I made a 2018 pact to fix all the little nuisances in my home. The Problem: my sweet puppy, Griffin, loves to knock over his bowls, spilling food and water right where I step. The Solution: A DIY dog bowl and treat holder! It will keep my socks dry and create a special place just for Griff in the heart of my home – the kitchen.. I love his copper food and water bowls, so I wanted to build a custom holder for them. I had this idea in the works when Milo’s Kitchen reached out to partner about their home-style dog treats. Of course I said YES! Any time to combine DIY, treats and bonding with Griff is good for me!
I always check the labels on Griff’s treats, and was excited to see that Milo’s Kitchen treats are made in the USA with real chicken as the #1 ingredient, and are free of artificial flavors! I love this little guy, so he gets only the treats made with quality ingredients. Next up was a taste test with a pretty picky eater, and I swear I have never seen Griff’s tail wag faster than when he tried the Chicken Jerky and Chicken Meatballs; they are like food that would come from the kitchen, but made just for dogs (and probably tastier than most meals that come out of my kitchen, ha!).
I re-jiggered my dog bowl holder and added a little cup in the middle. Since Griff never leaves my side while I am in the cooking, I always put a treat in the cup before I eat so he can enjoy something delish before dinner! Steps and supplies after the break. (more…)
One month into 2018 and I have been sticking with my healthy eating! Now for a challenging food day: Super Bowl Sunday. Instead of bringing my usual meat and cheese platter to the party, I am switching it up with veggies and hummus, aka Colorful Crudité. It’s been too darn cold to venture out to grocery shop, so I have been using Peapod for a few months to get my groceries delivered, so when they reached out to create some posts, I said “Heck ya”! I love working with brands I already use and love. Plus, they have super fun veggies (hello purple cauliflower!) and if you go right now to this shopping list and order, you can have all your veggies and hummus before game day!
The first secret to making it look like you spend hours on the platter: Spoon out the center of a red cabbage, then fill with store bought hummus. Add canned chickpeas, oils, a sprinkle of paprika and garnish.
Next buy all your veggies already sliced. Peapod has prepackaged multicolored sliced veggies, so you can buy just the right amount, and skip the time in the kitchen cutting everything.
To create the board, place your bowl of hummus and olives on the end of a wood board and build off each bowl as a starting point. Surround each with a groupings of veggies and crackers, then use nuts to fill in the in between space. If you have little gaps, fill with kale, and sprinkle some pomegranate seeds on top for a little color! Click here for a shopping list! Plus all your classic chips & dips, party platters and prepared foods, paper products, cleaning supplies #onestopshop!
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I like eating salads for lunch, but I dislike pulling all the ingredients out of the fridge and cabinet every day and making a mess. My trainer, Megan for High Def Heath, showed me an easy meal prep idea that would make the whole process much easier. Mason jar salads have been around for a while, but if you are new to the idea, the main thing to know is wet ingredients go on the bottom, and green go on the top (so they don’t get soggy). For this Southwest Salad, we started with a homemade jalapeño cilantro dressing, layered on my favorite veggies, then beans for protein, and topped with my greens of choice, kale. If it’s not quite filling enough, after you shake and serve, slice up a half of an avocado to top it off. Delish!
Ingredients and preparation after the break! If you are looking for a ton more recipes, check out Megan’s meal plans and shopping lists.