How the Instant Pot Changed My Life!

I’m not a collector of kitchen appliances. I don’t own a slow cooker, rice cooker, or any other kitchen gadgets. But when I came across the instant pot on a Physician Mom’s Facebook group I was intrigued. All these busy women seemed to be serving healthy home made dinners with this silver appliance.

On Black Friday 2015, I purchased my first instant pot! I was initially intimidated by all the buttons, but with just a few searches on Pinterest I was able to figure out how to work this nifty gadget and started to make all kinds of goodies!

What is it?

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5 Genius Ways To Eat More Greens

Remember those days your mom would urge you to finish your greens. It’s for good reason! Green leafy vegetables have are a gold mine of nutrients. If that’s the case then how come Americans eat greens only about once or twice a week? Why are cabbage, turnip greens, and spinach rarely seen at the American dinner table?

Why is lettuce the only green vegetable that most Americans ever use? Green veggies are inexpensive and packed with a treasure full of of nutrients. Read More


A Healthy and Tasty Way of Cooking For the Family: Sous Vide

Are you familiar with the cooking method known as Sous Vide? I wasn’t until a good friend of mine introduced it to me and I fell in love. With sous vide, you will be cooking food for a long period of time, inside a vacuum sealed bag. As the food is inside a vacuum, it lacks the oxygen that many toxic bacteria require to survive.  But you also heats food just enough so that it reaches the exact “doneness” you desire, with no risk of over- or under- cooking.With sous vide, you really do get the best of both worlds. You no longer need to decide between taste and health, as this method results in food that is more tasty and more healthy!

Here are sous vide tools you’ll need to get started:

sous vide machine

sous vide container

vacuum sealer machine

Now let’s talk about my favorite topic: the health benefits. 

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Dr. Thomasian’s Guide To Trader Joe’s

I looove shopping at Trader Joe’s. My sister claims I live there cause I’m there so often but I can’t help it! I love all their unique fun products (hello Harvest salad) and their price point is spot on!

Being a physician and mom I’m always striving to provide my family with nutrient rich and minimally processed foods. It’s so important to teach them good eating habits early on. My 2 year old now asks for salads because she sees my husband and I eat them so often! I can’t imagine a better gift to your child than the ability to discern wholesome food amongst all the junk!

So here are my Trader Joe’s favorites from your fellow physician mommy (aka Dainty Hostess)!

Fruits: I buy a TON of fruits for my children! They’re obsessed with their berries and they’re packed with antioxidants. I also love their frozen fruits since their picked at the peak of ripeness! I just thaw them in the microwave for 30 seconds and WOW.  The frozen dried bananas are a nice snack to pack in your bag during long outings.

Veggies: The Persian cucumbers at Trader Joe’s are my daughters’  favorites. They eat them as a snack and as a side dish with their dinner. I also love the convenience of the pre-washed lettuce. It makes it easy to make a salad when you’re on the go. My daughters also obsessed their jarred olives and hearts of palm. They frequently ask me to make them the “Julesy salad.” Which is basically cucumbers, olives and hearts of palm!

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Pre made salads: The harvest salad is mine and my husband’s all time favorite. We pack it to work daily. I like to add my own dressing but otherwise it’s the perfect combo of ingredients and the perfect portion. These salads are really a convenient and healthy way to prevent you from eating take out food while at work.

Dairy and other milk: My daughters eat this yogurt with fresh fruit every day for breakfast. It’s rich and creamy without added sugar. I also purchase different cheeses for them to snack on. And of course mama needs her almond milk with her coffee!

Whole Grains: My youngest daughter and I eat oatmeal everyday. I add the frozen berries and voila you have a fulfilling breakfast.                                                           These multigrain waffles are a healthy option for the kiddos when you’re running late dropping them off to school. They’re easy to prepare and taste good enough without requiring any added maple syrup.                                                                             I also recommend their various nut butters with multigrain bread. My kids eat this as a lunchtime meal or a midday snack a few hours before dinner.

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Weeknight meal hack: The lentil pasta is so incredibly delicious and made only with red lentils. Add their famous tomato basil marinara and you’ve got a quick healthy dinner for the kids!

 

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Protein: Aside from the usual chicken breast purchases these are some of my favorites! For breakfast on Saturdays the kids love oven roasted turkey bacon! I also like grilling their sausages along with grilled veggies for a quick weeknight dinner that is balanced and nutritious.

Snacks: These snacks are a big hit in my household but they’re also filled with fiber, protein and minimal sugar if at all. My particular favorite is the Bamba which I recently learned about from a fellow mommy. At just 99 cents a bag these peanut puffs are nutritious, low in calorie and no sugar added.

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And finally don’t forget to pick up the gorgeous seasonal florals while you’re there! I hope this list will help provide a nutrient rich household!