The best way to cook a steak? Go against this instinct

The best way to oil your pan before cooking a steak is to not oil it at all.

Seriously, back away. Put the oil down. It might be scary, but let’s try something new.

We like to oil the actual steak instead of the pan we cook it in, ditching the middleman and applying our oil of choice directly onto the meat. It’s a pretty simple changeup, but it makes a world of difference in the steak cooking experience.

The technique is used by chefs like Alex Raij, Bobby Flay, Heston Blumenthal, and our senior food editor Andy Baraghani, who says it’s especially useful if you have a small kitche Right off the bat, it’s healthier. Rubbing your steak in oil eliminates extra fat pooling in the pan. That means the steak you’re cooking won’t end up soaking in oil after the internal fat renders.

What was that? Oh, it was your heart saying, “I can eat more steak now? Thanks a bunch!”

Having less fat in your pan also cuts down on smoke, which makes it less likely that your neighbor Gary will complain when you leave your front door open to air out the apartment. If there isn’t any extra oil to burn, the air in your kitchen will be clear, Gary can watch his Discovery Channel shows in peace, and your coat won’t smell like a grease trap for the next three weeks.

Oiling the steak directly also guarantees coverage of the entire piece of meat, including all the nooks and crannies that might be missed when oiling just the pan. By using only enough oil to coat the steak, you’ll get beautifully rendered fat on a perfectly caramelized piece of meat. That’s the kind of cooking that will make your parents proud of you (for once).

And remember, just because we like to use this technique for steak doesn’t mean you can’t use it for a pork chop or lamb chop. It’s the same basic principle. Sometimes, less is less. You know, in a good way.

Coconut Oil For Hair: 10 Benefits & Uses

Using coconut oil for hair is easy, but how exactly does it benefit you? Here are 10 benefits and uses (including 3 DIY recipes) that’ll leave your hair nourished and soft.

Coconut Oil For Hair: 10 Benefits & Uses

Coconut oil is pretty amazing, as I’ve talked about it many times. But coconut oil is pretty special when it comes to hair. Most of us have bought into this healthy trend and tried an overnight soak or a basic coconut oil hair treatment.

Coconut oil is one of the few substances that can actually penetrate the hair follicle. It gets right inside your hair itself and helps address lots of concerns directly. It’s pretty special!

Here’s how coconut oil can help your hair:

7 Benefits of Using Coconut Oil For Hair

1. Coconut oil for hair means direct strength.

It’s all about diving deep! Because coconut oil goes directly into the strands of your hair itself, it can strengthen your hair from the inside out. It can help replace the proteins themselves within your hair. This makes it much stronger than it would be if you used a conditioner that just sits on top of your hair.

2. Coconut oil helps prevent dandruff.

Coconut oil is a great hair conditioner, but that doesn’t quite explain how it helps prevent dandruff. This has to do with the particular fatty acids that coconut oil contains. The combination is just so that it helps to balance out your hair and prevent dandruff from happening.

3. Coconut oil mimics natural hair substances.

Have you ever put coconut oil in your hair just to see it all get “sucked up”? Your hair was probably thirsty!

Part of the reason why coconut oil is so effective at repairing hair is because it mimics sebum. This is a natural substance that your hair produces to replenish itself and balance everything out. This makes it a much more natural aid for hair health than most conditioners.Coconut Oil For Hair: 10 Benefits & Uses

4. Coconut oil can help prevent split ends.

Again, blame the deep-diving benefits. Coconut oil (especially in combination with almond oil) can be applied topically to help heal split ends. Definitely helps save a trip to the stylist!

5. Coconut oil is a natural hair detangler.

How much did we all pay for that hair detangler for kids back in the day? Ten dollars? Fifteen?

Coconut oil is a great alternative for store-bought detangler, and is much cheaper to boot. You just have to be careful not to apply it so close to the roots that your hair looks greasy.

6. Coconut oil helps prevent hair loss.

There are some situations where baldness is hereditary and can’t be avoided. But when hair loss is temporary, there’s nothing like coconut oil to help prevent it. It’s all about diving deep and replenishing the vitamins at the source.

7. Coconut oil can encourage your hair to grow faster.

All these factors lead up to the fact that coconut oil is the speedy hair growth treatment we all wanted back in sixth grade. For real!

Now, having everything in moderation is important for healthy hair and a healthy body. But applying coconut oil as a hair mask,  as a daily protecting agent or in your shampoo regularly is a good way to make sure your hair’s healthy enough to grow long and strong. Just keep at it and aim for hair health.

