Like so (so, so, so) many others, I am jumping back on the healthy eating train this January, or, as my family calls it, "the plan". "What plan?" well-intentioned friends ask, continuing on to list as guesses the many brand-name diets out there. "It's just, you know, THE plan," we explain uselessly. Basically, a commitment to stop treating our bodies like garbage disposals. We issue this declaration somewhere around once a month, spend a week or two getting back on the plan, and then, come vacation, holiday, or crammed social calendar times, fall off again, only to declare that we're getting back on again. It's a vicious, vicious cycle.Read More
It's beginning to look a lot like SOUP WEATHER! While I unabashedly crave soup year round, even in the hottest summer months, winter makes it feel more like a need. Especially when the cold is paired with the wind we've been having, I need something to warm me up. I use mugs of tea as hand warmers at work, but when I get home and have full access to my kitchen, anything goes. Saturday morning, I woke up cold and craving chicken soup, so I headed to the grocery store and grabbed a bunch of stuff that looked good. Anyone who knows me knows I have a bit of a pho addiction, so a lot of the ingredients ended up being very pho-like. I threw them all together in a big pot and created what Tim called "maybe my best recipe yet"! When asked if it was blog-worthy, he said it was something that everyone should make - so take it from him, it's kind of the best!
After re-making this in the Instant Pot (on sale again for only $80!) the other night (meaning yes, Tim and I have had this soup for approximately 6 separate meals this week), I decide to provide the Instant Pot instructions because a) I keep telling people how great the Instant Pot is without actually publishing any recipes for it and b) this is even EASIER in the Instant Pot and, dare I say it, more delicious because less broth evaporates and it is a brothy spicy bowl of wonderfulness. Instant Pot instructions have been added below!Read More
Growing up, my favorite take-out nights were when my dad would go to Tara Thai and come home with larb gai, chicken satay, shrimp pad thai, and, my absolute favorite, beef kapow. I would take a little of everything else and hoard as much of the kapow as I could. Side story: my mom had surgery for a torn ACL a few years ago right before my birthday, so I spent the night at my parents' house the night before my birthday since she was immobile. My parents told me they planned to have some of the food their friends had dropped off but asked if I wanted anything different for my birthday dinner; I asked for Tara Thai and asked my dad to just get all of the usual stuff. It wasn't until he got home and we sat down to dinner that I realized my parents STILL planned to eat the food their friends dropped off, and my dad had unquestioningly gotten me FOUR meals for my dinner. Best. Birthday. Ever.Read More
You know those weeks when your meal planning all comes together and you use every single grocery item you bought and nothing goes to waste? Yeah, me neither. Between last minute plans and last minute cravings, I nearly always find myself staring at the fridge at some point near the end of the week, or even the week AFTER I meant to use everything, trying to figure out how to use up everything before it goes bad, like, tomorrow.Read More
I don't know what it is lately, but I have been AGGRESSIVELY craving spaghetti. No other pasta will do - if I can't twirl it around my fork and spray sauce everywhere while trying to eat it, I don't want it. Unfortunately, a pasta craving of any kind is not exactly in line with the healthy eating kick I'm desperately trying to get myself on, so when the craving hit yet again this week, I turned to one of my favorite food blogs, Skinnytaste, to see what I could do about it. Using her Skinny Italian Turkey Meatballs for inspiration, I threw together a bunch of stuff from my pantry and fridge and came up with my new favorite spaghetti and meatballs recipe - lightened up! While you can skip the browning step and just throw your meatballs directly in the sauce like she does, I prefer to brown the meatballs first to bring out more flavor and give the meatballs a better consistency. If you do skip browning and throw them right in the sauce, increase the cooking time to 20 minutes. Up to you!Read More