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How to Eat More Vegetables: Recipes for Where to Start

How to Eat More Vegetables: Recipes for Where to Start

How to eat more vegetables We get a lot of requests about one single question: How can I eat more vegetables? Here’s an email from a reader we got a few weeks ago:  Hi! I am emailing for some tips on how to start a plant based diet for my family. Cooking does not come naturally for me. My kids are 5 and 2 and it’s important to me that we all fix up our eating habits. We eat lots of fruit and mostly chicken and rice is various forms. Vegetables are lacking in our diet other than raw carrots and cucumbers and occasionally some broccoli. Any advice you have that won’t blow out my budget would be great! ~Catherine M. Just jump in Alex and I have a unique approach when it comes to this conundrum. It’s called Just Jump In. The difference between JJI (can we call it that?) and other approaches to eating more vegetables is that in JJI, you don’t need to know anything to get started. You don’t have to wait to read up on cooking vegetables or buy lots of expensive kitchen gadgets. You simply need to make one recipe. For example, try a vegetarian […]

A Couple Cooks – Recipes for Healthy & Whole Living

Set Yourself Up For Weight-Loss Success: 20+ Ways to Meal Prep

Set Yourself Up For Weight-Loss Success: 20+ Ways to Meal Prep

Sunday is definitely not a day of rest in my house. It’s the day I plan out meals for the week, hit the grocery store, and prep food ahead of time. It takes probably three hours or more, but it totally sets me up to have a healthy and stress-free week….

4 Recipes on Repeat + Last Week’s Workouts

4 Recipes on Repeat + Last Week’s Workouts

Good morning! Happy March 1st and National Nutrition Month! Speaking of which, please check out our first post over on the Designed to Fit Nutrition blog: Why You Need a Nutrition Coach! Ok, so I’m totally one of those people […]

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4 Recipes on Repeat + Last Week’s Workouts

4 Recipes on Repeat + Last Week’s Workouts

Good morning! Happy March 1st and National Nutrition Month! Speaking of which, please check out our first post over on the Designed to Fit Nutrition blog: Why You Need a Nutrition Coach! Ok, so I’m totally one of those people […]

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4 Vegetarian Dinner Recipes for When You Don’t Know What to Make

4 Vegetarian Dinner Recipes for When You Don’t Know What to Make

This post was created in partnership with ALDI. All opinions are our own. We hear it all the time: “I just don’t know what to make for dinner.” Or, “It’s too hard to eat healthy on a weeknight, so I end up with takeout.” Don’t we know it. Believe it or not, 8 years ago we were the people who ate breakfast cereal or microwave dinners. Seriously. It makes me laugh when people tell me that’s not possible, because I was absolutely the girl who had no clue about cooking or food. Even making pasta seemed mysterious (where to start without the blue easy mac box instructions?). After 8 years of “research,” we’ve figured out a few things about how to eat whole foods, ditch our processed options, and actually enjoy it. It’s not perfect or glamorous, and we don’t have an Instagram-perfect plate every time. However, we make it work with simple concepts that we change up using the ingredients we have on hand. Our diet is about 80% vegetarian, so we’ve become accustomed to meals featuring eggs, beans, and whole grains to keep things filling. We’ve got a few ideas for you that aren’t groundbreaking, just simple concepts […]

