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This post is sponsored by Blood Systems. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friends and Readers, last year I told you my story of how a blood donation literally saved my life during a surgery I was having. I never thought it would be me that would need donated blood. I didn’t know about any bleeding disorder I had (and I still don’t) and I didn’t know there would be any issues during my surgery. No one in my family has any issues with blood loss during surgeries or with even a simple scrape, so it came as a complete surprise. What was supposed to be a 4 hour surgery turned into a 7 hour because of unexpected bleeding. Someone who donated blood saved my life that day.

Are You the Missing Blood Type?

Did you see what I did there in the title of this post above? The A, B and B are grayed out; ‘missing’. That’s because blood is in high demand, including A, B, AB and O. You should strongly consider donating blood, as blood donations save lives! Here are some fast facts about blood donation:

    • Blood donation takes less than an hour, is completely safe and easy to do
    • Each donation gives around a pint and that pint can save up to 3 lives
    • There is about a 20% drop in donations during the summer. This makes it hard to keep it stocked for hospitals and emergencies
    • Every 2 seconds, someone in the US needs blood
    • You can donate every 56 days, so that means up to 6 times a year.

Sometimes it can seem like it is hard to have a positive impact on the world today, but with blood donation, you can save people’s lives. I am forever grateful to the individual that took less than an hour out of their day to donate their blood that saved me the day I needed it. You can be a hero by just making a small donation of your own, too, this summer. Please consider joining this cause to #donateblood and check out more info about #missingtype at MissingTypeUS.Org.

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I cannot tell you how excited I am to share this recipe with you today. I totally put my everything into it, even though my Vitamix E310 Explorian did most of the work. I recently was sent a Vitamix E310 Explorian and since we are smoothie lovers in this house, it has really gotten a lot of use. But, really, I feel like the Vitamix E310 Explorian is much more than just a smoothie maker (even though it certainly does make the smoothest ones around!) I have always heard that you can make hot sauces and soups in a Vitamix and so of course that is what I set out to do. Since it is farmer’s market season here in the Pacific Northwest, I was excited to visit one of my favorite vendors- a forager that finds all kinds of local goods like mushrooms (such as morels!) but also interesting things like sea beans and fiddle-heads, too. This time, I asked him to set aside some stinging nettles, a recent obsession of mine since I tried some cheese with them in it.

Since I am also trying to eat healthier these days, I wanted to make a recipe that was low in sodium and carbs and came up with this stinging nettle Alfredo sauce to give my Vitamix’s sauce making abilities a try. It is vegan, too, since I am really trying to incorporate more plant-based meals whenever I can.

The Vitamix E310 Explorian did not disappoint! I had it whirring away in my kitchen for only 10 minutes and I had hot Vegan Stinging Nettle Alfredo Sauce. The sauce was so smooth, too. I had previously tried making a cauliflower-based sauce before and it didn’t work out to be as smooth, so I was majorly impressed and fell even more in love with my Vitamix E310 Explorian.

A couple of notes before we begin:

-Feel free to adjust the seasonings and ingredients in this recipe as you like for taste. The Vitamix E310 Explorian makes it super easy to add extra ingredients as you go with it’s lid and tamper. This recipe is mostly a bases sauce and you don’y need to add the nettles or anything past the white sauce. You can make it taste any way you want!

-You can find stinging nettles on your own in the woods if they are available in your area, but please read this guide from Grow Forage Cook Ferment before you harvest them.

-If you prefer to just buy stinging nettles online, you can even get them on Amazon.

-It is super important that you don’t use almond milk that has any sweetness or flavor. It will completely ruin this sauce.

