Category Archives: Tips, Tools & Techniques

Did your favorite blog post make this list? If not, share the link in the comments section below. 1. Keeping Potted Rosemary Healthy All Year www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/keeping-potted-rosemary-healthy-all-year/ 2. Slow Cooker Beef Goulash www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/slow-cooker-beef-goulash/ 3. “Milanesa:” Oven “fried” Steak from Argentina www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/milanesa-oven-fried-steak-argentina/ 4. Unstuffed Cabbage www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/unstuffed-cabbage/ 5. Italian Wedding Soup www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/italian-wedding-soup/ 6. Beef and Vegetable Soup www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/beef-and-vegetable-soup/ 7. Meatballs and Eggplant with Fresh Mozzarella www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/meatballs-and-eggplant-with-fresh-mozzarella/ 8. Slow Cooker BBQ www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/slow-cooker-bbq/ 9. Beef Tortilla Soup www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/beef-tortilla-soup/ 10. How to Make a Burlap Wreath … continued…

DIY Healthy, Delicious Recipes Memorable Meals Tips, Tools & Techniques

Are warm drinks calling your name this winter? Once the weather gets cold and the evenings get dark, I struggle with wanting to just stay cozy in my house with good food and warm drinks. But before you make your next mocha, you may want to consider how many calories come with that. Sometimes warm drinks are not a lower calorie option. Use these tips to choose the best winter beverages.   1. Use skim milk. If milk is used … continued…

Cool Weather Cooking Healthy Habits Holidays Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

This holiday season don’t forget to leave time for some healthy, new traditions. Here are some great ideas for gifts, spending time with family and friends, and tips for staying active.   1. Give gifts that promote healthy eating: • Cooking tools • Water bottle • Cooking class • Fruit basket (with good fruit!)   2. Choose gifts that encourage physical activity: • State park entrance pass • New shoes • Gym membership • Pedometer • Yoga mat and DVD … continued…

Healthy Habits Holidays Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

Winter squash is abundant right now so take advantage of it and stock up! Winter squash includes butternut, acorn, pumpkin, hubbard, turban, and spaghetti squash. Store winter squash at room temperature or cooler and it will last for several months into the winter hence the name “winter” squash. Choose one that feels heavy for it’s size with a firm rind all around.   My personal favorite squash is butternut. I love the creamy texture of it and the mild nutty … continued…

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Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

As our schedules get busier and kids head back to school, it’s important to think about how to simplify life. As a Mom of 2 toddlers, a wife, and a pediatric dietitian I often feel like my head might spin off – I’m sure many of you can relate! Feeling overwhelmed can often lead us to make poor food choices. This may be due to stress eating or just not having the time to plan meals and grocery shop. Try … continued…

Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

As a parent I get really frustrated when I make a great, healthy meal and my kids won’t touch it. I’m sure I’m not alone in this frustration but one way to help tackle this is to get kids involved in the kitchen and start at a young age. This gives them a sense of ownership and increases their willingness to try new things. It might take a bit of extra time but it is worth the effort. Working in … continued…

Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

Ok, as I say every year, Yuck! I love spending summer with my kids. And, I’m always sad to see them go back to school. With that said, preparing for back to school always centers around buying uniforms, school supplies and preparing for packed lunches. Last year I showed lots of cool lunch storage containers that can make packing what goes inside the lunchbox a breeze. This year, I want to focus on the lunchbox itself. Between my two kids, … continued…

Contests & Giveaways DIY Foodie Gift Ideas Pam Freeman Tips, Tools & Techniques

There is an ongoing series of tips and tricks I always want to tell people about–things that make cooking, cutting, cleaning, etc. easier in the kitchen. Here are a few of the things I’ve been meaning to mention recently.   1. Slice the avocado IN the skin. No need for an avocado cutter. No need to even dirty up a cutting board. Halve the avocado. Remove the seed. Hold one half, cut side up, in the palm of your hand. … continued…

Barb Freda DIY Tips, Tools & Techniques

I love the end of summer when there are almost too many tomatoes in the market and in my garden or my friends’ gardens. Too much basil to use. Too many squashes to make into zucchini bread. It’s great to enjoy it immediately, of course, but I like to put a little bit of effort into prepping some of these foods for use later in the year. Here are 5 great money-saving things to do with fresh vegetables and herbs … continued…

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Barb Freda DIY Gardening Tips, Tools & Techniques

For many years, coconut oil was deemed unhealthy and now you may have noticed it is frequently mentioned as a healthy diet addition. While coconut oil is high in saturated fat, it doesn’t seem to have the same artery clogging effect as saturated fats found in foods such as whole milk or fatty meats.   Studies show that coconut oil may help raise HDL cholesterol but be cautious because it may also raise LDL cholesterol. Coconut oil contains medium chain … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques