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National Slow Cooking Month

National Slow Cooking Month

January is also National Slow Cooking Month. Your slow cooker can make meals easier.

First up is Super Skinny Spinach and Artichoke Dip that’s perfect for game day.

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Choose Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Potatoes for a great side without effort.

Make bowls, tacos, and more with this Slow Cooker Mojo Pork.

Slow Cooker Mojo Pork
Image and Recipe via Iowa Girl Eats

 

Keep snacks simple with Slow Cooker Applesauce.

Toss the takeout menu and make this Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef instead.

Dessert is done ahead of time with this Slow Cooker Granola Berry Crisp.

Slow Cooker Granola Berry Crisp
Image and Recipe via The Magical Slow Cooker
National Chili Month

National Chili Month

October is National Chili Month, which is perfect for fall tailgating, parties, and meals.

This Turkey Chili with Kale is hearty, filling, and packed with veggies.

Turkey Chili with Kale
Image and Recipe via The Vintage Mixer

 

 

Dump and forget about this Crockpot Creamy Taco Chicken Chili until dinnertime.

Use your favorite ground meat in this Crockpot Sweet Potato Chipotle Chili.

This Slow Cooker Verde Chicken Chili is nice and spicy for fans of heat.

The Best Healthy Turkey Chili is better for you than the classic beef version.

Best Healthy Turkey Chili
Image and Recipe via Ambitious Kitchen

 

Healthy Vegetarian Quinoa Chili is rich and filling, even without the meat.

This Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Chili delivers with big flavor you’ll love.

Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Chili
Image and Recipe via A Spicy Perspective
Dinner Done Right with One-Pot Meals

Healthy One-Pot Meals

As things get busy this week, you can turn to these easy one-pot meals for a simple dinner.

Make this Crockpot Black Bean Soup for a simple one-pot meal you can dump and go.

This Simple Roast Chicken with Carrot Kale Pesto is sure to be a fall favorite.

Whip up this Thai Sweet and Sour Stir-Fry with Shrimp instead of takeout.

Thai Sweet and Sour Stir-Fry with Shrimp
Image and Recipe via The Domestic Man

 

This hearty Mushroom Spinach Artichoke Pasta is perfect for cool fall evenings.

Make this comfort food classic the easy way with Slow Cooker Pot Roast.

Make date night healthy with this easy Paleo One-Pan Salmon Dinner for 2.

 

You’ll be ready for fall with this Pork Chops with Cranberry-Apple Compote recipe.

Dinner Made Easy with Slow Cooker Recipes

Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes

This week, we made it easy to reach your eating resolutions with healthy slow cooker recipes.

First up is a Slow Cooker Poached Salmon that you’d never guess was this simple.

Slow Cooker Poached Salmon
Image and Recipe via The Kitchn

 

Slow Cooker Skinny Chicken Enchiladas are a bright and beautiful weeknight meal.

These Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Curry Bowls are better than your average winter stew.

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps are a tasty way to satisfy your gameday cravings.

This Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna also makes perfect leftovers.

Fitness Binder

My Healthy Journey: Rally and My Fitness Binder

My move is complete! While I have no furniture outside my bedroom (partly from a very trying, calorie-burning, failed attempt to get a couch through my front door) all of my things and my dog have successfully made the transition.

A new kitchen and plenty of living room space for yoga (because falling down is a lot easier in a room with no furniture) have made it time to refocus on my healthy journey.

Right now, I’m working on small steps. I’ve bought some running shoes, and now that the weather has finally gotten up out of sub-arctic temperatures, it’s time to take action.

If you’ve followed my journey, you’ve heard about our wellness tool, Rally. Rally helps you evaluate your health with an easy test and then has you pick challenges in order to earn coins, which you can use to enter drawings for rewards.

Rally is a great way to hold yourself accountable to your goals each day, and I’m going to help connect you to ways to make your Rally goals happen. I’ve done a few of the challenges before, and while I’m not going to do all of them permanently, I am going to spend all spring testing them out and connecting you to resources to meet your goals.

The first two challenges that I’m going to test out and help you with are cooking at home more and tracking what you eat.

I had tracked what I ate before with a handy app called MyPlate. I still recommend it, but I’ve taken a different route this time.

I’m a writer at heart. I’ve been saying I was going to be a writer since I was 4, when I wrote my first book, which was about bears. (I realize this might make me sound like Dwight to you lovers of The Office, but my bears weren’t eating beets. They were being ballerinas and astronauts. You know, real bear stuff.)

While humiliating myself is always a fun side effect of blogging about my life, I bring this story up for a reason. I like writing things down, and I’ve always liked writing things down. There is nothing so satisfying as putting a physical check mark beside a task. I work on the Web team, and I still keep a physical planner and to-do list.

So I’ve decided that maybe I stopped keeping up with the app (conveniently right around the holidays) because there was no satisfaction or memory in it for me. If I write something down, I feel it and remember it. If I just select an item out of a digital list, I will not remember how many calories those Skittles are costing me every day.

