Leftover Halloween Candy Ideas (so it doesn’t go to waste)

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Leftover Halloween Candy Ideas

Overwhelmed with all that leftover Halloween candy? Instead of throwing it out, check out these 8 ideas to make the candy loot go further.  You probably bought extra Halloween candy. Better safe than sorry, right? Sometimes you only get a trickle of trick or treaters, and you end up with a TON of extra candy. If you want to eat all the candy you bought, GO AHEAD AND EAT IT! It’s your candy and totally your prerogative to eat it. But perhaps you want to do something else with it. Some people invite the “Switch Witch” to come and exchange … Read More

8 Salad in a Jar Recipes to Fill You Up (+ VIDEO)

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Learn how and WHY you need to start preparing salad in a jar! Your health and budget will thank you. Get started with these 8 filling recipe ideas.  why salad in a jar is a smart choice Two compelling reasons to start prepping your salad in a jar: They’ll help you eat more veggies. Everyone wants to eat healthier, but convenience wins every single time. The solution? Make the healthy choice the easy choice! When your fridge is stocked with pre-made salads, it’s super easy to grab one and go. Save money and reduce food waste. How many times have … Read More

batch cooking volume 4: lunches & dinners!

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I heart NY. It’s an iconic t-shirt and mug phrase and I used to think it was a little egotistical of NY to plaster it all over their touristy souvenirs. I mean, who do you think you are NY? Doesn’t everyone love their home state or province? Why do you get to be known for “I heart NY?” Well, we just got back from NY visiting family who recently moved there and guess what?  I heart NY too! They got me! It really is just such an amazing place that you can’t help but love it! From the hustle and bustle … Read More

prep 21 days of breakfast all at once!

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Good morning!  If you haven’t already noticed batch cooking has taken over my dinner prep… and now it’s taking over my morning prep too. Breakfast meal prepping is in the house!  I’m probably not supposed to say this but I actually don’t think breakfast meal prepping will take over in my life. Since I work from home and look after a toddler from home I’m not rushing around in the morning to get out of the house. And Jeremy’s job hours are somewhat flexible so since he’s a night owl he takes the opportunity to have slow mornings too. Yes, … Read More

cook once & eat for days! batch cooking: volume 2

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It’s another batch cooking post!! Are you excited? I sure am. This new way of cooking has no-word-of-a-lie revolutionized my life. And I think it has for some of you guys too. This post is dedicated to those who told me they tried out my first batch cooking batch of recipes.  You know who you are. You’re awesome and you inspire me to keep these posts going! As a recap, this is what batch cooking is in a nutshell: you gather all your ingredients for several recipes and make them all during one kitchen session. Then, on eating day, you have … Read More

lentil & bean recipes: quick, easy, and simple!

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18 quick easy and simple lentil and bean recipes

If you’re accustomed to cooking with meat, trying a meatless meal featuring beans might feel overwhelming. So start with something that’s quick, easy, or simple! I’ve grouped these pulse-based recipe into those that are  quick (30 minutes or less to prepare) easy (let the slow cooker do the work for you) simple (need 8 ingredients or less) Why It’s A Smart Choice Pulses are part of the legume family. Legumes are plants whose fruit is inside a pod. Think peanuts, soybeans, peas, beans, etc. Pulses are legumes that have been dried. These are chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans, black beans, and any … Read More