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Easy weekday mealsFinding ideas for easy weekday meals used to be the stuff of nightmares. Thankfully, an assortment of small appliances have been created to tackle the issue head on and have managed to do it rather successfully.

Let’s face it, after a long day at work, no one wants to come home and spend a couple of hours cooking – and certainly not five evenings a week!

One pot meals are becoming more and more popular as they allow a lot of flexibility with regards to ingredients and time spent on meal prep. […]

storing your small electric cookerOne of the first considerations people seem to have when they think about buying a small electric cooker is: where am I going to store it? And that’s a fair question, because these small appliances are mostly associated with cooking things like stews, chilies and soups – mostly meals that are served during cold seasons.

But once you start using an electric cooker, you soon realize that there are a multitude of dishes that can be prepared easily and/or quickly depending on whether you are cooking with an instant pot or crockpotting. […]

Using a slow cookerUsing a slow cooker quickly became popular, as slow cooker pots offered a quick way of preparing a complete meal without a lot of hassle.

Everything could easily be prepped in the morning, get thrown into the pot all at once, and miraculously a warm, tasty dinner would appear on the table without anyone getting frazzled.

There are many reasons why slow cookers have kept gaining in popularity. The slow cooking process is ideal to tenderize normally tough cuts of meat, and these cooking pots do a marvelous job of bringing out the flavors of all the ingredients you include. […]

Easy Easter Menu & RecipesAt this time of year, an easy Easter menu and recipes is like manna from heaven. We’re still struggling to shake off the winter doldrums, and all of a sudden there is Easter staring us in the face.

Stress levels shoot up when it suddenly dawns that a whole lot of company is about to descend – and we’re nowhere near ready. An impromptu holiday somewhere exotic sounds just perfect…

And then we grab a hold of ourselves: time to face the music and dust off the slow cooker. Let it create some amazingly easy Easter meals this year! […]

Easy leftover ham recipesOne of the best things about Easter dinner is all the leftovers. One of the worst post-Easter hassles is figuring out what you are going to do with them. Here are a few easy leftover ham recipes to get you started.

Sure, you can enjoy ham and egg breakfasts and ham sandwiches for the next few days or weeks if you freeze some of it. But why not take advantage of your slow cooker and cook up some delicious meals that can be enjoyed over the coming days when you are too busy to cook.

Here are a few recipes using leftover ham I thought you might enjoy. […]

Easy Easter brunch with a slow cookerNothing like an easy Easter brunch to start a super busy, stressful long day of cooking. With the whole family expected for dinner, you’ll have your hands full, so why not give yourself a break and enjoy a healthy, easy slow cooker breakfast.

Sure, you had planned on using your cooker to cook all day, but why not put it to good use for yourself and time it to start breakfast for you the night before?

Nothing like slow cooker oatmeal to provide energy for hours – and you’ll be needing it! […]

Easy Easter side dishesHaving a few easy Easter side dishes you can easily add to the Easter dinner menu makes all the difference in the level of stress you’ll have to cope with, whether you’re simply cooking for a few friends or you’re expecting the whole extended family.

That’s where the slowcooker truly shines. No more worrying about having everything cooked in time or keeping everything hot. A portable crock pot also offers the perfect solution for a potluck dinner.

Keep it plugged in till your guest arrive, and you can go about your other preparations worry free. Another plus of course is that it leaves your oven free for baking dessert. […]

Easter hamHow the Easter ham hack came to be is easy to explain – just not so easy to explain why it didn’t happen earlier. Don’t you hate it when you’re expecting a boat load of guests, and the logistics of cooking a bunch of Easter dishes at the same time just won’t work. All of a sudden, a commercial kitchen seems like a good idea.

Even if you have dessert ready to roll, there are so many dishes that need to cook or at least warm up all at the same time: mashed potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, sprouts, casseroles – plus that ham!

Pity cooks aren’t born with built-in timers… […]

Decorated Dyed Easter EggsDid you know that there are different ways to dye Easter eggs quickly, easily – and without bringing a whole new color scheme to your kitchen?

Everyone is familiar with the inherent mess that is associated with dyes. But there’s an easy way to get around that if you think strategically when you choose the vessel for this magical transformation.

If you have a mess of little helpers around helping you with the process, dealing with pots of boiling water is not a great choice. But why not get your slow cooker out of hibernation and use it to perform your magic? […]

A Healthy Smoothie DietWhat can a healthy smoothie diet do for you? What comes to mind first when you’re trying to lose weight is: eat less, go hungry, cut down on calories, exercise – none of which sounds particularly encouraging.

