20 DIY Pantry Staples That Are Even Better than Store-Bought | Kitchn

Are you tired of running out of basic ingredients? Here are 20 pantry staples you can make yourself….

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As more and more places around the world decide to implement lockdowns, it’s likely many of us will run out of many of the pantry staples we are used to purchasing at our local grocer. We take advantage of the fact that our favorite ketchup, mayonnaise, crackers, spice rub, bbq sauce, etc will simply be on the shelf when we want it. Unfortunately, I’m finding that not to be the case and I began to look for ways to make my own. When I stumbled across this article from Kitchn.com, I wanted to share it with all of you, because it has recipes for everything from mayonnaise and ketchup to spice rubs and crackers. Here are links to a five I think you’ll like:

How To Make Mayonnaise with an Immersion Blender

Homemade Ketchup

How To Make Crackers at Home

Inside the Spice Cabinet: Chili Powder

How to Make Homemade…

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Simple Batch Cooking Meal Plan — The Wellness Mama

If you’ve wanted to try meal planning this post from The Wellness Mama is for you. In this article, she explains batch cooking and includes a 7-day meal plan. She also breaks down the cooking procedure into a step-by-step process. It couldn’t be easier!

For the main article and full meal plan, follow the link below.


Featured photo source: The Wellness Mama

50 Immune Boosting Vegetarian Recipes And Foods

In my oh so humble opinion, you can NEVER have enough vegetable recipes!! A plant based diet is key to a healthy body and long life. Here’s are 50 vegetarian recipes from Veg Recipes from India!

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“In this critical time, it is essential to have food that your body needs. You can make a conscious decision to move into healthy eating habits and choices.

I am sharing vegetarian plant-based foods and recipes which I am personally going to focus on and prepare at home. I am not going to overboard as an excess of everything is not good. Balance is the key. But I would like to include more of these immune-boosting food in our diets than earlier.”



10 One-Pot Dinners for When You Don’t Feel Like Doing the Dishes

I HATE doing dishes!! If you’re like me, there’s nothing better or easier than a one dish dinner. The article below lists 10 dinners made in ONE POT! YEAH!

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Dirty dishes are generally unavoidable when you’re cooking, but there is no rule that says you can’t use fewer dishes when life calls for it. And I would say life most definitely calls for it right now.”



Kale quinoa salad

Here is a healthy and colorful addition to your meal prep arsenal!

Follow the link below for the recipe:


10 Quick and Healthy Snack Recipes to Make While Working from Home

As a continuation of my post earlier, “Healthy Snacking Habits while Working from Home“, I’m posting 10 quick and easy recipes to make while you work from home. Some of them will take planning or making ahead, which was one tip for healthy snacking. Try one of these or use them to inspire your own healthy creations. As always…

Chocolate Black Bean Smoothie

From: The Conscientious Eater –
Okay, I haven’t tried this one yet. I know this one sounds weird, and I would tend to agree. However, if it tastes good, it would be a huge plus for smoothies. Beans are super healthy, high in protein and fiber. They would seem to be a perfect addition to smoothies. I’m definitely going to try this one.

Mango White Bean Smoothie

From: Some the Wiser
Here’s another smoothie with beans. With white beans, this one would be a bit more mild. Perhaps this would be better to introduce beans in smoothies with this recipe. I really do like the idea of beans in smoothies.
(My better half and son think it sounds really weird and gross. 🤣)

Yogurt covered blueberries

From: Peanut Butter and Peppers

Veggie Spring Rolls

From: Eat Well 101

Banana Chia Seeds Sushi

From: Eat Well 101

Ramen Cups with Cabbage and Pork

From: Cooking Light

Honey Glazed Almonds

From: Cooking Light

Mini Bell Pepper Loaded Turkey “Nachos”

From: Skinny Taste

Fruit Pizza Crackers

From: Homemade Ginger
These would be fun to put together with kids!!

Apple Pie Energy Bites

From: Cooking Light

Until next time…namaste my friends

The Wellness Mindset ~ Recipes: 10 Family Friendly Recipes to Cook Together

As my boys were growing up, there was one special requirement…they had to learn to cook. I didn’t want them going out into the world living on frozen pizza, cold cereal and ramen noodles. While my younger son loved cooking, my older son hated it. Oddly, now that the latter is out on his own, he has taken a liking to cooking and does so regularly, with a special talent for developing sauces. I’d like to think our time together in the kitchen had something to do with that and laid the foundation.

I have many fond memories of spending time in the kitchen with my boys, helping my older son develop special desserts and taking online cooking classes with my younger son. Food is central to so much of our society, our holidays and our family lives. However, so often, on person alone is responsible for the preparation. It doesn’t have to be that way. Preparing food together, as a family, can be just as meaningful as eating it, maybe more so. Today, I have 10 recipes that work well in family preparation. I hope this inspires you to spend some time in the kitchen with the ones you love.

