225 Pasta Instagram Captions to Explode Your Photos
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225 Pasta Instagram Captions to Explode Your Photos

Pasta: it’s not just a meal, it’s a masterpiece waiting to be shared. When you’re twirling your fork in the perfect al dente spaghetti or digging into a bowl of creamy fettuccine Alfredo, you’re not just savoring flavors—you’re crafting your next viral post. Let’s face it, the right pasta caption can make your delicious dish…

Waffleritos: And How to Use Up the Food You Already Have in Your House
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Waffleritos: And How to Use Up the Food You Already Have in Your House

I’ve got an awesome, super simple, extra flexible recipe for you guys this week! Waffleritos. Yup, you guessed it, a combination of waffles and burritos, and what could be better than that? But first, some practical tips on how to cook with what you’ve got. The inspiration for the recipe and this post comes from…

3 Ways to Let Go of Stress in the Kitchen: Lessons I Learned When I Became the Cooking Student
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3 Ways to Let Go of Stress in the Kitchen: Lessons I Learned When I Became the Cooking Student

Last week I had a humbling and wonderful cooking experience that taught me three important lessons that I wanted to share with you. We had the great treat of welcoming an international student, Jing, into our home for part of her Spring Break. It was wonderful to provide a comfortable (I hope!) home for someone…

The 8 Steps to Healthy-ish
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The 8 Steps to Healthy-ish

One of my favorite parts of my day is going through my newsfeeds and seeing what strikes me—new articles, new recipes, new perspectives. I love being challenged to see a different perspective and being inspired by a new flavor combination or cooking technique. But every once in a while I come across an article or…

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Breaking Bread in a Modern World

This week I had the amazing opportunity to go to the new National Museum of African American History and Culture with my 8-year-old’s 3rd and 4th grade class. It was a powerful experience in many ways and brought many emotions to the surface for all of us—sadness, pain, anger, joy, and hope. After touring the…

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2016 Round-Up: Best Recipes and Posts to Inspire and Feed You

The end of year is often a great time to take stock of what we have learned and how we have grown and changed. This year has been a big one for The Balanced Kitchen and I am so grateful to all of you for joining me on this journey to make cooking simple and delicious! In an effort…

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How I Survived Stress Eating And How You Can Too

I don’t know about any of you but on Tuesday night, in the midst of my anxiety about the unknown, I resorted to stress eating. Crackers, chocolate chips, and dried mango were my foods of choice. And here’s the thing: in the past I would have hated myself for doing it. I would have negotiated…

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Managing Treat Season for Ourselves and Our Kids

As much as we may want to live in denial, we are about to enter what I like to call treat season, that time of year from Halloween through New Years when there are seemingly endless supplies of sweet treats. This is a time of year that used to stress me out both because of…

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3 Ways I Let Go of Hating My Body and Learned to Love It (at least a little bit)

On Tuesday night I went to see the new movie Embrace which is an incredibly powerful documentary about the struggles that so many of us face around body image. It discussed the ways in which women are sent messages that their bodies are not good enough and the cycles of self-loathing and shame that build…