Happy Mother’s Day! What makes you proudest of your mom (or, on the other side of the coin, when do you feel proudest to be a mom)? Our moms spend so much time doing everything for us, yet they simultaneously feel incredibly proud of every little goal we ever accomplish. They are our biggest fans, our longest-lasting comrades, a shoulder to cry on, a friend you can always count on for endless laughs… the list goes on and on.
This Mother’s Day, take some time to flip the coin and let your mom know why you’re proud of her. Like you, chances are your mom is constantly trying to find ways to be her best self, crossing off lists of goals and to-do’s. Let her know that you notice her accomplishments, and that you’re proud of her for doing her best. You can always tell her in card, or in person, but sometimes actions speak louder than words. How can you get your message across?
Create something. Whether it’s a meal, a scrapbook, a poem, or a painting, create something meaningful for your wonderful mom to show her how much you care. Whip up her favorite meal to show her how proud you are of her for accomplishing her health goals; write her a short story, poem, or card to congratulate her on finishing her book list. After all, homemade gifts almost always carry the most weight.
Rehash old memories, and laugh along the way. Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea, some pastries, and let the memories come alive. Talking through the good times – complete with laughs galore – lets your mom know how much you cherished your childhood, your time with her, and the memories she helped create for you.
Give her the experience of a lifetime. Help your mom cross off the items on her must-do list by accomplishing one with her. Take this Mother’s Day to take stock of the things she’s always wanted to do – whether it’s taking a trip, running a 5K, or getting back in touch with a long-lost friend or family member – and help her accomplish a goal. Working together to do so will leave her with even more powerful memories!
Talk about her problems. Let your mom vent. So often our mothers become a springboard for our thoughts, problems, ideas, and woes, listening and giving sage advice when we need it. Turn the tables and let her get some problems off her chest. Chances are your advice will help her more than you’ll ever know – after all, she taught you how to give advice her way!
How are you letting your mom know how proud you are of her, and how much you care, today? We’d love to hear your stories (and see pictures!).
Seen above: Cloud Canary – Blue
It’s Sunday morning. Maybe you’re heading out the door to go to brunch with a few friends. Perhaps you’re running out to the grocery store to get there before the Sunday crowds rush in. Maybe you’re off to your son or daughter’s soccer game, swim meet, or orchestral concert.
No matter where you’re off to this Sunday, we know that you want to be comfortable. Sundays are for living in leggings or your favorite pair of jeans, a simple t-shirt, and a great pair of your comfiest, cutest shoes. And when spring rolls around, nothing says “Sunday casual” than slip-on sandals.
Seen above: Cordani Aires Wedge Slip-on
While we adore our fall boots, the great thing about spring is that we can finally set our feet free and slip into sandals all season long. No need to deal with lacing up shoelaces or slipping on a heavy pair of socks to fall under a pair of zip-on boots. Slip-ons give you the freedom to simply slip on your shoes and run out the door. With the busyness the weekends bring (filled with fun things, of course!), efficiency is key, and slip-on sandals help you get there.
They’re comfortable, efficient, time-saving… but also totally adorable. Unlike a pair of clunky sneakers, the best slip-on sandals come in beautiful colors adorned with unique embellishments that help your feet shine. From silvery hues to intriguing straps, this spring’s slip-ons are the epitome of fashion-forward and boutique-friendly, without the uncomfortable stereotype stylish shoes usually embody.
Seen above: Gabor Espadrille Wedge Slide 42829
Where will your sandals take you this spring? With the ease that slip-ons bring, there’s no worrying about what shoes to wear – and one less stressor is always a good thing. Take that positive energy and spin it into something magical: brainstorm a spring bucket list of activities you want to do this year, write them down, and start checking them off. Because that’s what this season of renewal is for – spontaneity, warmth, comfort, adventure, and adornment.
What adventures are you planning for this spring? Let slip-on sandals take you there!
There’s something about having a clean, uncluttered home that makes us feel at ease and ready to take on the world. This feeling shines through in particular when it comes to the kitchen – a full sink and a cluttered countertop aren’t very inviting spaces for whipping up meals. The cleaner our kitchen, the more likely we are to make dinner ourselves, saving money and focusing on nutrition.
Of course, as the week goes on and busy days take over, it can be easy to let the dishes in the sink stay dirty, the trash to overflow, and the kitchen counter to stay cluttered with can openers, spatulas, cutting boards, and mixing bowls. Chances are, you might make a quick dinner, get settled in eating it, then get pulled away to help your kids with homework or run an errand, and the cleaning gets done haphazardly, if at all.
