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 9:22 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 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.
Posted at 11:33 am , on December 28, 2014
Are you looking for the techniques to guarantee a perfectly cooked pot roast each and every time? Better yet – success even without a recipe?
In this post I’ll describe how you can transform an average roast into a delicious, melt-in-your-mouth pot roast with a killer gravy to boot.
1. Choose a roast with lots of marbling throughout
- Lean cuts of meat are not made for pot roasting.
- The more marbling throughout the roast, the more flavour the finished pot roast will have.
- Marbling will melt down during the long cooking process, creating immense flavour.
- If you have a very lean cut of meat it’s probably best to consider another cooking method.
2. Always bring your meat to room temperature before cooking
- A room temperature roast will allow for much more even cooking.
- A cold roast will encourage steaming instead of browning when it makes contact with the hot pan. If you allow too much moisture to escape as steam you will not be able to achieve the desired golden crust!
Posted at 10:49 am , on December 5, 2014
Have you ever wondered what to do with that leftover cranberry sauce hanging around in your fridge? Perhaps it’s not the most common thing to ponder but it’s exactly what prompted me to make these babies.
Fluffy and soft with hidden bursts of cranberries and gooey ‘melt-in-your-mouth’ dark chocolate. These are a wonderful grain-free dessert option made with real whole food ingredients. Ladies and gentlemen – feel free to indulge!
As these muffins baked, the scent of cinnamon, cranberries and melting chocolate filled the air. Who needs pricey scented candles? Just bake a batch of these and let yourself be surrounded with their magical aromas!
These are grain free, gluten-free and refined sugar-free so they make a great allergen friendly option.