How to Shred Meat in Under 30 Seconds

Learn how to shred meat in under 30 seconds using your stand mixer!

Looking for another valuable use for that KitchenAid stand mixer? How about shredding meat? It works so well to shred some cooked chicken breasts, boneless pork butt, or beef roast. If you have ever tried to “pull” a pork shoulder with forks, you know this can take a bit of time. With the stand mixer and the normal beater attachment, you can shred a pound of cooked chicken breast straight from the slow cooker in under 30 seconds! (Tip: You can also use a hand mixer!) Take a look at this handy kitchen hack:

Here’s how to shred meat in under 30 seconds:

1. Take your meat straight from cooking and toss it in the mixing bowl.

2. Make sure the beater attachment is in place.

3. Raise the bowl and hit a low power setting for about 30 seconds.

4. Enjoy your shredded meat!

So you no longer need to hesitate to make recipes like chicken enchiladas, pulled pork, or beef barbecue because of this tedious job again. If you don’t have a KitchenAid, here is another great reason why you might just want to take the plunge!

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Learn how to shred meat in under 30 seconds using your stand mixer or hand mixer!

How to Make Vegetable Broth

My Mom, being the awesome Mom she is, sent along her instructions, with a couple of pictures, on how she makes homemade vegetable broth!

The broth is perfect for soups, stews, rice dishes, Risotto, and pasta sauces!

Want to know how to make vegetable broth?  Read on…

Want to learn how to make vegetable broth? Here's how to make vegetable broth using the scraps from your kitchen. So simple and frugal!

How to make Vegetable Broth

There are a ton of vegetable scraps that can be salvaged for broth:

  • carrot peelings
  • broccoli, mushroom pieces, celery, peppers, onions
  • Herb stems
  • Pretty much anything if it isn’t rotten!

Here are some tips to prepare your scraps:

  • Scrub your vegetables before peeling
  • Place all your scraps/peelings into a freezer bag or container
  • Keep adding to the bag/container until you have enough to make the broth (about 4-6 cups worth)

Vegetable Broth Method:

  1. Place the peels to a stock pot, add enough water to cover completely, then add ground pepper, bay leaf and a garlic clove.
  2. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 1 hour.
  3. Cool the broth, then strain and discard (compost) the solids.
  4. Pour broth into containers and refrigerate or freeze for up to 3 months.

So simple!

A Homemade Christmas Gift: Curried Lentil Soup in Jars

After seeing the Curried Lentil Soup in jars my friend Leslie over at DefinitelyNotMartha.com put together for gifts, I knew I had to do it too! I think they’re perfect for spur of the moment gifts as well as a good idea for teacher gifts. I especially like the fact that the recipient only has to add water and the contents of the jar to enjoy!

I made up these quick labels for the jars if you’d like to use them when you put together the jars.

A Homemade Christmas Gift: Vanilla Sugar

If you made some of the homemade vanilla I gave instructions to in this post, then you’ll surely have some extra vanilla beans!

I had quite a few left over so I thought I’d try making some vanilla sugar for a bit of a treat when added to coffee or tea!

It’s simple:

  • Add granulated sugar to an empty mason jar
  • Split one vanilla bean down the middle length wise
  • Cut the bean into small pieces over the sugar
  • Put the lid on the jar, then shake up

You’ll have vanilla sugar ready for the very next day!

Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Under $5

As the saying goes, ‘Breakfast is the most important meal of the day’.  So while this is true, it can also be the least expensive and easiest meal to make of the day. With using items like sausage, veggies, eggs, and other ingredients that are easily accessible, you can easily make breakfast for the whole family for under $5.

Did you know that you can easily make breakfast for the whole family for under $5? Here are 9 healthy breakfast ideas for under $5. #healthybreakfast #breakfast #cheapbreakfast #breakfastrecipes

Here are my favourite Healthy Breakfast Ideas for under $5:

  1. Greek Yogurt and Fruit – You can usually pick up a tub of Greek Yogurt for under $4. Use some frozen fruit and maple syrup for a topping and you have a delicious breakfast.
  2. French Toast – One of my family’s favorite meals is French toast… for breakfast or dinner ;). For some reason, we can’t get enough of it. I don’t mind because using whole wheat, I can make the French toast semi-healthy! We add fruit topping or peanut butter instead of real maple syrup sometimes.
  3. Banana with Peanut Butter – Is there anything more delicious than bananas and peanut butter? I think not! It also makes for a very filling breakfast for little ones. If your child doesn’t like bananas, try cutting up an apple for them. Delicious, healthy, and simple!
  4. Breakfast burritos – Using low carb or whole wheat tortillas, mix up eggs, salsa, and cheese to make a yummy breakfast concoction.
  5. Oatmeal – The lovely thing about oatmeal is that you can make it simple and healthy. Oatmeal is cheap and can feed a lot of people at one time. I’ve got three great recipes for oatmeal: Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal, Chunky Monkey Oatmeal or Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets.
  6. Fruit salad – One of my favorite healthy meals for under $5 is taking all the leftover fruit in the fridge and mixing it together to create a fruit salad. Sometimes I add a bit of yogurt on top. Yum!
  7. Veggie omelet – A dozen eggs can be bought for a little over $2. Make a yummy veggie omelet to feed your family a healthy meal for under $5.
  8. Sausage and Eggs – Keep breakfast simple by making sausage and eggs for your breakfast of choice. My family never complains about this meal.
  9. Homemade banana muffins – If you have old bananas in your possession, make some muffins out of them. A simple breakfast that will save you money! These are my most favourite Banana Chocolate Chip muffins.

