~The Kitchen Wife~

Monday, December 5, 2016

Meatless Mondays: It Makes a Difference

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Many of you know that nine months ago I made some drastic changes in my life and began on the journey to health.  I cleaned up my eating, started working out, and here I am 50 pounds lighter.  I have never felt better.  I'm not on a diet.  I'm just making better choices for my body, and one of the changes I have made is exercising Meatless Monday.  However, what started as a way to get more veggies into my diet, has turned into an opportunity to make a difference in the world at large.  You see as I began to do more research I discovered that by simply having one vegetable based meal a day you can...

  • Reduce water consumption by 58% per person.
  • Reduce the production of greenhouse gasses, which are a major contributor to global warming.  
  • Reduce our increasing dependence on fossil fuels.  
These things paired with the overall health benefits in your body, as well as the benefits to your wallet, why wouldn't you begin to exercise this simple practice?

Now I know what you are thinking.  "Mandee, my (insert husband, wife, child, partner, etc here) would never go for that."  Well, what if I told you that I have partnered with MorningStar Farms® to prove you wrong?  

MorningStar Farms® have developed these delicious Veggie Bowls that even the biggest carnivore in your life will not be able to resist.  

Easily found in the frozen food aisle at your local Walmart, these MorningStar Farms® Veggie Bowls have a wonderful selection of flavors to choose from.  

  • Chik’n Pot Pie
  • Chik’n Tikka Masala
  • Italian Sausage Bake
  • Japanese Soba Noodles
  • Moroccan Medley
For me lunch time is usually pretty hectic.  Even though I work from home, I don't always have time to cook.  I like to have these MorningStar Farms® Veggie Bowls on hand for just that reason.

Convenient and delicious you just simply pop it into the microwave and BAM!  I meat free lunch daily!  

That a truly packed full of flavor and are absolutely delicious!  This Italian Sausage Bake was out-of-this-world!  

It really doesn't get any easier than that.  So why not take steps to not only better yourself, but the world around you as well.  Especially when Morning Star has made it so very easy.  

And as always....

Happy Reading, Happy Eating, Happy Living, 
~The Kitchen Wife~

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Celebrate the Season: Christmas Bucket List and Free Printable

It's December first, and I can officially shout from the mountain tops that the CHRISTMAS SEASON IS OFFICIALLY HERE!  Christmas is without a doubt my favorite holiday.  While the gifts are definitely a nice bonus, the best part about this season for me is the music, the traditions, the baking, just the overall spirit of the season.  So this year, being the seasonal junkie that I am, I came up with twelve practical ways you can celebrate the season with your family.


I'm calling it a Christmas Bucket List, but honestly these are just some of the ways my family and I make merry each year.  These are so organic, that I have already marked a few things off the list without trying.  The list goes as follows...

Monday, November 21, 2016

Perfect Paleo Pumpkin Pie

This is it!  The holiday season has begun, and Thanksgiving is upon us!  One of the staples on everyone's table is pumpkin pie, and mine is no excitation.  The only difference for me this year is that I am trying to make healthier choices with my ingredients.  Take my Perfect Paleo Pumpkin Pie for example.  

Low carb, gluten free, dairy free, and full of fiber and protein this Perfect Paleo Pumpkin Pie is ALMOST guilt free!  I can't wait to share it with you so...

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Perfect Paleo Pie Crust Recipe

For my family, holiday desserts are all about the pie. However, we're all trying to make better choices these day, so today I am going to be using Bob's Red Mill Super-Fine Almond Flour to demonstrate how to make the Perfect Paleo Pie Crust.

Low carb and gluten free, this Perfect Paleo Pie Crust is the perfect light and flakey accompaniment to ANY pie!  It's so easy to make and I know you're going to love it, so...

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Monday, November 14, 2016

5 Holiday Travel Tips for Caregivers

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Recently my husband and I entered a new season in our lives.  We became caregivers to my now 92 year old mother-in-law, Dora.  Dora has Alzheimer's and dementia, therefore she is unable to live by herself.  I know that I should be saying what a difficult decision it was to take this on, but to be honest, it was a no brainer for us.  You see Dora spent her entire life loving and caring for my husband, and now it was our turn to give back.  One thing I have learned in this season of life is that traveling around for the holidays can be tricky.  

Dora thrives on routine and familiarity.  When things are off it really throws her for a loop.  I imagine it is that way for most people who travel with seniors who have special needs, so with the holidays approaching I thought I would share my 5 tips for making travel and overnight stays a little easier on them and you.  

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Pet: Cat Toy Puzzle Box

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It's November, and we are officially entering the holiday season.  It's the most wonderful time of the year, yes, but it is also the BUSIEST time of the year as well.  I find myself constantly rushing here and rushing there just trying to keep up.  One thing that I find can get a little lost in the holiday shuffle are my pets.  

This year, however, I have partnered with Purina for the #ToPetsWithLove campaign and put together this wonderful holiday care package for my furry friends.  I can't wait to share it with you so...

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Bowl Recipe

One of the things I have come to love about healthy cooking is the fact that it is so simplistic.  Growing up in Appalachia, cooking always seemed daunting and fussy.  Lots of frying, and gravy, and cheese, and...well...you get it.  However, since I have cleaned up my eating habits, some of my favorite meals are so simple that I would never think they would be as delicious as they are.  Take my Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Bowls for example.  

Big, bold, flavor and fresh ingredients make this 30 minute meals one of my new favs!  I know you are going to love this one so...

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