Tips and Tools

How to Substitute Whole Grain Flour in Almost Any Recipe

posted by Andrea | 04/25/2019 | comment

For the last 5+ months, I’ve been cooking, baking, and eating whole grains every single day. 

I won’t bore you with too many details… but I WILL share a super simple way to substitute whole grain flour for all purpose in almost any of your favorite recipes — giving you more fiber and more nutrients with very little hassle or extra effort on your part! 

Homemade BBQ sauce

posted by Andrea | 03/20/2019 | 11 comments

Although West Michigan is still fairly cold, I thought a recipe for homemade BBQ sauce would be the perfect way to kick off spring here on the blog! 

The recipe is SO simple and extremely tasty — you might never buy store bought BBQ sauce again!

How I Store, Prep, and Serve All Our Fresh Produce

posted by Andrea | 02/5/2019 | 56 comments

Yesterday, I shared how I stretch our grocery shopping to every 2-3 weeks — today I’m sharing a how I store, prep, and serve the huge variety of fresh produce I buy every 2-3 weeks so it doesn’t get wasted and so my family can enjoy it at every single meal.

My hope is that this post gives you as much detail as possible regarding our fresh produce consumption… just short of actually inviting you all into my kitchen (wouldn’t that be fun though!) 

How I Stretch Our Groceries for 2-3 Weeks!

posted by Andrea | 02/4/2019 | 26 comments

Over the past 12-18 months — as our family has tried to eat significantly more fresh produce — I’ve been asked over and over and over again how I make this work without going back to the grocery store every other day.

Well, believe it or not, I often only get groceries every 2 to 3 weeks! Today I’m sharing how I make this work without wasting valuable produce.

10 Simple Food Swaps for Healthier Family Meals

posted by Andrea | 01/9/2019 | 9 comments

Over the last few years, I’ve slowly incorporated many more nutritious foods in our family meals… and to be honest, I’m SUPER impressed with how well it has worked (often without anyone noticing my swaps!)

If you’re looking for a few relatively simple ways to swap more nutritious foods into YOUR family meals, I think today’s post will give you a really great place to start!

3 Simple Ways to Stretch Your Meat Budget

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2018 | 42 comments

I’m sure you’ve heard the concept of “Meatless Mondays” as a clever way of encouraging people to eat vegetarian on Mondays — well, my family isn’t big on meatless meals, but I do have 3 really simple tricks to stretch our meat AND add a little more protein and fiber into our diets!

I’ve been using these tricks for years and years and my family has never complained (well, rarely ever!)

Impossibly Simple Slow Cooker Squash

posted by Andrea | 10/31/2018 | 35 comments

If you’ve never tried squash before, NOW IS THE TIME! They are fresh, in-season, and most likely selling at rock-bottom prices at your local grocery store or farmer’s market. 

I hope today’s impossibly simple slow cooker method of cooking squash will give you the motivation you need to serve squash as a side dish for one of your meals this week! It’s SO tasty, super nutritious, and even Clara loves it!

Our School Snack Simplifier

posted by Andrea | 09/7/2018 | 14 comments

I’ve wanted to share one of our favorite ways to simplify school snacks for some time now… but I wanted to wait until the back-to-school season was in full swing.

Now that we have a couple weeks of school under out belts, it’s time for my tip…

How Food Prep Positively Impacts Almost Every Aspect Of My Life

posted by Andrea | 05/29/2018 | 21 comments

I’ve always known food prep was an important piece of the puzzle for my simplified, organized lifestyle; however, it really hasn’t been until the last 9 months of my life that I truly started to realize just how much my entire life “falls apart” when I slack on food prep. 

This knowledge is more than enough for me to continue my not-so-loved task of food prep… as you’ll read in today’s post, it really does positively impact almost every area of my life!

How I Store and Organize Spices and Seasonings

posted by Andrea | 05/15/2018 | 27 comments

When we renovated our kitchen several years ago, we had a little space to play with on the wall with our stove. We decided to install a tiny pull-out spice cabinet and wow, have we gotten our use out of that small space!

Today, after many years, I’m finally sharing my very simple method of storing and organizing our spices and seasonings.

My Month-Long Aldi Shopping Experiment

posted by Andrea | 05/7/2018 | 68 comments

Anyone who has read my blog for any amount of time knows my undying devotion to Meijer grocery stores… as well as the fact that I’ve never been a huge fan of Aldi grocery stores.

However, I finally decided to give Aldi a shot with a self-imposed one-month challenge to do as much of my grocery shopping at Aldi as I possibly could… today, I’m sharing the results!

Zucchini Noodles 101

posted by Andrea | 04/11/2018 | 44 comments

After only a few months of making and eating zucchini noodles, I’m far from an expert; however, based on the number of questions I’ve gotten regarding our spiralizer, I figured it was time for a post.

If you’ve wanted to try zoodles, but are unsure… I hope today’s post helps to answer a few of your questions and give you the confidence you need to finally give them a try!

Why We Still Love Our Blue Apron Meal Deliveries

posted by Andrea | 03/8/2018 | 8 comments

I recently realized that Dave and I have been ordering occasional Blue Apron meal deliveries for almost 4 years now (we started it when Simon was a newborn, and he just turned 4 over the weekend!)

Since I get so many questions about our Blue Apron meals, I thought I’d answer some of those in today’s post — especially why we are still LOVING our Blue Apron meals!

How We Do Hot Breakfasts on School Mornings

posted by Andrea | 01/31/2018 | 33 comments

Recently, I’ve had several readers ask if we’re still doing a hot breakfast every morning — and if so, what we eat and how we make it work with an earlier school schedule.

So now that we’re already a few weeks into 2nd semester, I figure it’s time I share the 2 main reasons we’ve managed to enjoy a hot breakfast, even on school mornings!

I Made My Pancakes Healthier… and No One Noticed!

posted by Andrea | 01/16/2018 | 42 comments

5 years ago, I shared my recipe for our family’s most favorite pancakes… and since then, I’ve made this recipe hundreds and hundreds of times.

My original recipe isn’t necessarily “unhealthy”; however, last year, I decided to try “healthifying” my pancake recipe just a little tiny bit… hoping no one would notice (and they didn’t)! I’m sharing the 3 little tweaks I made in today’s post!!

Another Healthier Habit: Low-Waste Lunches

posted by Andrea | 01/4/2018 | 27 comments

For the past several years, I’ve been diligently working to SLOWLY incorporate several healthier habits into my family’s daily life… and this year, I’ve decided that my “healthier habit” will not only be more nutritious for my family but also “healthier” for the environment.

I’m doing my best to pack low-waste lunches, and I’m sharing lots of great ideas and products in today’s post!

Simple Egg Substitutions… For Baking

posted by Andrea | 11/28/2017 | 27 comments

Have you ever been in the middle of baking and realized you were short on eggs?

If so, today’s post can help you out — I’m sharing 5 different super simple egg substitutes that should work wonderfully for your baking needs!

My Favorite Make-Ahead Foods

posted by Andrea | 08/16/2017 | 11 comments

Since many of you have asked for my favorite make-ahead meal ideas, I thought it would be a perfect time to share — especially considering the busy back-to-school season is HERE!

I know make-ahead meals aren’t for everyone, but for someone like me, with multiple young children and a tight schedule to keep, make-ahead meals are one of the MAIN ways I am able to simplify each day!