Brunch is 100% my favorite meal. One of my best friends jokes that I'm never just eating breakfast... I'm always brunching. There's just something so lovely and relaxing about brunch. In my mind, brunch is a leisurely morning where you've slept in, put on comfy clothes, turned on cheerful music, sipped a cappuccino or a matcha latte, and sat back and relaxed while a delicious spread came your way. What's better than that? Clearly I love enjoying a fabulous brunch, but I also love hosting one at my house! It's definitely the most stress-free meal to take on. It's casual, it doesn't require anything too fancy or complicated, and pretty much everything can be prepped ahead of time. Here are my tips for the next time you're hosting a brunch!
Hard boiled eggs are one of my favorite healthy snacks. They're a great source of protein, fat, vitamins and minerals, and just the perfect thing to keep stocked in your fridge when you need something quick and nutritious. Really the only problem I ever had with with hard boiled eggs was the fact that I could never get them quite right. Almost every time, they turned out overdone with chalky yolks that had that dreaded grey ring around them. Ugh! On the rare occasion that I timed them right, I still couldn't enjoy them because they'd be impossible to peel. And believe me, I tried every "trick" in the book. I tried adding vinegar to the water, I tried placing the eggs in cold water, then bringing them to a boil, I tried lowering them into boiling water instead, using older eggs, newer eggs, ice bath, no ice bath... I'm telling you, lots of failed hard boiled eggs. Then I discovered the ONLY way to make fail-proof hard boiled eggs. The Instant Pot!
Ok you guys, get excited. Cooking chicken in the Instant Pot is a total game changer! Chicken is typically one of my least favorite things to make ... I always worry about undercooking it, which means that most of the time I overcook it and end up with dried out chicken, which is never tasty. I'm happy to say those days are long gone now that I cook it in my instant pot, and I'm telling you, it's perfect every single time. Flavorful, juicy, and it shreds so easily. And get this... it's as simple as putting chicken and salsa in the instant pot, turning it on for 10 minutes, and walking away. Seriously doesn't get much easier!
You guys... I made these no-bake cookie dough balls the other day, and every time I opened the fridge and spotted them, I immediately got excited and grabbed one. This was both a good and bad thing - good because they're super delicious and they totally satisfy the sweet tooth (in a much healthier way than most other treats), and bad because, well, they're super delicious, also super addicting... making me run to the fridge way too often to sneak just one more (famous last words). Safe to say they didn't last too long in our house. Anyway, I know you'll love this perfect bite-sized treat as much as I do, and hopefully they'll last a bit longer in your kitchen!
Any other last minute holiday shoppers out there? I can't believe Hanukkah starts in 4 days and Christmas is just over two weeks out ... time to do some serious shopping! While I'm struggling with what to get some of my family members, I do have a pretty solid list of gift ideas for your favorite foodie or the hostess with the mostess - either because I use some of these things constantly, or because they're on my holiday wish-list! Hopefully this will help you find the perfect gift for the cooks, bakers, and entertainers in your life, or you can send it along to your family members who are still shopping for YOU (hint, hint, wink, wink!)!
July 28th, 2016
June 23, 2017
Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist who lives for a great meal, a beautiful farmers market, daily matcha lattes, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Weeknight Bite is Lindsay's happy place where her nutrition practice, simple recipes, and wellness tips come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.