freezer meal: thai peanut chicken

Thai Peanut Chicken freezer meal

(affiliate links abound in this post!) Hey there! I’m actually doing this. With this blog post I’m FINALLY doing two things that I’ve been promising, eluding to, teasing you with for some time now: This is a freezer meal! This is an Instant Pot meal! If you don’t have an Instant Pot, there’s absolutely no need to run away. I’ve included instructions for both the Instant Pot AND the slow cooker. While I can’t recommend the Instant Pot highly enough, the slow cooker works too. Since the Instant Pot uses increased heat through pressure to cook the meal, it only takes … Read More

you are not what you weigh: how one woman learned to love herself unconditionally

you are not what you weigh

Today I have Registered Dietitian, Kristy Leavitt from The Dietitian Kitchen, guest posting. Kristy and I both graduated from the University of Manitoba and completed our dietetic internship in the same program! In this story Kristy bares her soul and shares with you how she overcame body dissatisfaction through uncovering the root causes. This is a story of hope and redemption. I asked her if I could share her story with you because I KNOW it will inspire you as much as it did me! With Valentine’s Day coming up soon, a day dedicated to all things LOVE, I thought … Read More

chocolate covered raisin cookies (no bake)

chocolate covered raisin cookies (no bake)

These are the best no-bake cookies ever! You know how sometimes no-bake cookies can end up feeling a little sandy and gritty? These are nothing like that. These are…. Soft. Fudgey. Melt-in-your-mouth. Perfection. I adapted this recipe from Nicole at Gluten Free on a Shoestring. If you’re interested she goes into a good explanation of the science behind no-bake cookies. Yes, COOKIE SCIENCE! Essentially, overcooking results in a crumbly mess and undercooking results in a gooey mess. Her solution? Chocolate insurance. As Nicole says, this is the BEST kind of insurance! Since chocolate is solid at room temperature, it helps the mixture to … Read More

broccoli cheddar mac n cheese

broccoli cheddar mac n cheese

Have you had dreams of making lovely homemade mac n cheese sauces only to find they turn out in a clumpy lumpy mess? Yeah, I’ve been there. Done that.  Then I discovered the blender recipe. Now it’s smooth sailing every time! Cheddar and broccoli are made for each other. Just like peanut butter needs chocolate and brussel sprouts need hazelnuts. Oh you haven’t heard of that one? Oh you said you don’t like brussel sprouts? That just means you haven’t tried this recipe…. once you do then we’ll talk 🙂  why it’s a smart choice Before I created my white cheddar … Read More

roasted hazelnut brussel sprouts

hazelnut brussel sprouts

These ain’t your mama’s brussel sprouts!  No offence to your mother’s cooking. I’m sure she’s a fantastic chef. But even the most fantastic chef is limited by the ingredients available to them. I don’t know about you, but as a kid, the only type of brussel sprouts I ever laid eyes on were found in the frozen aisle of the grocery store. When those things were heated up they just turned into a mushy pile of bitter sadness.  Enter fresh brussel sprouts. These are a whole different ballpark. They ought not to even be permitted to share the same name as … Read More

have you dieted and failed? find out why.

why diets fail

Most diets fail. In fact, that might be underestimating the problem…. Worse than failing, diets tend to make problems worse. People lose weight to help their health, but the diets don’t last, so they gain it back again. Studies show this up and down is even worse for their health than carrying around some extra pounds! And let’s not forget how damaging diets are for your mental health. Just think about how miserable they make you. And the problem is chronic. The average woman spends 31 years on a diet. The average woman has tried 61 diets by age 45. … Read More

why do you want to lose weight?

why do you want to lose weight?

When clients come to me for help losing weight I ask one simple question: “Why?” Why do you want to lose weight? Everybody has a different answer. Some want to be good role models for their children. Some want to fit into their skinny jeans. But the underlying motivation is the same. Everybody wants confidence, joy, and acceptance. It’s interesting though, that we subconsciously assume our extra weight is what’s holding us back from achieving those things. Is it really? your weight is out of your direct control There are many things that are directly within your immediate control. Your … Read More