Fortunately, we’ve figured out a few key tips that help us keep the kitchen an uncluttered and freeing space, no matter how busy life gets.
- Clear as you cook. While you’re in cooking mode, rushing around the kitchen chopping veggies and manning the sauté pan, you probably have a lot more energy to clean than you will after you sit down to eat. Clearing space as you cook (washing the cutting board as you let a soup simmer, for instance) guarantees your after-dinner cleaning will be absolutely minimal – leaving you time to do all the other tasks on your list.
- Remove all non-kitchen-related items. It can be easy to fill the counter space you do have with assorted items that don’t belong: bills and junk mail pile up on the surface, keys get thrown there when you walk in the door, shoes get taken off and strewn in your kitchen. If you find particular items make their way into your kitchen more than others (items that shouldn’t be there) make a new home for them. Get a hanging cubby for your mail, put hooks on the wall for your keys, and find a place to neatly line your shoes. Clearing clutter never looked so good!
- Utilize your walls. Hang as much as possible to keep your counter always clear. Get a hanging pot rack, put hangers on the wall for your oven mitts, and let spatulas and serving spoons hang from hooks. The more you put on your walls, the less you place on the counter.
- Store appliances in cabinets when possible. Sure, you use your coffee pot every day. But what about your stand mixer? Or your smoothie maker? Store as many appliances as you can in cupboards, a pantry, or other cabinets, and stack them when possible. Your counter space should only be reserved for the appliances you use most.
- Donate unnecessary gadgets. Yes, the automatic egg separator you saw on an infomercial sounded great at the time. But now you never use it and just separate your egg whites without the help of a gadget. Take inventory of unnecessary items in your kitchen and donate them to Goodwill. The less items you have in your kitchen, the less likely it will become cluttered.
There you have it! How do you keep your kitchen counter clear and clutter-free?
You wouldn’t buy a shirt and then never wear it, or go purchase an iced coffee and never drink it. So why do so many groceries purchases go to waste? Chances are the amount of money you spend on food each week is fairly substantial, and it makes sense to make the most of it – both for your wallet and to keep the waste out of landfills.
Today, we’re encouraging you to take food as a challenge rather than as just simple nourishment. How can you get the absolute most out of the food you purchase? You paid for all of it, so why not use all of it – even the scraps, peels, rinds, and wilted pieces you’d normally throw out? Taking this challenge dares you to be creative with food, think outside the box, and make the most of what you have. But how, exactly, can you take this commitment and put it into practice?
If it’s wilted, bruised, or softening… don’t chuck it, revive it! Most of the time, fruits or veggies that are no longer appetizing in a salad can be cooked up with some spices and made good as new. Spinach and other greens become instantly tasty again when sautéed or thrown into a stew. Fresh herbs can be frozen in olive oil in an ice cube tray for instant flavored cooking oil when you most need it. You can also make these herbs into herb butter for flavorful spreads.
If it’s stale… grind it up and use it as bread crumbs! Stale crackers, bread, and other baked products can easily be thrown into a food processor and made into instant bread crumbs. Old bread can be doused in olive oil and thrown in the oven for some delicious croutons. You can even use it to make a scrumptious bread pudding!
If it’s a peel, rind, or scrap… use it for flavor. Vegetable scraps should all be saved, frozen, and made into a homemade stock for soups, stews, or quinoa. Citrus peels add a ton of flavor to any cooked dish, and can be placed in a cocktail for some added appeal. The green, leafy tops that come on top of fresh carrots, celery, and beets can be added to flavor soups, salads, or used as garnishes to beautify any meal. When thrown in the oven doused in olive oil and rosemary, potato peels become delicious chips. The opportunities are endless when you get a little creative!
How do you make the most of your food and use every last bit? Send us your recipes and tips in the comments below!
We all know that greens are a vital part of a healthy diet – it’s practically been hardwired into our brains by health experts for years. Whether you scarf down spinach or kale, there are some serious nutritional benefits to eating your greens.
Greens are filled with vitamin K, which staves off signs of aging and cardiovascular disease. They’re said to contribute to lower cholesterol and healthy eyesight. On top of this, the calcium in greens boosts bone healthy, while the high levels of vitamin B help increase your daily energy. That’s a whole lot of vitamins in your salad!
But what exactly is the difference between those greens that line the produce aisle shelves? Each type is a bit different: for instance, while some get the most bang for their nutrient buck when cooked (spinach, chard), others might maximize their potential raw. Learn a little about the most common types below.
