Five Tips for Packing Your Lunch

Five Tips for Packing Your LunchPacking your lunch is a great way to save money and stay on track with your nutrition. The concept is easy, but with busy schedules, it’s easy to forget and suddenly you’re left trying to find something satisfying from the vending machine or ordering delivery yet again. With a new school year beginning, there couldn’t be a better time to start a new lunch-packing habit! I pack my lunch everyday, and these tips have saved us both time and money week in and week out.

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Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

Pumpkin RecipesThis week, we turned our calendars from August to September. As summer winds down, I am so excited for my favorite season- fall! Time to unpack the sweaters, boots and scarves, and pull out my peacoat and mittens from the back of the closet. I love the crisp and refreshing fall mornings and the bright autumn leaves falling from trees.

I love pumpkin, and enjoy it all year round. Fall has arrived, and you can bet I’m capitalizing on this season. Here are some of my favorite pumpkin recipes to inspire you this autumn!

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Ten Tips to Spice Up Your Salads

Spice Up SaladsFor many, salads are the quintessential healthy food. They’re easy to make, easy to pack for lunches or dinner, and relatively inexpensive. However, it’s easy to fall into a rut and find yourself eating the same boring salad again and again and again. I’m a vegetable lover and salad enthusiast and I usually enjoy a salad every day for either lunch or dinner. Eating seven salads a week can get monotonous quickly. These are my favorite tricks for keeping my salads new, exciting and delicious day in and day out.

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Fruit Bars

fruitbars - 12txtIt’s hard to believe that it is already the end of August and summer is almost over. We’ve been making these fruit bars all summer, and I’m so excited to share the recipe with you! It’s been a hot summer. We’re lucky enough to have air conditioning in our home, but we spent much of our summer soaking up the sun in the backyard.  Even in the shade, the heat and humidity can be overwhelming. Oh the joys of Minnesota summers!

Fruit Bars

These fruit bars are so refreshing! Nothing beats an ice-cold popsicle on a warm summer’s day. Fruit bars are the perfect healthy summer treat- refreshing and cool, and sweet and satisfying. We always keep a batch of fruit bars in the freezer for warm summer evenings.

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Greek Tacos

greektacos - 20sqtxtEveryone loves gyros, but they are so time-consuming to make! Preparing the meat is a long and complicated process, and there’s no way I have time to roast lamb on a spit for a weeknight meal. My family was out enjoying gyros at a local restaurant when someone remarked that gyros are kind of like Greek tacos. Meat, vegetables, sauce served in a folded piece of bread. The observation gave my mom a brilliant idea- instead of trying to make gyros, why not make Greek tacos instead?

The results were delicious. Instead of trying to imitate the slow roasted meat traditionally served on gyros, my mom prepared ground beef with gyro-appropriate spices. The meat looks like something you’d find in a taco, but tastes like gyros! It’s a very simple trick, but very effective. You could also use ground lamb for an even more authentic flavor. The other components are simple to prepare. Mom’s tzatziki sauce is delicious and oh-so-easy to prepare. Pick up your favorite pita bread from the grocery store and slice tomato, onion and cucumber for toppings and you’re done!

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