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Why I can't shut up about my Instant Pot (plus 2 easy recipes!)

I tell everyone to get an Instant Pot. I buy them for friends as housewarming or wedding gifts, and I sing their praises to people who probably are sick of hearing about them (until they get one too and then they can't shut up either). At first glance, it seems like it's just an electric pressure cooker… And it is! Which is great even alone. But [in my Billy Mays voice] that's not all, friends. That's not all…

Salad potluck: the easiest, cheapest, healthiest way to avoid packing lunch

It started with a workplace baby shower with a salad potluck directive: everyone bring something you can put on a salad. As we stood around munching, while cards were opened, we thought, "Hey, this was REALLY easy, and it's healthy, too! We need to do this more often!" It helps us all eat healthier and it makes "packing lunch" as simple as throwing a random fridge vegetable or a bag of dried cranberries or can of black beans in your bag.

Ain't no shame in the calorie counting game: How to erase guilty feelings about eating at parties!

It's the start of the summer party season for the US. Which means tons of BBQ meat, beers, margaritas and CAKE! You can't have a party without cake! The perfect time for all that anxiety in your gut to start rising up about your food choices, and just how "good" you've been the last weeks. (I'll talk in a minute about how "being good" actually means nothing, by the way.) But if you're like me, and have made the choice to start logging your food intake, calorie counting and parties can lead to a lot of anxiety.