Vegan Stinging Nettle Alfredo Sauce Recipe

You will need:

1 Medium Cauliflower Head

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

1/2 Tbsp + 1/2 Tbsp Granulated Garlic

1/2 Tbsp + 1/2 Tbsp Granulated Onion

1/4 Cup Nutmeg

1 1/2 Cups UNSWEETENED PLAIN Almond Milk

1/2 Cup Nutritional Yeast

1/2 Tbsp Lemon Juice

1 Cup Washed, Dried and Trimmed Stinging Nettles

1 Cup Parmesean ‘Cheese’ Alternative

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions to make  Vegan Stinging Nettle Alfredo Sauce:

When you get your nettles, you will likely get them in their raw form, untrimmed and unwashed, unless you buy them already ready. To prepare them, I wear a pair of gloves to handle them as they do actually sting. You will want to trim away the stems and them wash them gently in a colander with cold water. Make sure to dry them well and I place mine in a paper bag (not closed) in a hot spot on my patio to dry out for a day or two. The sting is gone when they are dry and they work best for this recipe when they are.

To start the sauce when you are ready, use a skillet and add the olive oil to it. Slice your cauliflower and place in the skillet to brown and caramelize. Add the 1/2 Tbsp of granulated garlic and  1/2 Tbsp of granulated onion by sprinkling it on top.

Add your UNSWEETENED PLAIN Almond Milk to your Vitamix E310 Explorian. Add in your cauliflower. Turn your Vitamix E310 Explorian on to level 4 at first to help incorporate the liquid with the cauliflower. Turn up the Vitamix E310 Explorian to level 6 and allow to run for 6-7 minutes. If you need to use your tamper on the cauliflower, make sure you always do so with the lid on and only the tamper area removed with the lid securely in place. Also, I turn off the machine for safety.

Check on your consistency. If it is as smooth as you want, add in the nutritional yeast, lemon juice, the rest of the spices and seasonings and your cheese alternative. Run on 6 for a few more minutes. If you want to thin the sauce out a bit, drizzle in some more almond milk 1/4 cup at a time.

Now you can add your nettles. Just place them in the Vitamix E310 Explorian and blend at 5 for 30 seconds to a minute. Adjust to taste with salt and pepper.

You can store this sauce in your fridge for several days if kept in a closed container.

If you don’t have a Vitamix E310 Explorian yet, they can be purchased at places like Macy’s, Best Buy and Amazon. Check out the full list of places you can buy your own at vitamix.com/au/en_gb/where-to-buy

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This post is sponsored by Malaysian Palm Oil and is through Mom’s Meet. All opinions are my own. I carefully select brands I know my readers will love!

I’m just gonna put it out there; two things I could never live without are popcorn and cheese. I literally eat popcorn several times a week and cheese finds its way into just about any recipe I can put it in. Sadly, cheese is not that great to eat all the time in every recipe so I found a friendly substitute in Nooch (nutritional yeast). This recipe uses it to add the cheese taste. It also uses sustainable Malaysian palm oil– an ingredient that I love due to its ability to cook at high temperatures and the richness it adds.

 

About Sustainable Malaysian Palm Oil

If you aren’t familiar with palm oil, look at the labels of many of your favorite products. Often, it will be there. There were some sustainability issues with production of palm oil, though, but I use a brand called Carotino that is sustainable palm oil from Malaysia. Did you know that Malaysia was the first country to produce and export a sustainable palm oil? They have made a pledge to be 100% sustainable in their production of it by 2019! I can definitely get behind this environmentally friendly move.

Another thing to note about Malaysian Palm Oil is it is a great substitute for other cooking oils because its trans-fat free and non-GMO.  It also gives popcorn a wonderful movie theater color and richness!

Before you start this recipe, make sure you READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS. This recipe moves fast and failing to do everything in order can cause scorched popcorn. (No one wants that.)

‘ Cheezy ‘ Taco Popcorn with a Hint of Lime

To make this taco popcorn recipe, you will need:

1/2 Cup Popcorn Kernels

3 Tbsp Malaysian Palm Oil + 2 Tbsp Malaysian Palm Oil for topping

1 Tbsp Taco Seasoning

1/2 Small Lime Juice

1/2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast

How to Make taco popcorn on the stove top:

Use a pan with a heavy bottom that is fairly deep. I used an aluminum heavy bottom 6 qt pot with lid. Add your 3 Tbsp of Malaysian Palm Oil to your pot as well as 3-4 kernels of popcorn. These will be your indicators that your oil is warm enough.