A Couple Cooks – Recipes for Healthy & Whole Living

10 Romantic Vegetarian Valentine’s Day Recipes

10 Romantic Vegetarian Valentine’s Day Recipes

Maybe it’s just us, but somehow “vegetarian” and “romantic” seem like polar opposites when it comes to recipes. However, romantic meals don’t have to be just sirloins and seared scallops. Let’s bring the love back into vegetarian eating too! We’ve compiled a few of our romantic vegetarian Valentine’s Day recipes as ideas for a cooking date. Yes, there’s a lot of pasta and pizza, but the Italians seem to know how to do it right. Tell us >What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day memory? Mine is from growing up: my mom used to surprise our family by decorating our dining room with balloons and gifting my sister and me with fancy Valentines and little treats. Heart Shaped Caramelized Onion and Brussels Sprout Pizzas What’s more fun that heart-shaped foods? This pizza is mighty tasty, heart shaped or not, with silky caramelized onions, gooey cheese, and a bit of shaved Brussels sprouts. Check out our pizza dough video to learn how to make dough. Cacio e Pepe This Italian cheese and pepper spaghetti couldn’t be simpler; the recipe is from our friend Ashley Rodriguez’s book Date Night In. Alex and I ate a killer cacio e pepe last time we were in Rome. The […]

A Couple Cooks – Recipes for Healthy & Whole Living

Healthy Superbowl Recipes That Will Wow Your Friends

Healthy Superbowl Recipes That Will Wow Your Friends

With the Super Bowl a few weeks away, we start thinking of healthy-ish gameday recipes. From savory to sweet, here are our top 10 recipes for the big day that are centered on real food and wholesome ingredients. Each recipe has been friend-tested and approved; all are vegetarian, some vegan and gluten-free. We’d love to know your ideas! Let us know in the comments below. 1. Loaded Sweet Potato Rounds Our number 1 favorite game day recipe are these loaded sweet potato rounds. Friends beg us to make them, and they’re gone in a flash. (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free) 2. Hot Wings Hummus Jars Our new hummus flavor is made delicious with a simple addition: hot sauce. It’s creamy and tangy, and you can adjust the hot sauce to taste. (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Vegan) 3. Roasted Delicata Squash Fries with Buffalo Sauce Have you tried delicata squash? If not, please get on it now. This unique squash roasts quickly and doesn’t need to be peeled, which makes for easy prep. (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free) 4. Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Dip One of our favorite recipes: roasted cauliflower covered in buffalo sauce. Pair it with a creamy, cooling blue cheese dip. (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free) 5. Mexican Loaded Sweet Potato Fries What’s not […]

A Couple Cooks – Recipes for Healthy & Whole Living

16 Must-Follow Meal-Prep Tips For Weight Loss

16 Must-Follow Meal-Prep Tips For Weight Loss

Since losing weight is so much about what you eat, not how much you exercise, planning out your week’s meals and snacks is absolutely essential to your success. Unfortunately, we’re not talking about making an enormous batch of mac and cheese. If you’r…

Real Food Meal Prep…Without a Recipe

Real Food Meal Prep…Without a Recipe

This post is part of our Healthy & Whole series to inspire a lifelong passion for home cooking and a sustainably healthy lifestyle. Today’s guest author is Robyn Downs, author behind the blog Real Food Whole Life. Robyn is devoted to spreading the word that healthy eating can be approachable and enjoyable. Her new guide, Real Food Fix, is designed to put her innovative meal prep solutions into practice: check it out here. Congratulations to Robyn on the launch of Real Food Fix, and thank you for sharing your innovative strategy for real food meal prep!   After the birth of my daughter in 2012, I was overwhelmed and out of balance. I knew I needed to commit to real food and whole living, but had no idea where to start. Between the demands of work and family, I struggled to find time to get organized. I felt like I needed an extra 6 hours just to meal plan, and those were 6 hours I didn’t have. Also, I hated meal planning. Fitting real food into my everyday seemed completely overwhelming. Can you relate? I tried complicated meal plans, but struggled with unwieldy grocery lists and cooking new recipes each night. […]

A Couple Cooks – Recipes for Healthy & Whole Living

Eat Clean in the New Year (For Cheap!) With 9 Budgeting Hacks

Eat Clean in the New Year (For Cheap!) With 9 Budgeting Hacks

Working in the fitness and health world (and being fully immersed in it outside of work), I’ve become a bit desensitized to how much things cost. When $100 for a pair of yoga pants and $8 for a serving of chia pudding is just par for the course, I wro…