This Is Why You Should Bring Your Lunch To Work

lunch box with packed lunch


We all know we can save some money and stay healthy by bringing lunch to work instead of buying it every day. By waking 30 minutes earlier every morning to prepare your day’s lunch, is will be a small sacrifice compared to the rewards it will bring. Come to think of it, it not such a big sacrifice especially when you think of the time your spend queuing at the cafeteria. Or the time it takes you to walk/ drive to a restaurant.

By bringing your lunch, you get to pick healthy foods for yourself. Not all the food you buy for lunch is usually unhealthy for you, but you can make a healthier meal for yourself because you have total control over what you carry. My experience of bringing packed lunch to work brought a huge change to my healthy as well as my finances. Invest in a good insulated lunch box and you’re good to start enjoying real homemade food.

Here are some reasons you too should bring your lunch to work.

It saves you more money than you think

Carrying your lunch to work is way cheaper than you’d think. You could save about $20 weekly if you brought lunch to work. Over time, this little money adds up. Of course, you will have to increase your grocery shopping for each week, but be on the lookout for sales in your nearby grocery. You can also shop for your groceries at the farmer’s markets where produce is cheap.

Enjoy More Time during your lunch break

Bringing lunch to work means you will not go to stand in line at the cafeteria with your co-workers to buy food. This means extra time to relax and savor your food without being in a rush. You can use the extra time to go for a walk, work on a personal project or to relax.

Quality Food


Even though your local eat out joint may promise to serve you with fresh produce, it might not be as fresh as you may imagine. You will likely get more nutrient packed food when you prepare your lunch at home. Since you have the control to buy food and bring with you to work, you can decide whether to take organic or local produce. With time, taking quality food makes a huge difference in your life.

You can control food portions

Since you are the one preparing and packing your food, you can control how much food you eat. The easiest way to control your food portions is to pack the right amount of food and servings. There is minimal room for a restaurant to control your food consumption because you are easily tempted to clear everything in your plate.

Promote Your Weight Loss Efforts

One of the most interesting and very beneficial aspects of bringing your lunch to work is that it may help you cut off some few pounds. Carrying to work homemade food means fewer calories because of controlled portion sizing. When packing your lunches, remember to keep portions for oils, grains, nuts, and carbs minimal, while increasing portions for low-calorie foods such as vegetables.

Treat yourself once in a week or on occasion, especially if there is a particular food you enjoy and cannot easily make on your own.

How To Survive Eating A Vegan Diet For The First Time

I started off my vegan journey a few years back…and honestly, it wasn’t easy in the first few months. My experience has taught me so much things I wish I knew when I got started. I wouldn’t want you to have the same experiences I had, so here, I share the things I wish I knew before I actually started.

In no particular order, here are some life lessons i have learnt the hard way.

Get started with an open mind

If you are looking to fail, then get started with a negative attitude, you will get nowhere! If you are thinking going vegan is a punishment or something that will not last, then it will actually be and you won’t make it. Being a vegan doesn’t have to be boring neither is it a punishment.

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Be strong

Your first few days on a vegan diet may be challenging, but once you get the hang of things it gets a lot easier. I’m at a point when I think about what to cook for dinner for my family, meat never crosses my mind.

If you are traveling, pack your food

Actually, it’s not only when traveling. Have some snacks and some food rations with you always. It doesn’t mean you will be hungrier now that you are vegan, it’s just that while on the road, there are very minimal places that will serve you purely vegan foods. In such situations, some fruits or just a trail mix can be such a life saver.

What makes up your pantry?

Is your pantry full of meat based foods such as potatoes, pasta, rice and all that stuff? If yes, then cooking won’t be fun. Stock up your pantry with items such as beans, whole grains, lentils and greens such as kale and spinach.

Keep off convenience foods

Well I’m yet to eat vegan convenience food that appeals to my palate. If you are going to depend on convenience foods as your vegan meals, you won’t enjoy it. Normal frozen foods are bad enough, you really don’t want to mess with vegan ones.

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Give yourself extra time if you are cooking at home

If cooking at home, add some extra time to cook, particularly at the beginning. For most people, designing meals 100% around vegetables is going to be a completely foreign concept, and one that requires planning and extra time in the kitchen. Even for the seasoned chef, you will need some extra time. Trust me!

Messed up? Don’t sweat the small stuff

To become a successful vegan in the long run, live a lifestyle that’s reasonable. There are some vegans who may disagree with me on this one, but if you realize you just ate food that has some cheese, don’t stress yourself over it. On the road and you can’t seem to find any vegan food? Well, are you going to starve yourself to death? Just do the best you can. When the diet you are on stops being fun, then you might begin thinking it’s not really worth. Enough said….

And finally, do not be the judge! If you do not agree with other people’s lifestyles, that’s up to you. You are not perfect anyway. The best way to win over people is by action and not lecturing them.

