Cooking Technique – Pan-Roasting Meat like a Pro!

Tools Required:

12-Inch Nonstick Skillet – I love Calphalon brand! They’re affordable and have a nice, heavy bottom! A good cast-iron skillet would also be ideal for this technique. I find mine at local antique stores and markets.

Tongs – A sturdy pair of tongs makes flipping meat a breeze. Bonus points if they have nonstick tips to prevent scratching your new pan! I love this pair!

Meat Thermometer (Optional) – This is a great tool to have on hand to make sure you’re not overcooking your meat (like most people do). I use mine quite frequently, especially when I am multi-tasking. Which is almost always!

My Thought Process: 

This is probably the simplest and most mouth-watering way to cook a piece of protein and my focus here is on simplicity. You basically sear your meat to get a crust and then slide it into the oven and forget about it (until your timer goes off)! See? Simple!
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Cooking Technique – Making Your Greens Taste Amazing

Tools Required: 

Chef’s Knife – A good knife is an essential tool for success in the kitchen. Contrary to what many believe, you really only need one or two good knives to get the job done. I am a strong believer in finding a knife that feels good to you so I suggest hitting up your local Williams Sonoma and asking to hold a few until you find your perfect fit. I use Global knives. They’re Japanese-made, sleek, sharp and lightweight. In other words, perfect for my dainty hands! But remember that knives like these must be hand washed!

Wooden Cutting Board – I buy these bamboo boards at IKEA! They give me a lot of prep space and the wood is much better for my knife than a plastic board. Hand wash with dish soap and hot water and dry really well.

Skillet – Heavy-bottomed, nonstick, oven-safe skillets are crucial in my kitchen. I won’t deny that All-Clad are incredible pans but for everyday affordable cookware, Calphalon makes some amazing products. I own a couple of the 10-inch and 12-inch pans and they’re just perfect! Just be sure when you’re buying skillets to look for ones without a plastic handle so that they can go into the oven. And, like your knives, keep these babies out of the dishwasher and hand wash only!

My Thought Process: 

So, here’s the deal. I haven’t always been a leafy greens lover. In fact, I still remember the first time I cooked kale. I had picked up a bunch at the farmers’ market and got home and Googled kale recipes. I had no idea what to do with it but after some research, I headed to the kitchen with the “perfect recipe.” And even though I followed the recipe to the letter, the result was mushy and bitter and tasted, well, gross. And I know I am not the only one who’s had this experience.

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Perfectly Fluffy Quinoa

Quinoa is one of our favorite high protein carbs to snack on + use in our meals for TRIM and it’s freaking delicious… so I figured it might be helpful to teach you how to make it perfectly fluffy!

Tools Required:

Rice Cooker – I have a couple of 6-cup rice cookers and couldn’t live without them. I cook every single grain in mine for no-fuss results every time. Plus, they keep your grains warm after cooking until you’re ready to use!

Measuring Cups – Exact measurement is key when cooking grains so I use both a wet and a dry measuring cup to be as precise as possible!

My Thought Process:

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Football Season Entertaining {build your own nachos bar}

Fall is officially here and with the transition of seasons comes a new reason to entertain. And that reason, my friends, is football season. Whether you’re a football fan or not I am sure we can all agree that football food is some of the best. So while I love a good game, my main focus is on what I can cook that’s both simple and tasty to keep everyone, including myself, happy.

A go-to for any party is some sort of dish that can be prepped in advance and people can sort of help themselves. More often than not that’s some kind of cheese and charcuterie board but I took a similar concept when designing my “build your own nachos bar” and I find it to be  relatively effortless, yet people pleasing way to entertain guests.

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Life-Changing Lemon

Tools Required: 

Sharp Knife – Global is my favorite brand.

Wood Cutting Board – I buy these bamboo boards at IKEA!

Titan Peeler – It’s from an infomercial but I swear it’s the best peeler I’ve ever owned!

My Thought Process: 

The initial reason I even tried this technique was because I didn’t have a microplane on hand and I wanted some lemon zest for a quinoa salad. And, seeing as I was feeling too lazy to mince the lemon peel, I just cut it into thin strips and tossed it in. But holy-intense-pop-of-lemon-burst, it was amazing!

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How to Make Your Food Taste Amazing

Tools Required: 

Ramekin or Cute Bowls – I love to store my salt on the countertop in a small ramekin or bowl for easy access. I usually only put out a little at a time and refill weekly to keep it from drying out.

Mason Jars – I keep any extra salt in a glass mason jar. This keeps the salt fresh and retains the moisture.

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Fajita Beef with Broccoli

No matter how busy your weeknight, we believe that everyone has time for a 15-minute meal. And this tasty combo of fajita-style ground beef cooked with tender carrots and broccoli and finished with fresh cilantro and lime only requires one skillet, 15 minutes of cooking and 5 minutes of clean-up. Who says healthy cooking has to be time-consuming?  

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Building the Perfect Cheese Board

I LOVE to entertain! And one tip I share quite often when asked about how I make entertaining look so effortless is the importance of prepping ahead. When I’m entertaining, the last thing I want is to be stuck in the kitchen all night. Prepping ahead can mean anything from slicing, dicing and chopping to cooking an entire dish before your guests arrive to my personal favorite – the cheese and charcuterie tray!

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