23 Ingenious Recipes That Reduce Food Waste and Use Up Fruit and Vegetable Scraps

~ Save money and reduce food waste by using up every single part of the fruits and veggies you buy – including lots of parts you normally throw away! These brilliant recipes show you how … and I bet you’ll be as surprised as I was at some of these … Continue reading

What Is Mise en Place? (And How It Will Change Your Life!)

~ Mise en Place isn’t just for professional chefs and restaurant kitchens. Tear a page out of the pros’ playbook and use the same principles to get your own cooking organized! It’ll help you meal plan better, and also make you less stressed and more efficient in the kitchen. It can … Continue reading

Meal Plan Smarter: Estimating REAL Recipe Prep Times

 (And Why 30-Minute Meals Often Aren’t 30 Minutes) ~ Meal Plan Tips to help you plan and cook smarter … because meal planning isn’t easy! For one thing … why is it that recipe prep times never seem accurate? How can a 30-minute meal take an hour to make in real … Continue reading

An Insider’s Guide to (Truly Useful!) Healthy Recipe Websites

~ Does it sometimes feel like it takes forever to find just the right healthy recipe online? We’ve got tips to help! Through years of blogging, we’ve spent literally hour after hour researching recipes, and we’ve collected some of our favorite tips for using online resources to quickly and easily find exactly the (healthy!) … Continue reading

7 EGG-citing Egg Facts Every Home Cook Oughta Know

~ Eggs seem so simple, but you might be surprised how much you don’t know about them! Eggs have returned from the nutritional netherworld of the 1980s cholesterol scare, bursting back on the scene with renewed popularity. From egg cooking tips, to egg nutrition … and beyond … here are some fun egg … Continue reading

Microwave Popcorn (Easy Recipe for How to Make Popcorn That’s Perfectly Quick, Healthy and Delicious!)

~ After extensive testing, we’ve discovered what really works … and what doesn’t! We’ve got the tips and secrets to help you make super-fast microwave popcorn without any oil, butter, or extra appliances … using just a simple paper bag! ~ This Recipe Is:   •  Ready in 30 Minutes or Less  •  Vegan … Continue reading

The Secrets to Perfect Whole Wheat Pancakes

~ After extensive testing (you know we’re not kidding!) … here’s our recipe (plus oodles of secrets and tips) for making fluffy, delicious, kid-approved, 100% whole grain pancakes. So yummy … so jam-crammed with nutrition! ~ This Recipe Is:   •  Ready in 30 Minutes or Less  •  Make Ahead  •  Vegetarian  • … Continue reading

Easy Tricks for Making Pancake Shapes and Numbers

~ Pancakes are even more fun with these easy tips for making perfect numbers, letters and shapes! So great for birthdays, back-to-school and holidays! Or, make any day special with your kids’ initials or names! Guaranteed … they’ll love it! ~ So, did you read our post on The Secrets to Perfect … Continue reading

What is Freekeh? (And How Do You Cook It?)

Just when you’d gotten the hang of quinoa, freekeh burst onto the nutrition scene … and once again, you’re wondering how to work yet another grain into your family’s healthy meals. Sure … freekeh boasts loads of protein and fiber (listen up, quinoa lovers!), plus lots of other healthy goodies … Continue reading

How to Hard-Cook Eggs

With Easter just around the corner, we know lots of you will soon be hard-cooking eggs to color for the Easter Bunny. (And that rascally rabbit always does such a good job hiding those eggs!) But what’s the best method to achieve perfectly cooked eggs? First off, we compared notes … Continue reading

Beyond Green Smoothies: Take the Spinach Challenge

~ Spinach is a great way to amp up nutrition for the entire family! We’re taking you way, way beyond the ever-popular green smoothie! Here are easy ideas for adding this versatile superfood into the meals you’re already making! ~ Green smoothies are all the rage on blogs and Pinterest – … Continue reading

Is It Safe to Use Frozen Meat in Your Crock-Pot?

With so many people using their crock-pot slow cookers as mega time-savers, this question is a surprisingly hot topic out there on the Internet: Can you put frozen meat in the crock-pot? Our short answer … DON’T DO IT! For those of you craving a little more detailed explanation, here’s … Continue reading

The Secret to Perfect Shish Kabobs

~ Grilled kabobs are so much better with this easy trick! Whether you grill steak, chicken, veggies, or any other kabobs … here’s all you need to know! ~ Ok, all you backyard cookout masters … we hope you won’t hate us for what we’re about to say. But it’s … Continue reading

How to Zest a Lemon (and Grate Other Stuff, Too!)

If you’ve ever used a Microplane zester, then you know it’s not at all mysterious or difficult (and you probably can skip reading this, you old pro!). But for those of you who feel a little baffled when you see recipes that require zesting (like our decadently amazing Blueberry-White Chocolate … Continue reading

How to Pit an Avocado

Are you sizing up an avocado, staring at the weird, bumpy, thick skin? Yeah – inside it’s all creamy goodness. Guacamole … a topping for burgers and tacos and salads … our No-Cook Fresh Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salad … oh, so many possibilities! But if you’re looking at that greenish-black exterior, just wondering … Continue reading

How to Make Fruit Bouquets and Fruit Kabobs

~ A quick, easy way to make stunning fruit bouquets for fruit trays or cute fruit kabobs for fun, healthy snacks! Even easier yet? A few simple fruit cut-outs make any fruit platter special! ~ Fruit kabobs are your ticket to becoming a backyard-barbecue legend. Picture this … You volunteer … Continue reading

How to Cook Quinoa (and Why You Should!)

~ Seems everybody’s loving quinoa recipes these days. But are you wondering just exactly how you cook quinoa? Maybe looking for a few quinoa cooking tips and tricks? Or curious about quinoa nutrition and what exactly all the buzz is about? Well, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve developed … Continue reading