day must be upon us.

Enjoy celebrating your family’s Irish heritage (or celebrate with the Irish in your community) with these easy dinner ideas. (Clicking on the name of the recipe will take you to the recipe itself).

Reuben Roll-Ups

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Start off your traditional Irish meal with these colorful appetizers – corned beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut rolled up in tortillas.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

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A traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal made of corned beef brisket served with cabbage (and potatoes and carrots, if desired).

 

Corned Beef Hash

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This dish is easy with deli corned beef slices cooked with cubed or shredded potatoes and topped with fried eggs before serving.  A hearty Irish meal.

Fried Cabbage

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This simple fried cabbage requires only 3 ingredients and makes a terrific side dish (or add in some sausage for a complete meal).

Colcannon

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Mashed potatoes cooked with greens (cabbage, kale or chard) and dished up creamy with butter and milk.

Hearty Irish Stew

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This dish needs to simmer for 2-3 hours for a hearty, savory dinner full of beef, potatoes, tomatoes, and seasonings.
(Use this recipe if you prefer to cook it in a slow cooker – Irish Stew)

Irish Apple Crumble

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Since most holiday meals include a dessert, here’s an easy one using a store-bought pastry dough, filled with sliced apples and cinnamon, topped with sugar crumb mixture.

Of course, St. Patrick’s Day isn’t all about food (or drink, as some might suppose). Enjoy your Irish family dinner and remind the next generation of the real story of St. Patrick, his sacrifice for and contribution to others.  Have a discussion about how we can choose to be a positive influence and touch the lives of those around us.

What are your family traditions around St. Patrick’s Day?  Do you go all out with decorations and party foods or keep thing simple?  Do you have favorite dishes you would recommend we try for our St. Patrick’s Day dinner?  Leave us a comment and let us know your suggestions – we love to hear from you!

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The Secret to Healthy Kitchen Storage

Secret to Healthy Kitchen Storage - Infinity Jars

sponsored postKeeping exotic cooking oils, spices and vinegars in the kitchen in appropriate storage containers that can protect those ingredients as well as preserve them so they are available for use as long as possible proves to be a difficult task.

I mean, if I’ve gone to all the trouble to pick out favorite seasonings and ingredients (perhaps expensive ones, at that), don’t I want to be sure to store them safely and effectively and preserve them well?

Of course! And I’ve found a fantastic resource for doing just that.

Healthy Storage for Oils, Spices, and Herbs

Infinity Jars containers are ultraviolet (a beautiful dark glass that looks sharp in any kitchen) and are the perfect healthy storage option for cooking oils, homemade salad dressings, vinegars, expensive or exotic spices, as well as freshly harvested herbs.

I tried out the 500 ml Square Glass Bottle with Oil Spout along with the 50 ml Glass Classic Screw Top Jar.

Secret to Healthy Kitchen Storage - Infinity Jars

The square glass bottle looks fabulous, has a screw-in oil spout that fits securely and is perfect for doling out just the right amount of oil into the pan when needed (without dripping or making a mess)

It also comes with a screw cap for storage when the spout is not in use (easy to store it either way – I’ve left the spout in it on the counter since I use the oil in that bottle almost every day).

Secret to Healthy Kitchen Storage - Infinity Spout Jar drizzling olive oil

I have a very small AeroGarden herb garden that I started after the holidays, and harvest little bits of basil, dill and parsley as the plants grow; usually it’s just enough to use in the dish I’m making that day, but I didn’t have a good way to preserve the herbs when I needed to harvest some off the plant but wasn’t quite ready to use it.

The small screw top jar is just the right size and venue for storing my extra basil leaves (which is the plant growing the fastest at the moment) until I’m ready to use them.

Secret to Healthy Kitchen Storage - Infinity Jars with Basil

Best Features of these Healthy Storage Jars

They are airtight, leakproof and lightproof.

My fresh herbs stayed fresh for over two weeks without any other treatment besides placing in the container (otherwise, they are wilted and practically dried up within 24 hours).

The ultraviolet glass keep the ingredient from losing its flavor or scent.

The bottles and jars are dishwasher safe (though the pouring spout needs to be washed and dried – immediately – by hand; being sure to wait until the spout is completely dry before using it again).

They came with two label stickers each, so I can easily label the container (and change the label as needed since more labels can be purchased).  This is perfect because the dark containers are pretty much impossible to see through, so you would always be guessing the ingredients otherwise – ha!

They look so nice on the counter.

The Science Behind the Storage Jars

The science behind how the jars work is fascinating, and test results show how they kept chives fresh and green for two months or kept a small tomato red and vibrant for seven months! It’s pretty amazing to see the difference this kind of healthy storage makes.

If you are looking for a convenient, stylish, healthy way to store your fresh ingredients, you can’t go wrong with these amazing jars, bottles and containers.

They also carry short and tall screw top jars, cosmetic bottles such as roller and dropper bottles, multiple size bottles with spouts, and apothecary jars (perfect for storing essential oils, homemade lotions or salves, etc.).

Healthy Kitchen Storage - Infinity Jars

Their variety packs are the best way to get the most bang for your buck and offer a great way to try out multiple items.

Do you have favorite healthy kitchen storage tips to share?  Please leave us a comment below with your suggestions and ideas.

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Mardi Gras Recipes Not to Miss

mardi gras recipes and mask, king cakeThere are so many fun things to enjoy about Mardi Gras – dressing up, masks, beads, parades, but most of all … (in my opinion), the great New Orleans’ food that can’t be beat.

