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Useful Grilling Tips and How to Avoid Common Grilling Mistakes

woman grillingAre you a grilling connoisseur or do you avoid grilling completely? These handy grilling tips will teach you how to grill and show you how to avoid common grilling mistakes.

Pre-heat those coals: When grilling with charcoal, allow 30 minutes for briquettes to glow red and become covered in white ash—then you can cook!

Don’t cross-contaminate food: If you want to use a marinade for meat as a sauce, boil it briskly for at least three minutes. Be careful to wash your platter and tongs after placing meat on the grill. Use an instant-read thermometer to ensure food is cooked through.

Only flip when ready: Don’t panic when your chicken is sticking. Instead of scrapping it off, wait an additional minute. Meat naturally releases once it’s ready to turn. If it doesn’t, the problem might be a dirty or poorly lubricated grill.

Don’t oil too soon: Burned-on oil becomes sticky, gluing your food to your grill: Wait until just before cooking to oil grates.

Clean that grill: Once the grill is heated, give it a quick scrub with a wire brush. After you remove food, close the lid and keep the flame going for a minute; scrub again.

Keep an even temperature: A super hot grill can turn food to carbon quicker than you can say barbecue. Keep one area of the grill for indirect heat by turning one burner to low, or having an area free of hot charcoal. Sear meat with direct heat, then remove to indirect to finish cooking.

Stop those Flare-ups: Flare-ups are caused by dripping fat or sugar marinades. Using a plastic spray bottle, aim a jet of water at the problem spot. Or move food to indirect heat; it won’t burn as easily.

Since you’re now ready to grill, head on over and check out my super easy Grilled Romaine recipe.

Adapted from All You magazine.

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Easy (and Free!) Meal Planning Based on Store Sales

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Eating Tips to Boost Energy and Reduce Stress

If you find yourself stressed out during the day, or just feel ‘blah’ overall, these tips will surely help by introducing new ways to think of food. Enjoy this guest post by Sai Maa.

healthy-eatingWe have all heard the saying “you are what you eat.” But have you ever thought about how what you eat affects your performance as you go about daily life? Many people are discovering the benefits of a more organic, alkaline, vegetarian and balanced diet with reduced sugar and wheat. Aside from athletes, however, few of us stop to think about the specific “fuel” we put in our bodies before big events.

Being mindful of what you eat can help you prepare for whatever challenges you face, whether it is a mentally demanding business meeting or a parent-teacher conference, says world-renowned naturopath and energy psychologist, Her Holiness Sai Maa. Certified in Naturopathic, Homeopathic and Osteopathic therapies in France, Maa holds a Ph.D. in Spirituality from the Open International University. Below she shares her best food choices for optimal brain and body performance. Remember to use organic ingredients where possible.

Business meetings: Eat for focus, groundedness.
Before a business meeting, try a good greens smoothie for balanced energy for the body and optimal alertness for the brain.

  • 1 cup fresh apple juice as a base, add 2 celery stalks, 1/3 cucumber, a handful of dark greens (kale or chard), a handful of cilantro, ½ peeled lemon, 1 apple, a tbsp. of a balanced omega 3/6/9 blend (such as Udo’s.) Blend in a high speed blender (Vitamix is best).

For dates and relationships, think warm!
A hot chocolate drink before a date warms the heart, or try this recipe:

  • Heat (not boil) a cup of fresh almond milk with 2 tbsp of raw cacao powder, a pinch of fresh vanilla bean, a teaspoon of coconut oil and some agave nectar to taste. Blend well in Vitamix.

Parent/teacher or student/teacher meetings:
Sai Maa recommends a very berry smoothie, high in antioxidants and vitamin C, for a drink loved by parents and children alike.

  • 1 cup of berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries…what ever you like, but organic is best), 1 apple, ½ squeezed lemon, fresh almond milk or oat milk. Kefir is a good alternative also. Blend well in Vitamix. A scoop of whey protein can also be blended in at the end.

Before writing or other creative ventures:
Got a juicer? Try mixing your own to get the creative juices flowing:

  • 2 stalks of celery, ½ cucumber, 2 apples, 2 carrots, 2 cups of baby spinach (or other dark, leafy greens), 1 lemon (peeled) and a piece of fresh ginger (about 1 inch or to taste).

After a workout or other athletic activity:
After exercise, try a good protein shake to replenish and support building the body, or fresh coconut water to rehydrate the body in a powerful way.

  • 1 cup of almond milk (or fresh kefir), an apple, 2 scoops of good quality pure whey protein powder. Blend in Vitamix.
  • Take the water of a fresh young coconut, with the inside of the coconut scrapped off, and blend thoroughly in a Vitamix with a teaspoon of Udo’s balanced omega 3/6/9 blend. Blend in some fresh pineapple. This recipe is great for fighting inflammation.

