5_ONE_SIZE_HEADER_UPPER_LEFT_6-new

Subscribe to Email Updates

mobile-shipping
subscribe

HI THERE

Festive Fall: Mulled, Spiced & Spiked Cider

Posted by Alison Gallun

Oct 3, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Can you believe it? October is here. Fall is already in full swing, and before we know it, winter will be knocking on our doors. Holiday season’s on the way too, and whether you’re hosting the seasonal shindigs or attending them, everyone loves a delicious drink that tastes and smells like homemade apple pie.

Every fall, my friends and I have our annual Friends-giving, a potluck dinner in late October or early November, before life gets too hectic with the holidays. It’s our time to enjoy each other’s company, tell our favorite stories and, if we’re lucky, snag some delicious recipes right before our families’ gatherings.

This recipe comes from Friends-giving 2013’s hostess, Lauren, who made this mulled, spiked cider a few hours before the rest of us arrived. The encompassing smell of the cider was so warm and delicious, that walking into her apartment was like walking in to a cozy hug after a long day.

Read More

Topics: Food and Drink

Crockpot Creations: Sweet & Tangy BBQ Pulled Turkey

Posted by Alison Gallun

Sep 26, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Whether it’s a casual family dinner on a weeknight or a Sunday football party, crockpots are the best for making meals to share. How could you not love an easy recipe that you throw together in the morning and is all ready to go when dinnertime hits?

Personally, I love pulled pork and shredded beef, but always know that turkey and chicken tend to be more waistline-friendly protein sources. This recipe from the Slender Kitchen is a great one to keep in your back pocket for a tasty Tuesday dinner or a fun get together with friends (maybe for a Sunday football game? Go Packers!). And, with only 200 calories and 28 grams of protein per serving, you can devour this without feeling the slightest bit guilty.

Read More

Topics: Food and Drink

Healthy and Homemade: Butternut Squash Soup

Posted by Alison Gallun

Sep 19, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Something about a bowl of homemade soup is just so inherently comforting, especially on a chilly autumn day. Am I right, or am I right?

Growing up, my grandma always had a pot of soup simmering on her stovetop during the fall, filling the whole house with a warm, yummy scent that drifted from one room to another, and made going to grandma’s even more homey. 

This recipe, adapted from Wellness Mama— check out her review of Juils — is easy to make and brings an amazing aroma to the house while you’re cooking it. I added an apple and carrots to the recipe, just as an experiment (which turned out well!) and topped it with a small spoonful of non-fat, plain Greek yogurt and toasted pumpkin seeds.

Read More

Topics: Food and Drink

Festive Fall Recipe: Wild Rice and Turkey-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Posted by Alison Gallun

Sep 12, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Savory, guilt-free, in-season, delish. The perfect combo of protein, seasonal produce and savory flavors for the perfect, easy autumn dinner. 

Besides the weather, the changing leaves, the college football games (On, Wisconsin!) and the clothes—cozy sweaters and my favorite Juil boots— cooking in the fall is my favorite part of the season.

One of my favorite things to make is stuffed squash. Not only is it a crowd-pleaser, but it’s easy to make and is a flawless blend of healthy and delectable.

Although the original recipe called for purple rice and chicken, I made it with wild rice and ground turkey and loved it just the same.

Read More

Topics: Food and Drink

Avocado Bruschetta + 3 Fall Cocktails

Posted by Alison Gallun

Sep 5, 2014 10:21:00 AM

Here it is: the cocktail party holy grail. Four easy-to-make recipes that look and taste like you had them catered. 

Whether it’s a midday snack or a cocktail party with friends, this bruschetta should be on the menu. Of all the recipes I’ve ever made for my family and friends, this bruschetta has been unanimously voted ‘Best in Show.’ Not only is the flavor ahh-mazing, but it couldn’t be easier to make.

The crostini and balsamic reduction can be made a few days ahead of time, but the avocado and tomato topping should be made the day it will be served. Make sure to bookmark this, because trust me, this is definitely a recipe you’ll serve again and again. 