3 Ways To Use Coconut Oil For Hair

1. Coconut Oil Hair Mask

I apply coconut oil to my hair dry just like the woman in the video below (starts at 4:00). I also use the shampoo she mentions (SheaMoisture) when I wash the coconut oil hair mask out of my hair.

Coconut Oil Hair Mask Recipe

This hair mask is a perfect place to start if you’re looking to use coconut oil for hair.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil (use more or less, depending on the length of your hair)
  • 2-3 Drops of Essential Oils*

Instructions:

  1. Mix the coconut oil and essential oils together in a small bowl.
  2. Apply the coconut oil hair mask to your hair while it’s dry.
  3. Leave the hair mask on your hair for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.
  4. Wash your hair with a natural shampoo.
  5. You may need to wash your hair twice to remove all the coconut oil from your hair.

* Which essential oils should you use? I use patchouli, Myrrh and lavender when my hair is dry, lavender and clary sage for normal hair and rosemary, ylang ylang and tea tree for oily hair. If you’re goal is to encourage hair growth, peppermint and rosemary are two essential oils that may help stimulate hair growth.

Remember, a little goes a long way. I only add 1-2 drops of essential oils to my coconut oil hair mask.

2. Coconut Oil Frizz Tamer

Coconut oil can be used to tame undated frizz! I use this on my hair and on my curly-haired daughters hair. Make sure to only use a very small amount of coconut oil when applying to your hair. If you apply too much your hair will look greasy.

I dab my finger into my coconut oil, rub my hands together and wipe down my frizz.

3. Coconut Milk Shampoo

Coconut milk contains all the benefits of coconut oil and can be used in your homemade shampoo! I alternate between this homemade shampoo and Shea Moisture shampoo.

4.9 from 7 reviews
Coconut Milk Shampoo

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Author: Tiffany
Ingredients
  • ¼ Cup Coconut Milk
  • ⅓ Cup Liquid Castile Soap
  • 1Teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
  • 10 to 20 Drops Essential Oils
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients into a container ( I used an empty shampoo bottle). Use like you would regular shampoo.

Lime Essential Oil Uses

Lime essential oil has been used more in my home this summer over any other essential oil! I love the smell of it when diffused – I like to diffuse it along with grapefruit for extra zing! A single drop of lime vitality can turn a beverage or dish into something incredible! I add just one drop in my water, juice, coconut water kefir, guacamole or salsa. It’s AMAZING!!!

11 Ways To Use Lime Essential Oil

Lime essential oil is cold pressed from the rinds of fresh limes.

It can be used topically (it’s great for your skin) and taken internally as a dietary supplement (Lime Vitality Essential Oil is considered safe as a food additive by the FDA).

Lime Essential Oil & Lime Vitality Essential Oil

In the United States, the FDA has declared essential oils can be labeled either as a dietary supplement for ingestion or as a cosmetic for aromatic and or typical use. It cannot be labeled as both. To satisfy the FDA retirement, Young Living created the Vitality line of essential oils to identify the most common essential oils that are used internally.

Many of the Vitality essential oils are also great topically and aromatically which is why they are available with and without the Vitaly label. Below are some of my favorite ways to use Lime Essential Oil and Lime Vitality.

 

Lime Vitality Essentail Oil
Lime Essential Oil

Lime Essential Oil Uses: Topical

Lime is a great essential oil to add to your homemade skin care products. I use it in my homemade sugar scrub and body butter.

Something to keep in mind about lime is that you should avoid applying to skin that will be exposed to sunlight or UV light within 48 hours. Lime essential oil is phytotoxic and may cause skin irritation if it’s exposed to sunlight.

Lime essential oil is very calming! I use it to help reduce stress and to improve clarity of mind.

Here are some of my favorite skin care recipes using lime essential oil:

  1. Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub
  2. Homemade Lotion with Lime
  3. Lime Essential Oil Melts
  4. Lime Cilantro Soap
  5. Lime Lip Scrub
  6. Citrus Garbage Disposal Refreshers11 Ways To Use Lime Essential Oil

Lime Vitality Essential Oil Uses: Dietary

I use lime vitality essential oil in my kitchen more than any other essential oil. It adds so much flavor to my soups, dips and beverages.

Like other citrus oils, lime is rich in d-Limonene (read more about d-Limonene here). Lime essential oil also supports a healthy immune system and may aid in weight loss  when used in conjunction with a weight management or exercise program.

