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Kitchen tools that make cooking a WHOLE lot easier

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Hate to be the bearer of bad news, BUT we can’t all be gourmet chefs.

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No need to get down on yourself – cooking can be stressful, time-consuming, and complicated.

Here are some super helpful kitchen tools that can assist you in simplifying your next culinary adventure!

1.) Egg Poaching made simple!

Walmart/$6.99

Simply boil water, and crack an egg into one of these silicone egg poachers! A super easy way to have a quick healthy breakfast without the anxiety of destroying an egg.

2.) Shred the meat!

Amazon/$8.99

Shred your slow cooked meat to perfection with these “bear claws”!

3.) Gourmet Burger

Amazon/$9.99

Kick your burger game up a notch with these 3-in-1 non-stick patty molds. Stuff your burger with whatever your tummy is craving (CHEESE PLEASE) and let the mold do the work.

4.) Herb Scissors

Hate fine chopping? Give your knife a break with these herb shears! These are perfect for cutting salads, basil, and a wide variety of veggies.

5.) Pasta Straining made easy

Amazon/$16.99

No more transferring from pot to pot and super simple to use! We’ll take one in every other color #pleaseandthankyou!

6.) Chop and store!

Amazon/$19.99

Not sure about you, but this device saves SO much time, energy, and tears (if you’re chopping a onion…or just sad about chopping #nojudgement).

7.) The perfect omlete spatula

Amazon/$7.99

It may or may not be the worst feeling when your omelet gets ruined by the spatula. Worry no more with this spatula that was specifically created for flipping omelets and quesadillas.

Now get to cooking!

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How To Make a Poke Bowl At Home

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Not sure what to make for dinner tonight? Us either! We know that it’s hard not to have the same five meals in rotation with takeout. Seriously though, if you had to make us choose between cooking and ordering sushi, we’d pick sushi every time. The downside to this? It’s not only expensive but unhealthy to order out. Luckily, we discovered one of the most trendy and healthy dishes and couldn’t wait to share it!

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They are called Poke Bowls, and they check off just about every one of our requirements when it comes to food: healthy, delicious, and pretty. Come on…just look at this thing!

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We know you may be wondering…what the %*#! is a poke bowl? Well, this Hawaiian dish always features diced raw fish, like sushi grade Ahi tuna or even salmon. It is usually served over a bed of warm rice and topped with colorful veggies and garnished with sauces like spicy mayo. It’s safe to say that this dish has the perfect taste and texture profile. We are quite literally obsessed.

Want to know how to make your own? We’ve got you covered!

Loaded Spicy Tuna Poke Bowl

Healthy Eaton

This loaded poke bowl has all of the things in it, and is perfectly filling. Grab a friend, because this recipe serves two!

What You Will Need For the Base

  • 1 cup of sushi rice
  • 1 cup of diced Persian cucumbers
  • 1/4 cup of shelled edamame, cooked
  • 1/4 cup of seaweed salad
  • 1/4 of an avocado, cubed
  • 1/8 cup of shredded carrots
  • 1 tsp of sesame seeds for garnish
  • Liquid aminos or sriracha sauce for topping

What You Will Need For the Spicy Tuna

  • 1/2 pound of sushi grade tuna, cubed
  • 1/4 cup of scallions, sliced
  • 2 tbsp of liquid aminos
  • 1 tsp of sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp of sriracha

What You Will Need For the Spicy Mayo

  • 2 tbsp of light mayo
  • 2 tsp of sriracha

What You Will Need To Do

  1. In a small bowl, combine the light mayo and sriracha to make the spicy mayo. Add a few drops of water to thin it down.
  2. In another bowl, combine the tuna, scallions, liquid aminos, sesame oil and sriracha. Combine to make the spicy tuna.
  3. Grab two separate bowls, and evenly divide your base ingredients and spicy tuna to create your delicious poke creation. Garnish with sesame seeds and for extra taste, top with more liquid amino and spicy mayo!

Salmon Poke Bowl

Life Made Sweeter

For a less spicy option, we love this salmon poke bowl. It’s so refreshing and this recipe is perfect for a solo night since it only serves one!

What You Will Need

  • 1 cup of cooked brown rice
  • 3 tbsp of rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 pound of sushi-grade salmon filet
  • 2 tbsp of liquid aminos
  • 2 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1/4 of avocado, sliced
  • 1 Persian cucumber, sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp of pickled ginger
  • 1 tsp of sesame seeds

What You Will Need To Do

  1. Start by cooking the rice (we like Trader Joe’s frozen organic brown rice because it microwaves in just 3 minutes and is so fluffy and sticky).
  2. In a small bowl, mix the rice vinegar, sugar and a dash of salt. Pour over the freshly cooked rice and place to the side.
  3. Slice and dice the sushi grade salmon into cubes, then season with lemon juice and liquid aminos.
  4. Top your rice with the salmon, and garnish with the avocado, cucumber, ginger and sesame seeds. For a tropical twist, you can even top with fresh pineapple cubes or mango!

