Cooking Tip Thursdays: The Just Right Smoothie

Cooking Tip Thursdays is dedicated to making time in the kitchen quicker, easier, and just plain better…

Nothing beats the summer heat like a cold refreshing smoothie.  Ok, so maybe there are a few other things that are fantastic on a hot summer day, but smoothies definitely rank in the top 5.  Whether for breakfast, lunch or an in-between meal boost, you can fill up on all your daily vitamin, mineral, and nutrient essentials with one click of the blender.  And who doesn’t love a perfectly healthy and balanced meal that’s ready in less than 5 minutes?  So in honor of the warm weather, here’s our NON-cooking, cooking tip of the week: Preparing the perfect smoothie. Continue reading

Cooking Tip Thursdays: The All-Natural Nut Butter

Cooking Tip Thursdays is dedicated to making time in the kitchen quicker, easier, and just plain better…

Today’s cooking tip is less for cooking and more for efficiency and ease in the kitchen.

Ever buy a jar of all-natural nut butter (insert your favorite here: peanut, almond, cashew, etc.) just to find a puddle of oil sitting on the top?  All-natural nut butters will separate if made with only the nut, creating the oil to rise to the top and require continual stirring with each use – all too often creating sore biceps and a mess of oil spilling over the sides.  While indeed a nuisance, this is actually a good thing, because unlike those no-stir varieties, all-natural nut butters do not have added sugars, preservatives, hydrogenated oils, and goodness knows what else mixed in there to stabilize them.  More good news, for you and your arm, you don’t have to sacrifice that creamy spreadable no-stir texture by Continue reading