Here are some of my favorite ways to use lime vitality essential oil in the kitchen:

  1. Add 1-2 drops to your guacamole! I love this recipe.
  2. Add a drop to your homemade salsa or Pico de Gallo.
  3. Coconut Water Mojitos? Yes please! Make my homemade coconut water kefir and add 1 drop of lime vitality to the coconut water kefir before drinking.
  4. Try adding lime to your homemade salad dressing, sauces or marinades!

The 10 worst foods for fat loss

Adapted from 60 Seconds to Slim

Let’s face it: Grocery and convenience stores (not to mention school lunchrooms and vending machines) are full of chemical- and sugar-laced foods we should never eat but that make up a surprisingly large portion of most people’s regular diet. I’m frequently asked which foods are the worst and make us the fattest. Here are 10 of the worst foods you may be eating, ordered from terrible to tragic. You may be surprised to learn which “food” I consider to be the worst.

More: 50 Foods You Should Never Eat

All of these foods are highly acid forming and need to be eliminated as soon as possible. They create inflammation in the body, throw off hormonal balance, bog down the body’s lymphatic system (more on that later), and congest the liver, among other things that negate your efforts to restore a healthy weight.

10. Ice cream

I’m sure you’re not surprised to see ice cream on this list, but it may not be for the reasons you think. Today’s ice cream is full of sugar and harmful trans fats as well as artificial colors and flavors, many of which are proven neurotoxins that should never be allowed in food. Neurotoxins are brain- and nervous system-damaging chemicals. You may think that neurotoxins won’t have an effect on your weight, but they certainly do.

Our brains must maintain a delicate balance of chemicals that control all of our metabolic processes. If any substance interferes, the balance goes out of whack. Of course, there are healthier varieties of ice cream, but most ice cream is hazardous to your health and weight. The best way to indulge without exposing yourself to dangerous chemicals is to make your own ice cream from scratch.

Fix it: Make your own ice cream and you can choose the exact flavors you want without the added harsh chemicals. 

9. Corn and tortilla chips

Since the advent of genetically modified foods, most of the corn we eat is a health-damaging Frankenfood. That’s because corn is one of the most genetically modified foods grown. Because of its high sugar content, corn causes rapid blood sugar fluctuations, which translate into fat hoarding and weight gain, as well as mood swings, irritability, and many other symptoms. Most chips are fried in oils that have turned rancid and are linked to inflammation.

Fix it: Opt for homemade (and guilt-free) veggie chips that you can make from your favorite vegetables. 

8. Pizza

While not all pizza is bad, most of the commercially available and frozen pizza on the market is full of artificial dough conditioners and preservatives. It is made from white flour that has been bleached and reacts in your body just like sugar, causing weight gain and blood sugar imbalances. Contrary to what dairy marketing boards will tell you, cheese is not a health food. Most cheese is high in saturated fats and is heavily processed.

Fix it: Do pizza night at home, with a whole wheat crust, healthy sauce, superfoods, and the right cheeses. 

7. French fries

Not only do french fries typically contain trans fats that have been linked to a long list of diseases, but they also contain one of the most potent carcinogenic substances in food—acrylamide. Acrylamide is formed when white potatoes are heated at high temperatures, such as during frying (and other toxic cooking methods). Acrylamide can cause inflammation in your body and throw off its pH balance in favor of acidity.

Additionally, most of the oils used for frying turn rancid in the presence of oxygen or at high temperatures—yet another way these foods can cause inflammation in the body. And researchers are discovering that inflammation is a factor in many serious health conditions, including heart disease, cancer, and arthritis, and, of course, weight gain.

Fix it: Find out how to cook the healthiest potatoes to maximize the phytonutrients and eliminate the acrylamide.

6. Potato chips

You may not be surprised to see potato chips on this list, but it may surprise you to learn that, according to Health Canada, potato chips typically contain the highest levels of toxic acrylamide of any food. If you, like many people, crave potato chips, don’t worry: I’ll teach you what your cravings mean on page 74 and give you delicious and satisfying alternatives to these harmful snacks.

Fix it: Reach for sweet potatoes instead! You can even turn them into crispy sweet potato chips and you won’t miss the original chips, guaranteed. 

5. Bacon

Yes, bacon! Sorry, bacon lovers. According to research in the journal Circulation, daily consumption of processed meats like bacon can increase the risk of heart disease by 42 percent and diabetes by 19 percent. Bacon is full of nitrites, is loaded with salt, and is seriously acid forming. Contrary to what some diet plans teach, bacon has no place in a weight-loss program, or any health program for that matter.