Read More

Topics: Food and Drink

Lighten Up: Baked Eggplant Parmesan

Posted by Alison Gallun

Aug 22, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Can you believe it? The first day of fall is already just one month away. Before we know it, we’ll all be pulling our warm sweaters out from the back of our closets and trading in our sandals for boots. It’s the time of the year when the local farmer’s market starts phasing out strawberries and sunflowers in favor of squash and sweet corn. 

When I was younger I used to dread the fall. You know, because fall meant school, and school meant homework, and who likes homework?

Luckily, I’ve done some growing up since then and realized that this time of year isn’t just a countdown until the first day of school, but a hybrid of the best things summer and fall have to offer. Having summer’s warm weather and fall’s savory flavors is a match made in heaven.

Read More

Topics: Food and Drink

Healthy Banana Oat “Anytime” Bars

Posted by Alison Gallun

Aug 8, 2014 9:31:00 AM

I can’t be the only person who intentionally buys too many bananas, and waits for them to get overripe just to have an excuse to make banana bread, right?? Only problem is that when I make a batch, I somehow find a way to rationalize eating the sweet treat for every meal until all that remains is an empty pan and a few crumbs.

Ever since I discovered my love for quinoa, and started incorporating quinoa flour wherever I could, I began experimenting with different flours, too. Oat flour, the main ingredient in these bars, can easily be made at home from rolled oats and brings in all the health benefits of oats, like stabilized blood sugar, lower cholesterol levels, and a reduced risk of Cardiovascular Disease.

Read More

Topics: Food and Drink

The Best-o Pesto (and the 5 best ways to use it)

Posted by Alison Gallun

Aug 2, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Serve it to me tossed with pasta or as a spread… Or just give me a spoon and a tub of it plain. Is there anything not to love about pesto?

With a busy schedule, it’s hard for me to find ways to make delicious food with wholesome ingredients on a regular basis. That’s likely part of the reason pesto could be its own food group in my diet. 

Read More

Topics: Food and Drink

The Healthiest (and Tastiest) Turkey Burger

Posted by Alison Gallun

Jul 26, 2014 8:27:29 AM

Now that summer is in full swing, it seems like everyone I know is firing up their grill every night and making some delicious dinner that wafts throughout the entire neighborhood. As much as I love a good bratwurst (a summertime staple for a born and raised Wisconsin girl like me) or a juicy cheeseburger (Wisconsin? Cheese, duh.), I’m a big fan of a tasty turkey burger, too. And let’s face it, there’s nothing as rewarding as finding a great, healthy recipe that doesn’t compromise taste for calorie count, am I right?           

Besides being a more heart healthy option, turkey burgers have a lot more selections in the potential flavors you can use, and allow for a lot more recipe twists, toppings, and tastes. Whether you want a southwest inspired burger, or a Mediterranean turkey burger, like the one below, the options for mix-ins and garnishes for turkey burgers really are limitless.

Read More

Topics: Food and Drink

Overnight Oats: A Breakfast Life-Hack

Posted by Alison Gallun

Jul 19, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Breakfast: the most-important meal of the day. When was the last time you ate a real breakfast? I’m talking about a well-balanced, nutritious and delicious way to start the day, not a meal-replacement shake and a handful of cereal. 

Breakfast: The Dream

I love when movies and commercials show a well-groomed family sitting around a table, calmly enjoying homemade pancakes, fluffy eggs and fresh-squeezed OJ and chatting about what they’ll do at work or school that day. Sounds nice, but I’m pretty sure that only happens in mythical, far away lands with endless hours in the day. 

Read More

Topics: Food and Drink

Stay Connected

Welcome to the Juil community blog. These are the stories of our lives, our growths, our passions, and the connections we hope to give you. We hope that what you read makes you laugh, stimulates your mind, cultivates your thought, and inspires you. Inspires you to become stronger, healthier, and more connected to that which makes you feel whole.