Grilled Veggie Skewers With Chimichurri Sauce

EASY + DELICIOUS Veggie Skewers with Chimichurri! The PERFECT plant-based option for grilling season. #vegan #glutenfree #grilling #skewers #recipe #minimalistbaker

Ahhh, summertime. My favorite season of the year has practically arrived and we’ve officially dusted off our grill! Best. Feeling. Ever.

Our first grilling recipe this summer is veggie skewers! This is the perfect, easy side or entrée to enjoy on the patio on hot summer nights or to bring along to BBQs. My 10-minute chimichurri sauce adds the perfect, citrusy-spicy touch. Let’s get to grilling! Continue reading “Grilled Veggie Skewers With Chimichurri Sauce”

Smoky Black Bean Beet Burgers

VEGAN Black Bean Beet Burgers! Tender and moist on the inside, slightly crisp on the outside with TONS of flavor and nutrition #vegan #glutenfree #minimalistbaker

People call beets a lot of things ― earthy, or even dirty, gets thrown around a lot ― but beautiful is not often one of them. And it should be. Beets, with their ruby red or golden yellow hue, are stunners. When put to work in the right recipes, they will easily impress.

That’s not all beets are good for, either. These roots are a nutritional powerhouse. They’re high in betaine, which helps fight inflammation. They’re rich in nitrates, which could help lower blood pressure. And they’re a great source of folates, which is vital in disease risk reduction. Continue reading “Smoky Black Bean Beet Burgers”

How to Juice a Watermelon

Juicing a watermelon is work. There’s a lot of tough rind to cut through, and if you’ve got a good watermelon on your hands, a lot of drippy, juicy mess that happens as you’re cutting.

Turns out, there is a better, easier, less messy way, and Alton Brown has shared it with us.

This is what you’re going to need: the watermelon (of course), a three-inch biscuit cutter, a knife and an immersion blender. The biscuit cutter is a great tool that’ll help you cut a hole in the top of the watermelon. That hole is needed to fit in the blade of the immersion blender. And the immersion blender is responsible for juicing up the watermelon in a matter of seconds. It’s a beautiful sight. Continue reading “How to Juice a Watermelon”

8 Ways To Sleep Better When It’s Blistering Hot Outside

Jenni June raised four kids as a single mom, in homes in Oregon and Southern California where she wasn’t able to have air conditioning. She says it was hard to see her kids struggle to sleep in the summer heat.

As a result, she developed some creative tricks to cool down her kids before bedtime, like dampening and freezing a teddy bear that they could take to bed.

“It definitely broke my heart for my kids. It was hard to keep them cool and comfortable, and to protect their sleep,” said June, who now works as a child and family sleep consultant. “When a room is overheated because it’s warm outside, it’s a little more of a challenge to keep your core body temperature cool. And that’s absolutely necessary for us to be able to segue into those deeper, more restorative stages of sleep, and transition from one sleep cycle to the next without full arousal in the middle of the night.”

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Bang Bang Corn

This sounds like a perfect side dish for your 4th of July BBQ! Try it this year!

Bang Bang Corn

The prettiest corn you’ll grill all summer.

TOTAL TIME:
PREP:
LEVEL: EASY
SERVES: 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 c. sweet chili sauce
  • 3 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 tbsp. sriracha
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 ears corn, husks removed
  • Freshly chopped cilantro, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Make bang bang butter: In a medium bowl, mix together chili sauce, butter, Sriracha, garlic, and lime juice and season generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Slather butter all over corn.
  3. Heat grill to medium high. Grill corn, turning and basting with remaining bang bang butter occasionally, until tender and charred, 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

Source: http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a53994/bang-bang-corn-recipe/

7 Easy Ways To Make Your Life Less Stressful

We all have stress in our lives, but imagine if you could reduce your stress levels by making some small, simple and effective changes?

These 7 techniques will help to drastically reduce stress from your life and can easily be integrated into any lifestyle or routine.

