Posted at 9:28 am , on April 27, 2015
Preparation is the key to success. Why not apply that golden principle to grocery shopping?
Once you’ve mastered a few skills you will be able to greatly reduce your weekly grocery bill and still bring home healthy food in the process.
First, you must get a general sense of what items cost. I always try to look over the weekly flyers to get an idea of the baseline prices for each grocer. It also keeps me in tune with how prices are adjusting for seasonal changes. It might seem like common sense, but shop at the store with the best deals that week.
Also, some stores promote price matching and you are missing out if you are not taking advantage of this! You could fund a family vacation with the savings you recoup from price matching each week. It takes a little practice, but this extra step will save you a lot of money. I’m not ashamed to say I try to price match often. I’ve come up with a great system that works really well and keeps me organized. Perhaps I’ll detail it in another post!
Sadly, healthy food can be expensive and we need to be smart shoppers in order to feed nourishing food to ourselves and our families.
Here’s a great healthy soup my family loves and won’t cost you a lot to make!
Posted at 9:32 am , on March 31, 2015
When I think of comfort food my mind turns to chili. Chili is an incredibly versatile one pot dish. Pack in a thermos for a day trip, serve it to friends at a party or snuggle up and enjoy yourself while watching a movie. If you’re into sports, chili is right up there with nachos and pizza for essential game day eating. It feeds a large crowd for a reasonable price and provides excellent leftovers.
This chili is remarkably easy to make and can be cooked in a big batch. I think it’s perfectly balanced with just the right amount of spices, hearty chunks of meat, spiced tomato-y sauce and filling beans. If you’re looking for true Paleo version just forgo the beans and you’re set.
While it is sometimes considered a cold weather food, I enjoy chili year-round and you should to! It is one of my go-to meals for busy days because I can have a filling healthy meal that feeds my whole family (with leftovers) in about a half hour.
We are heading out with the kids today for skating lessons, followed by grocery shopping and then my husband’s soccer game. Can you guess what I’m throwing on to simplify dinner?
Hearty Chili Recipe
Posted at 9:22 am , on February 25, 2015
If there was an Oscars for food than root veggies would definitely get my vote for Best Supporting Dish. Roasted, boiled, steamed, or bbq’d it matters not – they always get thumbs up from me.
Strangely I never, ever get bored with sweet potatoes.
Another great way to enjoy sweet potatoes is to serve them up fry-style. These potatoes in my pictures are cut into fries and then baked. The spices can be easily customized (or you can simply season with sea salt). I’m partial to this version though as the spice mixture just adds that little something extra.
I’ve included a recipe for a creamy mayo-style dip that is egg and dairy free and packed with healthy avocado. A tasty dip adds to the fun, right? I think so.
Serve in a pail with some parchment paper and you will really look like you know what you’re doing. It makes me feel like I’m at some beach burger joint (which is especially nice to think about while I sit in subzero Canadian temperatures).
Sweet Potato Fries
Posted at 7:11 am , on February 12, 2015
Chocolate roses, chocolate squares, chocolate bark, chocolate drizzle, and of course little chocolate hearts.
Did I mention chocolate too much? Not nearly enough when Valentine’s Day is involved!
Valentine’s Day and chocolate will always go hand in hand. This year I decided to make some decadent chocolate hearts!
Dark rich chocolate can be made with 3 ingredients. It’s magical watching the warm honey and cacao butter blend together with the powdery cacao to create a thick & creamy liquid chocolate.
There’s no limit to creativity when you make your own chocolate delicacies. I used heart-shaped molds that I picked up at a thrift store and small spice bowls to create little chocolate drops. Use whatever you have! Continue reading
Posted at 8:36 am , on February 9, 2015
They say love is in the air come Valentine’s Day. Why not add some fresh lemon and vanilla to the mix?
The aroma of fresh lemon and vanilla essence baking together could be a perfume flavour. These muffins are worth it for the aroma alone but trust me when I say you are going to want to eat them too. In fact, you’ll want to eat all of them! Hopefully you’ll have a little more restraint than me. At least try to save a few for your loved one perhaps?
It was hard to be patient while I let the oven do it’s thing (especially in those last few minutes) but I really wanted to get that beautiful golden shell with the oh-so-fluffy texture inside. I’m happy to say they turned out pretty darn perfect!
After cooling, I sliced the muffin in half and slathered on some grass-fed butter which I have been trying to work into my diet. Coconut oil would be fabulous too! I also drizzled on some fresh-squeezed lemon.