One of the best ways to ensure success with your grain-free meal planning is to learn a few key substitutions. This is especially important for those of you doing the Whole Life Challenge. You may find you like these replacements even better than the originals! Read the rest of this entry »
Eggs are basically going to be your best friend during the Whole Life Challenge. If you don’t like eggs… well, you’re just going to have to figure out how to like them. And if you’re not participating in the Challenge, stick with me anyway because eggs are a great addition to anyone’s diet.
Eggs are an almost-perfect meal in a tiny little package. They are easy to cook and are a great source of protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins E, A and B12 and folic acid.
It took a couple of attempts, but I think I’ve nailed the bacon mayonnaise. And boy, is it worth the effort. The emulsification is a bit more temperamental than with this easy mayo, but just be patient and you’ll get it – and I have some tips below if, at first, you don’t.
Ginger is full of wonderful health benefits. Long used for gastrointestinal distress and motion sickness, ginger is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, and has been shown to ease the pain of osteoarthritis. The volatile oils in ginger have been found to have analgesic and antibacterial properties. More recently, ginger has been found to kill cancer cells in a laboratory setting, and ginger oil has been shown to prevent skin cancer in mice.
The bottom line: Use more ginger! Here’s how to make it easy as pie.
Who doesn’t love stir-fry? No, really, who? Because that would be insane. Thinly sliced pieces of meat, lots of veggies, yummy sauce… Stir-fry can be a fancy romantic meal for two, a great last-minute weeknight dinner, or just a way to use up random things in the your fridge.
The secret to making great stir-fry out of just about anything you have on hand is to understand the method first. Read the rest of this entry »
About a year ago, a friend said something very eye-opening to me. We were discussing a situation that had come up on my family vacation; one of those other-people-are-so-annoying conversations. After I vented and comically told her how I had wanted to respond to the situation, she said, “Yeah… you do NOT like people telling you what to do.”
I was sort of taken aback. I generally think of myself as someone who likes rules. (Just ask anyone who has played a board game with me.) But as I thought about it, I realized that she was right. I really, really don’t like someone else making decisions for me. I guess that part of my personality is what causes me to research everything (from nutrition choices to light-bulb types) and not take anyone’s word for anything. And maybe that’s what makes me break these kitchen “rules.”
I was asked how to perfectly boil and peel an egg. Of course, this is a long answer.
I’ll start with the time tested method used by most cooks. The goal is to gently cook your egg, so as to avoid cracked shells, tough whites or stinky, funky-colored yolks. Read the rest of this entry »