We have been using Thrive for a little under a year and love it. Nothing better than getting pantry supplies delivered right to your door. We have found that it helps me budget when I am not buying in a large of bulk as I typically do and they offer a lot of the items in single items that match up to the bulk prices I was paying. They are currently offering Nutiva coconut oil to encourage people to try them out!
So we have had an overabundance of broccoli at our house. My husband and I mixed up items on our grocery list and on the same day I bought a few heads of organic broccoli from Earthfare (they have had it on sale all month for $0.99) and he bought two huge bags of organic broccoli florets at Costco. Our family loves it and we eat it just steamed as a side for dinner a lot, but steamed broccoli at every meal was getting old. So I decided to recreate one of my favorite childhood foods that my mom always made for get-togethers. Vegetable pizza, you know they type made on packaged Crescent rolls. Well, seeing that our family is gluten-free and pretty low grains, I decided to try a grain free version. It turned out yummy…only thing I would change is to spread the dough thinner.
grain free veggie pizza
author: The Sprouted Life
I was asked a few weeks ago about my kitchen. Specifically, what tools could I not live without? And what would my dream kitchen look like?
I actually love my kitchen. It’s an open concept and I don’t feel like I am stuck in a room away from people while I am cooking. When we built our house, we specifically choose this because we knew it would be a gathering place. It never fails when we have friends over, people will just gather around the island talking and snacking on food. I absolutely love that!
But what would I change? Well, I am pretty sure I saw my dream kitchen the other day…but seeing as that isn’t anywhere in the near future, I would actually only make one small change. I would rip out the microwave above our cooktop. I don’t like my microwave and rarely use it, but even more so is that it is obnoxiously huge. I would love a range hood that opens up my cooking area (especially when I am canning and always bumping stuff into the microwave.) I love this hood in the image below!
In my ultimate dream kitchen my cook top would have twice as many burners and even more counter space with a larger island, but I would be more than happy to simply just replace my microwave with a fun range hood. I am pretty sure this range from BlueStar Cooking is my ultimate dream one.
As for the question, what items do we use every day? My first thought goes immediately to my Vitamix and my Le Creuset cookware. Both of these were purchased in times of our lives when we were tighter on cash and they were big splurges. Our Vitamix is over 5 years old and has lived a really good life…literally it is used multiple times a day in our house. I remember when I was trying to convince my husband of why we “needed” one and his response was “isn’t it just a blender?” I borrowed a neighbor’s and had my husband make hummus and from that point on he was convinced.
As for my cookware, when we started purging all Teflon and aluminum pans, I slowly began collecting pieces of Le Creuset. For Christmas one year, my husband found a collector who was selling her entire lot… they are over 25 years old and are in incredible condition. So I went from a few prized pieces to my entire kitchen be stocked for an incredible deal. I love them and they are also used every single day in my kitchen.
But, what is used the most and could I absolutely not live without? My answer is sort of a random item. Not in the least bit expensive or hard to find, but we use them everyday and for multiple things. I could not live without the simple Mason jar.
We ferment in them. We store all our pantry items in them. They are our drink glasses. We can fresh produce in the summers in them. When I am prepping meals early in the day, my chopped veggies always get stored in them. I literally have mason jars in every area of my kitchen. Such a simple item, but wow, our kitchen would not run smoothly without them.
By the time I get to Friday mornings, I have pretty much run out of inspiration for breakfast. While I typically eat a protein smoothie, I am always looking for ideas to feed my growing boys, that are loaded with healthy fats and fiber, but eggs get boring quickly and my oldest doesn’t love protein smoothies.
I am fairly adamant that my kids eat a hearty breakfast (not sugar and carbs), like the typical SAD (Standard American Diet) of cereal, toast, bagels etc. So finding variations can be challenging. One of their current favorite breakfasts are my little protein bites.
They are loaded with gluten free oats, pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes, dried blueberries, flax seed, chia seeds, sliced almonds and coconut oil. While they look like little muffins, they are actually dense, almost crumbly little bites, that pair wonderfully with coffee. Because of the fiber and fat, they are incredibly filling and can easily keep you fueled until lunch.
A few benefits are that they are easy to make, freeze well and can travel well as snacks. I almost always have all the ingredients on hand…besides the dried blueberries, but I live super close to our local Earth Fare and they always have them in their bulk food section. You can also easily substitute ingredients: chopped up dried apricots or dates, sunflower seeds, pecans etc. Be creative with them!
Protein Breakfast Bites
author: The Sprouted Life
This year one of my goals is to share more about our daily lives. From the little things, like where I shop, how I buy in bulk, what school lunches look like, what snack time looks like etc.
So today, I thought I would share a quick picture of my 1st graders school lunch. I actually hate packing lunches…you know all those cute Pinterest images of cheese and sandwiches cut into cute shapes…yeah, never happens in our house. To simplify the process of lunches in our house, I always make a large enough dinner for leftovers. As I am putting away/cleaning up dinner I fill all the boys lunches boxes, making morning’s so much easier. The mornings I didn’t pre-pack lunches or didn’t have leftovers to use, just makes me feel like I am scrambling.
We have chosen to use the Goodbyn System for our lunches. I love them because they seal really well, don’t have multiple components for my boys to keep track of and they are the perfect size for their lunches.
Pictured below: leftover sauerkraut & meatballs, green beans with coconut oil and sea salt and an orange.