About the Author: Sai Maa (SAY Sigh-Mah) is an international spiritual master, healer and leader of humanitarian efforts. She inspires and energizes people worldwide through Sai Maa Diksha (pure light blessing). With her unique combination of Eastern spiritual wisdom, Western therapeutic knowledge and maternal love, Sai Maa shares lessons to uplift humanity and help people master their own lives as she has mastered hers. Sai Maa has published two books, Petals of Grace: Essential Teachings for Self-Mastery and Points of Light. Learn more at http://www.sai-maa.com.

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Recipe: PB&J Popsicles

Brett from This Mama Loves Her Bargains has a wonderful summertime recipe for us! If you want to try a fun, new frozen treat that the kids will love, look no further than Peanut Butter and Jelly Popsicles! Keep reading for the recipe and don’t forget to let me know if you tried this at home. I’d love to hear your input!

raspberry-pbj-popsRecipe: PB&J Popsicles

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 tbsp honey, divided
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups raspberries
  • 2 cups raspberry juice
  • 4 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)

Directions:

  • Combine the peanut butter, yogurt, milk, 2 tablespoons of the honey, and the vanilla extract in a food processor or blender; process until smooth.
  • In a spouted cup, combine the raspberries and raspberry juice.
  • Partially fill small paper cups with the peanut butter mixture. Freeze for at least 1 hour.
  • Partially fill small paper cups with the raspberry mixture. Insert the sticks. Freeze for at least 1 hour.
  • Fill the paper cups with the remaining peanut butter mixture. Freeze for at least 8 hours.
  • Remove from the freezer; let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes before removing the pops from the paper cups.
  • Spoon some of the remaining honey around the rim of each pop. Optionally sprinkle sesame seeds on the honey to coat. Enjoy peanut butter and jelly flavors in a whole new package!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the recipes I’ve posted here plus those on my cooking blog.

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Recipe: Chicken Pringlers, an American Favorites Fusion

Chicken-PringlersMemorial Day weekend is upon us. Celebrate the American holiday with this Chicken Pringlers recipe; a fusion of two American classics, Pringles and chicken nuggets. This quick and delicious recipe will create a finger food frenzy in a pop!

Recipe: Chicken Pringlers

Ingredients

  • 2 6.38-oz cans of Pringles (BBQ or Honey Mustard flavor)
  • 2 pounds of boneless chicken breast or chicken tenders, cut into 1 1/2″ nuggets
  • 2 cups of skim milk or buttermilk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F with a rack in the middle.
  2. Place nuggets in milk.
  3. Puree the Pringles in a food processor, and pour into a large sealable plastic bag. Place two or three nuggets at a time in the bag and shake to coat.
  4. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray, and place the well-coated nuggets in a single layer. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove and let stand, uncovered, 5 to 10 minutes to crisp.

Disclosure: HK Strategies, on behalf of Pringles, asked me to post about this promotion. I received no compensation for this post. Any expressed opinion is completely my own. View my official disclosure policy.

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Recipe: Bunny Salad (Just in Time for Easter!)

bunny-salad-easter-recipeRecipe: Bunny Salad

(aka White Rabbit Salad)

Combine the following ingredients and chill:

  • 3 C cottage cheese
  • 2 T honey
  • 3 T lemon juice
  • 1/4 C raisins
  • 1/2 C chopped nuts
  • 1 T poppy seeds
  • 2 Medium tart apples diced

Other optional add ins:

  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Seedless grapes
  • Orange sections

Serve as a salad or side dish, or enjoy with some crackers. Delicious and nutritious!

Thanks This Mama Loves Her Bargains!

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16 Beer-Infused Party Food Recipes Just in Time for Spring

beer-queso-nachosSince spring is here, I thought you might be interested in some fun and delicious party food recipes from Betty Crocker! If you’re looking to entertain friends at home or prepare for a girls (or guys!) night in, you’ll love these 16 beer-infused party food recipes. Why beer? Because cooking with beer is a huge trend in the world of food right now!

Need more reasons to cook with beer?

  • Beer has a tenderizing effect and is a perfect matchup for meat-based recipes
  • Beer helps keep baked good moist and fresh, while adding a little extra puff
  • The beer flavors will be enhanced in those recipes with a longer cooking time
  • Craft beers are ideal as a cooking ingredient due to the quality and variety of flavors available

You can check out the recipes at www.bettycrocker.com/bettybracket and vote for your favorite recipe to win the second annual “Betty Bracket” presented by Betty Crocker and sports-loving actor and popular TV personality Mario Lopez (love those dimples). Enjoy!

Disclosure: Rogers & Cowan, on behalf of Betty Crocker, asked me to post about this promotion. I received compensation for this post. Any expressed opinion is completely my own. View my official disclosure policy.

