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How to Eat Healthy with As Little Effort (and Money) As Possible

How to Eat Healthy with As Little Effort (and Money) As Possible | This Miss Cooks

It’s very nearly the end of summer and most people seem determined to make the most of it while they can up here in the Pacific Northwest. For some that means weekend trips to the coast, for others it’s spending time in the National Parks, and a few even head out of their home state entirely for a full vacation. Whether it’s family reunions, weddings, or just a get-up-and-go jaunt, you might find yourself in a bit of a bind when you get home and realize that the work week is about to start without any of your normal preparations.

I’ve written before on how to prepare for a healthy trip and how important it is to have a plan of attack for when you get home. Picking back up a regular fitness routine is important, but even harder to make time for is menu planning, grocery shopping, and meal prepping for your first days back to the daily grind. Continue reading

Sunday Recap: The Best Way to Use Up Those End-of-Summer Tomatoes

The Best Way to Use Up Those End-of-Summer Tomatoes | This Miss Cooks

You know what’s glorious? Coming home from a vacation and NOT going grocery shopping, NOT meal prepping, and NOT starving because of the former two. Creatively re-purposing and remaking leftovers into new (and healthy) dinners might just become a regular adventure post-holidays. Continue reading

Feeling Fine Friday: 3 Health Myths, 1 Truth & A Bonus Recommend

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You know, this little segment technically started as a way for me to pull together my favorite things from the week all in one place, but not-so-secretly I’m a major grouch with bad science. Look, it’s not my fault, I’ve just been in this biz for 5 years and don’t take too kindly to people abusing and misusing it.

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1. Turmeric makes a tasty dinner–and that’s it.

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Dinner Ideas For Leftover Tomatoes

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I have 15 tomatoes.

Which is about 13 more than I have on hand at any given time, and particularly ironic given just how much Mr Never Cooks dislikes this fruit-vegetable thing. Yes that’s right, I refuse to even pick a side in the phylogenetic tree debate. Continue reading

Easiest Instant Pot Pork Recipe

Easiest Instant Pot Pork Recipe | This Miss Cooks

Happy Labor Day weekend! I hope you’ve been able to kick back and take it easy for a few days, Mr Never Cooks and I are relaxing on the Oregon Coast with his family and the correct number of dogs (3).

In true beach bum manner, I’m just popping in to offer up THE EASIEST DINNER RECIPE IN THE WORLD. Yes, tall order I know, but the pressure cooker really delivers on its promise. Continue reading

Feeling Fine Friday: 5 Health Science Myths Introduced by Bad Scientists

5 Health Science Myths Launched by Bad Scientists| This Miss Cooks

Ever felt overwhelmed in one of those inevitable Facebook arguments with your* Aunt Barb** when she pulls out a link to scientific-seeming articles showing you why there totally are chemtrails from planes that are killing us all? I kid you not I had to look up what that was a few months back.

Yeah, bad science has existed for as long as people have had hypotheses about the way literally anything works as far as I can tell. We thought that teething was a leading cause of death for babies for a long time, people. Oh, and we treated them with, essentially, heroine.

With that in mind, I figured I’d pull together a list of some of my favorite health-related myths, from the bizarre to the truly awful. Some of these are pretty well-known, and others are a little less mainstream.

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1. Back off my burgers, man.

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How to Plan For a Healthy Vacation

5 Tips to Help You Plan For a Healthy Vacation | This Miss Cooks

This week has become filled suddenly with dinners out at our wedding venue, re-testing a few recipes from last week before they go up on the blog, and a family vacation over Labor Day weekend to the Oregon Coast. Work in my lab has picked up a bit as well, so I’m heading to the rental house a few days after my fiancé.

I put up a travel guide to Oceanside and the Oregon Coast last year, and I’m hoping that this trip will be just as rejuvenating. I’m lucky that Mr Never Cooks has a wonderful extended family who in fact do love to cook, drink some good wine, and play a few games of Spades long into the night.

One struggle I know many of my friends in the wellness world have is striking a balance with food and fitness that makes them happiest on vacations. Instead of a menu plan this week, I thought I might share some of the tips I use to maintain my health without ruining the whole idea of a vacation in the first place.

1. Begin at the End

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Okay so that was a little confusing. What I mean is that you need to have a solid plan for after your vacation is over. I don’t mean a crash diet, a juice cleanse, or a punishing gym session. Continue reading

3 Healthy Dinner Ideas From Costco

Sunday Recap: 3 Healthy Dinner Ideas From Costco | This Miss Cooks

I don’t think it’s a secret after my menu planning post for this past week that I’m a big Costco fan. Bulk groceries are my jam these days, especially since I’ve really started having an easier time making similar dinners every week with a bit of a twist to them each time.

If you’re trying to eat on a more limited budget, feeding a bottomless pit in your house, or trying to eat a healthier diet without spending too much time in the kitchen, meals like these will be life-savers and can be surprisingly doable at a notoriously expensive store like Costco.

I’ll be posting the recipe versions of these dishes soon, but the real beauty of them is that there’s not just one way to make them.

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Feeling Fine Friday: 5 Science Facts About Healthy Living

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I often spend days at a time wading through PubMed articles in my lab that are incredibly specific to my little niche of research. Occasionally though, I put those same skills to use answering some of my own questions about topics near and dear to my heart: health outcomes, fitness and athletic injuries, and effects of diet on behavior and body weight.

Here are the top 5 articles and reviews I’ve enjoyed reading this week. If you have any questions on these topics or others, I love doing research!

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6 Tips for Planning a Week of Meals from Costco (Without Breaking the Bank)

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I had a feeling when I sat down with my menu planning spreadsheet on Thursday that I was in for a bit of an odd week. With the eclipse yesterday and the craziness from a million extra people moseying into and out of my cute little state this weekend, I decided to back away slowly from the grocery store. Continue reading

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