A Healthy Take on a Foolproof Classic
When playoff football season comes around, I am always looking for comforting, rib warming, and tailgate style food. Unfortunately, most of the food we normally turn to in these types of environments are not ones that agree with my stomach too well. So, I take this time to put a healthy spin on some foolproof classics to not only fill that craving, but satisfy the hungry men that fill our apartment for Eagles games. A lot of people ask how to get their significant other or children to like healthier foods; here is a great starting point. They won’t even know!
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The fix to all my curry cravings
I’m assuming it’s the colder temperatures and the desire to feel grounded, but lately I have been craving all things curry. I’m not talking a once and awhile type thing. It’s been almost a daily calling for the past few weeks; a craving that I am on a constant search to fulfill. With the constant dreams of a delicious curry flavored stew, I figured I am probably not alone and needed to create something for all of us to get our fix in. This delicious, vegetarian (gasp), vegetable chickpea curry is truly one of the easier meals on here to prep and reheat for lunches or dinners during the workweek. Not only does it take minimal work, but I’m a believer that these types of dishes are actually better when eaten as leftovers. Enjoy!
Meal Plans, Recipes, and Grocery Lists to Kick off 2019 on the Right Foot (in the Kitchen)
Intimidated by New Year’s resolutions? Same! I’m here to help you with my January Meal Prep E-Book
2019 is just around the corner, and you know what that means… the “New Year New You” slogan being thrown in your face every direction you look. What is up with America’s obsession of shedding our skin to reveal and find a whole new version of ourselves each turn of the calendar year? Sure, there are always things we can improve on, and goals are great and all, but what if I like the me I already am? Personally, I feel this slogan not only makes us feel “less than” in a way that we need to totally reinvent ourselves, but it can also be incredibly overwhelming. Resolutions and goals can be intimidating because there are so many directions you can take them in and such an endless amount of traits we can always improve on. Instead of trying to pile on as much change as possible, leading to more stress than you already may be feeling, lets focus on the one thing that I believe makes the largest impact on your overall health: cooking.
That is why I am flipping the slogan on its head to “New Year, Same You”, with the goal of improving your confidence in one major area: the kitchen.
To Help you Feed your Family
Not sure what to make for your family over the holidays? While they each carry a very different aura, for my family, both the brunch and dinner on Christmas day are important meals. It’s a lot to get done when placed on top of decorating the house, making sure your guests are comfortable, finding the perfect presents for your loved ones, and spreading holiday cheer. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite recipes to help make sure you are prepared.
If you’ve been following the wellness scene for the past few years, you’re well aware of the hype over bone broth. Between all the benefits it reaps, to the trendy new ways to drink it, to storefronts in NYC dedicated to selling just this liquid, it has a serious and devout following. Personally, I love it. I find it extremely beneficial to my overall health, enjoy the taste, and love drinking something that makes me feel all warm and cozy inside. However, it can get expensive! Also, something I personally struggle with, is that 99.9% of broths are made with garlic and onion, two FODMAP foods I cannot fully tolerate (yet). Because of these two factors, and the continued theme of my ill feelings towards throwing any food in the garbage (even if it is scraps), I often make my own broth. This whole topic seems intimidating in and of itself so whenever I post on my IG stories that I make my own I get a ton of questions with the overall trend of how difficult it must be. Honestly, its one of the easiest things I make in my kitchen! Not only are you using a slew of leftover ingredients, which means there is no grocery store trip required, but it also cooks itself. Seriously! You’re left with a massive bowl of gorgeous liquid gold that you can either enjoy right then and there or pop in the freezer for later use (either individual mugs or thrown into soups). It is hands down the most versatile and favored item I always have in stock.
Inspired by a Family Staple with some Hawaiian Flare
Shredded pork has always been a staple in my household. Typically, it is served straight out of a slow cooker or sandwiched in a thick slider bun. A friend recently texted me, “does your mom know she’s still going strong as the pulled pork influencer?”. I mean it; whenever there is a Linville celebration, there is always pulled pork. (True statement I couldn’t eat it for like a year after college since we had it 2X/week at every lacrosse game tailgate for 4 years). So, while this recipe is very different than my mom’s glorious and infamous pulled pork, she was my inspiration. In an effort to continuously switch up our taco game to keep the tradition alive and interesting, I am always looking for ideas for new combos. After my mom recently brought in a pot full of pulled pork for my sister’s holiday party, I knew exactly what direction I was going to take this week’s spread in. With the shredded pork decided as my star, I took a little inspiration from Hawaii and decided to go a tropical route. Turns out, things I love lead me to more things I love. Who would’ve thought!?
Sad desk lunch: that depressing meal that you either slaved over, remembered to pack, and brought to work but has 0 flavor, or that $15 salad from the deli around the corner that lacks fresh ingredients but somehow got more and more expensive with every shred of carrot added to it. Either way, it is something you’re consuming while still at your desk, typing with one hand, forking food into your mouth with the other, realizing that this is not what meal time should be like. Lunch should be something you look forward to. It should be a mini escape from your work day, an oasis of flavor and delicious ingredients, and give you energy for the rest of your day ahead. We’ve all had sad desk lunches, but I am here to help make sure we put an end to this. As requested by many of you, I’ve rounded up some of my all time favorite lunches to meal prep. My go-to staples for a BYO lunch to bring excitement back to this meal!
The Classic BYO Lunch Staple
Whenever I hear “sad desk lunch” my mind immediately goes to salads. For most people, they’re just not exciting. Listen, I get it. Salads aren’t everyone’s favorite thing nor something most people look forward to. But, this is a salad that almost everyone enjoys (unless you’re like my mom and hate Feta… in that case, sorry!) and won’t leave you with that post lunch at your desk depression of missing the outside world and a real meal. An easy staple to batch-cook on a Sunday to pack for your week ahead all with minimal ingredients & time spent in the kitchen. A win-win!
The other day the craving for lasagna hit me like a freaking mack truck. Even though I haven’t had it in forever, I suddenly couldn’t think about anything but lasagna. This meant one simple thing: lasagna was going to be on the menu for dinner. As someone who is currently avoiding gluten and dairy, I noticed the challenge that was ahead of me. How the F do you make a lasagna that does not include the two primary ingredients? Oh, also, throw in the fact that I am intolerant to garlic and onion. Maybe there was a reason I hadn’t had it in forever… All of that aside, I decided it was time to create something delicious. I wanted a rib warming dinner on this snowy night and lasagna was the vehicle to do so. With some oh-so-sneaky ingredients, and things I never in a million years thought I would purchase (hello dairy free cheese, I’m talking to you), I made a freaking incredible allergen free lasagna. Trust me, I wouldn’t encourage you to be seen purchasing vegan cheese unless I meant it. This thing is freaking delicious. Lasagna, oh how I’ve missed you. Welcome back into my life, beautiful.
The rib-warming deliciously healthy dinner
I recently was on a walk with my friend catching up on life and discussing potential new recipe ideas when she turned to me out of the blue and said, “I’ve been dying for a simple meatloaf recipe.” Although it was something I never really had considered creating, nor something I grew up eating, I couldn’t get the idea out of my mind for the rest of the day. When deciding what to cook for dinner it became a very easy decision: meatloaf, duh. I accepted the challenge (that my friend was unaware she was putting on me) and questioned why the heck I had never made meatloaf before. This insanely easy recipe will definitely be a staple for every single cold and cozy night this year.