Posts tagged kitchen tips
Learning a New Way of Cooking: Plant-Based Basics, Tips, Techniques and More

I often get asked the question of whether or not vegan cooking is more complicated than meat-based cooking. I love getting this one because after years of seriously cooking both types of foods I can honestly give you a straight answer from experience. Today we're tackling this topic and I'm going to teach you some plant-based cooking basics, show you some great tips and tricks, we're going to talk about cooking techniques and much more. First however, I'm going to tell you about my experience in cooking both types of cuisines, and share what cooking Thai food has to do with vegan cooking. It's going to be a total culinary party that will give you a ton of tips to help you out in the kitchen whenever you're cooking with plants.

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Grocery Day Meal Prep

You've heard me talk about the weekly habit that has changed my life in the kitchen the most many times in this blog. Sometimes I've called it batch cooking, sometimes I've called it meal prepping, sometimes I've called it my one pot of beans, one pot of grains ritual, sometimes I've called it the lifesaver, the money saver, the time saver, the sanity saver. We even have a whole section dedicated to this in our online program, with new batch cooking sessions coming soon. It doesn't matter how you call it, it can change your life and your way of eating! Why? Because you invest a little time in it, but it saves you 5 times as much throughout the week. It helps you build quick and delicious meals, and it helps protect you against the "I have no idea what to make for dinner brain fog syndrome". 

I first learned about this little weekly habit from Alicia Silverstone and her book The Kind Diet. In it, she talks about how making a pot of beans and a pot of grains a week can save you so much time the following one. It doesn't mean you'll be eating beans and rice every day, it means you have a sturdy base, already made for you to add additions or transform it into delicious dishes. A pot of beans and a pot of grains suddenly gets transformed into bean burritos with all the fixings, a seven layer dip, a veggie bowl, a big salad with tons of layers, veggie burgers, you get the idea.

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Helping Moms Get Organized in the Kitchen

Moms surely don't get enough credit for all the work they do. They are professional jugglers, they've mastered the art of developing a figurative third arm, plus a third eye in the back of their head, they can run marathon style or slide to second base in one second flat when their kiddos are headed straight to the pointy corner of the coffee table. They can give and give even when they feel they're running dangerously low on fuel.

Mamas are basically superheroes.

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Favorite Kitchen Equipment and Tools for the Vegan Kitchen

Hi there! Before we begin today's post which is perfect for the gadget crazy like me, I have to share this AH-MAZING blog in which we were featured this week, I'm talking about The Minimalist Vegan created by Masa and Michael Ofei. A blog I've been recently obsessed with, so you can only imagine the happy dance I did when we were suddenly included in this incredible roundup of 50+ High Quality Vegan Blogs Worth Following.

Not only am I a super huge fan of the work Masa and Michael are doing, but we're in this collection along with so many of my idols of the vegan blogging world like Oh She Glows, Faring Well, No Meat Athlete, The First Mess, Vegan Yack Attack, Alicia Silverstone's The Kind Life, Kris Carr and so many others I now know thanks to this wonderful article.

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Plant Based Food Pairings to Help you Improve your Cooking Skills (Part 2)

It's finally time to tackle part 2 of our food pairings series! In part 1, I told you why understanding food pairings plays such a huge role in improving your cooking skills, and it has to do with learning how to look at ingredients and decide to put them together in a recipe. To me, nothing screams freedom as a cook like being able to venture out of tried and true recipes and start creating meals that come from your own creativity and taste preferences. It's a great way to flex your cooking muscle but it's also a fantastic way to help save you time in the kitchen. It helps you lose the fear of cooking, and it takes perfectionism slightly out of the equation, and when that happens, and you're not afraid to experiment, you go into that kitchen with confidence and magical things can come from good ingredients. Food pairings (i.e. foods and flavors that go together really well), are the base for this type of cooking. We went through a pretty big list in part 1 of the series, but today I'm giving you even more in the hopes that this inspires you to come up with some ideas for dishes of your own.

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How to Organize your Recipes: A Recipe Storage and Meal Idea System that Works (or life lessons from trying every system on the planet!)

One of my biggest tools for success in the kitchen and especially with healthy eating is definitely organization. You know this if you've watched our latest FREE video series in which I help you revamp your healthy eating habits, and I give you a tour of my kitchen and pantry and how I get it organized. This is certainly the biggest tool in my organizational arsenal that ensures I eat really really well, but another part is having easy access and a system for all those recipes and meal ideas I love and make time and time again.

When it comes to systems to organize recipes, I can tell you I've tried absolutely all of them. I went back and forth for years and I still couldn't find a system that worked for me. 

I tried notebooks, large binders with magazine cutouts, online storage systems, and even a recipe organization software. It may sound extreme to you but when you're a recipe creator like I am and you spend most of your waking hours in the kitchen, you need a system or you end up having the same problem most of us have:

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One of the Best Fruits to Quickly Sweeten Up a Green Smoothie (and it ain't Banana!)

You know me and my green smoothies. I have a sweet, loving, daily relationship with them. The kind that makes you run to the store when you see the spinach is low, or the kale is gone. Don't even get me started on someone eating the last banana. 

I am however very strict on what a delicious smoothie should be like. Green smoothies that taste like recently mowed lawn... well that shizzle just ain't gonna fly! I like mine sweet, probably because we're all secretly fooling ourselves when we ignore the fact that smoothies are basically adult milkshakes. Right?! 

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Myth Busting Q&A!: Can you Put Hot Foods in the Fridge?

Did your mom or grandma ever tell you you couldn't place hot foods in the fridge because they would go bad? It's a common old wives tale, and one of those that has very true meaning behind it, but not in the way that you might think. We're doing some myth busting today when it comes to your fridge and hot or warm foods, but if you thought you could completely forget about this rule, think again! It's Q&A time! I've received today's question so many times, that we decided to make a video exclusively dedicated to it! 

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