Amazing Ways To Make Use Of Leftovers

pasta muffinsEvery time I go to the grocery store, I promise myself I am not going to waste anymore food when I get to the cashier. But come the end of the week, I find some items have gone stale while others I just don’t want to eat them. I know you may have had the same issue in your kitchen and throwing food makes you feel so bad! But did you know you can make amazing dishes from those leftover foods in your kitchen or fridge? Here are some delicious meals you can possibly make with leftovers.

Leftover Pasta

I love leftover pasta so much that I often make some extra on purpose! If you want to get the most out of your leftover pasta, do not sauce it all when you first make it. Just cook plain pasta. This way, it will be a lot easier to work with when you come back to it later. You can make fried noodles out of leftover pasta. Still, you can coat your breakfast with butter and fry it making it such a tasty breakfast meal. And just like most leftovers, pasta is refreshed by eggs. I love making spaghetti frittata. If you had already sauced your pasta, just heat it in the frying pan and add some olive oil.

Leftover Chicken and Fish

If you have hosted a big party, chances are that you will have lots of leftover fried fish or some leftover grilled pieces of chicken when it all ends. But did you know you can make them interesting to eat even though they are leftovers?
If the chicken was boneless, this will be a lot easier. Combine chopped onion, capsicum, garlic, green peas and ginger and fry them. When ready, add in the chicken pieces. Now add in either boiled rice or pasta into the mixture. Throw in some pepper, chili flakes and salt. Fry for about 4 to 5 minutes and you have a ready tasty treat. Your leftover fish or chicken pieces can still be added to fresh soups or gravies.
Still, you can make your leftover chicken into delicious kebabs while the leftover fish can be turned into tasty fish balls.
Another way to make good use of leftover chicken pieces is to shred it and then spread them over bread slice. Add in some grated cheese, lettuce leaves, tomato sauce and onion rings. Roll them and you have a fish roll or chicken roll.


Even when your bread is too dry for toasting or its stale, don’t be too quick to toss it in the dustbin. Unless your bread has got molds, there is a lot you can do with it. You can make sweet bread pudding or a French toast. Still, you can dry your bread in the microwave and grate it to have bread crumbs which can be used in the kitchen when making kebabs.


Have some leftover rice somewhere in your fridge? You can quickly make some fried rice which is simple to make with ingredients that are already in your kitchen such as onions, carrots and soy sauce. To make it a notch better, if you have some other ingredients ready in your kitchen such as cashews, scallions, pineapple and pork add them to give your rice an exotic taste. You can also make some rice pudding with your leftover rice.
See, you really don’t have to throw any food in your kitchen!

Cooking Tips And Tricks To Make You A Better Cook

cookbook notesYou don’t need to go to a really expensive culinary school to improve your cooking skills. You also don’t need to be highly experienced. To be a better cook, you only need to know the some tips and tricks. Here are some.

Make notes in your cookbooks

Did that stew you cooked use more stock? Did the steak stay for fifteen more minutes in the oven? Be sure to write it down and you will never repeat the same mistake ever again.

Get your knives sharpened by a professional

Although you may already have a sharpener at home, once each year, get a professional to sharpen those knives. You will be able to chop faster, precisely and really safer.

Prolong Veggie Freshness

Line up the bottom of your fridge crisper drawer with some paper towels or a clean cotton kitchen cloth. This way, all the moisture that may make your vegetables to rot will be absorbed.

Get rid of ground spices that have overstayed in your kitchen cabinets

Ground spices die really quick. Smell them and if they don’t have a strong smell, they will not add any flavor in your food. If they don’t flavor your food, then it means you are cooking with a flavorless, spice.

Keep wine bubbly

Don’t toss away champagne or sparkling wine that’s gone flat. Rather, bring back the bubbles by putting a raisin in the bottle. The raisins natural sugars will work wonders!

Keep your Herbs Fresh

To have tasty fresh herbs for an entire month, store the whole bunches in clean sealed plastic bags in your Keep your Herbs Freshfreezer. When you need them, it will be easier to chop and they will defrost immediately they get to the hot pan.

Change your non-stick skillet

If your scrambled eggs stick to the pan if you don’t use oil, then it’s time to replace your non-stick pan.

Use your Lemons wisely

If you only need a few drops of lemon juice, do not cut the lemon into half- it dries easily that way. Instead, drill the fruit with a sharp pointed metal and squeeze out what you need.

Work in an area with enough light

The 40 watt light bulb in your oven hood isn’t going to work here. Purchase a clamp light from your hardware store so you are able to see what exactly you are doing.

Repel Bugs

I hate bugs in my kitchen! I slip a bay leaf in a container of rice or pasta to keep off bugs. I also ensure I clean all the hidden corners of the kitchen to prevent lice, roaches and any other creepy thing that’s attracted by dirt. Dealing with lice is one of the hardest things so try to ensure they do not get into your kitchen in the first place. If you already have them, click here for tips on how to get rid of them once and for all.