So I’ve made myself a My Healthy Journey fitness binder. I’m using it as a one-stop, life-hub of organized information. It’s amazing.

I started with supplies. I bought a beautiful binder that I can live with carrying around every day.

Assembling My Fitness Binder

Then I gathered office supplies:

  • Plenty of paper (for printouts).
  • Grid paper, which is perfect for making lists. All of the little boxes make perfect check boxes right alongside your tasks.
  • Binder dividers, a three-hole punch, and a large variety of highlighters, pens, and markers.
  • Plus my laptop, grocery list, and coffee because no morning project unfolds well in my house without coffee.
My Fitness Binder Supplies

The first thing I did was waste a lot of time on Pinterest looking at fun, inspirational typography. As a writer and designer, I’m a font geek, and I decided that I would start each month of my binder with some hand-drawn, cute, inspirational quotes. My dog and I worked on this in bed while watching documentaries. (She hated it because it meant I wasn’t petting her…) While it might sound like a waste, it has truly made me love my binder. My beautiful binder and I have formed a loving bond through hours of coloring. I definitely recommend it.

Then I printed some things that are actually useful. First up is a weekly printable meal planner. If you search for that online, you can find tons of free downloadables, both with and without grocery lists. Or you can try the one I chose or this colorful other option. I opted for a simple planner and to continue to use my awesome Wonder Woman grocery list. Choose whatever works for you.

Then I printed off some calendars. I have a planner for work, but I don’t like to put personal stuff in it because not only do I sometimes show it to people when scheduling social media plans, but I also don’t look at it outside of work. So this calendar will have things like my dentist appointments, the dates my prescriptions run out, and the dates all my different bills are due. I naturally color-coded all of this with highlighters, like an organization geek.

The last important piece of the puzzle is a printable daily food log. Again, there are lots of these to download for free on the Internet. This blog inspired me to make the binder and has a log you can download, or WebMD has an especially good Food Journal. With a little computer magic, though, I made my own, which combined spaces for food, calories, and exercise and has a water section to remind me to drink more water. The best part about making it yourself is you can add anything you want. Do you want a space for vitamins, medicines, or even reminders for things like flossing? Add anything that you think a physical reminder will help you stick with. You can also download My Healthy Journey Food Journal (it’s two pages, so you can print it double-sided!)

My Fitness Binder Printouts

I’ve only been doing it for a week, but so far, I’ve noticed that I remember how many calories are in my food far better when I’m forced to calculate and write it down myself every single day. You really think about your choices when you know you have to add that candy onto your day’s calorie total. The menu planner also forces me to sit down at the beginning of the week and plan out meals. While I haven’t stuck to it perfectly, it really does make grocery shopping and cooking much easier to plan for.

And just in case you need some ideas when you sit down to plan, here are 50 Healthy Dinner recipes you can try, or follow us on Pinterest for new healthy recipes all the time.

And follow me on Instagram, where I share inspiration and my healthy journey, mostly through food.

Here’s a taste of the day in the life: bright green Pea Pesto Pasta, Raspberry Sorbet (a go-to dessert at just 120 calories a serving), and Pineapple-Lime Salsa Chicken Tostadas with Corn Guacamole for just 380 calories. (The chicken is of my own invention. I just put 2 chicken breasts into a crockpot with a small can of chopped up pineapple tidbits, a quarter jar of salsa, and the juice of a lime and cooked it on low for 8 hours. Then I shredded it for delicious, sweet and savory tacos.)

Instagram Healthy Eating

Join me there in making cooking and health more fun, one image at a time!

Enjoying Soups

Healthy & Hearty Soups and Stews

This week in food on social media, we gave you hearty and delicious soups and stews to keep you warm this holiday season.

First up, for Meatless Monday, we had a healthy version of an Italian classic, Chickpea Tomato Minestrone.

Chickpea Tomato Minestrone
Image and Recipe via Vegetarian Ventures

 

This light Broccoli Chicken Noodle Soup will hit the spot on chilly evenings.

Broccoli Chicken Noodle Soup
Image and Recipe via My Recipes

 

Craving Mexican food on a chilly night? Try curling up with this Chicken Avocado Lime Soup!

Chicken Avocado Lime Soup
Image and Recipe via Cooking Classy

 

If you’re looking for a hot, hearty meal you can throw in the crockpot and leave, try this Slow-Cooker Stout and Chicken Stew.

Image and Recipe via Eating Well

 

This Loaded Mashed Potato Soup gives you all the flavor of the classic, but with only 200 calories per serving.

Loaded Mashed Potato Soup
Image and Recipe via My Recipes

 

Light and refreshing Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is a go-to the next time you’re sick.

Perfect for your fall pumpkin fix or as a holiday appetizer, try this Roasted Garlic Sage Pesto Pumpkin Soup.

Image and Recipe via Half-Baked Harvest