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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Easy Tex-Mex Grass Fed Beef Chili

Easy Tex-Mex Grass Fed Beef Chili Recipe

When I'm pressed for time or don't feel like dilly-dallying in the kitchen, one of my go-to quick dinner recipes is homemade chili. It's one of those beautiful recipes you can either cook low and slow all day or on the fly and eat immediately. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Five Ways to Spice Up Your Bulletproof Coffee

Five Ways to Spice Up Your Bulletproof Coffee |

So you've finally discovered that blending a dollop of high quality grass-fed butter and coconut oil into your coffee is downright amazing. That it yields a smooth, creamy, latte-like morning beverage you can't live without. That if you drink a cup of bulletproof coffee and accidentally miss breakfast, you're much more satiated and far less cranky. 

Welcome to the club. 

Now that you're an official addict fan of bulletproof coffee, you're probably drinking it everyday. But if you're anything like me (and everyone else who is obsessed with this drink), you'll want to switch it up after awhile. Totally understandable.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How to Make Whipped Body Butter with Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter & Jojoba Oil

How to Make Whipped Body Butter with Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter & Jojoba Oil

Did you know that the average woman applies upwards of 500 different chemicals (like heavy metals, parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, etc.) on her body each day? Pretty baffling, right? Dudes aren't off the hook, either. Shaving cream, aftershave, deodorant, toothpaste, cologne, shampoo, hair gel, etc. are just as bad. 

These days, the majority of commercial beauty and bath products contain a laundry list on ingredients that are unrecognizable and hard to pronounce. The cosmetics industry is not well regulated, which means companies can get away with putting hoards of who-knows-what into products, then sell them to you. (Want to know how your favorite products rate? Search for them in the Environment Working Group's Skin Deep Database.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Homemade Spicy Taco Seasoning Mix

Homemade Spicy Taco Seasoning

Do you still use those foil-lined packets of taco seasoning from the grocery store? Sure, they're convenient when you have little to no spices around and want to make a quick meal with Tex-Mex flavors; however, if you take a peek at the back label, you'll find a laundry list of undesirable ingredients. Things that have absolutely no business being in a taco seasoning mix!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Giveaway: KitchenAid Professional Plus 5-Quart Stand Mixer or Amazon Gift Card—$300 Value!

Happy October, foodies! It's been awhile since I've given away a big ticket item on The Rising Spoon, but I'm happy to to announce that I've teamed up with eight other bloggers to treat one of our readers with an amazing prize. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Five Tips For Transitioning to a Real Food Lifestyle

Five Tips For Transitioning to a Real Food Lifestyle + Recipe Ideas |

When I created this blog over two years ago it was to chronicle my forays into cooking homemade food. I was in the midst of an eight-year-long journey to make myself self sufficient in the kitchen and reduce my reliance on pre-packaged and over-processed foods. 

My Own Transition to a Real Food Lifestyle

I'd like to say I've come a long way since then (it took me a decade to get to this point), but The Rising Spoon hasn't necessarily caught up to my current food lifestyle. Well, at least in terms of explaining why I choose to eat (or not eat) certain foods. It's totally my fault! I felt overwhelmed in having to label myself back then, so I didn't share it with y'all. 

Nowadays, I happily categorize The Rising Spoon as a real food blog. I feel comfortable with this label, as it is the closest to my food philosophy, and far less restrictive than many other "diets". 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

20 Practical Uses For Lavender Essential Oil

20 Practical Uses For Lavender Essential Oil |

Today, I'm continuing my series on individual essential oils (and blends) that have positively affected my life in the past several months. I've discovered so many uses for these essential oils that I knew I had to dedicate a post to each one, so you all could benefit from my experiences. Keep reading to learn more about one of my favorites--lavender essential oil!

The Everyday Essential Oils Series 

If you've followed my last few posts, you'll know that I have officially jumped on the essential oils bandwagon. About five months ago I switched from using store brand oils (after this experience) to therapeutic-grade oils, so I could use them topically with peace of mind. 

After weighing my options, I ordered the essential oils premium starter kit, because I found that it had the highest quality (and most transparent) oils and was the best bang for my buck.

When I received my kit, I immediately began experimenting on myself, family members, and friends. I was BLOWN AWAY at all the practical uses I discovered by applying the oils topically and dispersing them in the air via my new diffuser. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Slow Cooked Beef Pot Roast with Tomatoes and Green Chiles

Slow Cooked Beef Pot Roast with Tomatoes and Green Chiles

As I mentioned in this post, I recently read the Real Food Planning Challenge, which inspired me to clean out my pantry, fridge, and freezer to make room for a new batch of seasonal ingredients. One of my goals in the coming months (thanks to this book) is to keep better track of all the food in my home. 

Doing this will help prevent food waste and allow me to plan ahead for times when I don't feel like cooking. Yes, it happens quite frequently to us food bloggers! 

My idea of planning ahead often involves cooking large batches of specific dishes, then freezing any leftovers so I can use them to build an impromptu meal. For example, having quart-sized bags of cooked beans and homemade stock in the freezer allows me to throw together a quick chili or soup on the fly.