If you’re looking to stock your pantry with healthy, clean ingredients, look no further! I’ve partnered today with Pacific Foods to bring you my handy guide to Stocking Your Paleo Pantry! This will help you build that perfect pantry filled with nourishing ingredients and get your clean cooking on it’s way!
This guide outlines my favorite items for baking, the condiments, oils/fats, and sauces I use, and even fresh ingredients that I always have on hand!
You may find that you have many of the spices or ingredients in your pantry already, and are already off to a fabulous start!
My two biggest tips when you are kicking off your new year, new lifestyle, or wherever you are at on your clean eating journey:
1. GET RID of the items in your pantry that you constantly snack on (and don’t want to be), and ones that are filled with preservatives or added sugars. If you’re always reaching for the bag of chips out of habit, take the plunge and toss them. It might be painful at the moment, but you’ll thank yourself later on when you’ve lost the habit!
2. READ LABELS! When you are shopping, reading labels is so important. Especially with items such as ketchup, marinara sauce, mayonnaise, nut butters, and so on. Often you’ll find they have added sugars, junky oils, and preservatives that you can avoid very simply by picking up a different jar in the store! Once you become a label reader you’ll never look back!
Have fun stocking your pantry with my staples! I use all of these ingredients on a regular basis and each one serves a purpose when cooking in my kitchen! You can save this image to your phone, or download a printable PDF to take with you to the grocery store.
This post is sponsored by Pacific Foods. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own, and I only work with brands that I 100% stand behind!
I hope your holiday weekend is wonderful, and filled with tons of love, laughter, and delicious food! Now, you may want to whip this up for your weekend festivities, or keep this in your pocket for next week, and moving forward into January.
We are going to clean up our diets this January (yes, you are joining me!), and that includes looking into the store-bought ingredients we are buying. Store-bought dressings often contain WAY too many ingredients and sugars. Seriously, check out some of those labels next time you’re in the store! Since every good salad needs a good salad dressing, we need to make a little guide to save for future reference!
Making your own dressing is easy breezy. It takes under 10 minutes and the options are endless. Today with American Express, let’s build some dressing together!
4 Tablespoons Oil:
Extra-virgin olive oil, avocado oil, walnut oil, etc.
2-3 Tablespoons Vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar, rice vinegar, red wine vinegar, sherry vinegar, champagne vinegar, balsamic vinegar, etc.
1 Teaspoon Sweetener (more as desired):
Raw Honey, Pure Maple Syrup, Coconut Palm Sugar, Maple Sugar.
1 Teaspoon Mustard:
Dijon, Grainy, Honey, etc.
1/4 Teaspoon (a pinch or two) Dry Herbs of Choice:
Basil, Dill, Rosemary, Cilantro, Parsley, Italian Seasoning, etc.
1/3 Teaspoon (a pinch or two/three) Seasoning of Choice:
Garlic, Salt, Pepper, Cayenne, Paprika, poppy seeds, etc.
Salad dressings are totally customizable based on taste! Maybe you’ll add additional sweetener or vinegar. Maybe you’ll add fresh garlic and mayonnaise and make it creamy. Play around for your perfect dressing.
Try these dressings below! Click the images to see the recipe.
What is your favorite salad dressing?
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Happy Friday, all! We are changing gears this week for Healthy Food Friday with American Express. Pumpkin recipes out, hearty cold-weather holiday food in! All Fall and Winter long, my Dutch ovens stay out and a soup is constantly cooking. This infographic will help you build the perfect soup!
1. Choose a fat: Grass-fed butter, olive oil, avocado oil.
2. Choose a base (1 or 2): chicken stock, beef stock, vegetable stock, tomato puree, pureed veggies, cream, dairy-free milk.
Mother’s Day is a few short weeks away. What better way to celebrate those special ladies in your life then by hosting a brunch in their honor! This week for Healthy Food Friday with American Express, let’s go through the brunch basics, my favorites, and my tips!
Time to start planning!
Hosting the Perfect Brunch:
(Quantities and variations of food will depend on the size of your brunch, of course!)
For the longest time hard-boiled eggs were one of those, “well, they’re never going to be beautiful” situations for me. I tried every which way- vinegar, baking soda, putting them into hot water, starting them in cold. You name it, I tried it! I was always left peeling an egg and having half of the white come off with it. Not fun, and not conducive to deviled eggs or any situation where you need them looking pretty!
You can find a million different ways to make the “perfect” hard/soft-boiled egg on the internet. Take it from me, I’ve tried them all! Finally I stumbled across the trick. The only way I will make hard or soft boiled eggs again! This week for Foodie Friday with American Express I wanted to share it with you in an easy handy infographic that you can pin or save to have on hand.
The trick? STEAM THOSE EGGS!
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Place 1 inch of water into your pot
2. Place steamer insert into pot
3. Cover pot and bring to a boil
4. Add eggs into the steamer basket, cover, and cook for 6-11 minutes (soft-boiled —> hard-boiled)
5. Remove and place eggs directly into a bowl of ice cold water
6. Peel and enjoy!
I was selected by American Express to contribute to their Tumblr community. As such I was paid for my services, but all opinions in general and about American express are my own.
What are your favorite ways to use hard-boiled eggs? Have you ever tried to steam them?