Unless you’re someone who takes All Day Sunday To Meal Prep, figuring out what to make for dinner on a Wednesday is one of the most soul-crushing decisions a human being (cough, woman) can make.
We are tired. We are juggling 19 thousand emails and children and tasks and deadlines. We have approximately .003 seconds in the day to really consider what we want to eat, what’s good for us, what the people in our life will actually consume, and yet, paradoxically, we are drowning in options.
So, dear reader, I’ve hacked it.
My solution? Theme nights. I’ll say it again, this time in all caps. THEME NIGHTS! I even added an exclamation point for emphasis. So here’s the deal. By assigning dinner themes to nights of the week, it means that you never have to wonder what in the hell you’re making for dinner ever again. Because it will already be decided for you. By taking 5 minutes now to organize your weeknight themes, you can change...
Acai, Goji, Maca, Spirulina, Moringa, Camu Camu…the list keeps growing of foods we’ve never heard of that we’re told we must eat to be healthy. Where did these come from? Are these foods actually super? Do they have superpowers to reduce my crow’s feet, because I’ll Amazon subscription that shit. right. now.
These superfoods are trending big time and not just on Twitter. Every juice bar and froyo joint has acai plastered all over its menu. But what makes superfoods worthy of the SUPER title? Health experts define superfoods as a food that is highly nutrient dense. Meaning, these food provides a substantial amount of nutrients in very few calories. Example, you’d have to eat like ten oranges to get the amount of vitamin C in one teaspoon of camu camu powder. So, it’s superpowered, sure.
But superfoods are also foods rich in compounds like antioxidants, fiber, fatty acids, all beneficial to a person’s health.
As you know, turmeric in America is really having a moment. A very extended, aggressive, wellnessy moment. In fact, it might finally be waning on the trend cycle, but for us, it’s an ingredient we will champion long after the internet tires of it as the newest “it” fad.
Turmeric, a root which originated in India, has been thought to have natural healing properties for everything from sinusitis, vertigo, and diarrhea to rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Its active ingredient, curcumin, has significant anti-inflammatory properties similar to those found in ibuprofen. Yep. If you have headaches, menstrual cramps, arthritis, try dipping a toe into the easy waters of turmeric. Oh, and feel free to ignore the following list and just buy cheap, turmeric shots from Trader Joe’s because really why not?
But as we are all cooking from home now in a social-quarantine, here are 7 low-key ways to use it:
As we all know, a perfectly decanted kitchen is what happiness is made of. A glittering, glimmering collection of vessels and jars and bins in your kitchen and pantry is a visual nirvana matched only by a meticulously color-coded refrigerator, bursting at the seams with a rainbow of farmer’s market produce.
(Instagram has reeeeeeally done a number on us.)
However! The truth is, decanting can help you change how you feel in the kitchen, create amazing efficiencies for dinner and snack time, and even help reduce your calorie intake - in fact I wrote about that right HERE.
But first you need gloriously easy to find, effective, cheap, MOSTLY AMAZON containers to begin this perfectly decanted life you seek.
It’s easy for us to judge big, faceless corporations for their endless pollution and inflexibility to change their ways.
Yet, most of us don’t even bring our own bags to the grocery store.
We want to do better. We do. But how are we supposed to be planet positive when the eco-friendly alternatives feel like they’re not made with convenience or effectiveness in mind? Welp. I did the work for you. These 14 swaps are all just as good as their non earth-friendly counterparts.
Bye bye, baggies. These are the best replacements out there, and that’s why they aren’t cheap. But ultimately these are way cheaper than buying plastic baggies every week at the store because they last. You can turn them inside out and wash them in the dishwasher too, so they’re mindlessly easy to clean. They don’t get moldy, they don’t smell, and they close up nicely.
Plus, you can...
Raise your hand if you remember to pull out your frozen fish out of the freezer to thaw it before cooking dinner?
Yeah. You guys are my people. I rarely remember, and this type of recipe saves me. Not only can you cook the salmon straight from the freezer, it's also a sheet pan meal, which is a weeknight, clean up dream.
Frozen Salmon Recipe:
Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 425°F. Place the frozen salmon fillets skin-side down in an 8x8-inch parchment lined sheet pan.
Combine mustard, maple syrup, garlic, and salt in a small bowl and stir to combine. Brush or spoon all of the mustard mixture evenly over the salmon.
Cover the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil. Roast for 15 minutes.
In this moment in time, we are extremely lucky if we’re able to find specific produce in our stores or via online ordering. But if you can find mushrooms, get them. Mushrooms have medicinal roots going back thousands of years in Eastern medicine.
Mushrooms are bursting with fiber, vitamins, and help protect the body from free radicals, and are rich in the antioxidant, selenium.
There are more than 2000 kinds of edible mushrooms on the planet (though many are poisonous so only purchase at a store), many with minerals our bodies require, like B vitamins, folate, magnesium, and vitamin D. And even your run-of-the-mill, regular mushroom is supremely good for you.
But first, four of the more famous, exotic medicinal mushrooms and what they are known for:
1. Lion’s Mane: For brain boosting power and concentration.
2.Chaga: Full of anti-aging antioxidants, and great immune support.
3. Cordyceps: For endurance and muscle recovery.
4. Reishi: For...
Everyone’s sliding into my DMs with this FAQ: What protein powder should I buy?
First of all, since when did all of us basic bitches need protein powder? Are we body builders for Muscle and Fitness magazine now? Maybe you’ve noticed the enormous jugs of protein powders lining the shelves of Kroger, and not just the Vitamin Depot anymore. But it seems to me we’re in a bit of a CrossFit rabbit hole, and maybe we just need a reasonable amount of protein to stay healthy, grow our cells, and maybe a tad more if we’re super active or breastfeeding. More on that here.
So, to answer that FAQ? You don’t need a protein powder.
Most protein powders on the market today are just a long list of poor-quality fillers, gums, glyphosate laced ingredients with added sugar or the overpowering flavor of natural stevia, with some form of protein ground up into a powder.
Between keeping the copious piles of laundry out of sight in our Zoom meetings, to pretending we “know things” in front of our kids as we pretend to homeschool them, now we’ve got to deal with being surrounded with salty, crunchy non-perishables during the single most stressful time in most of our lives.
We’re all in somewhat different versions of quarantine, depending on where we’re located, and who we’re quarantined with for hours, days, weeks, gulp, months. For some of us, figuring out how to not eat all the snacks is a priority because:
We literally are being told not to enter a grocery store.
Our budgets are tight and in flux.
We can’t fit into our newly-purchased Instagram impulse loungewear.
Here are a few new ideas to help you limit your snack habit, if you want help with that. If you’re golden on that topic, can you call me and tell me your secret?
Just like you plan...
You will no longer miss sour cream once you make this new creamy companion. It’s hard not to just eat it out of the blender, but if you can resist, I recommend adding it to your tacos or taco salad. The hardest part of this recipe is just remembering to soak your cashews. So, just don’t forget that step. If you don’t remember, then soak them for 5 minutes in boiling water and that will help soften them for blending smooth. I know that “soaking cashews” sounds like Hades, but once you try this, you’ll see it’s worth it.
1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for at least 4 hours, and then drained
1/2 cup water + more to thin if necessary
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon fine...