- September 4th, 2013
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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.
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.
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?
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.
Do you have any tips/tricks to share to make kitchen clean-up easier? Let me know in the comments below!
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:
Now, it’s your turn– I want to hear your tips for eating clean on a budget. Let me know in the comments below!
Meal planning– the dreaded chore for many a home cook.
Say it and shudder.
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.
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.
See you all on the flip side,
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