Stock up on cheap, random meat cuts

If your freezer is ever full of some bony beef cuts and roasted turkey necks, you can always be assured youhave something for making that broth.meat cuts

Pat dry your salad greens with a kitchen towel

Do you hate the bulkiness of salad spinners? Well, there’s an easy way out. Simply put all you’re washed greens in a clean dish towel hold it at the ends and swing it around until your salad dries.

Taking Care Of Your Herbs Correctly

pouring-soil-in-a-potNow that you have decided to plant herbs in your garden, you will need to take care of them so that they thrive. I will share with you some tips I use in taking care of my herbs.


Ensure you buy a container that has room for growth with enough drainage holes. Also place a tray underneath your pot so that it can collect any excess water.
• Begin with premium organic potting soil. It should be appropriate for vegetable planting. Get some of your favorite herbs.
• Fill the pot with enough soil (three quarters should be enough).
• Pour some water on the soil. Just a little amount so that the soil is moist but not wet
• Transplant the herbs from their containers carefully so that you do not damage the roots. Loosen the soil at the root base
• Space out the herbs evenly in the pot. Fill potting soil so that the roots are well covered
• Lightly pat the soil and water when finished.
NOTE: Mint often grows like weed and can thus easily crowd other herbs in your garden. Therefore, it’s wise to plant it in its own container.

Enough Light

Light is a vital element especially when you decide to grow your herbs indoors. Look for a spot in your house that gets some direct sunlight for at least 6 to 8 hours every day. If you realize that your herbs have few leaves, then they are probably not getting the right amount of light and are struggling to find it.
Always turn around frequently so that they do not germinate leaning in one direction.


Herbs have different water needs. Each should be watered according to its individual consumption of water. To check whether your herb needs water, deep your finger up to the knuckle into the soil to check for dryness. If the soil does not have water, then water your herbs. Always test your herbs before watering to avoid overwatering.

Proper drainage is also important, so do not allow water to collect in the pots bottom. Water your herbs and then allow them to drain completely so that the roots do not become water logged. When you notice your roots are turning yellow, then this is a sign that you are overwatering your herbs.
It’s wise to plant herbs that have similar water requirements together. For instance, basil requires frequent watering while rosemary needs minimal water to survive.

Other Tips

Clipping your herbs regularly ensures they grow healthy and faster. Even small plants need to be clipped so that they can branch out and grow fast. However, do not cut more than a third off at the same time. If you realize that your herbs have started flowering, this is a clear sign that you are not clipping then as often as you should. Cut the flower blooms and clip back as needed.
Growing your own herbs is such a rewarding experience that doesn’t require any expertise to be successful. And the convenience of just plucking the herb you need when cooking is just awesome. They will add a breath of fresh air and beauty that will surely trigger some creativity when it comes to cooking.

7 Best Herbs For Every Home Garden

herbsThe fresh taste of rosemary sprinkled on your soup, the fresh aroma in your cup of morning tea brewed with ginger and the tasty chicken stuffed with sage are some of the few reasons you should always have a home garden with some fresh herbs.
If you would like to plant some herbs in your garden or apartment, here are some of my favorite herbs and how to plant them that I think every serious home gardener should have.


Basil has warm leaves that will leave a spicy flavor in any of your meals. It’s used in salads, omelets, soups and with poultry, fish and meat. It’s also used in pesto. Sow the seeds in a green house or next to a sunny window during early spring. In early summer, the seedlings should be ready for transplanting. Alternatively, you can sow the seeds directly into the garden in late spring.


Chives leaves contain a subtle onion flavor. Simply chop them and add them to your mashed potatoes, sauces, eggs and sauces. The flowers can also be used in salads. The seeds are best sowed in spring or fall. When the seedlings start to sprout out, thin as needed.


Coriander can be used in different forms; you can crush the seeds and dust over ham before cooking. The young leaves are known as cilantro. The roots can also be frozen and used in flavoring soup or serve with avocado dips. Seeds should be sowed in early spring. When they start to germinate, thin to about 6 inches apart.


Chopped thyme leaves (fresh or dried) are rubbed into lamb, pork, veal or beef prior to roasting. It can also be sprinkled on vegetables, poultry, eggs, cheese dishes or fish. Great when added to stews, rice, soups and stuffing. Combine it with mint, rosemary and brew into tea. Seeds should be sowed in mid-spring in very shallow rows which are 1 foot apart. When the seedlings are established, thin out as needed. Transfer to your nursery in early spring.


Parsley leaves are mixed into casseroles, soups, salads and omelets. They are also served while fresh as a garnish with onions, meat and fish dishes. Seeds should be sowed in mid-spring for summer harvests and mid-summer for winter and autumn cuttings. Simply soak the seeds overnight and broadcast thinly.


