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Tuesday Tips & Tricks – Use what you’ve got!

7 Jun

This Tuesdays Tips & Tricks is simple, although most of them are…I came across a recipe by Giada de Laurentis the other night on the Food Network and it looks absolutely delicious. IYou can see the recipe here). The best part was, the recipe was fairly simple and it was versatile enough that I could modify it with the ingredients I had on hand and it tasted delicious. The recipe is below, and is called Macaroni & Cheese Cupcakes.

What I liked about this recipe was that I was able to use what I had on hand. I used the recipe for inspiration. =) Instead of penne pasta, I used small shells. Instead of asparagus, I used broccoli, carrots & onions. I only had a few tomatoes, but I put those in there and then followed the recipe instructions. They came out great and unfortunately I didn’t grab a picture. I was so hungry for lunch I just scooped one out on a plate and went to town.

So the next time you’re looking for something to make for dinner and you may not have the creativity to come up with something completely on your own, check out the Foodnetwork or another cooking website and see what you can make with what you’ve got!

Happy Tuesday & Happy cooking! =)

Meatless Monday =)

25 Apr

Meatless Monday is a site that I found that provides lots of recipes that do not have meat in them. Cooking even one night a week without meat will help cut down your grocery bill and save a few pennies.  Plus it will encourage you to eat a few more veggies and we all can do that! A few recipes that immediately caught my eye were the Baked Pumpkin Mac & Cheese, Fresh Summer Frittata, and their Eggplant Casserole. They even give you the nutrition information for each recipe so you know exactly how many calories your eating.

So, why make Monday meatless of all days? They had a great reason why at meatlessmonday.com

Why Monday?

“For most Americans the week begins on Monday. On Monday we move from the freedom of the weekend back to the structure of work or school. We set our intentions for the next six days. We plan ahead and evaluate progress.

From an early age we internalize this rhythm. And studies suggest we are more likely to maintain behaviors begun on Monday throughout the week. That makes Monday the perfect day to make a change for your health and the health of our planet.

Monday is the call to action built in to every calendar each week. And if this Monday passes you by, next week is another chance to go meatless!

To learn more about the utility of Monday to start and sustain positive behavior change, please visit MondayCampaigns.org.”

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