Heat your pot over medium high heat with the lid on. While that is heating up, listen for your kernels to pop. You should also make your topping during this time, too.

To make your topping, mix your 2 Tbsp of Malaysian Palm Oil, taco seasoning and lime in a small bowl.

By this time, you kernels will be popped. Remove your pot from the stove and place on a pot holder on the counter. Pour in the rest of your popcorn kernels. Using a couple of oven mitts, grasp the pot by the handles and shake for a few seconds. Leave them to sit for about 30 seconds. Place your pot back on the stove, on medium high heat, with the lid slightly askew so steam can escape and allow to pop. When you start to hear the kernels pop, give it a bit of a shake and leave on stove to pop. When the sounds slow down, remove from the heat.

Immediately transfer your popcorn to a bowl. Pour over half of your seasoning and give your bowl a good shake. Add on the rest and shake. Take your nutritional yeast and add on!

This popcorn recipe is perfect for summer get-togethers, movie nights in and just a snack for any reason. I hope you enjoy it!

‘Cheezy’ Taco Popcorn with a hint of Lime
 
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Popcorn Kernels
  • 3 Tbsp Malaysian Palm Oil + 2 Tbsp Malaysian Palm Oil for topping
  • 1 Tbsp Taco Seasoning
  • ½ Small Lime Juice
  • ½ Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
Instructions
  1. Use a pan with a heavy bottom that is fairly deep. I used an aluminum heavy bottom 6 qt pot with lid. Add your 3 Tbsp of Malaysian Palm Oil to your pot as well as 3-4 kernels of popcorn. These will be your indicators that your oil is warm enough.
  2. Heat your pot over medium high heat with the lid on. While that is heating up, listen for your kernels to pop. You should also make your topping during this time, too.
  3. To make your topping, mix your 2 Tbsp of Malaysian Palm Oil, taco seasoning and lime in a small bowl.
  4. By this time, you kernels will be popped. Remove your pot from the stove and place on a pot holder on the counter. Pour in the rest of your popcorn kernels. Using a couple of oven mitts, grasp the pot by the handles and shake for a few seconds. Leave them to sit for about 30 seconds. Place your pot back on the stove, on medium high heat, with the lid slightly askew so steam can escape and allow to pop. When you start to hear the kernels pop, give it a bit of a shake and leave on stove to pop. When the sounds slow down, remove from the heat.
  5. Immediately transfer your popcorn to a bowl. Pour over half of your seasoning and give your bowl a good shake. Add on the rest and shake. Take your nutritional yeast and add on!
Notes
Before you start this recipe, make sure you READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS. This recipe moves fast and failing to do everything in order can cause scorched popcorn. (No one wants that.)
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It’s no secret that plastic is not good for our environment. Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably know that it uses lots of resources and puts toxic waste into our environment as well as plastic pretty much never breaking down. While it is almost impossible to avoid plastic entirely in our modern world, you can cut your use of it and find ways to reuse the plastic you do come into possession of with some simple changes in how you purchase things you need. Here are some ways to cut your use of plastic.

How to Cut your use of Plastic

Use glass whenever you can. You can buy glass storage containers for storing food and leftovers that will not only be better for the environment, but last for many more years than any piece of plastic. One of the great benefits of using glass for food storage is you can assured that you won’t have harmful chemicals leaching into your food and glass doesn’t stain the same way that plastic does. While it can be more of investment to buy glass storage, in the end you will find many more years of use. I suggest buying a couple of pieces at a time until you have a good amount at home. While it is true that these glass storage containers often have plastic lids, the overall use of glass for storing is much better than plastic.

Buy reusable options for plastic disposables. Did you know you can buy glass drinking straws? It’s true! There are so many re-usable options when it comes to many of our common throw-aways. You can buy aluminum covered drinking containers and even ceramic ones.

