Setting Up Your A Healthy Passion Meal Planning Account

If you want to get on track with your health cooking from scratch and planning ahead is KEY ! That’s why I created A Healthy Passion, to simplify the process of BOTH planning and cooking so you can reach your goals + have more time to spend on the things you love.

A Healthy Passion software can do SO much but here’s a little tutorial to walk you through some of my favorite features. And if you want more info on setting up My Fitness Pal and tracking macros I did a whole post on that topic. 

So let’s dive right in!

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Thanksgiving Game Plan

Pulling off Thanksgiving Day can be a little stressful without a plan so today I am sharing my tips and game plan for a stress-free holiday!

1 – Get Organized. Put together a game plan and stick to it. Write out your menu, make notes on what can be easily prepped in advance and reheated or even partially prepped (I shave my brussels sprouts days in advance and store them uncooked in tupperware). I also like to look at what takes time in the oven vs stovetop so I know how to best utilize  my limited space and then I like to look at cooking times so I know when to start each dish to make sure they all come together at once.

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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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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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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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