You know you are getting older when your Sunday Funday has changed from “All-You-Can-Drink Mimosa Brunch Day” to “Laundry, Grocery Shopping & Getting-Ready-For-the-Week-Ahead Day (And maybe an episode of GOT 🙂 )” Not that I am complaining. In fact, I like it. Nothing feels better than a stocked fridge and clean clothes for the upcoming week. With that being said, I also find Sunday a great time to set my intentions and find inspiration for the upcoming week.
I want to begin including you in on my Sunday Funday. As you well know, I am always encouraging my clients and readers to find a balance that works for them. I have decided to gather useful articles, recipes and useful kitchen gear each week to help you practice balance in your life. I will try to do this each week for you, but for the sake of balance in my own life I may miss some here and there 😉 And without further ado, here are some of my favorite things things I encountered this past week.
Roasted Strawberries with Coconut Whip Cream. All I have to say is “Yum.” I have been going a little berry crazy this year and this recipe is perfect to help me use up what I bought at the farmers market. Roasting the strawberries adds a nice sweetness to the dish, but you could also use raw berries if you are in a hurry. I have been known to use blueberries and black berries in this simple concoction as well. It is super easy and a nourishing way to satisfy that sweet tooth!
I am always on the search for a quick and easy recipe (Who isn’t, right?). This one fits the bill and made enough for leftovers. Awesome!! Did I mention it was delicious and nutritious too? I was in the Indian food mood and had a batch of chickpeas cooked up so it was perfect. This “Easy Chana Masala” from Minimalist Baker, only took 30 minutes to prepare from beginning to end and dishes were minimal. Win-Win-Win! I did not have serrano chilis in my fridge, so I added extra cayenne pepper to give it some “pizaz ” I highly recommend using cilantro and lemon as a garnish and serve with brown rice or flat bread. I also added some plain yogurt on the side.
We all know I love my kitchen tools! This one is no exception and is going to be added to the hall of fame for “A Few of My Favorite Things.” This ladies and gentlemen is called an “Instant Pot” and it does everything in the kitchen. It is a yogurt maker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, and slow cooker all-in-one and it “also makes julian fries” (Aladdin reference, anyone?) Okay, it does not make julian fries but it does a lot of different things and most importantly it makes cooking easier and faster! As a side note, it you are not used to working with a pressure cooker it may take some getting used to (yeah talking to you Mom 😉 ) but it is totally worth it. I cooked artichokes in 12 minutes, dry beans in 20-30 min (depends on the bean) and slow-cooked stews in 45 minutes. Bam!
Broth and Stock. You may have already seen this beautiful illustrated book posted on my Instagram and Facebook account this week,but it is too good not to share again. Jennifer McGruther, author of the popular website Nourished Kitchen, provides you with a step-by-step process on how to create homemade broths for you and your family. Even though broth and stock are considered a trendy food item at the moment, they have been around for centuries and provide the base for any delicious soup. In my opinion, homemade broth compared to store-bought broth is a game changer for any recipe. This book also provides an additional 40 soup recipes, and even a recipe on how to make “portable soup” (otherwise known as homemade bouillon) to help save you space and time in your kitchen. The book is only $10.11. It is a deal if I ever saw one!
There you have it folks! Stay tuned for next week’s edition of “Sunday Funday: Inspiration For Balanced Living.”