Summer is such a social time, isn't it? I tend to feel like I'm bouncing between barbecues, beaches, picnics and patios (oh, and working too)! Add the heat and humidity an Island summer brings and you have yourself a recipe for take-out. It can be so challenging to find time to prepare healthy meals or snacks at home during the chaotic (but incredible) summer season.
Today is no exception. Temperatures are expected to reach 34 degrees Celsius with the humidity (a real corker of a day) and we have friends coming over this evening for a visit. Our house is not blessed with air conditioning and as a result, the thought of turning my oven or stove on practically has me sprinting towards the beach. In the name of good planning, I woke up early to get a start on prepping some homemade treats for our guests to enjoy later. This saves me from doing an expensive grocery store run later and also from heating my kitchen in the peak heat of the day (win-win!)
Is there anything better to cap off a busy week (and to kick off the weekend) than an order of takeout? Usually by the time the clock strikes 5 on a Friday evening, the last thing you want to do is spend your precious time cooking supper (and cleaning those darn dishes).
Believe me, I get it.
Takeout can absolutely have a place in any home as a special treat - not a weekly (or daily) habit. Plan for days that you'll pick up take-out, try not to rely on it as a mealtime crutch. It's a slippery slope that will not only impact your health goals, but may prevent you from saving your money for things you really want (hello vacation)!
Instead of ordering in tonight, give these spicy peanut Thai noodles a try. The noodles cook in your slow cooker for about an hour and a half, take that time to unwind after your busy week. After supper, throw the slow cooker insert into your dishwasher and the dishes are done!
PEI is in for a doozy of a snowstorm today. As I type this, I’m gazing out the window watching the winds gusting and snow falling. There's really nothing to do but get cozy inside and hope the power stays on!
As an entrepreneur there is really no such thing as a snow day (boo!), but I do still love the excitement of a good old-fashioned island storm. With a fire roaring and hot coffee poured, I’m all set for a cozy workday at home. It's the perfect opportunity to put my slow cooker to use! After checking my fridge, freezer and pantry, I’ve decided to put on a batch of spicy rice and beans for supper tonight. I chose this recipe because I have everything needed on hand (I dread going to the grocery store before a storm hits). The smell of chili spice has already begun to fill the house, which adds warmth and comfort on this blustery day.
This recipe was featured in my last Slow Cooker Class and makes a lot. Tonight, I'll top each bowl with jalapeno peppers, green onion, cheddar cheese,...