Mondays in the kitchen – cinnamon


I have read that cinnamon can help stabilize blood sugar.  Okay.  I’ll try it.

My first attempt at adding cinnamon to my coffee was less than successful.  Apparently, cinnamon does not dissolve.  In fact, it gets kind of gooey, almost gelatinous.  Weird.  Next I tried putting it into my Ninja blender with a bit of milk and coconut oil.  That was much better.  But also more work.  This weekend I settled on adding a bit of coconut oil and cinnamon to the cup and then adding my coffee.  I think that will work.

I have been sprinkling cinnamon on sliced apples for a snack or toppping a piece of toast with coconut butter and cinnamon.  Last night I added cinnamon to my yogurt – yum!  I don’t eat oatmeal but I hear that cinnamon on top of cooked oats is good.  I bought some cinnamon sticks and plan to leave one in my cup of tea or even just warm water.  That seems a good option for work.

Any other ideas?

Monday in the Kitchen on a Tuesday


Yesterday was a blur and I just could not sit down long enough to tell you about my current kitchen adventure.  Spiralizing.  I have had this little gadget for a while but I forget to pull it out.  Now that we have launched into an 8 week meal plan to cut more sugar out of our lives, I think I need to find some space on the counter for this gadget.  It certainly jazzes up a salad and zucchini or sweet potato “noodles” make a great base for the evening meal.  

Spring break is turning out to be busier than I would like but things are getting checked off the list and today will include my first run since forever and a yoga class.  Breathe . . . .

Mondays in the kitchen – H2O


I have quite a collection of water bottles.  I keep a 20oz cup on my desk at work.  And every morning I fill one of my pretty water bottl s to take in the car – a lovely orange HydroFlask, a Mount Ranier bottle that was a gift from my sister, and my newest addition, a Lifefactory glass water bottle.  I make every effort to drink 64 or more oz. of water every day.  And while I like plain water, I also like to jazz it up a bit.  My favorite combo, a slice of lemon, a slice of lime, some fresh orange juice, and a chunk of ginger.  As we move into spring I will add some frozen cranberries or blueberries, apple slices, and maybe even cucumber to my water bottles.  

How do you make sure to drink your water?

Monday in the Kitchen – coffee


I love my morning coffee.  We have a coffee maker that has a timer so the coffee is ready before my feet hit the floor.  A hot Cuppa coffee with my morning reading time gets my day off to a great start.

Recently, Kat mentioned that her Moka was a necessary kitchen tool.  I had to look it up but when I saw the picture, I remembered bringing a similar coffee gadget home when we cleaned out mom and dad’s house.   I believe they bought it on a trip to Italy and it looks like they haven’t made this model since the 60’s.  Fun!  So, I have investigated how to use this little coffee maker.  The knob on top is missing but my husband thinks he can replace it.   Can’t wait to give it a try.

Mondays in the kitchen – veggie time

 

I was listening to a podcast this weekend and heard the host say that the average American eats 1.5 servings of veggies a day! I am not sure there is agreement on the number but when I participated in a health challenge a few years ago, we were aiming for 7-9 fruits and veggies a day with the emphasis on veggies.  Lately I have been starting the day with a plate of steamed veggies topped with a poached egg, taking a green drink for my mid-morning snack, and making sure that a good portion of my dinner plate is filled with veggies.  I have learned how to eat “riced” cauliflower instead of rice and use my spiralizer to substitute squash for pasta.  It takes a bit of thinking but I am trying to make it a habit, veggies at  very meal.

How many veggies are you eating?

Mondays in the kitchen – ditching dairy


This is the week I have chosen to cut dairy from my diet.  Not forever.  Maybe a few weeks.  I am curious to see if I will notice a difference.  I don’t eat a lot of dairy but I do love cheese and lately, I am finding myself grabbing a slice here, a nibble there.  It adds up!  Last night we were going to order pizza but our usual place (where I can get a good gluten free pizza with lots of veggies) was so busy and we needed a quick meal.  I popped into the store and found a dairy free, gluten free option.  It tasted much better than it looked (and it didn’t really look like the picture on the package).  I don’t plan to use a lot of cheese substitutes in the next few weeks.  Instead I am searching my favorite recipes sites for some new dairy free ideas.  So far I have this, and this, and this.  And I will probably be ordering a coconut latte.  Let m know if you have a great dairy free recipe site too.

Mondays in the kitchen – can’t do without


There are two things in my kitchen that I can’t do without.

My crockpot is used at least twice a week.  Some of the recurring items include bone broth, carrot-ginger soup, chili, green chili pork roast, shredded chicken, and beef stew.  This is my second crock pot.  The first was a wedding gift almost 35 years ago but it didn’t have the lift out crock.  I do love the lift out feature but the four cook levels and warming feature make this one my go to for cook ahead.  I can set it and not have to worry about over cooking or having it turn off before I get home.

My Ninja blender gets used daily.  Every morning I blend up a green drink or protien shake.  Some days I might even make both!  I used an immersion blender stick for years and had no idea that greens could be blended like this.  Those gr n drinks were good but sometimes a bit chewy. 

What are your kitchen can’t do withouts?