• Eat Well When You Eat Out – Book Review

    When you’re at home, healthy eating is something that’s fairly easy to do, even if you’re eating comfort foods. There are ways you can make comfort foods low fat and good for you. But when you eat out, there are all sorts of things in the foods that can sabotage your healthy eating plan. Many restaurant foods are high in calorie, packed with sodium, and loaded with saturated fats. So what ends up happening with a lot of people is they either skip restaurant eating altogether when they want to eat healthy or they count it as an “off the wagon” day and eat whatever. You don’t have to sacrifice…

  • My Top Tips for Slow Cooking

    Slow cookers are a wonderful way to have food “cook itself.” If you’re not used to using one, knowing some tips and tricks ahead of time can help reduce the learning curve. Even if you do use your slow cooker frequently, it’s nice to expand your recipe repertoire and learn something new about this stand-by of busy kitchens. Here are some tips and tricks for successful slow cookery.   1. Don’t Peek! When you’re using your slow cooker, leave the lid on unless the recipe directs you not to. If you take the lid off during cooking, it can take up to 25 minutes for the food to resume its…

  • Dessert Recipes For The Slow Cooker!

    Did you know you can cook desserts in your slow cooker? You can even make desserts that are typically baked, like layered bars. Here are some tips and recipes for making dessert with your slow cooker.   Slow Cooker Pudding Rice and bread pudding are two great desserts to start with your slow cooker. Here are two basic recipes you can use as a springboard for your own creative additions. Bread Pudding: Place 8 slices of cubed bread into your greased slow cooker. Beat together: 4 eggs 2 cups milk 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup melted butter 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Pour over bread cubes and cook on…

  • Three Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes and Tips

    Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes and Tips When you think of slow cookers, you may think they are only good for meat. While it’s true that slow cookers are wonderful at cooking meats, they are actually great for vegetarian dishes. In fact, if you eat a lot of whole grains and legumes, the slow cooker is ideal. Here are some vegetarian slow cooker recipes and tips.   1. Baked Beans Many traditional baked bean dishes call for pork of some sort. Here is a recipe that is completely meatless. Serves 6 to 10. Overnight, soak 1 pound of dried navy beans in water. Drain and cook beans in water on stovetop…

  • 3 recipes to cook in your slow cooker this summer

    Three Recipes For Cooking In Your Slow Cooker This Summer

    So, it’s summer in the midwest and it’s way too hot to turn on the oven. Did you know that baking in your slow cooker is a real thing? Many people don’t realize they can actually bake in their slow cooker. In fact, some recipes make baking in your slow cooker easier than baking in an oven. Also on the plus side, slow cooker baking uses less energy.   Three Recipes For Cooking In Your Slow Cooker   1. Whole Wheat Bread Yes, you can bake bread in your slow cooker! It avoids a hot kitchen for one thing, and also uses so much less energy than heating up the…

  • How Clean Eating Can Be The Healthiest Choice for You

    If you watch the news or any type of media at all, you know that our dietary habits can help us live longer or cut our lives short. There are fad diets and trending diets, but the clean eating plan is one that can keep you healthy for life. There are fad diets and trending diets, but the clean eating plan is one that can keep you healthy for life. Preservatives and the way foods are processed can sometimes make good foods into unhealthy ones. Some are grown with chemicals and others are overly processed until we can’t even recognize what the food originally looked or tasted like. Here are…