Stop your use of plastic when it comes to eating out or buying drinks on the go. Did you know that most fast food restaurants and gas stations will let you fill your own cup for the same price as one you would get in a plastic one? Many times, they even give a discount for bringing your own beverage container.

Use canvas grocery bags. Bring your own instead of using the ones at the store. It really isn’t too hard to do once you get into the swing of it. I recommend canvas because many of the ones on the market today are just heavier plastic and while these are better than using the disposable ones in the long run, if there are other options out there, why not use them? If cost is an issue for you, check out thrift stores for old canvas book bags. They can be purchased for less than a dollar each in most cases.

Buy food in bulk if you can. While you will probably still be using those plastic produce bags to get them home, you will be cutting your use of plastic in the long run that has no purpose such as those that come in packaging. Check with your local bulk foods store and see if they have a program that allows you to bring your own containers as some do allow that as long as they are clean and sanitized.

Don’t bag things that don’t need it. Most of us are so used to bagging our fruits and vegetables in those plastic bags available in the produce aisle we don’t even think about it any more. There really is no need to uise those for most fruits and vegetables as you will be washing them before you eat them anyway.

Buy what you can as locally as you can. Most farmer’s markets are open markets that allow you to just buy foods without packaging. Shop these places as often as you can.

Make some of your own cleaning supplies. One of the biggest wastes of plastic in packaging comes from cleaning supplies. If you make your own, you can store it in re-usable glass containers such as mason jars and not only save yourself money, but cut those packages out entirely. (check out my section on making your own cleaning supplies for some suggestions on how to make some of these.)

Find a way to use all plastic you get at least once again. For example, those produce bags can be used for cleaning up after your dog or cat and something like a pill bottle can be used to store bulk herbs (washed out well, of course)

How do you cut plastic from your life? I would love to hear your suggestions in the comments!

Here are some substitutes for plastic items so you can make the switch.

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Air conditioning is a fairly new invention when you look at the invention timeline. It was not until the 50’s that many homes had them even though the closest relative of the modern air conditioner was invented nearly 50 years before that and it was for keeping humidity under control in a plant.

Even still, many homes and apartments do not have air conditioning and if they do, it may not be effective. Not only is a hot house incredibly uncomfortable, but it can actually be dangerous and deadly if you get heat stroke. Here are some ways to stay cool without air conditioning. The good news is, most of these are eco-friendly, too!

Green Ways to Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning

Make sure you are wearing and sleeping in the right fabric. Cotton sheets and cotton clothing is your best bet because it allows your body room to breathe and it provides better wicking than something that is polyester, silk or spandex.

Wet a towel and make it your best friend. A wet, cold towel or even hand-towel or wash cloth can be amazing for keeping cool. Periodically dab it all over your body and sit in front of a fan.

Drink plenty of water. You will stay cooler if you give your body something to sweat. Plain water is the best thing you can drink on a day that is sweltering. It will keep your core temperature down, too.

Take cool baths or showers. If you can, take a cool bath or shower when you start to feel very over-heated. It will bring your body’s temperature down and you will find relief.

Place ice in front of a fan for a cooler air blowing at you. If you have milk jugs or 2 liter bottles, wash them out and fill with water to freeze. Make sure you have backups so you can switch them out when one starts to melt.

Don’t turn on the stove or oven and skip the dryer. These appliances heat up your house more than you may think. Instead, make cold meals like sandwiches or salads. I also like to use my slow cooker a lot in the summer because it doesn’t heat up the house and it doesn’t require me to stand in a hot kitchen. Use the heat outside to line dry your clothes.

Open your windows when it is cool and shut all blinds and windows when it is hot. If you don’t let too much heat in, you won’t have to get rid of it later.

Apply cold compresses to your pulse points if you feel like you are getting over-heated and feeling ill. These areas are the groin, neck, behind your knees and forehead.

Stay in the dark. If you can, try not to run any light sources. This little bit of heat that light bulbs give off can add up if all your lights are on at home.

