Tasty Tuesday: Sweet Potato & White Bean Burgers

Thank you  Tasty for today’s recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sweet potato, roasted, peeled
  • 15 oz white bean, 1 can, drained, rinsed
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ⅓ cup nutritional yeast
  • ⅓ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • canola oil (I use the spray instead of actual order to save points.
  • chipotle mayo (optional, not included in point total)
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F/180˚C.
  2. In a large bowl, add the roasted sweet potato, white beans, onion, parsley, lemon juice, and seasonings.
  3. Using a potato masher, mash the ingredients until thoroughly mixed together.
  4. Once mashed, add the bread crumbs and mix them in.
  5. In a pan, heat a small amount of oil over medium heat. Add the patties and cook for 3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Place patties on buns, and top with chipotle mayo, avocado, and red onion.
  7. Enjoy!

As I start cooking more and more from scratch, I findI need to get organized in the kitchen.  Tossed out the spices which have been there since the age of time and am starting fresh.  Containers instead of bags tossed on shelves makes it so much easier to find things  Organize your pantry so you can find things AND you know what is there.  I am forever buying new stuff because I couldn’t find something.

  

Did you know the Your Way organizing products are the customer special this month at Thirty One?  Check them out at our Facebook “Get Organized in 2018” event for more tips and tricks.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Fall Cleaning Tips

 

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The summer has ended  – okay so there is 10 more days till the official start of Autumn but for the most part, we are all shifting into a new season.

Who can resist the urge to refresh and clean the house after a long summer? A chance to start cleaning out BEFORE the holiday craziness hits us, right? For many, we have had the air conditioning running non-stop for what seems like forever.  It is a great opportunity to open the windows, let in the fresh air and start fresh.  I mean, let’s be honest, how many of us really did much cleaning during the lazy days of summer?

Here are some tips to make fall cleaning easier and more effective.8058e40a360a443d9acb526c528fa7e61. Start with the closet.  As we switch out the summer clothes and move in the fall/winter clothes, it is a great opportunity to purge what we don’t wear.  You would be surprised at how many clothes and accessories are piled up on the closet. Rather than keep unnecessary things around, follow this rule: If an article of clothing hasn’t been worn for at least a year, it’s time to get rid of it.

2. Fall cleaning means cleaning from the top to the bottom. As people clean, dust and grime floats through the air and settles on furniture and flooring. To keep the areas that were just cleaned free of residue while working, dust the tops first, then the bottoms. Clean floors the very last.

3. Go through kitchen utensils and dishes while fall cleaning. A lot of clutter can build up in the kitchen over the course of a year. It is a perfect time to match the Tupperware bottoms and lids, then toss the lids that there is no bottom.

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4. Go through the linen closet and discard shabby towels or linens. Turn them into dish towels, cleaning rags or get rid of them entirely. If bed sheets have lost the elastic around the corners, it’s time to let them go.

5. Organize the pantry. Put things in groupings together, such as dry or canned goods. This helps everyone keep track of just what groceries are really needed, and can prevent duplicate buy due to pantry disorganization.  Make sure you check the expiration dates too.  If you stock your pantry with staples that you use a lot, make sure you rotate them so you use the oldest first.

6. Rearrange the furniture.  I actually LOVE this part of fall cleaning.  Now, if you don’t have a lot of space, a  simple change of the wall hangings, or arrange the end tables differently can make a difference. Those little things can add a sense of freshness to a room, and can inspire a sense of fun to the fall cleaning. Wash the curtains in the room and add a plant or a focal decorative point.

7. When the housework is done, scrub all the floors completely. If it is carpet, shampoo it. If it is linoleum or wood flooring, get in the corners and scour and mop. This is also the time to use a floor polish or shining product on the floors. At the end of the work, the house will be left gleaming and everything will be organized and in easy reach.

These small tips can make a house an oasis of comfort.  What are your best tips for Fall cleaning, share them with us!

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

Super Simple Ways to Refresh Your Home

3655706I don’t know about you but I am getting itchy…. that itch that comes with organizing and cleaning things out.  The season isn’t changing yet BUT we are in a change of catalog season and it makes me want to refresh our home while I am updating my inventory for my business.

I love these supper easy organizing solutions that I found online for your pantry, living room, linen closet and more.

  • Restock your linen closet. If you wouldn’t give your guest a towel from the back of your linen closet, it’s time to do a closet cleanse. Did you know that if If you wash your linen less than once a week, it could be a hotbed for bacteria.

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  • Style a shelf. Style a bookcase or shelf in an entryway or living area to give your space a new look. Make statement items the focal point or stack coffee table books for a personal touch.
  • Reposition art. Multiple artworks can anchor a room, but when it is hung without thought , it can make a space appear cluttered. Take everything off the walls and start from scratch. Experiment with grouping framed pieces for a contained look.
  • Buy a knife block. Never seem to be able to find the right knife? Take them out of your draws and organize them in a countertop knife block that doubles as a sharpener.
  • Designate winter storage space. Clear out an area of your storage closet for winter sheets. Vacuum-pack seasonal items and store them away in a less accessible area to win back space.
  • Do a bathroom product inventory.  If your bathroom closet is filling up with pharmacy buys you haven’t touched in years, it’s time to declutter.  Check the expiration dates and toss things.  It isn’t a good deal if it doesn’t get used.
  • Reconsider your doormat. Your entryway forms a first impression of your home, so give it some thought. Refreshing your doormat is a super-quick way to give it a five-minute facelift.
  • Upgrade greenery. Indoor plants have a ton of health benefits, but too many can make a space look chaotic and can be unhealthy. Trade your supply of small plants for one large statement piece in a minimal ceramic planter.
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  • Group small items. If you always leave your coffee pot and sugar jar out on the kitchen counter to use each morning, give them a specific place. Use a tray to group small items and make them seem more contained.
  • Change your folding technique. Think about it – changing the way you fold a duvet or fitted sheet can free up a lot of space.
  • Bulk-buy storage containers. It’s a simple visual trick: Lots of mismatched containers make a pantry look cluttered.

10400268_992666500772502_961239449797994668_nWhat’s your secret to organizing your home in minutes? Share your tips in the comments.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!