I don’t know about you, but sometimes the last thing I want to do is plan a menu of meals for the week. When I shop during those I-don’t-feel-like-planning weeks, I’m more apt to buy things that we always like to eat, then fill in the blanks with whatever I have in my well-stocked pantry when it comes time to make dinner. If you like to improvise when you cook, buying what looks good or is on sale at the store can save you money too. (Get quick dinner recipes that cost less than $3 a person.) Here are 5 foods I buy at the store when I don’t feel like planning dinner,...read full post »
I hail from a family of overachievers when it comes to lasagna. My sister makes her own fresh pasta and homemade sauce before assembling the actual casserole. It literally takes her all day—and the results are truly amazing—but for the rest of us normal people, that kind of dedication to a single meal is simply not realistic. Even without the special sauce and fresh noodles, lasagna can be pretty time-consuming, especially when all you have time for is a quick weeknight dinner after work.
But if you...read full post »
Since I’ve become a mom, it’s a challenge for me to get enough sleep. It’s become harder for me to fall asleep because I’m thinking about work, the baby, all the stuff that needs to be done around the house, what to make for dinner the next night...and the list goes on. (At least I’ve got a handle on the dinner thing—I either make one of these cheap, 30-minute dinner recipes or make a super-easy meal in my slow cooker.)
I’m not OK with getting less than the recommended 8 to 9 hours per night, since sleep is so important to my health and my figure (research links weight gain with sleep loss...read full post »
I’m one of those people who lives to eat. I’m also a fast eater, or so I’ve been told. Put those together and that’s a recipe for overeating. (The next time you eat too much, try one of these 3 antidotes to overeating.)
It’s wishful—and unrealistic—to think that I’ll become someone who eats only to live, but surely eating slower would be wise. But how slow should I be eating?
Twenty minutes! That’s how long it takes for your body to register fullness. And according to a University of Rhode Island study, you can save 70 calories by eating slowly over about half an hour versus in under 10 minutes (my usual!). If you ate slower at every meal,...read full post »
I’m not Irish. Not even a little bit. Even though my green beer–guzzling days are behind me, I still get excited about St. Patrick’s Day food. Now I pretend to be Irish in a more subdued manner, by cooking up a storm of Irish-centric meals the week of St. Patrick’s Day. My Irish Lamb Stew hits my slow cooker early in the week, and I sop up the broth with the Irish soda bread I made over the weekend. I follow that with a couple of easy weeknight meals—sticking with my theme of course—so by the end of the week I’m about as Irish as I’m ever going to get.
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