These crispy green leaves are most commonly found in your classic restaurant salads (at least, the ones that don’t use iceberg). Romaine is a great alternative to iceberg lettuce, which has lower nutritional value. The reason it’s so good for you? It’s filled with antioxidants, which keep your body healthy and strong, and fiber, which keeps your digestive system moving efficiently.
One of the most versatile greens out there, spinach can be enjoyed in a variety of forms: raw, cooked, in salads, smoothies, egg dishes, pasta dishes, and more. Preparing this green in different ways releases a diverse array of nutrients; for example, the iron in spinach is more accessible when its cooked, yet some of the vitamins naturally found in this veggie can be lost when prepared in this manner. Low in calories and high in protein and fiber, spinach should be a staple of any healthy diet.
This may be the most beautiful of the greens, with some varieties exhibiting a plethora of colors that attract the eye. Chard is a nutritional powerhouse, filled with vitamins K, A, C, magnesium, potassium, and iron. This green contains carotenoids, which promote healthy eyesight and protect eyes from harmful UV rays. Better when cooked, this vegetable pairs well with omelets, grains, and soups.
This green has been seriously gaining popularity for the last few years, and for good reason – it has some amazing nutritional benefits. Kale is loaded with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber. It’s dense quality makes it a filling addition to any meal, and it’s versatility is noteworthy; like spinach, throw kale into smoothies, throw a handful into your favorite soup, roast it into kale chips, or sauté it for a delicious side. No matter how you cook it (or don’t), kale should seriously become a diet staple.
The most protein-packed of all the greens, this veggie contains 5 grams of protein per serving, quite high for a nutritious vegetable. Low in calories and high in vitamin A, these greens are said to promote bone health (thanks to calcium and vitamin K), reduce diabetes risk (thanks to high fiber content), and promote healthy skin and hair (thank you, vitamin A). Less bitter than kale, collards are delicious raw, baked, blanched, or sautéed.
With a light, peppery taste, this early summer green might have the most unique taste of them all. It also has the most calcium of all the greens above, a key ingredient to healthy bones. We recommend pairing with strawberries, goat cheese, and sunflower seeds in a summer salad – it’s so delicious on its own, you won’t even need dressing.
What greens are your favorites? Which do you eat most often?
Mmm… nothing says comforting than some spicy, hearty tacos. Super simple to whip up on a weeknight and a total crowd pleaser, tacos (or just the filling) have become a staple in many homes. If you’re looking to add more veggies to your life, tacos are the way to do it – add lettuce, avocado, tomato, and a bit of cilantro to your filling for a zesty, tasty kick. It’s also easy to make tacos as healthy (or unhealthy, if you’re treating yourself) as you please. Ditch the piles of cheese and sour cream for a meal filled with nutritious goodness.
Another way to make your tacos uber-healthy? Make them totally homemade – and make them vegan. Rather than using ground beef, which tends to have more fat, it’s actually possible to create absolutely delicious tacos without the meat.
Luckily, Andrew from One Ingredient Chef has perfected vegan taco filling – by adding cauliflower, to these adorable little taquitos! It may sound bizarre, but this mix of chopped up cauliflower, beans, spices, and corn is incredibly reminiscent of your typical meat based taco filling. This one, however, is filled with plant-based protein, a smattering of good-or-you nutrients, and very little salt, fat, or sugar. On top of that, this recipe teaches you just how to flavor your filling to make it savory, spicy, and delectable – without a processed taco flavoring packet or sodium-based sauce.
Having people over for dinner this week? These little taquitos make the perfect appetizer. Looking for a veggie-based side to go with a Mexican-inspired meal on the docket for a weekend dinner? Relegate these to a the side dish. Alternatively, pack up multiple taquitos into a Tupperware and bring them in for lunch this week. The opportunities are endless with these cute little pockets of nutrition!
Perfect for a variety of occasions, these taquitos might just become a weekly staple in your home. Between the fresh qualities, ability to adjust the spiciness and taste, and infusion of creativity, these taquitos are practically perfect!
About One Ingredient Chef
One Ingredient Chef is a healthy food blog run by Andrew Olson. His goal is simple: he wants you to become healthier than ever before while cooking the best food of your life. As he says, “The One Ingredient Diet is my simple answer to a world of processed foods. But this isn’t about munching on lettuce! My job is to show you (step-by-step) how to cook deliciously healthy food with only *real* ingredients.”