Sage dried leaves are used in stuffing poultry. They can also be used in pork, lamb, omelets and cheese dishes. They are grown from seeds that were sown in the early spring.


Mint leaves are brewed into tea or used in garnishing cold drinks. Fresh or dried mint leaves can also be sprinkled over lamb before it’s cooked. Plant your mint in spring or autumn 4 to 6 inches of root. Nourish them with enough water. Ensure the roots do not overtake the nearby plant roots by sinking a bottomless plastic bucket into your garden.

Fresh herbs in our backyards bring fresh scents and great looks to our homes. The best thing is that if you live in an apartment, you too can enjoy the benefits of fresh herbs by having several pots indoors to enhance your food flavors all year round.

How To Become A Better Cook

You already know where I got my love for the kitchen from. Not only do I love the kitchen, I enjoy cooking and trying out new recipes when I have some time to spare. Most of my cooking is on weekends when my kids can help me out with some work like chopping vegetables. I have lots of cookbooks in my kitchen and I think I have tried most if not all the recipes in there. Anytime I come across a recipe, I make a point of trying it and I actually do.

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Today, I’ll share with you how to become a better cook and improve your cooking skills. The first step in becoming a great cook is reading lots of cookbooks. Get yourself a cookbook that covers different cuisines and gives information on supplies and techniques used.
If there is a specific area which you want to specialize in, then get a cook book that covers that area. I have a few books of my favorite cookbook mainly for the California culture because it’s diverse and I can easily get the ingredients I’m looking for fairly easily.


This is how I first learned and even sharpened my cooking skills. I watched my mom and aunties as they cooked. Now there are even other better ways of learning to cook by watching such as watching online videos. By watching a video, your first attempt to cook can be a lot easier and successful.

Do not be afraid to experiment

I love trying new recipes. Sometimes I just add a little twist to an old favorite. At other times I get the a bit pricier balsamic vinegar rather than the cheaper one and it makes such a difference. Becoming a better cook means rolling up your sleeves and doing all the dirty work in the kitchen. It may be wise to invest in some good bib styled aprons. This way you will not have your clothes stained as you cook.

Have a back up plan always

Not all kitchen experiments will turn out into anything edible. Believe me; I have been there so many times. I have been accused enough times of serving raw, burned or bad food!
When trying out a new recipe, ensure you have something else edible in the freezer for those occasions when the experiments go horribly wrong. I usually keep some boiled rice and salads in the freezer for such days when my experiments backfire. That way, my family does not have to starve because I was trying some new recipe.

Things You Can Recycle In Your Kitchen

aluminum cans and plastic bottlesGrowing up, I spend lots of my time helping my mom in the kitchen. I guess this is where I learned and loved everything to do with the kitchen. Yes, I love the kitchen and can spend endless hours there trying to figure out some ways to make it better.
One thing I know is that the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home. Therefore, chances of it producing the highest amount of waste in the home are so high. I have noticed while cooking, I use so many items and some need to be disposed. Well, sometimes I know they can be recycled, but I feel too lazy and end up destroying them. Today I’m going to share with you some items that end up in the trash bins while they could have been recycled.

Aluminum cans

My family does consume lots of soda and I get so many cans dumped in my kitchen. Rather than throw them away with garbage, I usually recycle them. In my town, there are several drop-off locations for such cans. I carry them along when I’m going out shopping for my kitchen groceries and drop them off for recycling. There are also other areas where you can get to recycle your cans for a refund. So you receive money while conserving the environment at the same time. Awesome!

Cardboard boxes

After you have finished a box of cereal, do not just throw the packaging. I use this packaging for my kid’s crafts and school projects. They can make great art and craft items for your kids. If you want to store some small stuff in your house, then such a box can be ideal.

Food Scraps

I live in a city where there are services for curbside collection for food waste. All I have to do is drop my food scraps in the curbside collection bin. Still, if your city does not have curbside collection for food scraps, you can composite on your own. Do some research and you will find all the information you need to know.

Aluminum foil

Do you think that the piece of aluminum foil that you wrap your burger with is just for one use? If yes, then think again. Aluminum foil can be reused in so many ways. Rather than throwing it in the dust bin right after a single use, I use it to cover a plate with left over’s. When I have finally used it completely, I drop it in the recycling bin outside. A lot of curbside recycling programs will agree to take aluminum foil since they also agree to take aluminum cans.

Milk cartons

Do you still buy milk cartons? Then you need to recycle your milk cartons. Cartons are picked by curbside recycling programs and thus kept from landfills. Cartons recycling in the US has significantly increased by over 128%.
Recycling in the kitchen has helped me save money and also save the environment. There are plenty of other things that can be recycled in your kitchen if you look around carefully.