I hope your December is off to an amazing start. Here at The Meal Planning Method we've been busy 🐝s trying to gear up for an amazing 2017 for you. *Eeeek!* If you're thinking about taking the next steps with eating better on more consistent basis, then we'd love for you to follow us for some exciting stuff coming soon!
Today, I'm offering up some holiday help with all the extra attention on whipping up holiday treats and cooking family favorite recipes.
So I first want to let you know that recipes are really just guidelines. I hardly ever (like ever) follow a recipe to a T. This is because I find most recipes don't fit my personal preferences and nutritional needs. So I encourage you to take this same approach when researching recipes to cook or bake. I've found a certain freedom with food by doing this because I'm no longer a slave to specific ingredients and am able to now modify any recipe that comes my way. Seriously! Cooking become more enjoyable and less stressful.
And because I want YOU to be able to start refining this essential cooking skill, I'm sharing a super simple handout that gives easy suggestions for ways you can start making dishes and meals healthier with some quick switches. Get yours below!
Download this FREE "Simple Substitutions for Recipes" printable!
Maybe you just start off by making 1 healthier substitution. And that's awesome! But imagine if you made several switches how you transform a delicious, dish :) Hope you're imagining all the cooking possilibilies now!
Tell us, what will you "healthify" this holiday season? Write us in the comments below or tag us at @TheMealPlanningMethod!
HOW-TO HAVE A HEALTHY REFRIGERATOR
So you may be asking yourself... "Healthy refrigerator? WTH is this post about?" But the truth is that having a healthy, happy kitchen is critical to reducing your risk of food-borne illnesses and cross-contamination. Not to mention, an orderly kitchen makes it easier to practice healthy habits :)
Well, today on Tuesday, November 15th we celebrate CLEAN OUT YOUR REFRIGERATOR DAY! Now hopefully this isn't the only day of the year you designate to keeping your kitchen tidy, but it is a great chance to stay ahead of the inevitable holiday stress by preparing your most-used kitchen appliance for the upcoming holiday fun.
Today, I’m sharing a few simple fridge hacks that anyone can use for a clean, organized and safe fridge. Keep reading if you're ready to get started!
START WITH A CLEAN SLATE
PROTECT YOUR HEALTH
How do you keep a healthy, happy fridge? Share your tips with use below or using #MealPlanningMethod.
I love to cook at home. I even consider it one of my hobbies. One of the benefits to cooking at home is that you are 100% in charge of what ingredients go into your meals. But, let's be honest... we don't always have time to make everything from scratch. So, I'm also a big fan of finding shortcuts to make a homemade meal come together quick. Today, I'm sharing some shortcuts and tips to making your own pizza at home and in less time than you would have one delivered!
So... let's talk pizza! There are 4 main components of any pizza. The...
Let's break down each essential pizza component and share our top tips for each!
You can make your own pizza crust from scratch (we love this 2-Ingredient Pizza Crust Recipe) or a boxed mix, OR you can buy a ready-to-cook store bought dough to save time!
If you're looking for a pre-made dough, check out your local grocery store's bakery section for a ball of raw pizza dough. This allows you and your family to create the shape and thickness of crust that YOU like. (Pst... often times you can also get raw pizza dough from your local pizzeria!)
Whether you make your own pizza dough or buy store-bought, aim for a whole wheat dough if possible for a more nutritious choice. (Stonefire's Whole Grain Naan is one of our favorites that we buy up whenever on sale!) A whole grains dough will give you more vitamins, minerals, and fiber than your regular pizza dough.
Traditional pizza sauce is a marinara sauce. And you may not realize that making your own marinara sauce at home is actually super simple!
You can also top your pizza with other sauces, of course, such as a white sauce, olive oil, and pesto -- which makes for a fun way to create and eat the flavors you enjoy most on your pizza.
This is the pizza component that you can be really creative with on your pizza! You can try all kinds of cheese for different flavors. Examples would be...
Now, let’s talk toppings as you can truly put ANYTHING on a pizza! Because of this, toppings are a great, delicious, and nutritious way to add servings of vegetables (and even fruit) to your day. To start, try tomatoes, spinach, bell peppers, mushrooms and/or onions on your pizza. As mentioned before, you can make pizzas inspired by any other favorite foods or cuisines. For example...
Have all your pizza components -- the crust, sauce, cheese, and toppings -- in place and your sure to be a pizza making pro in no time!
Be sure to check out a few of our favorite pizza night recipe ideas over on our Pinterest.
What are YOUR favorite cooking shortcuts? Share by commenting below or tagging us at @themealplanningmethod.
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