No matter what, watch for signs of heat stroke- light headedness, nausea and lethargy. Get to the ER quick if you are worried about a loved one.

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Summer’s in full swing and so are the bugs. If you live anywhere near water like we do, (we live a couple blocks from a river) you know all too well that these little buggers show up out of no where and ruin your day. While the best way to not deal with bites from them is to prevent them with non-toxic sprays or citronella candles, that is not always something you think of when sitting outside to take in the cooler evenings in your backyard and once the bug bites are there, they itch enough to drive a person crazy! Preventing mosquito bites is important, though as they can carry devastating illnesses even in the western world such as West Nile, and more recently Zika, and there is even evidence they can be carriers of Lyme disease.

8 Natural Mosquito Bite Remedies

You can try just taking some allergy medication or using an anti-itch cream from the store, but if you don’t have any of that on hand or prefer to go a more natural route, try the following ways to solve that annoying urge to scratch.

Here are 8 natural Mosquito Bite Remedies:

1. Mix baking soda and water to make a paste and apply this to the bite.

2. Try using the inside of a banana peel to get some itch relief.

3. If you have a huge spot with a lot of bites, or one that is particularly big and swollen, try ice.

4. Apply essential oils. Lavender and Tea Tree seem to work the best. You can find these at most health food stores.

5. Although smelly, onions are said to relieve itching and burning associated with bites. Just rub a freshly cut one on the affected area.

6. Clean the bite as soon as you notice it with soap. A clean bite is less likely to itch as bad in the long run.

7. Soak a cotton ball on vinegar and apply it to the bite.

8. Make a tea compress by using a tea bag that was just used and applying it to the skin. I find that camomile works wonders.

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I was sent a variety of Brandless products for this post as it is a partnership between myself, Moms Meet and Brandless. All opinions are my own.

One of my favorite things to do in the Spring and Summer is go hiking. Despite the fact that there are ticks, (I have a real issue with those buggers!) I hit the trail as often as possible when the snow disappears. I am lucky enough to live in an area that has an abundance of hiking areas and natural reserves. Whether we go on a short hike or a long one, I always bring fuel for journey. Usually this comes in the form of trail mix, often bought from a store, but I was really grateful to get the opportunity to work with Brandless and some of the stuff in the Brandless store inspired me to make my own savory snack mix to take on our next trek.

About Brandless

If you aren’t familiar with Brandless, let me tell you a few things that are going to keep me coming back. Brandless offers an online store that allows you to skip out of the ‘BrandTax™‘ of some of your normal household items and groceries. Brand Tax is simply the extra money you pay for a brand name because you think more money means that it’s better quality. Brandless can save you up to 40% on this BrandTax™. (Can I also just say that they are absolutely right? The food and household products from Brandless that I tried were absolutely on par with and in some cases better than the brands I buy!)

The best perk I think about Brandless is their pricing. EVERYTHING on the site is $3. That’s right, just $3. It makes it super simple to shop and for items like the Organic Cheese Duck Crackers (non-GMO and no artificial flavors) I used in the recipe, I think that’s an incredible value.   Additionally, for $24 a year (for my readers! a special offer of 33% off the B.More membership!), you can get free shipping on all of your orders!

Brandless offers not just delicious grocery items, but also household items like Green Tea and Aloe Body Wash and Eucalyptus and Lavender Gel Hand Soap. I tried both and they were very high quality and amazing smelling, too!

Savory Snack Mix Recipe

This savory snack mix is perfect for the trail and it makes a lot to share. I used two products from Brandless to make it.

Ingredients:

1 Box of Organic Cheese Duck Crackers from Brandless

1 Bag of Original Beef Jerky (grass fed!) from Brandless

1 1/2 Cups Plantain Chips, plain (I buy these in bulk)

1 1/2 Cup of Peanuts, unsalted

3 Cups of Pretzel Sticks

Directions:

This is about as simple as it gets, folks; Just add ingredients to a large bowl and gently mix with hands until all ingredients are evenly distributed. Store in a glass container or take in a reusable gallon zip bag.

