This year is packed full of goals for me, one of which is to drastically cut my grocery bill… ideally in half. My husband and I are pretty good at not splurging on fancy restaurants, or even eating out a lot, yet still our grocery bill is by far the largest bill we’ve got (aside from the mortgage). So after the holidays died down, I got to work…and holy moly, what a pleasant surprise! I made a few big (but ultimately easy) changes and the results were phenomenal – I saved over $500 the first month of my attempts! As far as I’m concerned, that’s the same as making $500/month, so I couldn’t be happier.
So here’s what I did (and what you should do) to cut $500 off the grocery bill this month:
Seven layer cookies are possibly my favorite cookies of all-time. They are surprisingly easy to make, but your guests will think you are Julia Child when they eat these. They are rich, delicious, and absolutely perfect for the holiday season. THIS is what I will definitely be making. 😉
It’s a pretty fool-proof recipe, so odds are you can’t mess this one up. (more…)
I have to admit, I get sick of pumpkin spice flavors pretty quickly once Fall hits. But when a friend made me this pumpkin pie martini in early November, I LOVED it. It’s perfect for this time of year, especially as Thanksgiving starts to approach, and is amazing if you’re a sucker for creamy martinis (even though there’s no added cream!).
Before I was on a vegan diet I splurged on a good cheeseburger every once in awhile, but even then the best burgers were the ones that were loaded with fresh veggies and lots of “stuff.” So it was only a matter of time before I came up with the perfect version of an awesome loaded vegan cheeseburger and it is sooo delicious. It’s one of my go-to vegan comfort foods and is fairly quick to put together, so it’s a perfect last minute meal (I also tend to have all the ingredients on hand which is an added bonus).
So the next time you’re home alone and want to stay healthy but splurge at the same time, give this a try!
In the 3 months that I’ve been on a vegan diet, I’ve learned a lot of things. One lesson in particular will stay with me for quite some time – learn to love thy chickpeas.
Beans are pretty crucial when you aren’t eating meat, dairy, or eggs, so learning to use different kinds of beans is a pretty big deal if you want to be successful as a vegan. And chickpeas are a very special kind of bean because they somehow manage to be a wonderful substitute for both chicken and tuna (it sounds crazy, but I’m telling you, it’s true).
I’m a huge fan of making homemade juices, so I’m obviously doing everything possible to make them better and better. I’ve done tons of experimenting (some worthwhile, some not so much) and I’ve come across some interesting things. First and foremost, juicing has been an awesome addition to our diet. So much so that even my toddler gets excited when we pull out the juicer.
If you’ve already made the plunge into homemade juices, then hopefully these tips will be helpful. And if you haven’t, then I highly recommend you try it out and then come back to put these tips to good use. 🙂
Here we go:
I’m a total documentary junkie, so when I come across a good one that I love, I typically do what I can to find more like it. That is exactly what happened after I watched one of these (I’ve watched them each a few times so I can’t even remember which one was the first!). The greatest part about these specific documentaries is that they are bound and determined to very, very seriously change the way you eat. I’m not exaggerating – there’s just no way you can’t be affected by the messages in these movies.
So…if you’re looking for a way to jump start a diet, make a lifestyle change, lose weight, or are just in need of filling your Netflix queue, watch. these. documentaries. I’m telling you, you will be thinking differently once you’re done!
Ever since my husband and I got our new juicer, we’ve done a ton of experimenting. Partly just to figure out what the heck we’re doing, but also to try and get as many veggies as humanly possible into our diet (and our toddler’s). And while there have definitely been some fails, there have also been some awesome discoveries.
We’re now at a point where we don’t need to add any fruits to our juices. They can be all veggies – BUT it’s only because we’ve discovered the veggies that are sweet enough, refreshing enough, or frankly just tasteless enough to make a delicious juice without needing fruit.
So here’s what to try in your next juice:
For quite a few months I’ve been an aspiring vegetarian and while I’m not quite there yet, I’m a thousand times closer than I once was. Obviously one of the biggest challenges has been finding new and delicious vegetarian recipes that satisfy my craving for meat (and fill me up) – and this is definitely one of them.
I originally found inspiration for this cauliflower recipe on Pinterest (where else??) and have perfected it over the dozens of times I’ve made it. This is now my go-to recipe when I’m craving something bbq-ish and it ALWAYS does the trick. It’s not the healthiest veggie meal because of the BBQ sauce and cheese, but it’s still completely vegetarian, which is healthier anyways. It also doesn’t require a ton of ingredients (most you will have on hand anyways) so it’s cheap and easy to make last minute. Cauliflower can be kept for a while in the fridge, so I basically just always keep one in there!
So without further ado, here’s my recipe and directions for BBQ cauliflower with goat cheese:
Every since the new year my husband and I have been trying to seriously increase our fruit and vegetable intake, so when we got a juicer last month we were sooooo excited. We started to have a homemade juice each morning in place of breakfast. Obviously there is an unbelievably long list of benefits to doing this, but there was one factor that was seriously bothering us – juicing removes a lot of the fiber from your vegetables and fruit.