Go Green in the Kitchen with 3 Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets

Celebrate St. Patrick’s day in the kitchen by adding one of these amazing green gadgets to your inventory! And bonus – you’ll really go green as each of these products can help you minimize waste!

Stainless Steel Round Nesting Containers, set of 3 from thePlate Boutique

These stainless steel round nesting containers from UKonserve come in all sorts of colors, but today we’re going to highlight the moss trio! These green- and orange-lidded stainless steel containers are perfect for packing both kid and adult lunches. They won’t break, they won’t leak and they won’t leach. This means your food is safe. Plus, you also have the added benefit of reducing overall plastic use which in turn reduces plastic waste. We also tested the lids to make sure they were easy for little hands to remove at meal time, and they passed our test with flying colors.

Foam Pump from thePlate Boutique

Want to save a little green and use less soap? The Cuisipro foam pump comes in many colors – including green – and is ideal for reducing soap usage by up to 75%! And with easy to see markings for both soap and water, you’ll always have the perfect amount for a lathery, luxurious foam. 

Silicone Suction Lids, set of 3 from thePlate Boutique

Another great way to reduce saran wrap and plastic lid use is by investing in some silicone suction lids from Now Designs. These work by adhering to the top of your bowls so that you can easily store them without worry of spillage. During warm summer months, they can also keep pesky outdoor pests from getting to your delicious salads and casseroles.

This St. Patrick’s day go green in the kitchen! We’ll even let you save some green too! Today only, take 10% off all green products in our retail stores or online by using code “green10″ at checkout.

Think Water is Boring? We’ll Change Your Mind with these Flavored Water Recipes!

Staying hydrated is important! In fact, so important that our nutrition expert, Sarah Schuetz, RD highlights drinking more water as the one small actionable step you can take this month to start bettering your overall health.

But what if you don’t like water? Luckily, there are many ways to flavor up your drink naturally and beneficially with fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Related: Drink more water for a better grade

During our Ask the RD event yesterday, our newest nutrition expert Michelle Voss, RD also highlighted the importance of hydration and showed us just how easy and tasty it can be to flavor our water in this way. Here are the two recipes she had us all try:

Pineapple Orange Ginger Water
Orange Pineapple Ginger Water

 

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Blood Orange Rosemary Sparkling Water

You can try both of these recipes at home by clicking on each picture.

Want even more options? Here are a few other fun and easy combinations:

Citrus Water. Slice 1 orange, 1 lime, 1 lemon into rounds, then cut rounds in half. Add to a jar and muddle; add ice and water.

Raspberry Lime Water. Quarter 1 lime. Squeeze into a jar, then throw in squeezed lime quarters. Add 1 cup raspberries. Muddle; add ice and water.

Pineapple Mint Water. Add a sprig of mint to the jar; muddle. Add 1 cup pineapple pieces and muddle; add ice and water to jar.

Blackberry Sage Water. Add sage sprig to jar and muddle. Add 1 cup blackberries and muddle; add ice and water.

Watermelon Rosemary Water. Add rosemary sprig to jar & muddle. Add 1 cup watermelon to jar and muddle; add ice and water.

Want even MORE ideas? Here’s a great round up from Brit.Co that we love! 20 Ways to Drink More Water Without Knowing It

Must Read Blog Posts from our Favorite Registered Dietitians to Read this Weekend

Looking for some great reads this weekend? I asked a few of my dietitian colleagues to share what they’re talking about over on their blogs this week and we’ve got everything from must-read kid nutrition tips to drool-worthy dessert recipes! Get ready for some major foodie-inspiration!

Must Read Blog List

Reads that make you think about what you or your family eat: 

Meal Prep Friday: National Nutrition Month Edition – Min from The Adventures of MJ and the Hungry Guy

Caution: This Food is Natural – Heather from The Nutty Nutritionist

Avoid Raising a Picky Eater – Jessa from In Wealth and Health

5 Ancient Grains You Need to Try - Caroline from Caroline Kaufman, MS, RDN

7 Day Green Smoothie Challenge – Christa from Christa Mantey

12 Month Healthy Habits Challenge – Jamila from No Nonsense Nutritionist

Reads that inspire body confidence and acceptance: 

Too Fit for Pregnancy – Carissa from Fit 2 Flex

Reads that make you want to get moving: 

Fuel Fitness|Fitness Friday 12 - Jennifer from Nourished Simply

Reads that make you hungry for really awesome healthy foods:

Microwave Omelets and Scrambled Eggs – Alice from Cook it Quick!

How to Roast Chickpeas – Lindsay from the Lean Green Bean

Mediterranean Layer Dip – Jessica from Smart Nutrition

Panko Crusted Chicken Nuggets – Katie from Mom to Mom Nutrition

Italian Porcupine Meatballs with extra veggies! – Kristy from Chocolate Slopes

Lightened Up Shamrock Shake – Rebecca and Melanie from Be Truly Nourished

Flourless Apple Cinnamon Chickpea Cookies – Alexia from Hummusapien

Reads where you can win something at the end:

Year Twenty Eight (KIND Bars Giveway) – Dixya from Food, Pleasure & Health

Grab our March 2015 Calendar of Events & Sales at thePlate Boutique!

National Nutrition Month gives us lots of reasons to celebrate and we’re excited to give you reason to celebrate too! All March long we’ve got great events, classes, and deals just for you at our retail stores in Mt. Pleasant and Grand Rapids, MI. To make sure you are “in the know,” download our calendar, save it to your computer, and print it off to hang on your fridge.

March Calendar

 

 

See you soon!

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Curry

“Need a meatless Monday meal idea? This black bean and sweet potato curry is so delicious, you might just consider going meat free every meal. The “secret” ingredient – our Spice Society Curry Powder. SO flavorful!” – Kati Mora, MS, RD

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Curry

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Curry

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Serving Size: 1 bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp light olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 Tbsp ginger, freshly grated
  • 1/2 Tbsp Curry Powder (we recommend Spice Society spices)
  • 1 medium sweet potato, cubed
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can coconut milk, shaken well
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 jalepeno pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a deep skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion, ginger and curry powder to the pan. Heat until onions are translucent or for approximately 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the sweet potato, black beans and coconut milk to the pan. Bring to a boil and then lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the jalepeno, garlic, and tomatoes. Heat for approximately 2-3 more minutes, or until ingredients are heated through.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve over a bed of brown rice, quinoa, or whole grain pasta.
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Kitchen Essentials You Might Need for this Recipe: 

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Curry Powder available in store at our Mt. Pleasant, MI thePlate Boutique location!

Garject Lite from thePlate Boutique

 

GripEZ Handy Flat Grater from thePlate Boutique