10 Kitchen Tool Essentials for the Healthy Cook

I share many healthy recipes here on My Beautiful Ideal. I rely heavily on my favorite kitchen tools to get those recipes made. So, I thought I would share what I consider to be my “kitchen tool essentials.” While this post is titled essentials for the “healthy cook” they are really just good things to have no matter what type of cook you are!

The items range from tools that I learned how to cook with from my mom and grandma to other things I have picked up along the way.

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Chili Dog Vegetable Soup

I recently found a recipe for Low Carb Chili Dog Soup over on I Breathe, I’m Hungry. I had been wanting to make chili, but when you are doing the low carb thing chili can get kind of boring…you can’t add beans and cheese/sour cream are frowned upon (especially for those doing IP).

So, while I was making the recipe I decided to ramp up the soup with some veggies to make it more filling. I think I was pretty successful because I didn’t even miss the beans or the diary! And in case you were wondering….it does taste like a chili dog!

I think this is the perfect recipe just in time for fall – whether you make it as a quick evening meal or cook it in the slow cooker it will definitely warm you up!

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Veggie Egg Casserole

Are you looking for a good meal planning recipe? Are you cooking for a crowd? Then this is the recipe for you – Veggie Egg Casserole.

This recipe is so easy! I would eat it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Just add a side salad and you are all set! Also, the recipe is very versatile. You can add any combination of vegetables that you want based on your tastes or even what you have in the fridge.

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Keeping Your Head in the Game

Lately, I have been having trouble keeping my head in the game of weight loss. I have been at this for a while now, with plenty of success. But, I would have to say things have slowed down over the past few months.

I think when you have a lot of weight to lose gearing up for the long haul, in the beginning, is one thing…but what happens after 6 months, 1 year, etc. My feeling toward the process has definitely ebbed and flowed. Sometimes I am really excited about the whole thing – the planning, the results, the feedback from those around me – but other times all I really want to do is sit on my couch and shove all the food in my mouth.Read More »