But what if instead you could eat delicious foods high in nutrients while low in calories, easy to digest while boosting your energy, super easy to prepare, yummy, comes in a smorgasbord of flavors and travels well to boot.

No wonder smoothies are so quickly gaining in popularity… […]

Healthy Smoothies for KidsMaking healthy smoothies for kids should come as a no brainer. We all know how kids love to experiment. What can be more fun than mixing a bunch of fruit and veggies together, and then watching them disintegrate in front of your eyes as they blend together?

And then starting all over again and producing new colors and textures the next time around. It’s like being in the lab all the time, coming up with new creations day after day – only now, you’re in charge! […]

Healthy homemade smoothiesHomemade smoothies can pack a powerful nutritional punch in a conveniently small package that you can take with you and consume as you get on with your day.

Unlike the store-bought version, you control the amount of sugar and calories that go into each serving. Selecting ingredients with care, you can easily make smoothie drinks that support a healthy lifestyle or help you lose weight. […]

Healthy Valentine's food ideasHealthy Valentine’s food ideas are hard to come by. Visions of chocolate, red candy and rich desserts keep popping into your head, making ‘healthy’ and ‘valentine’ hard to reconcile.

Think of ‘heart healthy’ food instead, and suddenly a whole new world of possibilities opens up.

Whether you are trying to lose or simply maintain your weight, or fighting to keep disease at bay, facing a day filled with tempting sugary treats and rich foods can be daunting. A little thinking ahead of time can put those worries to rest. […]

Heart healthy Valentine's DayAlthough observed throughout the world nowadays, most people are still wondering: why is Valentine’s Day celebrated? Where and how did the custom originate?

Once upon a time, there was a Roman emperor called Claudius II who found himself facing a nagging problem: men refused to be recruited into his army as they feared getting dispatched to far off lands. They simply dreaded being separated from their wives and families.

Undaunted, Claudius outlawed marriage for young men, creating for himself a pool of young, willing and able recruits with nothing to lose. […]

Healthy cookie tipsEver wonder how to make healthy cookies for a cookie exchange? There seems to be a contradiction in terms, but bear with me. There are ways to make cookies healthier so that everyone can still enjoy an occasional treat without you feeling guilty about it.

Keeping even adults away from cookies is a losing battle, but what if you could reduce the number of calories in each cookie, or lower the carbs. Seems like a win-win situation to me… So why not give some of these a try? […]

Healthy Gingerbread Men for ChristmasThere are quite a few Christmas cookies that rely on unique spices for flavor instead of more common ingredients like chocolate, peanut butter or caramel. Many of those include ginger and molasses in the recipe and make tasty, decadent traditional holiday cookies.

Even if you include these spiced cookies in your Holiday fare, you can also make a healthier version for family and friends. Why not give some of the following wonderful spiced cookie recipes as a slightly more nutritious, less fattening alternative? […]

Healthy Cookies for KidsMaking healthy cookies for kids does not have to be complicated. Kids love peanut butter as much as they do chocolate, so why not offer ‘improved’ versions of their favorite treats.

Here are some ways you can alter your peanut butter cookie recipes to easily make them healthier but no less popular.

Peanut butter cookies often include a lot of butter, sugar and other less than healthy ingredients. What is the point of starting with a healthy ingredient only to end up with an unhealthy treat? Here are some variations you can resort to which will surely get a thumbs up. […]

Easy healthy cookiesHere are some tips for making easy healthy cookies at the drop of a hat, whether for everyday snacking, for an organization you are supporting, or for a cookie exchange.

Holidays in particular are a challenge as most desserts associated with them are filled with sugar and fats that translate into calories. Not helpful when you are trying to live healthier…

Lowering the fat content, substituting an ingredient for a healthier alternative, or simply reducing the size of your cookies can help. […]

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies TipsNo holiday would be quite as special without including chocolate chip cookies in the mix. But there are ways to make Santa’s cookies healthier while adding a personal touch just to make sure you jump to the top of his list next year…

Chocolate and Fruit Cookies

These cookies can use any type of fruit you want, though for the holidays, cranberries or raspberries are highly recommended. Make them healthier with dark instead of milk chocolate chips or pieces. Add your chopped fresh fruit, baking powder, coconut oil, vanilla extract, [click to continue…]

Roasted pumpkin seedsIf you’re looking for a healthy treat for when you get the munchies, look no further than roasted pumpkin seeds. Easy to make, they’re also good for you.

Naturally anti-inflammatory, they can help lower your cholesterol, are believed to prevent some cancers, can help relieve women’s menopause symptoms and even benefit men’s prostate health. […]