Not convinced? Before you say yes to bacon, consider the other health effects of eating it. A study at the University of Columbia found that eating bacon 14 times a month was linked to damaged lung function and a significantly increased risk of lung disease. Remember, no weight-loss program should cause weight loss at the cost of your overall health. Yet that is exactly what many high-protein diets do, particularly when they include regular bacon consumption as part of their meal plan.

Fix it: Follow these rules to buy better bacon and decrease your chances of cancer. 

4. Hot dogs

Questionable contents aside, even the 100 percent beef variety is bad for you. A study at the University of Hawaii found that consumption of hot dogs and other processed meats increased the risk of pancreatic cancer by 67 percent. One of the ingredients found in both bacon and hot dogs is sodium nitrite. This carcinogen has been linked to leukemia in children and brain tumors in infants. Other studies show that sodium nitrate also promotes colorectal cancer.

Fix it: Don’t discount carrot dogs. The veggie favorite can easily replace the summer grilling staple. 

3. Doughnuts

Compared with prepackaged snack foods, a fresh doughnut may not seem bad, but most doughnuts are 35 to 40 percent trans fats—the worst kind of fat you can eat. Trans fats are linked to obesity and heart and brain diseases as well as cancer. And then there are the sugar and artificial dough conditioners and food additives many doughnuts contain. As if that weren’t bad enough, the average doughnut also contains about 300 calories.

Fix it: Make healthier dessert choices right at home, that way you control the sugar count. 

2. Soda

According to research reported by Dr. Joseph Mercola, “one can of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30 to 55 milligrams of caffeine, and is loaded with artificial food colors and sulphites.” That alone should make you rethink your soda habit.

But soda is also extremely acidic. It takes over 30 cups of pH-balanced water to neutralize the acidity of one cola. This acid residue can be extremely hard on the kidneys since they have to filter it. Additionally, the bones act as mineral reservoirs. Alkaline minerals, like calcium, are dumped into the blood to help neutralize acidity, which can weaken the bones over time. And, of course, the 10 teaspoons of sugar are a serious culprit in weight gain. In studies, soda is also linked to osteoporosis, obesity, tooth decay, and heart disease. If you’re thinking of switching to diet soda, keep reading.

Fix it: Go for naturally flavored water and you’ll get the flavorful drink you want without the calories, sugar, and tooth erosion. 

1. Diet soda

Diet soda is the winner of the Worst Food of All Time Award. Not only does diet soda have most of the problems of regular soda, but it also contains aspartame, now called AminoSweet. According to research by Lynne Melcombe, author of Health Hazards of White Sugar, aspartame is linked to the following health conditions: anxiety attacks, binge eating and sugar cravings, birth defects, blindness, brain tumors, chest pain, depression, dizziness, epilepsy, fatigue, headaches and migraines, hearing loss, heart palpitations, hyperactivity, insomnia, joint pain, learning disabilities, PMS, muscle cramps, reproductive problems, and even death.

Aspartame’s effects can be mistaken for Alzheimer’s disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, epilepsy, Epstein-Barr virus, Huntington’s chorea, hypothyroidism, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Lyme disease, Ménière’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and post-polio syndrome. It still astounds me that some diet programs include this treacherous beverage as a means to lose weight. This is pure propaganda and lobbying on the part of the manufacturers and not based in fact.

I know many people whose abilities to lose weight improved only after they cut out the diet soda. I also know people whose migraines and heart palpitations—and even a brain tumor—disappeared after they cut out diet soda. This is not food, and it has no place in your diet.

How To Find Pure Olive Oil

By now, I’m sure you’re well aware of the important role healthy fats play in your diet. In my home I opt to use high-quality whole traditional foods like coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, and full-fat dairy. These healthy foods have been consumed by people for thousands of years by cultures around the world.

I’ve written to you often about coconut oil but today I wanted to share some things about another healthy fat I use often in my kitchen: Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

While I use coconut oil for most of my cooking and baking there are a few things I prefer to use olive oil for. For example:

Salad Dressing

Pure olive oil is the most important ingredient in making the best salad dressings! Since pure olive oil is made of mostly monounsaturated fats, it is liquid at room temperature. If I were to use coconut oil, my dressing would be thick and hard!

Marinades

I also prefer to use pure olive oil over coconut oil for marinating meat, fish, poultry and veggies. Coconut oil will completely harden when used in marinades but pure olive oil will only slightly solidify when used.

Mayonnaise

I love mayonnaise and use it often. I have used coconut oil to make mayonnaise in the past but the consistency is too thick for my palate. I now use half coconut oil and half olive oil or 100% olive oil when I make mayo now.

