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Countdown to Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Eve: What you should be prepping 1 day out 

 

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We are one day away from the big Turkey day! Do you have everything ready to go? Are you frantically running around wondering what needs to be done today? Here’s a few things you should be prepping one day out from Thanksgiving!

-Today is the day to start making any sides that will reheat well, like casseroles.

-Start chopping and prepping for garnishes, toppings, salad greens and stuffing ingredients.

-If your stuffing recipe calls for stale bread, cut the bread now and set the cubes on a baking sheet to dry out.

-You can also bake your pies, so they have time to cool overnight before serving.

-Finish all your baking and store it in the fridge or on the counter over night

-Set the table

-Complete light housecleaning

What other tips and tricks do you use to prep the day before thanksgiving?

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Countdown to Thanksgiving

What to prepare for 1 Week out from Thanksgiving

We are 1 week away from Thanksgiving. Hopefully your guest list is finalized, and your menu has been planned. But what should you be prepping for one week before the big day? Here are a few tips to make sure you are on the right track to a stress-free day!

Pick Up Your Turkey
If you’ve ordered a turkey, now is the time to pick it up so you can be prepped to defrost it. If you haven’t planned for your turkey yet, purchase a frozen bird today so it will be able to defrost properly in the fridge.

Shop for Non-Perishables
Divide up your shopping list into perishables and non-perishables and get the latter out of the way now. Non-perishables include equipment, decor, paper goods and cleaning supplies – but could also include baking ingredients like flour, sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, canned pumpkin and cranberries. Wait until the day before Thanksgiving to buy fresh vegetables, seafood and bread.

Prepare a Cooking Schedule
Being organized is the key to keeping stress at a minimum on turkey day. Review your recipes and create a day-by-day schedule for the week leading up to Thanksgiving as well as a day-of plan.

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The Global Effort to Eliminate Food Waste

recyclingEliminating food waste is a big part of the service that we provide our clients. Not only do we want to add variety and save time to your busy lifestyle, we want to help you eliminate that weekly food waste from overbuying, not eating leftovers, or eating out all the time. There are conditions that we, as individuals, cannot currently change as we wait for the government to change its policies about food. But we can still help and we need to stay accountable for our actions.  According to Rodney McMullen, CEO of Kroger, “More than 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. each year goes unconsumed, while one in eight people struggle with hunger. That just doesn’t make sense.” It does NOT make sense, especially when there are easy steps each of us can take to help the situation.

Not only are we using up our planet’s resources but we are also wasting food that could end global hunger. Food production uses 50% of our land, 30% of all energy resources and swallows 80% of all freshwater (USDA, 2016). Reducing our food loss by up to 15% could feed over 25 million people a year! So, how do we do it?

One way to reduce food waste is to support food policy changes. So much food gets thrown out because it’s not pretty enough. The appearance of food accounts for up to 1/3 of total food waste. In addition to looks, establishing uniform “sell-by/use-by” labels on meat and produce products could heavily impact the amount of food we throw away. An Ohio State University study states, “Sixty-eight percent of Americans believe that throwing away food once its expiration date passes lowers their chances of getting sick from it, and fifty-nine percent believe that food waste is “necessary” to consistently produce fresh, flavorful meals.”

This past week, The Consumer Goods Forum, a network of the 400 largest food and consumer companies in the world, developed a plan to simplify date labels. Instead of having many competing terms, there would be only two common phrases; “Best if used by” and “Use by.” This initiative aims to reduce global food waste by 50% by 2030. Click here to read more about the plans to streamline food labels to eliminate food waste.

So, what can we control at a personal level? Consumer behavior is still a big part of the equation. Changing what we eat has a big impact on the entire food chain. If we ate all the crops it takes to feed the animals we eat, food production would increase by approximately two billion tons. It is thought that reducing the amount of meat we consume could have the same as eliminating all retail food losses. Try meatless Monday or go vegetarian one other day of the week. If everyone in the U.S. didn’t eat meat just ONE day each week, the effect would be huge. And not just with land and water but air too! Greenhouse gas emissions would reduce by 1.2 million tons and we would save 70 million gallons of gas and 33 tons of antibiotics that ranchers and farmers use to transport and protect their animals. That’s HUGE! Plus, it’s a good excuse to eat more vegetables, something we could all use a little more of.

The good news is that there is a huge effort across the world to solve the food waste problem. Many countries are implementing new policies such as mandatory composting and recycling in many grocery stores. And there are lots of things you can do at home, besides eating less meat. Check out some of those ideas here. The important things to remember are to buy less, buy ugly, get creative with your food and be an advocate. And if you can’t reduce your food waste, try to donate untouched food to food banks or compost your food scraps rather than throwing them away. Every bit helps to reduce your carbon footprint on this planet.

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Lose Weight Walking – Health Ambition

walking up stairs for weight lossCan You Lose Weight by Walking?

As the end of summer approaches and school starts back up,  schedules start to fill up quickly again. Sometimes you start to lose sight of your daily tasks and goals, like keeping up with your fitness regime. Maybe you haven’t exercised in a while or just starting out. Some people might be nervous about getting started or need that extra push to start up again. Walking is a great first step for that (pun intended).

Our friend, Helen from Health Ambition, wrote an article about the benefits of walking and how to get started. Walking is a great low impact exercise with a high impact on reducing stress and improving overall health and weight loss. Did you know that walking 75 minutes a week can drastically improve general health conditions. Check out the article below for quick tips, tricks and motivation to start walking again!

Can You Lose Weight Walking 

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Too Many Tomatoes I From Mama Natural

28 Things to Do With Too Many Tomatoes

tomatoesLate in the summer, many gardeners end up with too many tomatoes! Come late-August, you may end up with a dozen or two heirlooms ripening on your kitchen counter, with dozens more cherry, San Marzano, Brandywine, Yellow Pear, Roma, Campari, Jubilee, Beefsteak and countless other tomato varieties ripening on the vines outside.

This is not necessarily a bad thing but it can be intimidating trying to think of ways to utilize them. Before we start, I have an idea of my own. First, cook down those fresh tomatoes and add some onion, celery and celery salt until the vegetables are tender. Now run that through a food mill and add some salt and lemon juice to taste. Don’t forget the last and most crucial ingredient…Vodka!

Now that you have a delicious bloody mary in your hands, you can click the link below to find out 28 ways to use all those extra tomatoes from your garden while they are at peak freshness!

28 Things to Do With Too Many Tomatoes

Leave a comment below with your favorite ideas and recipes using your garden vegetables and herbs.

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From Food & Wine | Maple Roasted Ribs

Maple Roasted Ribs

Hey, here’s a great maple roasted ribs recipe we found at Food and Wine magazines website. Not all ribs have to be smoked, here’s another great way to make spare ribs. Our talented personal chefs know many fun and interesting recipes like this that we use every day for our weekly meal prep clients…

http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/maple-roasted-pork-spareribs

Maple roasted ribs from Food and Wine magazine
Maple roasted pork spare ribs from Food and Wine magazine

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meal prep | bun thit nuong

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Meal Prep Bun Thit Nuong

Bun Thit Nuong style bean noodle bowl meal prep with Chili-Lemongrass Pork Tenderloin and topped with fresh herbs.

Just one example of exotic In-home weekly #mealprep dishes made every day by Friend That Cooks #PersonalChefs.

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