Adorable alert! My niece Clementine with her @cuddleandkind doll. The best part is this doll provided 10 meals for children in need. Cuddle and Kind is working to make an impact on childhood hunger world wide. Their goal is to provide one million meals per year! Let's help them reach that goal!
Crush one inch of both ginger and turmeric with the back of a spoon or mortar and pestle. Steep in a teapot with half a lemon. Great for achy joints and muscles! Paired with an adult coloring book, especially this one with affirmations, means a perfectly chill night!
Veggies- Frozen veggies are a quick and affordable start to any meal. Buy in bulk! Rice with mixed vegetables, beans, teriyaki sauce = quick dinner!
Fruits- Fruit is expensive especially in the winter. Buy frozen fruit for smoothies, and to top oatmeal or yogurt!
Protein-Always have at least 1 type of quick cooking protein such as fish, chicken, ground beef. Also have frozen beans and edamame ready to go!
Yogurt- Freeze yogurt to have on hand as a healthier dessert option ready to go!
Grains/Starches- buy whole grain breads/bagels/waffles/tortillas when on sale and freeze it so you always have on hand. Keep one of each at the ready in your freezer! Have leftover rice or quinoa. Freeze it!
Frozen meals- Good when your pressed for time. Pair with a salad or frozen veggie for a complete meal.
Veggie burgers- Always have at least one type of veggie burgers for a quick dinner sandwich! Pair with soup and a salad for a quick dinner!
Ziploc bags and containers of all sizes- Necessary for storage!
With the starting of the new year many people are trying to eat more veggies and vegetarian meals! Going meatless is a great way to save money and to experiment with different flavors in the kitchen. Whether your vegetarian, vegan, or just trying to eat more vegetarian meals, these are my favorite ingredients to add meaty flavor to dishes!
-Smoked Paprika- Smoky and hearty flavor. Great for tofu, tempeh, and beans.
-Smoked Garlic- Perfect on anything especially in soups for a smoky background flavor! Be careful with how much you use! Very strong flavor!
-Cumin- Has a warm flavor without being spicy. Great in soups and anything Spanish in style.
-Nutritional Yeast- Has a very cheesy flavor! Perfect as a substitute for Parmesan cheese or when you want that salty bite in a dish.
-Liquid Aminos- Similar in flavor to soy sauce but good for vegetarians and vegans. Perfect for a stir fry, or rice dishes.
One of my all time favorite websites, 101 Cookbooks. Her food, style, and cookbooks. OFF THE CHARTS! I've always been a huge fan. "Super Natural Every Day" is one of the few cookbooks I come back to again and again. The photography, ideas, and general aesthetic are fantastic. Everything in here is vegetarian but they are all easily modifiable to incorporate your dietary needs. I use this as inspiration for many of my recipe ideas. It never fails to disappoint. Rainy day, tea, and this book. Perfection. Heres one of the recipes below. Picture perfect.
Having a well stocked pantry is the best way to get your new year started off on the right foot. A stocked pantry can mean the difference between a stressed out dinner time and total relaxation:) Whip your pantry into shape!
1. Clean out anything that is open but hasn't been used in a month, is expired, or will tempt you (aka holiday candy)! Starting with a clean slate!
2. Store bags of potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions (purple and regular), and fresh garlic in the pantry away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. Store them in a bin or some type of container that can let air flow.
3. Canned goods: Filling your pantry with canned goods is a staple to making meals. Tomatoes, canned non starchy vegetables (Carrots, green beans, asparagus mushrooms), beans, tuna, fruit in their own juice.
4. Carbohydrates: rice (quick cooking or regular), quinoa, whole grain pasta, quick cooking polenta, hard and soft shell corn tortillas, oatmeal.
5. Condiments: ketchup, mustard, honey, maple syrup, whole grain mustard, BBQ sauce, low sodium soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, vegetable oil.
6. Miscellaneous: natural peanut butter, natural almond butter, nuts, seeds, dried fruit.
These well stocked pantry ideas will help you with putting meals together such as:
I'm already getting a little stir crazy not having a garden to work in during these cold months! As a birthday gift I've got a greenhouse being built, but that won't be anywhere near done until next year, sooooo in the meantime I will just wait around and dream about what will be going in the ground come Spring. This year was quite the humbling experience in that nothing did well in the garden. The lettuce and herbs were mediocre at best, but nothing else. Sad face. It was quite sad. Only thing I can think is that the soil must have been nutrient depleted, and/or I removed some rotting raised beds. The new soil arrangement maybe didn't allow for good drainage? Ahhh who knows. I'm putting that behind me and moving forward with next years plan! Along with the "normal" veggies like tomatoes, onions, asparagus, peppers, kitchen herbs, I'm going to try "Medicinal Herbs" which in the olden days would have actually been used as medicine. I'm going to use them for teas and maybe salves. Gives me something different to grow and work with! I get a lot of my seeds from Tomato Bob, and Mountain Rose Herbs! Also, "The Backyard Homestead" is a GREAT resource for gardening!
I was lucky enough to recently attend a 7 course, completely gluten free dinner, hosted by the fabulousNeighborhood Nest! If you haven't checked them out do yourself a favor and "get in the know!" They are a local gluten free bakery pumping out amazing creations, and hosting delectable events! The menu for the most recent dinner was a compilation of all things veggie related, with a starter of assorted cheeses, pates, and dips, interspersed with two meat plates, one being a Johnny cake and short rib stack, the other a cabbage roll with a side of egg yolk and veg. Delightful. Fabulous. Mind Blowing. Check out the rest of the courses via the pictures I took! There aren't enough words to describe the awesomeness of this dinner. There is no better feeling then eating a delicious meal and knowing it's completely gluten free. These meals are for anyone gluten free or not, and I'd recommend them to anyone who wants a chill evening where your waited on hand and foot, and served food full of love. Some cool things to take note regarding The Neighborhood Nest:
- They will be taking Christmas orders here soon for baked goods. Like their page on Facebook for updates. It's always good to have a go to for GF baked goods to bring to family events
- December 10th they'll be having an open house highlighting local homemade gifts including another favorite of mine , Weezys Garlic Spices and More
- They are having a gingerbread house makingeventwhere you'll be putting together a GF gingerbread house at Troy Bulk Barn and Deli on December 20th. Sign up now before all the spots are gone!
- All their milk comes from Star Dancer Creamery, and other ingredients are purchased from Spice Rack and Bulk Foods in Beavercreek
-Their baked goods can be found all over town! Check them out at Stone House Sweets, Troy Bulk Barn & Deli, Penny Lane Cafe and art gallery, Spinozas Gourmet Salads and Pizzas, and Zetland Street
- The next Chefs Meal, like the one I attended, will be January 16th and their focus is brunch! Don't let is opportunity for such fun slip by!
- The owners and family members of The Neighborhood Nest are just overall amazing, hard working people who actually care about what they put on the plate and sell to their customers. Their attention to detail, quality, and being all around cool people is going to take them far. I can't wait to see them flourish in the years to come!
It was a privilege to attend the dinner and I can't wait to go again:) Enjoy all the photos from this meal! Try not to drool on your phone/computer/tablet !