Friday, September 12, 2014

10 Healthy Life Hacks

Healthy living is a big part of our family. I try to work out 4 days a week doing a combination of running (mostly sprint work), weights, and yoga, and eat a clean healthy diet most of the time. Yummy Hubby is training to ride in a 100-mile bicycle race next month, which means 4 hour rides on the weekend and more during the week. Over the summer I let these things slide... I'm pretty sure I had an ice cream cone every day for the entire month of July. Now that we are getting back in the groove of school and a schedule, I'm finally getting back into my healthy habits. Silk asked me to share my favorite health hacks. I love getting these assignments as they are great for breaking writers block. And I love that Silk wants to spread healthy living ideas with the world through bloggers. So here we go, here are 10 of my healthy living hacks...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

the Yummy Mummy Kitchen garden

Pretty scenes from our little backyard garden. 
summer garden
As our tomato plants slow down and our sunflowers droop, I realized I hadn't shared some of the beauty that is our little backyard garden. It's not the It's Complicated garden, but I love it. I hear people say "I don't have a green thumb. You're so lucky you can garden." But I don't believe in green or black thumbs. Maybe for some people gardening is intuitive. It definitely is not for me and I've killed many a plant. Like anything else, growing food and flowers is a learning process, and you can't expect success without studying. The first year of my "garden" I planted a single zucchini plant. The next year I planted some herbs, strawberries, and one cherry tomato plant. Each year I've become more comfortable with gardening and learned how much water, light, etc. each of my plants need to thrive. This summer was our best garden yet, and I'm going to be very sad to go back to buying tomatoes. There really is nothing better than a sweet tomato right off the vine. Even though summer planting is over, I hope this post inspires to you to go plant some herbs (they are SO overpriced in stores), winter greens (hello kale chips!), or butternut squash (yum!).

Here's what we have going on in the garden this summer...

Friday, August 29, 2014

3-Ingredient Taquitos Recipe

We made it through our first week back at school! We have one in 1st grade and one in her last year of preschool. Getting used to the longer school day of 1st grade and then after-school soccer, ballet, and swimming is definitely an adjustment after summer. One lunch recipe I've been meaning to share with you for over a year now, but just haven't gotten the chance (between being a chauffeur, cook, housekeeper, tantrum tamer, farmer, etc. sometimes it's hard to blog) is an incredibly easy homemade taquito recipe. Our girls love taquitos in their lunchboxes, but I even make these for dinner. They also freeze well, so make extra. I prefer to make taquitos myself because it saves money and you can control the quality of ingredients. Considering almost all non-organic corn products these days are GMO, it makes me feel better to choose my own tortillas. And it's easy and inexpensive to use organic cheese and beans as well. Gluten free friends can easily use gf tortillas.

Friday, August 22, 2014

How to Make Marinara Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes

An easy marinara sauce recipe. 
marinara sauce recipe
Homemade sauces are so much tastier than jarred. Homemade sauce is fabulous with boxed tomatoes (I don't use canned because of bpa concerns), but during tomato season when our vines are dripping with tomatoes, it's fun to use them up in sauce. It's an amazing cycle to plant tiny tomato seeds and months later have a beautiful tomato sauce simmering on the stove. This recipe is incredibly easy. I don't peel the skins anymore, and have found I don't need to. I hate to waste any little bit anyway.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Baked Spinach Arancini Balls

Arancini are a typical Italian snack. They are tasty fried balls of rice stuffed with cheese. Who wouldn't love that?! My 4 year old and I made a healthier batch this week with a spinach filling. Instead of deep frying we baked them off in the oven. They were just as crisp on the outside and ooey gooey on the inside. So satisfying.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Caprese Quinoa Stuffed Tomatoes

caprese quinoa stuffed tomatoes
August tomatoes are the absolute best. Every evening after dinner I go out to the garden and come back to the house with arms overflowing with sweet juicy tomatoes. This year we are growing four different heirloom varieties. You can never have too many tomatoes - I am loving giving them to friends and making big pots of spaghetti sauce on weekends - but using them up is definitely keeping me creative in the kitchen. This week I grabbed the quinoa out of the fridge (I always have a batch ready for salads, etc.), added some fresh mozzarella leftover from pizza night, some basil from the garden, olive oil and balsamic and stuffed it all into these gorgeous tomatoes...
This glorious bounty is coming out of our garden about twice a week. I am officially in love with August. The Sweet 100s cherry tomatoes are truly nature's candy.

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