Comfort food comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, a homemade blueberry pie. Funny how they all tend to be a bit, shall we say, fattening. This savvy girl adores a good burrito, but it’s true she finds herself avoiding them because of the “weighty” contents: beans, cheese, guacamole and the like.
For this fall she is adding a comforting burrito to the menu that offers all those good feelings and none of the guilt.
We've mentioned before that we are mega-smoothie fans. Not the 2,000 calorie store-bought guzzling variety, but the homemade yogurt/fruit/low-calorie breakfast variety. Since we're heading into Prime Time Berry Season when all the fixin's for our fall smoothies are at their peak ripeness and lowest prices, it's got us whipping out freezer containers and whipping up a freezing frenzy, to ensure we'll have the best goods come fall.
To start you out, it's important to know there are four types of freezing fruit: sugar-freezing, syrup-freezing, puréeing and dry-freezing. We're not big fans of adding unnecessary sugar to our diets, so we only focus on dry-freezing, which is about as simple as it gets.
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Way back in the early 1800s, the canning process revolutionized our ability to preserve food for when it wasn’t in plentiful supply. Today, with seasonal produce available year round, purchasing canned vegetables has become a thing of our mothers’ era: a bit suspect, with veggies nuked, cooked, and de-texturized beyond recognition.
We here at Savvy Central, make one exception to the "no canned goods" rule and that would be for: The Stewed Tomato. Wow. We love it. For a million reasons, beginning with taste, texture, color, ripeness (they’re even more ripe than a ripe Roma!) affordability, malleability, we could go on, and on and on. But we won’t.
Instead, we’re sharing our favorite two uses for The Stewed Tomato:
We featured this recipe last week in our Link Love but thought it deserved another look as a truly budget-friendly Valentine’s (or really Anytine’s) day gift that every savvy guy or gal would love. We can get pretty unapologetically addicted to Nutella, but add a peanut-buttery flavor infusion into the mix? Time to schedule an intervention.
Sometimes Valentine's Day can be a thrill, filled with surprises, fun, love and maybe even a little bah-chicka-bah-bah (lucky you!). Other times, you count the hours until it's over so you can forget the travesty that has become your love life. Whether you slice it, dice it or serve it up with chocolate sauce, our Savvy Seven Valentine's Day ideas will ensure it's a fun, fabulous, frugal and memorable one.
We freely admit to being waist watchers here at Savvy Central and look for any chance to save a calorie here and and a fat gram there. As we learned from our dear friend Valerie Orsoni at LeBootCamp: Every Bit Counts.
We're also not ones to throw good quality oil down the drain when the flavor of a dish is unlikely to suffer and will search high and low for alternatives to cooking with costly oils when other everyday items will serve just as well. Here are a few of our tried and true favorites. Generally speaking, these are cup for cup equivalents, i.e., 1/4 cup for 1/4 cup, but use your best judgement. If a dish or batter is looking too dry, add a little complementing liquid to moisten things up.
There are so many diets out there. SO many! And so many of them work, at least for a time. But old habits are hard to break. Inevitably, everyone puts it back on. This is why we love Weight Watchers. It doesn't tell you what you can't eat, because you can eat anything. What it does do is help you 'watch' what you eat, and therefore make better choices.
As the New Year gets underway, we recommend this simple but effective tip for keeping trim: take a little off the top. Now this may seem hard, but if applied at every meal it really works. Basically, just take a bit away. Eat a little less than you had planned on eating. Make it a game, even. Yummy chicken breast! Only eat 2/3. Baked potato? Eat 3/4. Piece of cake? Eat half.
This little, simple, non-gimmicky approach can help you shed pounds. Try it!
Savvy Tip of the Week
Sleep on It!
Give yourself a day/night/week to think over large purchases. You’ll save yourself the agony of buyers remorse and time-consuming returns.
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