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“me”

Hey! I am Lisa.  Like all moms, I am in a constant state of trying to keep all the balls in the air without letting anything of importance come crashing down.  While in many ways women have it so much easier than our mothers, in other ways are lives are so much crazier, busier and more stressful. Our kids are in activities multiple days a week, and the activities are all over town, not just at their school. We have stressful jobs but still are carrying more than half of the load at home. We are taking care of aging parents while we are still raising our own children.   We put out the hottest fires first, which generally means we do not take care of ourselves, we skip the gym, we buy convenience foods, etc. 

I did not really start cooking until after college when I first moved out of the house.  Through my twenties I found a love of cooking not only for myself but for others. I loved having friends over for dinner parties.  I still love having people over for dinner but my meals have become so much more sophisticated than those early dinner parties. Through the years I have become quite the foodie and love playing with new flavors and food combinations. 

After the birth of my first child, I started my journey with “clean eating”.   However, my journey has been slow. Over the past ten years, I have been balancing my legal career, two kids, a husband who owns his own business, moving my family to a new state, and a host of other stressors. Early on I made small changes. But I never felt like I had the time to meal prep or the time to cook after a long day of work.  Most days my mantra was “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” 

  Today,  my family eats “cleanish,” which means we eat clean for most of our meals but we also incorporate some “worth it” foods into our lives.  That doesn’t mean I am always in the kitchen. I have learned to streamline my food shopping and cooking so that I am not constantly at the grocery store or in the kitchen. 

Welcome to my page where I will share with you my love of cooking with my pursuit to eat cleanish.

Lisa

"jar your berries"

"jar your berries"

Mason jars have become a staple in my house both in my pantry and in my fridge. A few years ago I read that storing your berries in mason jars can elongate their shelf life.  Ever since I have stored my blueberries, strawberries and blackberries in mason jars.  Do not wash your berries before placing them in the jar. 

 

Berries that used to only last a few days now last up to two weeks! With how expensive berries are I went from never buying them because I couldn’t eat them fast enough before they were moldy to always buying them.  

Kiddo Tip: 

When preparing dinner, let your kids wash the berries and slice the strawberries.  Strawberries cut pretty easily and can be cut with a dinner knife or even a plastic disposable knife. Kids love helping and they will feel part of the process.  My daughter never liked strawberries much but recently I had her slice some up for dinner and in the process she decided to “try one”. Let’s just say she almost ate her weight in strawberries that night. 

Blueberry Balsamic Reduction

When balsamic vinegar is reduced it becomes sweeter. This is one of those super easy ways to add flavor to a dish like pork tenderloin or to a crostini appetizer that looks fancy but takes no time to make! Store leftover balsamic reduction in a small mason jar in the fridge.

Ingredients

1 cup balsamic vinegar

1 cup blueberries

1 TBS lemon juice

salt to taste

Directions:

1. Crush blueberries in a small sauce pan. I use a potato masher. 

2. Add balsamic vinegar to the sauce pan. 

3. Put sauce pan on medium low heat and stir occasionally. 

4. The balsamic vinegar should reduce by about half.

5. If the balsamic reduction gets too thick just add a little water to thin the reduction back out. 

Serving:

Drizzle over pork or use as a glaze on chicken on the grill. So good!

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