A good pot of soup is such a good thing. I love to make a big batch at the start of the week and have enough leftovers for days of packable lunches. Pair with a loaded-up salad and a big slice of crusty bread and done! This soup does well with this make-ahead method: the vegetables hold up to reheating, and a fresh drizzle of pesto and grating of Parmesan easily brings it back to life.  Prepping meals in advance can be extremely helpful when you are trying to keep your eating “on track” – whatever that means for you. Cooking in bulk not only allows you to spend less time in the kitchen during your busy… View Post

Most things are so much tastier when made at home, including salad dressing. Store-bought dressings are convenient, and sometimes convenience is a necessity, but when you have a spare 5 minutes to whip up a dressing yourself, it’s worth it.  This week’s recipe is a simple one, but it’s a good one to have in your arsenal and a good template to use for making your own salad dressings. Don’t love balsamic? Use champagne vinegar instead. Want a little extra zing? Add a dab of dijon mustard. Not a fan of spice? Omit the red pepper flakes. This recipe is versatile and can easily be adjusted to suit a variety of preferences.  Recipes like this… View Post

Monday morning should always come with baked oatmeal. It’s warm and soft with just the right amount of sweetness and crunch – exactly what a Monday needs. In my opinion, the best way to go about it is to layer frozen fruit, dry ingredients, and wet ingredients in a baking dish (and never stir!). The result is a deliciously gooey fruit-on-the-bottom, creamy oatmeal-on-top effect that can’t be beat.  This is a recipe that I encourage you to play with. Swap out the berries for sliced fresh peaches or the almonds for toasted pecans. Try nut milk or cow’s milk, different spices, and different seeds. As long as you end up with about 2 cups of fruit, 2 cups… View Post

Coffee: a favorite morning drink. Most people choose a hot cup of Joe to start their day, but it’s fun to mix things up with something chilled, especially in the summer months. At a lot of coffee shops, iced coffee is made by pouring hot coffee over ice cubes. This typically results in a bitter, diluted drink. Cold brew, on the other hand, is made by soaking coffee grounds in room-tempurature water overnight, slowly infusing coffee goodness. The result is smooth and delicious with no bitterness. Totally the way to go. This method does take some advanced planning, but spend 5 minutes on it today, and tomorrow morning you can be enjoying your own delicious iced coffee. My… View Post

Happy Monday, everyone! Another weekend went by way too fast, but I hope you were able to enjoy it. Yesterday’s temperatures had me parked on my backyard patio for most of the afternoon, reading, snacking, and enjoying the sunshine. Such a welcomed day considering all the rain we’ve had these past few weeks. You’d better believe that one of these dreamy peach-rhubarb creamsicles was had, and I think they made the day even brighter.  If you make this recipe at home, share on Instagram and use #strongrootsnutrition so I can check it out! //Taylor