While our holiday season might be looking quite different this year, we can still make the most of this time by focusing on what truly matters: family, faith, and gatherings.
Between keeping up with regular meals for the family and preparing seasonal specialties for holiday events, you may feel like you never leave the kitchen. Wouldn't it simply be easier to go out and buy easy meals and snack foods?
I understand the temptation to make food prep easier and save yourself time. The thing is, those pre-made, highly-processed foods aren't healthy or cost-effective. Plus, you're missing out on precious time preparing meals with your family.
Perhaps one silver lining of this COVID-19 pandemic is the fact that it's given us more time to stay at home together. This means more time to enjoy the food preparation and cooking process with family. It means more time to build deeper connections with one another.
With enough thought, planning, and the right tools, you can also be more efficient with your holiday cooking. Just follow my tips below:
Family Recipes: Now is the time to pull out those traditional holiday recipes. For example, I make my grandmother's stuffing only once a year with my family. It's a great way to have fun making this special recipe together while sharing a piece of your family history with your children.
Grab-and-Go: Rely on grab-and-go items, which are a great way to keep the family nourished while on the move and better control their snacking habits.
Efficient Storage: Make meals last longer by prepping the ingredients ahead of time and storing them or making large batches that you can freeze and use later. Always stock up on essentials like aluminum foil and Ziploc bags. This is a huge part of a healthy and successful kitchen environment!
Remember to check out my book, Will You Be Home for Dinner? for more recipes and advice on how to create a lifestyle of sharing your family cooking traditions. The book also includes tips for easy meal prep and cooking which can be easily applied to the holiday season.
Keep reading for a new easy winter recipe. Wishing you a joyous holiday and Happy New Year!
Cooking with Tany: White Bean Turkey Chili
White Bean Turkey Chili
My recipe share for you this month is a delicious Mediterranean-inspired turkey chili. This winter dish is great to make in advance, can be made quickly, and stores easily. Find this simple meal and many more like it in my book!
1 medium onion
1 jalapeno pepper
1 medium green bell pepper
1 lb. 93% lean ground turkey
3 tbsp. Moroccan rub
4 garlic cloves, pressed
1/2 tsp. salt
2 15 oz cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 14.5 oz. can tomato sauce
1 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes with garlic and onion, unstrained
Coursely chop jalapeno, onion, and bell pepper.
Add chopped veggies, pressed garlic, and seasonings to turkey. Mix well.
Microwave, covered, 5-7 minutes in a microwave clay baker, breaking up into crumbles halfway through.
Remove from microwave. Carefully add rinsed beans, tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes. Mix well.
Cover and microwave 14-17 minutes.
Reply to this email to let me know how your family enjoyed the chili!
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This new school year is *newer* than ever, between the COVID-19 concerns and odd remote learning schedules. Fortunately, there are some things that parents can keep the same—like the meals you prepare and the time you spend with your kids. In these uncertain times, bonding is more important than ever. And what better time to bond than the start of your day?
We all know a breakfast enriched with protein and fruit is vital for growing kids. After all, the body uses up a lot of energy and nutrients overnight, so we need to replenish it with a balanced meal in the morning. A good first meal also helps with brainpower and concentration. Studies show that children and adolescents who regularly eat breakfast tend to perform better academically than those who skip it.
I understand that it can be tough to keep up with healthy meals on busy mornings so these blueberry muffins together with a boiled egg and juice are great grab-and-go options. Here are a few tips for easy meal prep to help you get meals to the table:
Make sure you have the essential tools in your kitchen.
Organize all your ingredients and tools in one place the night before so it's easy to cook in the morning.
Keep a few recipes that you make really well in your repertoire as your go-to items.
Baking with Tany: Blueberry Muffins
Tany's Blueberry Muffins
Today, I'm sharing my recipe for blueberry muffins made from scratch. They make a perfect breakfast on-the-go, and the recipe makes enough to save some for later in the week! Making them requires a lot of love, but only about 20 minutes of your time. Watch my video tutorial above and save the recipe below, which is also available in my new book, Will You Be Home for Dinner?
1 cup rinsed blueberries
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg slightly beaten
1 tsp. finely grated orange peel
1/4 cup unsalted butter (melted and cooled)
1 cup milk or 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup buttermilk
Prepare pan with cupcake liners
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Toss blueberries with 1/4 cup flour in a bowl. Set aside.
Sift the remaining flour with the sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
Stir in egg, orange peel, butter, and milk.
Gently fold in blueberries.
Spoon batter into greased 12-muffin pan, filling each cup 2/3 full.
Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from oven and allow to stand 5 minutes before removing from cupcake liner.
Remember to let me know how the whole family liked them!
Check out my new book, Will You Be Home for Dinner?
Enjoy more recipes along with parenting, meal prep, and cooking tips in my book, Will You Be Home for Dinner? In it, I share advice for sharpening your skills in the kitchen and bringing your family closer in the process! The book also features scripture excerpts so you can focus on God's word, along with a journal to reflect on your own family recipes and parenting experience. It's the perfect way for families seeking to leverage this time at home and create lasting memories. Learn more at tanyskitchen.com!