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Betta Buttah

I have a confession.

I’ve been watching The Pioneer Woman recently. And, I’ve been reading her blog. A lot.

I love Ree Drummond. I want to live at her ranch and cook in her kitchen. I want to take pictures with her and meet her friends and fam. She’s the cutest!

But man, she uses a lot of BUTTER. Like, Paula Deen amounts.

It got me thinking about creating a clean{er} butter.

So, I consulted the google machine and found loads of recipes for a homemade, right-outta-the-fridge spreadable butter. I played around with the oil to butter ratio and came up with this rich and velvety version.

It’s buttery taste is just right on vegetables (the way the hubs likes it), popcorn, garlic bread, in sauces and sautes.

I love that it cuts cholesterol by 10 mg and brings the saturated fat down by 2 grams.


Betta Buttah
Recipe type: condiment
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Serves: 12 TBL

This spreadable butter is lower in saturated fat and cholesterol than regular butter.
  • ½ cup butter, softened but not melted
  • ¼ olive oil

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the butter and olive oil. Beat with a hand mixer until creamy. Store in an air-tight container.



More confessions–when cooking, I still default to olive oil or coconut oil because I’m not a butta freak, but this is great for those must-have occasions, like popcorn. And, I wouldn’t recommend this for sweet dishes, like on pancakes or waffles, unless you substitute grapeseed oil for the olive oil. Let me know if you try that variation.

What about you? Are you a butter luver?



Hate doing dishes? Watch this!

Hey, hey!

I love to cook, but I HATE cleaning up. Years ago, I tried to institute a house rule… cooks cook and eaters clean. However, the more I test and create recipes, the more I dirty up the kitchen and my cleaning team (ahem, my husband) can’t keep up. So, I put on my big-girl apron and embraced cleaning up the mess. It’s either that or mow the lawn– I prefer my sink.

Anyway, I’ve developed a few rules for myself and it’s definitely helped cleaning up go a little faster.



Here ya go 6 tips— yep, that’s right, there’s a bonus tip here:

  1. Minimize the tools and utensils you use. Take a quick scan through the recipe and see if there’s any tool you can use again or process you can combine.
  2. Clear the clutter from the counter top. Too much stuff on the counter makes it more difficult to wipe down at the end of the meal.
  3. Always be straightening.  Clean as you go and take the opportunity to clean and straightening while waiting for coffee to brew or soup to come to a bubble. Work those a.b.s., girl.
  4. Plan one-pot meals for busy nights. Less clean-up. Done and done.
  5. Read up on your dishwasher. You’ll find all sorts of cool tips in there. Who’d a thought?
  6. Just get started. Roll up your sleeves, slide on those smelly latex gloves and just get started. You’ll be finished before you know it.

Do you have any tips/tricks to share to make kitchen clean-up easier? Let me know in the comments below!


Six tips that will save you money at the grocery store

As a health coach, I hear all the time “I can’t afford to eat healthy” and “why is clean eating so pricey?”

Well, healthy foods can be more expensive, but I’m here to tell ya that you can eat clean on a budget. I’ve been cooking clean for years and have developed some habits at the grocery store that allowed me to save money and I want to share ‘em with you.

If you’re trying to keep your food budget in check and eat well then you have to watch this:


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Now, it’s your turn– I want to hear your tips for eating clean on a budget. Let me know in the comments below!

Avoid these 4 meal planning mistakes

Meal planning– the dreaded chore for many a home cook.

Say it and shudder.

What if I told you that meal planning can be liberating? 

    • It saves money. When you plan your meals, you save money and create less food waste. The average american family throws out 25% of all food and drink they purchase!
    • It reduces stress. No more mental energy stressing about what you’re going to make for din when you get home after a long and busy day.
    • It helps you eat healthier. No more carryout or bowls of cereal.

Yep- you’ll find freedom and serenity in a meal plan.

Wait– you’re not convinced? If planning your meals still gives you the willies, you may be falling into one of these meal planning traps. Stop making these four meal planning mistakes and watch your wallet fatten and your stress shrink.

Four Meal Planning Mistakes

1. Planning all seven days.  If you’re not a fan of meal planning, don’t start by planning seven days of dinners. That’s a lot of work and it’s completely unnecessary. Many of us either eat out or have a frozen pizza or sandwich at least once a week. Unless you are very disciplined, planning the full week will likely equal food waste.

Do this instead:  if you’ve never created a meal plan, start small and plan just 3 dinners. If you’ve meal planned in the past, but have since fallen off the wagon, commit to planning 4-5 dinners a week. Do this for 1 month and make adjustments. Oh- and, a lot of people feel too restricted by scheduling each meal on a specific date. Pick 5 meals and be flexible as to which night you’ll prepare them.

2. Not having a clean up/clean out meal. Inevitably, something comes up and you miss out on one or two planned meals. Then, you’re left with some expensive produce… you know, the rotting kind.

Do this instead:  create a “kitchen sink” method meal, used to create dinner from whatever is in the fridge. Soups are fabulous for this, because almost anything goes. Pasta dishes are great, too.

3. Not following a formula. Do you spend too much time looking for recipes? Or, maybe you make the same thing each week because it’s easy. Not having a meal planning formula to follow means more time searching for recipes.

Give this a try: each week, plan to prepare 1 salad (like this chickpea salad or a curried chicken salad for example), 1 soup, 2 vegetarian meals, and 2 fish or chicken dishes. This way your recipe searching is defined, takes less time and ensures variety.

4. Not stocking the pantry. This gets me in a pickle time and time again. How many times have you started a recipe only to find you’re out of a pantry item? Now, you could improvise, which it always good– makes us better cooks. But, having healthy staples on hand allows us to pull together a meal in minutes.

Do this instead: create a list of the foods you’d like to have in your pantry at all times. These items usually include pastas, dried beans, BPA-free canned beans, quick cooking grains, popcorn kernels, tomato sauce, olive oil, vinegar, etc. Do a quick inventory before making your shopping list each week.

So, I know you have some good meal planning tips to share. In the comments below, share one of your favorite meal planning tips or, if you don’t like planning out your meals, tell me why.

See you all on the flip side,


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