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Beluga lentils commonly referred to as black lentils, hold their shape better and have a firmer texture than green or red lentils when cooked. For this reason, I like to meal prep a batch and use them throughout the week in various ways. They are good as a side dish with a drizzle of olive… Continue reading »

This has become a favorite cook-out side dish recipe and has a record of close to 10 consecutive appearances at summertime Nordby family cookouts.  I usually serve this with Tostitos Scoops chips but can also be a star solo act.  Double the recipe for lots of left-overs that go quickly in my house. Ingredients Directions… Continue reading »

Are you running low on recipe inspiration? Do you need a delicious and easy meal that also lends itself to meal prepping? Look no further…I give you Pinch of Yum’s Cilantro Lime Chicken and Lentils that comes together in just 45 minutes. In my opinion, this recipe is a meal prep home run. I make… Continue reading »

Has anyone else noticed all the tasty grain and vegetable bowl restaurants popping up everywhere? After stopping into two different shops I noticed they have a few things in common: tasty grain/vegetable bowls, and really high prices! The concept is very simple and easy to recreate at home for a much lower price. Grain Bowl… Continue reading »

“A pantry is like a quiver of arrows, at your back and at the ready.” Abra Berens in her cookbook, Ruffage Pantry staples are more important than ever. For the past several months, I have only been going to the grocery store once a week, which has made me more mindful when planning my weekly shopping… Continue reading »

May is International Mediterranean Diet Month (or #MedMonth) which highlights the Mediterranean-style eating pattern. The Mediterranean Diet focuses on fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and lean meats. It’s not only backed by research, but it is also delicious and satisfying which makes it a popular eating pattern for many. There are several Med-inspired recipes on… Continue reading »

At a recent Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes Cooking School, we demonstrated a simple pasta dish made with vegetables and beans. It is shared below with a few modifications based upon what was available in my refrigerator the night I made this for dinner. I would have also liked to add carrots to this… Continue reading »

As we are all practicing social distancing and stocking our pantries with nonperishables to avoid COVID-19, you might be wondering what to do with all those cans of beans you stocked up on. Pandemic or not, beans are great pantry staple and can be used in a variety of meals. I always have a variety… Continue reading »

We have all been there… we find ourselves back at the fridge picking through whatever might look tasty. Not because we are particularly hungry, but because it is available. Trust me, I understand. My work from home ‘desk’ happens to be the kitchen table, meaning I am just a few steps from the fridge, pantry,… Continue reading »

Our team has written a lot of great blogs about meal prep lately, and they all make so much sense to prepare for a busy work week. Remember though, just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you don’t have a busy work week! Meal prep is a fantastic way to make sure you have… Continue reading »