Cooking Technique: Vinaigrettes

Tools Required:

Glass Bowl – I love a good set of nesting bowls for meal prep. I also own over 20 of these glass bowls from IKEA which work perfectly for prep and serving!

Whisk – I own quite a lot of whisks and most of them are pretty inexpensive but I do recommend one good stainless steel whisk for making vinaigrettes, whipped cream or sauces!

My Thought Process:

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My Go-To Prep Ahead Meals

Prepping ahead can be a key tool to help you stick to your healthy lifestyle no matter how busy life get. Today I want to share some of my  F A V O R I T E  quick and easy A Healthy Passion meals perfect for those busy weeknights, lunches or those days when you just don’t want to cook! Each of them can either be easily reheated or served cold or at room temp!

Happy Cooking,

xo

Kate


Chicken with Marinated Lentils AHP233
We combine lemony, pan-roasted chicken with delicious marinated lentils for a light but flavor-filled weeknight warmer. And if you’re not a fan of fiber-rich, nutrient-dense lentils, then this is the recipe that will make you fall in love!       Continue reading “My Go-To Prep Ahead Meals”

The TRIM Holiday Guide Has Arrived!!

We’re excited to share with you that the TRIM Holiday Guide is officially here 🙂 

The holidays can be the most challenging time of year to navigate while living a healthy lifestyle. There are a ton of parties to attend, money to spend, stress and we have less time than ever to devote to our health. But Val + I have been able to successfully guide our clients through the holiday season without gaining weight and while still enjoying the process. We’ve been asked over and over again for tips so we figured it was time to give you guys a resource to help you know exactly how to approach the holiday season while living the TRIM lifestyle.

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Feeling Too Busy – Cook This!

Life is crazy, especially this time of year so today I want to share some of my    F A V O R I T E  quick and easy A Healthy Passion meals perfect for those busy weeknights! Each of them are less than 30 minutes, few ingredients, easy clean up and easily prepped ahead.

Happy Cooking,

xo

Kate


Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Sun Dried Tomatoes AHP239

We toss fluffy toasted gnocchi, sautéed cremini mushrooms, creamy white beans and wilted baby kale in a buttery garlic sauce and finish with chewy sun-dried tomatoes for a 15-minute fridge-to-table weeknight delight!

  • Speed it up: Buy sliced mushrooms!

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What’s In My Pantry

As the recipe developer for A Healthy Passion (or “head kitchen destroyer” as my team calls me these days), I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Sometimes I almost feel like I live in there!

But as a happy by-product of spending so much time in the AHP lab, I always have a formidable array of recipe testing leftovers in Tupperware, meaning most of what I eat from day to day is AHP meals. And let me tell you, that makes my non-kitchen life so much easier!

However, I’m regularly asked what I cook when I’m not eating AHP leftovers and what items I keep in my pantry to do so. And with this in mind, I thought I would dive right in to what’s in my pantry.

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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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