1. Go to Bed Earlier and Wake Up Earlier

We all know how important sleep is. Going to bed earlier and waking up earlier can help you start the day off just right. If your mornings are chaotic, it is likely that the rest of your day will also follow this energy. To prevent this from happening, give yourself time in the morning so you can relax and get ready for your day at a more leisurely pace. You can even organize yourself the night before, so you can spend time in the morning doing things that you actually enjoy like reading, journaling, meditating and so on. You can even create your own power morning ritual. Continue reading “7 Easy Ways To Make Your Life Less Stressful”

How To Make Broccoli Actually Taste Good

Broccoli is detested by so many people, and that sentiment is wholly undeserved. This green veggie is versatile and delicious, plus it pairs beautifully with butter and cheese(which is always a bonus, in our book).

The reason broccoli gets such a bad rap is because too many people cook it beyond recognition. It’s not the broccoli’s fault ― this nutritious vegetable deserves better.

If you’re a broccoli hater, we have a guide for you. A number of do’s and don’ts that’ll ensure you eat the best broccoli of your life ― and forget all about the bad broccoli of your youth. If you’re already a broccoli fan, you might find a new cooking method below.

Let’s get you learning how to love broccoli.

Roasted broccoli, the best vegetable dish in the world.

 

1. For the best broccoli of your life, roast it. Roasting makes broccoli taste like the best stuff on the planet. It caramelizes the broccoli, releasing the natural sugar in the vegetable. It is unlike anything you’ve ever had before. Continue reading “How To Make Broccoli Actually Taste Good”

11 Tips To Make Your Grocery Trip A Whole Lot Healthier

One of the best ways to practice healthy eating is to surround yourself with a variety of nutritious foods. Having spent a good part of my career helping clients get healthier, one of the first things we discuss is food shopping. If you buy healthy foods and ingredients, you will cook with them and eat them. If you bring lots of junk food into the house, guess what? That’s what you’ll eat.

Making smart choices in the grocery store really is the key to good nutrition, at least when eating at home. While some people love grocery shopping (I do and love seeing the new products), others see it as an onerous chore. Picking up a few simple shopping tips, however, can make your trip to the market much healthier.

1. Shop from a list.

Before heading out to the supermarket, plan ahead, and take stock of what ingredients you need to prepare healthy meals and snacks for the week. You can keep a paper shopping list or keep a running list on your phone so you know you won’t forget it. You can also download your favorite smartphone app.

2. Enlist your family.

To be sure your family will want to eat what you serve, get them involved in the preparation, and ask them if there’s anything special they want around the house; keep it healthy, of course. This will help them feel like they are part of a team. Continue reading “11 Tips To Make Your Grocery Trip A Whole Lot Healthier”

Meal Prep: Here Lies The Secret To Eating Healthy All Week Long

Do your shopping, spend a few hours cooking on the weekend, and enjoy the fruits of your labor all week long. A lot of thought goes into curating them, ensuring there’s a good balance of nutrition and delicious fun.

This is going to be a delicious week. And it’s all thanks to the fruits and vegetables that we loaded up into just five simple recipes. Most of us want to eat more fruits and vegetables, but we don’t because they take some preparation to make into a meal.

If you take the time on Sunday to make the  recipes we’ve picked out, that problem will be solved. And you’ll be fueling up on delicious dishes that’ll leave you feeling great.

We have a spring veggie frittata for breakfast. There are herb marinated beans for lunch ― serve them on toast or atop a bed of greens. Chicken-and-lemon risotto makes for a filling spring dinner, and toasted green beans are the perfect complement. And then, there’s a poppy seed fruit salad for dessert with a crunch we never realized we wanted.

No-Cook Overnight Oatmeal

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Cold oatmeal for breakfast?  It may not sound appetizing, but don’t judge it before you try it!

Cold oats or grains are nothing new or unusual.  Muesli is a traditional Swiss dish that consists of uncooked oats, fruits, nuts and milk.  Instead of cooking the oats, it is soaked in the milk until it has softened.

This cold bowl of oatmeal is a refreshing and surprising breakfast.   It’s nothing like cooked oatmeal that is gluey and super thick when cooled.

I prefer this chilled oatmeal because it is ready when I wake up in the morning.  There is no need to heat it up, however you can warm it up in the microwave if you’d like.  We’ve all heard that oatmeal is good for you.  It’s full of fiber, lowers your cholesterol, and keep your full all morning. Continue reading “No-Cook Overnight Oatmeal”