Don’t forget to use my link to get 33% off the B.More Membership and get FREE shipping on all of your orders for a year! 

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I recently bought a juicer and being the frugal, Eco person that I am, I hate to throw anything away. So, imagine my dismay when I saw all that pulp in the catcher of my juicer and had no idea what to do with it. I just couldn’t stand the idea of tossing it and I figured it had to be useful for something. This led me to try several different ways to try to use it and some were a success. (We won’t talk about the ones that weren’t)

If you juice a lot like my husband and I do, you may be feeling that throw away guilt as well and if that’s you, here are some great ways to use juicing pulp.

Uses for Juicing Pulp

Compost it. Juicing pulp usually contains great nutrients still, so it is an excellent additive to any compost pile. just toss it in the way you do with any scraps and do your turning when nessisary.

Drink it in a smoothie. Save your pulp to be added later to smoothies for the kids to give them a little bit of a fiber boost. This is perfect because it will be so disguised they won’t even know it’s in there!

If your pulp is mostly vegetable, such as with a spinach, kale or carrot juice, add it to your spaghetti sauce. With a homemade version, (or even store bought!) this is a perfect way to add in some texture as well as a little bit of extra nutrients. You can also mix it into casseroles, burger and even baked goods.

Add it to a face mask and use the pulp to exfoliate. Just pulverize it in a food processor and it works perfectly when mixed with honey, milk and a little bit of green tea powder (matcha) for a nice facial treatment.

If you keep chickens (I am super jealous by the way!), they will often love to eat your pulp. Add it to their feed for a special treat.

Mix it into cream cheese for a great dip for vegetables. I like to add in some herbs, too, to give it some zip!

If your pulp is spinach or kale only, it will make a great pesto sauce. Simply add in some olive oil and pine nuts into a food processor until it forms a smooth paste. Pine nuts can be somewhat expensive depending on where you buy them, so I sometimes like to use walnuts or even sunflower seeds.

Sprinkle it over your dog or cat’s food. They won’t even notice (at least my cat wouldn’t!) and it will give them an extra vitamin boost. You could also try adding a little bit to my Easy Peasy Cat Crackers recipe.

Make excellent omelets. If I have some kale/spinach pulp, I like to add it to some scrambled eggs or an omelet for a quick and healthy breakfast.

Sprinkle it on your salad. You are eating vegetables anyway, so why not just add a fun twist to your salad by adding a sprinkling of pulp? You could also try making some juicing pulp vinaigrette.

More Ways to Eat Healthy:

5 Awesome Post Workout Meals and Snacks

How to Eat Clean for Cheap

The Truth About Free-Range Eggs

50 Low Carb Game Day Snacks

8 Foods to Indulge in as a Diabetic

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I love essential oils and one of my favorite is lavender. While essential oils are great, they are also kind of spendy and need to be diluted with a carrier oil. They are a process to make as well, and most people don’t have the time, patience or equipment to make them at home. I decided that it would be better to make an infusion because it is very simple and in a lot of ways, I get some of the same benefits. Here is how you can make your own lavender infused oil at home.

How to Make Lavender Infused Oil

You will need:

1 Qt Glass Jar with a tight fitting lid

3 Cups of Lavender Buds (the fresher the better)

2 1/2 Cups of Light Olive Oil

Cheese cloth or a paper towel

Glass jar with a dropper to store in

Process to make lavender oil:

Place your lavender buds in the jar. Make sure they are washed and thoroughly dried before adding them.

Pour over the olive oil to cover your lavender buds. It is extremely important that none stick out the top as this will leave them exposed to mold during the process. You may need to add more oil than this recipe calls for as these are only approximates.

Place the lid on your jar and set in a place in your home that gets indirect sunlight.

Leave your jar alone for 1-2 months minimum. I set mine out for about 3 months. I wanted a very heavy infusion.

