How to Survive Without an Oven ...and Still Eat Delicious, Healthy Meals

ovenThis will probably sound weird, but I haven’t had a working oven in over 3 years. This makes cooking more of a challenge, but definitely one that can be overcome. We use a countertop roaster, a slow cooker, a NuWave induction cooktop, and my favorite, a NuWave oven. We have a few other kitchen appliances, too, but those are the ones we use the most. Sometimes I use more than one at a time to complete a meal. I’ve cooked everything from scrambled eggs to a turkey meal for 20 people. It definitely takes a little extra planning, but I haven’t even missed my oven. So how do I do it? Continue reading

Amazing Avocado Chicken Salad

chicken saladI often struggle to find good lunchtime ideas for myself. Eating gluten free (and not liking to spend $5 or more on a loaf of gluten free bread) means I don’t eat sandwiches much. Egg salad and chicken salad are a couple of my favorite options. They’re easy to make at home, too. And while I do enjoy a good salad, sometimes I just want a little more variety. So I’m always looking for new lunch ideas. Continue reading

Why Cold-Brewed Coffee is the Best

cold-brewed coffeeI’ve just learned to make cold-brewed coffee. I have to be honest here….I’m a coffee addict. I can’t start my day without it and I even occasionally enjoy a cup in the afternoon. I’ve even tried going decaf to see if caffeine was causing some of my health issues. I can’t tell you how relieved I was that caffeine doesn’t seem to affect me and I could go back to regular coffee!

As much as I love a cup of hot coffee when it’s cold outside, I don’t like it so much in the summer time. But I still need my caffeine fix. I used to drink a lot of iced coffee when the weather warmed up, but it always ended up tasting diluted. Then I discovered cold-brewed coffee and now it is my favorite method for making coffee. Read on to learn why I like it so much better and how to brew up your own batch. Continue reading

10 Gluten Free Pantry Essentials

I’ve been eating gluten free for about 4 years. I’m not celiac or allergic, but for me eating gluten free causes extreme fatigue and chronic joint pain. I’m talking sleeping all night, waking up exhausted and in so much pain I’m nauseous, barely staying awake until 1 in the afternoon, sleeping until 5 or 6, spending the evening groggy, and crashing out again by 9. I could barely function and had no life. Continue reading

Chickpea Recipe Roundup

chickpeasIn my attempt to eat more plant based meals, I’m discovering how versatile chickpeas are. I’ve always loved them in salads or pasta salads, and who doesn’t love hummus? But I’ve realized they are good for so much more. Plus they pack a protein punch! So today I’m sharing some of my favorite chickpea┬árecipes from around the web. And as a bonus, most of them are vegan! Enjoy!

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High Protein Breakfast Ideas

breakfastI’m not much of a breakfast eater. The earlier I get up, the harder it is for me to choke something down. I usually end up drinking coffee until mid-morning and then have something to eat. I know that probably isn’t the healthiest way to start my day, so I’m working on it.

A high protein breakfast will keep me full longer. Anything I can prepare ahead of time is great, too-I love convenience, especially when I first wake up in the morning. (I get my coffee pot ready in the evenings so that all I have to do when I get out of bed is stumble into the kitchen and push the button.) Keep reading for easy, high protein breakfast ideas. Continue reading

Easy Jam and Jelly Roundup

jellyI love jam and jelly. It’s great with so many things, from PB&J to oatmeal, to peach-smothered pork chops(as a bonus I’m sharing that recipe at the bottom, too). I was surprised to learn that homemade jam is incredibly easy to make, and even better, you know exactly what’s going in it. About a year ago, I ended up with all kinds of fresh produce that was locally grown. I knew I’d never use it all before it went bad, so I started looking up recipes, and of course jelly recipes came up. Continue reading

Vegan Slow Cooker Recipe Roundup

veganYesterday I shared some of my favorite slow cooker recipes from around the web. You can check it out here. One of my readers asked for vegan recipes, so I’ve been scouring the web and I have picked out a few. I am not vegan and have not tried these recipes, but they sound fabulous and I look forward to trying them out. Click on the titles to see the original recipes. Continue reading

Slow Cooker Recipe Roundup

slow cookerI love to spend time in the kitchen. My favorite hobbies include searching Google for new recipes, cooking new recipes, trying new kitchen gadgets, eating new foods, and just about anything else food related. I especially love making as much of a meal as possible from scratch. But I do not have unlimited time at my disposal and cooking from scratch takes time. So on busy days, my slow cooker is my best friend. Today I am sharing some of my favorite slow cooker recipes from around the web. Click on the titles to see the recipes and enjoy! Continue reading

Healthier Snack Choices

healthier snack choices healthier snack choicesIt’s hard to eat healthy, especially when it comes to snack time. Convenience foods are easily available and, well, convenient. But the added sodium, chemicals, preservatives, food dyes, and artificial sweeteners are anything but good for you. Not to mention that the super unhealthy foods are generally more expensive than healthier choices.

Another effect of eating junk food is that you start to crave it. I personally have an awful sweet tooth. So what healthier snacks should you reach for if you’re craving a specific type of junk food? Hopefully this list will help the next time you’re tempted to reach for something you know isn’t good for you. Continue reading