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Slow Cooker Showcase: Macaroni and Cheese

This week’s Slow Cooker Showcase recipe is from Mackenzie at The Centsible Family that is a perfect family classic to serve. Prep time should be about 15 minutes and will cook for four hours on low and yield about 8 servings.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Showcase: Macaroni and Cheese

Slow-Cooker-Mac-and-CheeseIngredients

  • 10 ounce (2 1/4 cups) dry whole wheat elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella/swiss cheese
  • 8 ounces American cheese, thinly sliced and roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 12 ounce can evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs

Directions

  1. Coat inside of slow cooker bowl with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine macaroni, cheeses, milk and evaporated milk in slow cooker bowl; stir well and cover; cook on LOW for 4 hours.
  3. When there is 30 minutes cook time remaining, stir in Worcestershire, salt and pepper.
  4. Melt butter in a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in bread crumbs and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes or until toasted and golden. Sprinkle over Mac & Cheese and serve immediately.

Notes

I modified this recipe from Family Circle as I didn’t have everything they listed AND my slow cooker cooked faster then their 3 hours for High. I recommend only cooking on low because it WILL burn if cooked too much.

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Want more recipes? Check out Better Homes and Gardens The Ultimate Slow Cooker Book (more than 400 recipes), Crock Pot Cookbook: 440 Slow Cooker Recipes or Gooseberry Patch Slow Cooking Cooklet for more recipes.

Are you in need of a slow cooker or crock pot for this recipe? Amazon has Crock-Pot SCCPVL600S Cook’ N Carry 6-Quart Oval Manual Portable Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel or Cuisinart PSC-350 3-1/2-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker available with free shipping. In addition Walmart has Hamilton Beach Stay or Go 6-Quart Slow Cooker or Crock-Pot 6.5-Quart Countdown Slow Cooker with free shipping to store.

Thanks The Centsible Family!

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Slow Cooker Showcase: Rotisserie Chicken

This week’s Slow Cooker Showcase recipe is from Leandrea at Coupons Are Great that is a perfect for multiple meals! Cook the chicken for one meal and use the leftovers for Chicken Pot Pie, Chicken Pizza, Chicken Salad and more! A great way to plan meals during the week. Prep time should be about 20 minutes and will cook for six hours on low.

Slow-Cooker-Rotisserie-ChickenRecipe: Rotisserie Chicken

Ingredients

  • One whole Chicken
  • Lawry’s Seasoning (or any chicken/rotisserie seasoning)
  • Potatoes
  • Foil
  • Carrots (optional)

Directions

  1. Wash potatoes and cover in foil. Place in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Rinse chicken and cover with Lawry’s/seasoning.
  3. Place chicken on top of potatoes (and baby carrots/cut up carrots if you wish). You don’t want the chicken to touch the bottom of the slow cooker and propping it on the potatoes is an easy way to do this.
  4. Cook for 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low.

When you are done eating your delectable chicken you can save the remnants and turn it in to chicken broth very easily! Add the leftover bones, salt, pepper, celery, onions, and carrots to a pot of water. Bring to a boil and then reduce head to a simmer. Simmer uncovered for 3 to 4 hours. Skim the fat/gunk from the top several times.

Want more recipes? Check out Better Homes and Gardens The Ultimate Slow Cooker Book (more than 400 recipes), Crock Pot Cookbook: 440 Slow Cooker Recipes or Gooseberry Patch Slow Cooking Cooklet for more recipes.

Are you in need of a slow cooker or crock pot for this recipe? Amazon has Crock-Pot SCCPVL600S Cook’ N Carry 6-Quart Oval Manual Portable Slow Cooker or Cuisinart PSC-350 3-1/2-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker available with free shipping. In addition Walmart has Hamilton Beach Stay or Go 6-Quart Slow Cooker or Crock-Pot 6.5-Quart Countdown Slow Cooker with free shipping to store.

Thanks The Centsible Family!

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Slow Cooker Showcase: Chicken Cacciatore

This week’s Slow Cooker Showcase recipe is Chicken Cacciatore from Mackenzie at The Centsible Family that is perfect for healthy, well rounded meal. Prep time should be about 15 minutes and will cook for six hours and yield about 8 servings.

Chicken-CacciatoreRecipe: Chicken Cacciatore

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • 2 tomatoes, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 can vegetable broth
  • 3/4 tsp dried crushed oregano
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Directions:

  1. Place chicken in a 5-quart slow cooker. Add all ingredients and cook on high heat for 5 to 6 hours or on low heat for 6 to 8 hours.
  2. Yields about 1 cup per serving and can be served alone, over rice, or with whole wheat pasta.

Weight Watchers Points: 5

Recipe adapted from the Weight Watcher Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore.

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Want more recipes? Check out Crock Pot Cookbook: 440 Slow Cooker Recipes or Gooseberry Patch Slow Cooking Cooklet for more recipes.

Are you in need of a slow cooker or crock pot for this recipe? Amazon has Crock-Pot SCCPVL600S Cook’ N Carry 6-Quart Oval Manual Portable Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel or Cuisinart PSC-350 3-1/2-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker available with free shipping. In addition Walmart has Hamilton Beach Stay or Go 6-Quart Slow Cooker or Crock-Pot 6.5-Quart Countdown Slow Cooker with free shipping to store.

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