Fall is my absolute favorite season. The crispness in the air. The warmth of big heavy sweaters. The comfort of soups and stews. And of course, the deliciousness of anything pumpkin spice. Now maybe it's a bit cliche to love everything pumpkin spice, but I can't help but feel that the mark of fall is embodied in its smell and taste. The only thing I don't love about lots of pumpkin spice things are the additives and junk that are used to make them … [Read more...]
For all you veggies out there.
Arugula is the new kale - at least in my kitchen. I quickly jumped on the kale train when I first switched to eating a whole foods diet. The dark leafy green is full of nutrients like potassium, vitamins A, C, and K, and even protein. You can make it into chips or use it in a salad. But sometimes you need to switch things up. Enter arugula. I just recently started buying arugula. To be honest, it's more expensive than its popular counterparts kale and spinach, so I … [Read more...]
Tacos are a staple in our house! They are quick, easy, inexpensive, and delicious. But have you every looked at the ingredients listed on a packet of store-bought taco seasoning? No bueno. Here's an example: Maltodextrin. Silicon Dioxide? Ethoxyquin?! My philosophy on packaged items is that if the ingredients listed aren't things I could cook with at home, I shouldn't be buying them. The pre-mixed taco seasoning packets at the store have added junk that can be avoided … [Read more...]
Last week the temperatures here were in the 60s. This week we are hot and humid in the 90s. Just like Chicago wants to keep holding on to the end of summer, so do I! That's why this week I picked up some corn on the cob before it's out of season and the prices rise. Related: Save Money on Groceries with the Free Ibotta Cash Back App Fun Facts about Corn Corn is actually a grain, not a vegetable. Corn is naturally gluten-free. Corn is called maize … [Read more...]
It's taken me a long time to perfect my salad game. Don't you just hate when you end up with a bowl of limp greens that leaves you feeling unsatisfied? Me too. Well after many failed salad attempts, I've finally come up with a foolproof formula that makes me look forward to eating my vegetables. My Perfect Salad Formula Greens + Crunch + Fruit + Fat + Oil + Acid + Salt & Pepper + Protein (optional) For me, the number one thing that … [Read more...]