After time has passed, pour your oil and buds over some cheese cloth (or paper towels) that is on top of a bowl. Squeeze out the extra oil.
Using a funnel, add the oil to your jar with a dropper.

To use, simply use the dropper to extract it from the bottle. Always close the lid well when done. This should keep for approximately 6 months (or a year if kept refrigerated).

Some uses for Lavender Infused Oil:

Use for back rubs and muscle rubs. I find it very soothing for this use.

Lavender infused oil is great for many bug bites.

During the summer, I like it for sun-burnt skin. It is very calming.

This oil is great for rubbing on the bottom of your feet for relaxation.

Please note, this is NOT essential oil. I don’t recommend using it as you would an essential oil such as for diffusing. Since lavender and olive oil are both edible, it could be used in cooking, but I am not sure of any information on it as I have never used it for that purpose. I suggest checking with a professional on that.

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I seem to never have much time so that is why I find meal planning to be especially useful. For only an hour a week, I am able to do all my meal planning and I try to do Meatless Monday as often as possible, too. This makes it possible to enjoy a vegan or vegetarian meal and get out of my zone with typical dishes. One thing I like about Meatless Monday is the fact that it’s often an easy meal to make and I don’t have to waste time thawing meat. Recently, I tried Alpha Burritos. They are a plant-based frozen food that tastes absolutely amazing. Let’s look at some ways I make my Meatless Mondays easier and how you can enjoy a stress-free Meatless Monday, too, as part of your meal planning.

Tips for a Stress-Free Meatless Monday with Alpha Burritos

1. Use Meatless Mondays as a time to use up leftovers– I like to use my meatless Mondays as a time to use up leftovers from the weekend. For instance, if you had a get-together and there are veggie trays sitting n your fridge, use them to make a soup or casserole. Throw together a salad! Use this as a perfect time to use up stuff to create less waste in the end as well as spark creativity. Just skip the meat!

2. Try convenience foods for Meatless Monday– Sometimes, no matter what diet we choose to eat, we just don’t have time to cook. That’s why I love Alpha Burritos. They come in 4 varieties such as Mexicali, Pizza, Philly Sandwich and Chick ‘N Fajita. All varieties are 100% plant based, non-GMO, hormones and corn syrup. They may be convenient, but they are totally better for you than many foods I often find in the frozen section. I love that they have lots of protein-about 11g per serving! One way I like to make foods like this seem more like homemade is to jazz them up a bit. For instance, why not make an enchilada sauce and pour it over the Mexicali Alpha Burrito and eat enchiladas for dinner? Super easy! These burritos heat up in less tan 2 minutes in the microwave, too. (In case you are wondering, my favorite is the Pizza Alpha Burrito. It’s the perfect mid-afternoon snack.)

3. Make meals that are basically the same minus meat– When trying to plan a meal for Meatless Monday, think about some of your family’s favorite dishes. Now, omit the meat. Many of your favorite dishes would be just fine without meat. Meatless Monday does not have to be vegan, but you may find that many meals are easily made vegan or vegetarian. For instance, I love to add tofu to my homemade spaghetti sauce.

4. Use beans and lentils to make meatless meals easier and full of protein– If you miss protein or feel your meals are missing something that is filling try making them with lentils or beans. I love making meals with these options because they really do add a lot to dishes and they are mega low-cost even if bought organic. I suggest buying them in bulk for the best price.

Now, doesn’t Meatless Monday sound like the perfect way to start the week? It’s a simple way to save money, cut your meat consumption and try something new. Alpha Burritos and Moms Meet has given me the opportunity to offer my readers a way to win a $25 gift card to Walmart so you can try Alpha Burritos yourself. To find out where to buy them, make sure you check this locator. Also, follow Alpha Foods on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more info about their amazing foods. To enter, please comment on this post and tell me how you make Meatless Mondays work for you and which Alpha Food Burrito you would love to taste! (ends May 5, 2018) Make sure you leave a good email address to contact you with!

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