Bon apetit!

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How To Make a Deliciously Tropical Acai Bowl

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Let’s face it, we’re all tired of this horrific winter weather. Between the power outages in Texas, record snow in the Northeast, we are over it. If it were up to us, we’d be lounging poolside somewhere tropical with a piña colada in hand. But until then, all we can do is daydream while we shovel our driveways. UGH.

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But seriously, we’ve been musing about the summer months. One of our favorite summer treats are açai bowls (pronounced ah-sigh-ee). These deliciously sweet, cold and refreshing fruit blends are the perfect snack after a trip to the beach. Not to mention, they are PACKED with nutritional value.

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Here are some fast facts about the popular superfruit!

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  1. These small but mighty berries from South America are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants have the ability to aid in the prevention of conditions like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease!
  2. These berries are keto-friendly! You heard it here folks, açai berries have an impressive nutritional profile as they are high in fat and low in sugar.
  3. Studies done on animals have shown that they have cholesterol-lowering abilities, making this a heart-healthy option for people!
  4. Açai berries can boost cognitive functions! They are rich in anthocyanins, a type of antixidant that have a link to improved memory, and lower risk of diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s .

Have we sold you yet? Here is our take on the classic smoothie bowl.

The Classic

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Not only is this sweet treat delicious and healthy, but it is so beautiful. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your toppings once you’ve crafted your açai base! This recipe serves two, so feel free to enjoy with a friend or save it for a rainy day because these are sunshine in bowl form!

What you will need

  • Frozen fruit! You will need one frozen banana (sliced), 1/2 cup of blueberries, 1/2 cup of strawberries or, use 1 cup of your favorite frozen berry blend!
  • 3/4 cup of milk. We prefer to opt for a nondairy option like coconut or almond milk, we feel it helps with the ~tropical~ vibe of this dish.
  • 2 packets of frozen açai, like this one by Sambazon. These packets can be found at almost any grocery store nowadays, and are probably the next door neighbor of your frozen fruit!

What you’ll need to do

  1. Grab your blender and add in your ingredients. We usually start with the liquids, and work our way up to the açai packets. To make for an easier blend, we recomend breaking them apart into smaller pieces.
  2. Blend it all up! We prefer our açai bowls on the thicker side. If you find that your blend is too thick (to the point it’t not blending), add water or more milk. If it’s too watery, add some more fruit, or even 1/2 a cup of plain yogurt should do the trick.
  3. When blended to perfection, pour into two bowls. Now it’s time to top.

Top it all off

This is the true test of creativity. Here are some of our favorite ways to top our açai bowls!

  • Fresh fruit– we love to slice up some fresh strawberries, bananas and blueberries. For a tropical spin, try mangoes and pineapple slices!
  • Seeds- chia seeds are a great way to add even more nutritional value to this dish. Known for their sustainability, this will help keep you full for hours!
  • Granola– this is a great way to add some crunch to the bowl. Other crunchy alternatives we love are coconut chips and cacao nibs.
  • Honey- need we say more? This is just an additional touch of sweetness.
  • Nut butters– we’re all about the gains, so we love to top with a spoonful of nut butter for some added protein. Our favorites are almond butter, peanut butter, cookie butter or even a drizzle of nutella.

Bon apetit!

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Must-Make Viral Feta Pasta Dish

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If you have a teen in your home, you have probably gotten frustrated at them for the amount of time they spend watching TikToks. TikTok is a popular video sharing app that has taken the social media world by storm, especially over the past year or so. These 60 second videos often include dances, skits, and vlogs, but a huge portion of the app is dedicated to recipe sharing.

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Most recently, a recipe for feta pasta has taken over the app, and it is so delicious and especially perfect on a cold winter’s night. Full of baked creamy goodness, this dish is a must-make! This recipe has become so popular that even groceries are experiencing feta cheese shortages! What a 180 from the days of toilet paper shortages!

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Here is the recipe!

What you will need:

  • A block of feta cheese, approx. 7-8 oz. Not a fan of feta? This recipe is simple enough that any cheese would suffice. Try burrata or ricotta for an Italian twist! Brie would also be a fantastic substitute!
  • One container of grape tomatoes
  • One box of pasta
  • Fresh basil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil

Here’s what you’ll need to do

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees, and greasing a baking dish. We recommend using one that is 13×9 inches in size!
  2. Empty your container of cherry tomatoes in the baking dish. Coat with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the block of feta (or desired cheese) in the center of the dish, and coat that with olive oil as well. If you really want to level up this recipe, drizzle white wine vinegar in the dish.
  4. Bake the feta and tomatoes for about 30 minutes, or until the cheese is melted to a creamy consistency and your tomatoes are softened.
  5. While the dish is baking, bring water to a boil, and cook your pasta. When finished cooking, strain and put to the side.
  6. When the dish has finished baking, pour in your pasta and stir it all together. Garnish with basil leaves and serve!

Mangia!

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