The Rising Spoon

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ten Tips For Meal Planning with Real Food

Ten Tips For Meal Planning with Real Food |

The idea of planning out a whole month's worth of meals makes me want to pull out my hair. It's probably why I've run away from every single meal planning organizer I've come across. Here's the problem: I love to cook and hate wasting food, but don't relish the thought of having all of my meals planned out (or doing it myself). 

However, when I don't plan ahead for my meals in some form or another, I'm left with three situations:

  1. When I finally decide what I want to eat, I'm out of certain ingredients so I have to make several trips to the grocery store.
  2. I'll buy an ingredient or two for a specific recipe, and then never use in time before it expires.
  3. It's late and I don't feel like cooking, so my only choices are take-out or frozen pizza.

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.