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What is kelp?

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: FAQ

I pride myself on using normal "everyday" ingredients in my recipes but there are one or two "weird" items I use sometimes... Kelp is one of them.

A friend of mine who follows a strict salt-free diet turned me on to kelp. (She uses it as a salt alternative). I'm not one for salting my foods, but I like kelp because it has a fishy taste. 

It's the "secret ingredient" in HH's Mock Tuna Salad. It's what makes the whole thing taste fishy. If you want a fish taste without the fish, kelp is where it's at. 

What is it? Kelp is a sea vegetable. I know, that doesn't exactly sound appetizing, but it's delicious. It's granulated like a spice so you never feel like you're eating seaweed or algae. 

Kelp is also an excellent source of iodine.

Where can you get it?health food stores, whole foods market, some stores that sell supplements and other vitamins, online (Amazon). A canister (like mine in the video) is usually only a few dollars and it lasts a really long time. They're well worth the investment to be able to make HH's mock tuna alone! 

What Are Rolled Oats vs. Instant Oats, Interchanging Them & Other Tips

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: FAQ

A common question I get is what is the difference between instant oats and rolled oats and can you interchange them?

Rolled oats are bigger than instant oats and take longer to cook (see the size difference in the video). If a recipe calls for instant oats, but you only have rolled oats, no problem. 

How to turn Rolled Oats into Instant Oats: Chop the rolled oats up in your food processor or blender so that they're smaller, more granulated and the consistency of instant oats. 

You can also use instant oats in place of bread crumbs in most recipes, I actually really like using them in my burger recipes. Instead of bread crumbs I use a small handful of instant oats (about 1/3 cup). 

When using oats instead of bread crumbs, do not automatically do a direct 1:1 substitution since oats are so much bulkier and they're thirsty, so they can dry out your food if you add too many. Start with less, about 1/3 cup and add more as necessary.

Mmm... HH's Apple Crisp Muffins use oats! 

Depending on your oats, oats can also act as an easy gluten-free substitute! My new favorite thing to do with oats is make oat flour

Minimalist Monday: Closet Organization & Rainbows

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Minimalist

When I organized my pantry, I knew the closet was something I'd have to tackle as part of my minimalist journey. I don't know why I'd put it off... I just did... but then this weekend, I was finally motivated. 

(Embarrassing & Painful) Before pictures:

Yikes! We don't even have a lot of clothes... how did it get so nuts?! 

When tackling my closet I knew I had to do more than tidy up and put things away to make it feel totally organized and zen... I started thinking back to when I worked in retail and how we organized things by color. It always made our tiny store seem really pulled together and neat, so I thought I'd try that in my closet.

Wow. What a difference that made --- I'm totally in love with our new closest's organization system. Everything looks so neat and the color organization really helps! It's like I have lots of happy rainbows in my closet. It also helps me find that one particular shirt I'm looking for.

The best part is I didn't have to spend any money to organize my closest. 

Such an organized & neat closet! And all it cost me was about 35 minutes of my time! 

Here's a jist of what I did:

Have you organized your closet? Do you want or need to?