Whether you’re planning a Mardi Gras party or simply enjoying some fun family time, consider a few simple decorations to get everyone in the party spirit.

These DIY Mardi Gras Masks from Aida Mollenkamp are cute and easy – a simple way to “jazz” up the evening!

Mardi Gras Mask DIY

Now to get on with some dinner and dessert ideas for your Mardi Gras party or meal.

There are so many great New Orleans recipes, it was hard for me to narrow down this list to just a few options!

Creole Seafood Gumbo

Scrumptious gumbo with andouille sausage, ham, crab meat, oysters, and shrimp in a brown sauce; perfect served with a little brown rice.

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Red Beans and Rice

Simmer red beans with onion, garlic, and seasonings (and some ham or sausage, if you like), and serve with brown rice or some fried potatoes.

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Cajun Jambalaya Pasta

Andouille sausage and chicken cooked in a creamy cajun sauce with pasta (feel free to add some shrimp at the last minute, if you like).

Cajun Jambalaya Pasta recipe with sausage and chicken

Mardi Gras King Cake

Jellyroll type cake layered with cinnamon and sugar, topped with a glaze and pretty colored sugar for a festive look.

mardi gras king cake recipe

Chicken Muffuletta Sandwiches

Homemade olive tapenade makes these chicken sandwiches absolutely delicious.

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Shrimp Etouffe

Shrimp is dished up in a spicy seasoned tomato sauce and served traditionally over white rice.

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Tilapia Po’ Boy

Serve up some Cajun spiced skillet-fried tilapia fillets on a sandwich roll with pickles, tomatoes, lettuce and onion.

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Chicken Cakes with Remoulade Sauce

Spicy Cajun chicken patties with peppers and onions served up with a homemade Remoulade sauce.  Delicious with a big salad.

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Does your family have Mardi Gras food or celebration traditions?  Do you have other recipe suggestions you would make for Mardi Gras?  We love hearing your thoughts and suggestions and look forward to seeing your comments below.

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5 Easy Dinner Ideas for Your Busy Day

5 Easy Dinner Ideas for Your Busy Day

A neighbor who has been going through a tough time recently inquired about some easy, quick easy dinner ideas for those rough days when she hasn’t thought ahead about what to prepare for dinner.  At my house, those meals tend to be an easy Mexican (tacos, burritos, taco salad) or Italian (spaghetti) or grilling dish.

However, her family wasn’t as fond of the Mexican dishes – so I thought it would be a great idea to share some other easy dinner ideas, in case you have one of those nights when you didn’t plan for dinner (or had a plan and don’t want to follow it).

These 5 meals are quick, simple, generally use ingredients you are likely to have on hand, and will provide the whole family with an enjoyable meal around the dinner table (instead of requiring a trip through the drive-thru).

ham and egg fried rice recipeHam and Egg Fried Rice

This super easy dish is made with rice (leftover rice works well, too),  eggs, frozen peas and carrots, chopped ham, and seasonings.  It’s ready in about 30 minutes or so, and doesn’t require much prep (unless you need to cook the rice first – but using quick rice makes this easy, too).

 

crispy fish sandwich with pineapple slaw

Crispy Fish Sandwich with Pineapple Slaw

Cornmeal-crusted cod portions are cooked in the skillet with Cajun seasoning, and served on whole wheat bread with a homemade pineapple coleslaw (coleslaw mix with pineapple chunks and dressing) for a quick delicious and healthy meal the whole family can enjoy.

 

Chicken Curry

Basil Coconut Curry Chicken

Diced chicken pieces seasoned with curry and chili powder cooked with onion, garlic and peppers in coconut milk sauce, served over rice or farro.  Be sure to dice the chicken first and let it sit in the seasonings at room temp for about 30 minutes (while starting the rest of the dish) for best flavor.

 

sausage and sauerkraut one skillet recipe

Sausage and Sauerkraut

This one-skillet-meal made with sausage, potatoes, onion and sauerkraut is a crowd pleaser and only takes about 30 minutes to have ready to set on the table for dinner.

 

parmigiana chicken foil packets recipe

Parmigiana Chicken Packets

Make individual foil packets each filled with a chicken breast half topped with sliced zucchini, spaghetti sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.  Fold up the packets and bake (20+ minutes) or grill (12+ minutes) for a quick, easy dinner.

So, what do you think?  Are these quick, easy meals some options that you will try in the next week or two?  Do you have other dishes that are your go-to recipes for easy meals after a busy day? We’d love to hear your suggestions!

 

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Easy Steps to Making Sourdough Bread {Infographic}

 

 

Hot, yummy sourdough bread is so amazingly good!  Some people find it hard to imagine that making it could be broken down into simple steps – since the whole idea of having some sort of “starter” for the dough and maintaining it sounds a little bit like too much work.

We always enjoy having sourdough bread in San Francisco and it’s such a delicious treat with a bowl of soup or sliced up for comfort-food sandwiches any day of the week.

These great tips and simple steps outline how you can set up a routine to consistently make and enjoy your own sourdough bread.

P.S. While it is recommended to bake the bread in a Dutch Oven or a round covered stoneware baking dish (La Cloche), if you don’t have one of those, simply shape the loaves into ovals and bake (see more details below infographic).

 


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If you don’t have a Dutch oven, shape the loaves into ovals and place on a lightly greased or parchment paper covered baking sheet.  Bake at 425 degrees for 25-30 minutes.