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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My Secret for Successfully Prepping Ahead

Meal Prep 101

Meal Planning / Prepping is a KEY skill that we teach in TRIM and essential for balancing a healthy lifestyle with a busy life. So this week I am sharing my tips for meal prep and how I go about doing it!

Tools Required:
Glass Tupperware – I like using glass storage containers for my meal prep to avoid BPA and other nasty chemicals found in plastic. I personally prefer anything rectangular as I think they fit better in the fridge and the 3 cup is the perfect size for one portion of food. And if you’re reheating in the oven, you can just reheat right in the glass!

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