These 9 healthy breakfast ideas for under $5 will help you stay on budget and keep you feeling great all day long. It’s easy to swing through the drive thru and get caught up in a $20 breakfast for the family. But instead, it’s just as easy to make your own breakfast at home for $5 (and stay in your pajamas!).

What healthy breakfast ideas do you have for under $5?

Chunky Monkey Oatmeal: A Healthy Breakfast on a Budget

Chunky monkey oatmeal: A healthy breakfast on a budget

Start Your Day on the Right Track

We all know, as we’ve been told so many times, that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The reason for this is pretty simple: In short, your body hasn’t been fed for several hours and is craving for essential nutrients.

It is recommended, for the average person, to get a minimum of eight hours of sleep per night. For this period of time, your body isn’t absorbing any nutrients and is considered to be fasting. Needless to say, if your body hasn’t been fed for so many hours, then it is even more important to feed it with the best possible ingredients first thing in the morning.

Unfortunately, breakfast is often the most neglected meal. Most people end up having a pair of toast and a cup of coffee to get it done as quickly as possible, either because of a busy schedule or simply because of the lack of inspiration (or both, maybe?).

A Healthier, Tastier Alternative

Well, today I am going to show a quick and healthy recipe that will rock your socks off: Chunky Monkey Oatmeal. I promise it will change your mind about oatmeal, forever!

What exactly is chunky monkey you ask me? Well, it’s a Ben & Jerry’s flavor consisting of banana, walnuts, and fudge… and it is delicious!

So I decided that I would try this particular combination for oatmeal, and it turned out to be DELISH. As a bonus, this recipe is very budget friendly!

I swapped walnuts for peanuts in my version, as they are much cheaper. You could also use your favorite chocolate syrup instead of cacao powder to make this recipe a bit cheaper, or if you don’t have this particular ingredient on hand. Cacao powder is among the healthiest foods on earth though, so I really think you would be missing out, your choice!

So Let’s Have a Look at What’s in There:

• Oatmeal is an excellent source of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. This high-quality body fuel contains roughly 6 grams of protein per portion and a plethora of essential vitamins and minerals. It is also very budget-friendly, one of the cheapest breakfast options out there, period. Instant oatmeal packages is NOT a good replacement oatmeal though, it will not provide the same health benefits. There is a big difference between the two.
• Cacao Powder is, like I said above, among the healthiest foods on the planet. It is full of antioxidants (40 times more than blueberries, can you believe that?!). It is anti-inflammatory, will balance your mood, make you happy, combat fatigue, lower your blood pressure, prevent cardiovascular diseases, and much more! Cheaper alternative: Chocolate syrup. Although, far less healthy.
• Honey Is one of the healthiest sweeteners out there. Full of antioxidants, essential vitamins and minerals, it will never spoil. It will crystallize over time, but will still be perfectly edible: simply heat it back to its liquid form. Cheaper alternative: Brown sugar. Again, less healthy.
• Peanuts are an excellent source of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats which are often overlooked for being calorie-dense. But don’t be fooled by their high-calorie count per portion, as studies have shown that peanuts actually promote weight-loss. They are super healthy and very budget-friendly.
• Bananas are an impressive fruit. They will boost your energy levels, boost your mood, help with digestion and improve your skin, bones and brain health. Bananas are also one of the cheapest (fresh) fruits at the store (if not the cheapest).

Chunky Monkey Oatmeal: A Healthy Breakfast on a Budget

Serves Two (2)

INGREDIENTS

Oatmeal:

1 cup milk of choice
1/3 cup quick oats
1 tsp cacao powder
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp peanut butter

Toppings:

1 banana, sliced
1 tbsp ground peanuts

INSTRUCTIONS:

Heat the liquids (milk, honey, vanilla extract) over medium heat in a small saucepan, stirring occasionally, until the mixture starts to bubble. About 7-10 minutes.

Add in the oatmeal and cacao powder, mix well. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has been absorbed.

Remove from heat and add in the peanut butter, mix well. Serve in a bowl, top with banana slices and ground peanuts.

Toppings on the picture: Banana slices, ground peanuts, a pinch of cacao powder and melted dark chocolate (optional).

Chunky Monkey Oatmeal
Ingredients
Oatmeal:
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1/3 cup quick oats
  • 1 tsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
Toppings:
  • 1 banana sliced
  • 1 tbsp ground peanuts
Instructions
  1. Heat the liquids (milk, honey, vanilla extract) over medium heat in a small saucepan, stirring occasionally, until the mixture starts to bubble. About 7-10 minutes.
  2. Add in the oatmeal and cacao powder, mix well. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  3. Remove from heat and add in the peanut butter, mix well. Serve in a bowl, top with banana slices and ground peanuts.

Cost per serving: $0.63

Nutrition information per serving:
Calories: 303
Carbohydrate: 40g
Fat: 12g
Fibers: 7g
Protein: 13g

(Nutrition information is calculated with the ingredients listed in the “Ingredients” section only.)

This blog post is a courtesy of Gabriel from One Clever Chef , a blog where you will find various healthy and simple recipes made with real food.

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