Easy Meatball Subs

From: She Knows

Black Bean Tostada Bowl Salad

From: She Knows

Pizza Muffins

From: Pure Wow

Easy Cherry Skillet Cake

From: Pure Wow
Easy Cherry Skillet Cake

Paleo Chicken Burgers

From: Perchance to Cook
Family-Friendly Recipes to Cook Together

Easy Healthy Baked Lemon Chicken

From: Creme de la Crumb

Old Fashioned Popcorn Balls

From: Cooking Light

Apple Dumplings

From: Food52

Creamy Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

From: Choosing chia

Vegan Sun butter cookies

From: Bites of Wellness

Until next time, Namaste my friends.

5 Recipe search sites to help use up pantry ingredients (with 10 recipes)

Are you sheltering in place or stuck at home? Are you tired of the same boring recipes? I’ve found 5 different websites that offer a recipe search by ingredients. The basic idea with these sites is you tell the site what you have on hand and it spits out recipes you can cook using those ingredients. I tried them all out and some are better than others. But you should be able to find something at one of these five sites. Step out of your routine and get creative! I’ve also included 10 recipes I found while searching these sites. I hope you enjoy!

Super Cook

Inputting chicken, butter and rice, I came up with the following recipes:

Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken

From; Just a Pinch Recipes
Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken

Persian Rice with Golden Crust

From: Epicurious

Recipe Puppy

On this site, I input tuna and rice. and, eventually, came up with this recipe. This site was a bit more frustrating to use. Many of the recipes I wanted, led to a general site and not the actual recipe. I had to sift through a lot of “tuna salad” and “tuna casserole” recipes before finding this one.

Tuna and Brown Rice Salad

From: Food.com

Recipe Land

On this site, I began by inputting salmon and pasta. This, however, only retrieved 4 recipes. So, I simply put in salmon and came up with five pages of recipes, including the ones below:

Creamy Salmon and New Potato Salad

From Recipe Land

Cheddar Salmon Cakes

From: Recipe Land

Old Fashioned Salmon Loaf

From: Recipe Land

Food Combo

This site was quite different than the others. It has a “pantry” function. I was able to put in 15 different items. You can unlock premium features and put in more for a one time fee of $9.99.
Here’s the recipe I found after figuring out how the site worked. I was a bit frustrated at first. It seems unnecessarily complex. However, once I figured out how it worked, I realized this site is jam packed with recipes. I believe it may be worth the one time fee of $10. The pantry function is nice. The ability to put in more than 15 items would be wonderful. You could fill the pantry with everything you have on hand and find just the right recipe.

Meatloaf Potato Casserole

From: Food.com

Slow Cooker Creole Chicken Stew

From: The Gracious Pantry

Brown Sugar Salmon

From: Slender Kitchen

My Fridge Food

This site was just okay. I don’t think it was quite up to the quality of the other sites. On the main page, you select ingredients from a limited list and search. Unlike the other sites, which link to other recipe sites on the internet, the recipes here appear to all be submitted by other users and limited to just this site. This is fine, but limits the number of recipes available. Here’s what I found:

Chicken Stuffed Peppers

From My Fridge Food

Closing thoughts:

Life and food doesn’t have to be boring, even when you’re stuck at home. Think of it as a challenge…you have 5 random ingredients and get creative…or use one of the five sites I’ve highlighted here. Go ahead…let out your inner chef!

Laughter therapy…10 videos to lift your spirits & reduce stress

Normally, I only post recipes on this site, but desperate times call for desperate measures. This is the latest post on my main blog, Purple Almond Wellness, on the health benefits of laughter, followed by 10 videos to boost your spirits in these somewhat dark times. ENJOY!

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Hello everyone! Now that covid-19 has hit and many of us are homebound, we may feel a bit sad and stressed. Did you know that laughing is one of the best things you can do? Yes, laughing is the best health advice ever. Laughing is so important that an entire branch of yoga has been created, known as “laughter yoga”. How do you do laughter yoga? Follow THIS LINK to learn more.

Experts advise us to…




It has been scientifically proven

to make you healthier. Here’s how…

10 Health benefits of laughter

  1. Reduces stress
  2. Protects the heart
  3. Boosts the immune system
  4. Relieves pain
  5. Improves sleep quality and reduce insomnia
  6. Improves your social life
  7. Helps you lose weight
  8. Keeps you young
  9. Improves the creative process
  10. Improves memory

Here’s what laughing for

15 minutes/day

can do for you:

  • Increase your pain tolerance by 10%
  • Equivalent…

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