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An Accidental Hippie

Your place to discover how good healthy living can be

  • Tammy

Cooking at Home

I know for someone who isn’t use to cooking for themselves cooking at home on a regular basis can seem daunting. When I was younger, I was a horrible cook! Since I had no clue what I was doing I bought a lot of pre-made, box dinners where I just had to add meat. Whenever I tried a recipe things didn’t turn out half bad though. I started thinking maybe I could become a better cook someday. I use to hate cooking, but as the years have gone by I have not only found it to be much easier, but it actually has become something I really enjoy. I think you could enjoy it too.

Here are some of my best tips.-

1. Buy quality ingredients. I know, I know. “You can’t afford to buy expensive organic food.” But, I challenge you to look at how much you’re spending now on food and sugary drinks. You may be surprised. Quality ingredients do cost more initially, but the investment is worth it when you realize how much your saving from not going out to eat and how much better you start to feel from eating clean ingredients in your food.

2. Make the decision. You have to make the decision that you’re going to make the time to cook for yourself. Sounds almost ridiculous, right? But the truth is, if you don’t make the decision to take the time to nourish your body through healthful, delicious food that you’re cooking for yourself than it isn’t going to happen.

3. Meal planning. This is one of my biggest suggestions for you. Planning your meals will make cooking at home so much easier. Grab this calendar template here to write down all your meals for the week or even month

4. Cook once, eat twice. You should always aim to cook more than you need for one meal. Since you’re already cooking, make extra so you can cook once, but eat twice. This will save you time and also prevent you from driving through somewhere to catch dinner on one of those nights where you just feel too tired or rushed to cook. I use these meal containers to freeze my extra meals.

5. Invest in some good cooking utensils and cookware. Having the proper equipment in your kitchen really can make all the difference when it comes to prepping your meals. I suggest investing in a good set of knives and some stainless steel cookware.

I hope this helps you to get started on your own cooking journey. I’ve gathered some of my favorite easy recipes here to help you get you started.

CRISPY SLOW COOKER CARNITAS-Recipe found at gimmesomeoven.com

Farmer's Market Stir Fry- Recipe found at 100daysofrealfood.com

Sausage, Peppers and Onions over Rice- Recipe found at AnAccidentalHippie.com

Italian Chicken Sheet Pan Supper- Recipe found at foodnetwork.com

Classic Chili- Recipe found at thewholesomedish.com

Easy weeknight dinner to have on your plate in 20 minutes

Italian Sausage, Peppers and Onions

6 (4 ounce) links sweet Italian sausage 2 tablespoons butter or ghee 1 yellow onion, sliced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 large red bell pepper, sliced 1 large yellow bell pepper 2 green bell pepper, sliced 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Place the sausage in a large skillet over medium heat, and brown on all sides. Remove from skillet, and slice. Melt butter or ghee in the skillet. Stir in the yellow onion and garlic. Cook 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in bell peppers. Season with basil, and oregano, salt and pepper. Continue to cook and stir until peppers and onions are tender. Add ACV to remove brown bits from pan. It adds delicious flavor. (Can sub with a white wine) Return sausage slices to skillet with the vegetables. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 15 minutes, or until sausage is heated through. Can serve over rice or cauliflower rice. *All veggies were organic.

Now that you’re on your MONAT journey to fabulous hair, are you paying closer attention to your mane? Are you noticing a few hairs on your pillowcase? What about in the shower? Are you worried you might be shedding too much hair? Are you certain it’s shedding and not actually breakage? No need to fret! We’re here to explain the difference between hair shedding and hair breakage.

  1. Now About Hair Breakage

  2. When you style your hair, do you notice a lot of short, broken hair strands in the sink or on the floor? If the answer is “yes,” you’re probably experiencing hair breakage. Hair breakage is a result of too much heat styling or chemical damage. Here are a few tips to treat hair breakage:

  3. Use Replenish Masque a few times per week (2-3 times is ideal).Stretch your blowout as long as you can, as the natural oils from your scalp are healthy for your hair. If you must wash your hair daily, be sure to treat it with Rejuveniqe® to keep the hair follicles coated with hydrating ingredients.When hair is wet, use a naturally based leave-in conditioner like Restore and comb hair gently to avoid breakage.Try to keep chemical salon services limited to one at a time. Multiple chemical services (like coloring and relaxing) is more likely to cause stress on the hair shaft.Over processed hair is brittle. So if you must color process your hair, make sure to add moisture with a regular deep-conditioning regimen. Each of the clinically proven ingredients in S3 work together to replenish the body of possible nutrient deficiencies that could be contributing to hair loss and shedding.Avoid heat styling as much as possible.Eat a diet rich in protein. Protein can repair weak spots in the hair shaft, warding off breakage. But be forewarned: Too much protein can make the hair brittle, and too much moisture makes strands too flexible. It’s important to find the right balance of moisture and protein.

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