Have you ever read a book that light a fire under you to get up and change something about your life? Listened to an utterly inspiring TED talk that makes something in your head finally click? Watched a documentary that made you put down whatever it was you were eating and never touch it again?
Yeah, me neither. :/
Look, I try to read the motivational tomes my book club seems to hold so near and dear, but aside from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (which I skimmed) I just can’t get into them. So instead of trying to find inspiration in all the normal places, I decided to work with the brain I was born and epigenetically raised with. Continue reading “5 Unusual Sources of Motivation”
Tuesday’s post was all about how I planned another week of effortless healthy meals without breaking the bank using the same handy little meal formula. You can really draw your inspiration from anywhere to make these One Bowl Dinners come to life: a stray ingredient you’ve been wanting to use, your favorite ethnic cuisine, a deconstructed version of a sandwich or wrap, and a leftovers clean-out are some of my favorite. Check out that post to see the general outline of what I put into every bowl to make sure it’s healthy, balanced and filling each time.
If you ever have a hard time coming back from the weekend full force in the kitchen, this Mexican bowl is just the thing come Monday night. The chicken was just made with some Instant Pot magic (chicken breasts + salsa = the best damn thing since sliced bread). Add in quinoa, black beans, chopped tomatoes & bell peppers, guacamole, Greek yogurt, and salsa and you’re golden.
Pro tip: Pre-make a large batch of your quinoa alongside the chicken over the weekend or on Monday night.
Continue reading “Sunday Recap: Cheap & Healthy Eats with Easy Bowl Dinners”
The official beginning of Fall is right around the corner (7 days, 7 hours, and 2 minutes but who’s counting) which means that it’s time to revisit any Summer bucket lists you might have made. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t need written out aspirations to get off your phone and exploring somewhere or something fun, I applaud you. If, however, you often need your Fitbit or that annoying little Netflix are you still there message to remind you that you’ve spent all weekend glued to your couch, then seasonal bucket lists can help avoid that feeling of dread as Summer draws to a close.
Here are the five things I learned while trying to check everything off of my own list.
1. Make sure your Bucket List aligns with your health & fitness goals
Okay, so maybe you wanted to try every microbrewery in your city. Or check out all the local wineries. Picnic in the park with your beloved (spouse, partner, friend or dog). If your list has you eating cheese and drinking cocktails just to keep up, perhaps you were a little too ambitious when you made it. For every item on your list that involves a bit of a treat, add on another that contributes to your overall wellness.
Adding in physical activities like hiking, trying new workout classes, or simply taking more walks with your loved ones can help you stay in line with your health goals. Pick a farm-to-table restaurant to try, or maybe plan a dinner night in using only seasonal produce. Balance is how these healthy habits become permanent lifestyles. Continue reading “Feeling Fine Friday: 5 Things Summer Taught Us About Making That Fall Bucket List”
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 “How to Eat Healthy with As Little Effort (and Money) As Possible”
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 “Sunday Recap: The Best Way to Use Up Those End-of-Summer Tomatoes”
Self-love, selfishness, or just plain loneliness
This guest post is brought to us by my wonderful and talented friend Julianne.
A few weeks ago, I sat in a coffee shop in a small town in Vermont staring out the window. I had tasked myself to enjoy my quiet time. All I had to do was spend fifteen minutes here and I could consider it a success. I sat there and stared out the window imagining all the good I was doing for myself. Cue the internal monologue. Continue reading “Table for One”
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.
1. Turmeric makes a tasty dinner–and that’s it.
Continue reading “Feeling Fine Friday: 3 Health Myths, 1 Truth & A Bonus Recommend”
Depending on where you live, Fall can take any number of shapes by the time October rolls around. In the Pacific Northwest, it can be even more unpredictable than in places like my home state of Arizona. My fiancé and I never really expected to have to push our date this far back, but I’d encourage any couples out there to keep an open mind to the opportunity if it arises. There are a million reasons why it’s the perfect time of year for many, though it does have its drawbacks. Continue reading “Wedding Wednesday: 5 Challenges of an Early Fall Wedding”
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 “Dinner Ideas For Leftover Tomatoes”
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 “Easiest Instant Pot Pork Recipe”