As with all ingredients in my kitchen, I do my best to source organic pure olive oil, this is very important because not all olive oil is equal.

Did you know that some olive oils aren’t pure? Some brands cut their olive oil with cheap oils like soybean oil, canola oil, hazelnut oil and low grade olive oils.

How To Find Pure Olive Oil

I did some research and wanted to conducted a few tests to see if the olive oil I use is truly pure. I also tested several popular brands of olive oil to see if any of them passed the tests. What were the results? See below:

The Refrigerator Test

According to Sally Fallon, author of Nourishing Traditions you can easily find out if your olive oil is pure by refrigerating it for 10+ hours. If the olive oil solidifies then it is the real deal. If not, it’s not pure! I tested 9 brands of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or so labeled). I picked popular brands of olive oil varying in prices. I also decided to pick up cheap store brand EEVO to see if it would pass this test.

olive oil in jars with solids separated

Results: After 12 hours of refrigeration only 4 olive oils were completely solid. Several were partially solid and some were still completely liquid. I decided to let the oils refrigerate for a full 24 hours to see if any change would occur. After 24 hours of refrigeration all but one sample was solid.

Conclusion: Inconclusive

After doing some research I found that this test isn’t 100% accurate. It turns out that the olive variety and time of harvest may have an effect on solidification.

The Flame Test

I’ve also read in several articles that pure olive oil will burn and won’t smoke or give off any harsh odors and refined oils will not light at all.

olive oil flame test

Results: Every sample tested yielded a consistent flame; some flames burned stronger than others. There were no visible smoke or burning odors and all kept burning for the hour’s test.

Conclusion: Inconclusive

Though some of the oils did light and keep a flame, I felt this test wasn’t 100% accurate. Many adulterated olive oils are actually cut with a small amount of refined olive oil, so they can pass this test even though they aren’t 100% pure.

Taste Test

We also taste tested all of the oils! Now, we aren’t olive oil connoisseurs but we did notice a variety of pleasant and unpleasant flavors and textures.

olive oil taste test

Results: Some oils were peppery, some had a fruity undertone, some tasted greasy, soapy and rancid!

Conclusion: Inconclusive

This test is obviously inconclusive (though it was fun)! Guessing is no way to truly know if your olive oil is pure.

So how do you know if your olive oil is pure?

The Answer: Know Your Source

Contact the farmer (or company) you purchase your olive oil from. Ask them where their olives come from. Do they come from sustainable farms? How do they process their olive oil? Do they use chemical solvents or is the oil pressed naturally without heat or chemicals? An honest company will answer your questions and will not hide anything!

Which olive oil do I use?

 

I was thrilled, then, to discover a source for independently lab-certified EVOO, imported quarterly from the world’s latest harvest! 

It’s called the Fresh-Pressed Olive Oil Club, and they have generously offered my readers an introduction to their unique club: a free, full-size sample bottle of harvest-fresh EVOO. Their oils are so flavorful and vibrant that I felt like I’d never really tasted olive oil before. The Club’s founder travels the globe to find the world’s best and freshest olive oils, and they deliver them right to your door.

With this special offer, they have 240 bottles — 20 cases — to give away to Coconut Mama readers, but I have an audience of many thousands, so these will go fast! There is nothing to buy, and no strings attached — you can cancel your Club membership at any time.

Then, as soon as your bottle arrives — whether you’re whipping up a smoothie or frying a frittata – pour on the EVOO! Use fresh-pressed EVOO in stir-fries and pan-sears (the idea that you shouldn’t fry with olive oil has been enthusiastically abandoned). Add flavor and disease prevention to your favorite dishes! A generous splash of EVOO will not only intensify the flavor and nutritional content of your meals, it may also help guard you against inflammatory diseases.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

There isn’t anything better than sipping on hot cocoa on a cold winter night. If you’re looking for a healthy hot cocoa recipe made with natural ingredients, I have one for you! This homemade hot chocolate mix is the best I’ve ever tried! You can mix it with warm milk (or your favorite dairy free milk) or add it to your coffee to make your very own Mocha. Yum!

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

When it comes to sweets and treats I do my best to use the most wholesome ingredients. For this hot chocolate mix recipe, I used organic cocoa powder, coconut sugar, vanilla bean powder and soy free chocolate chips (frozen).

Let’s gets started!

You’ll need a blender or food processor to combine the chocolate, coconut sugar and vanilla bean powder together.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Then you’ll add the frozen chocolate chips. Blend well and add a few drops of peppermint essential oil if using.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Store your homemade hot chocolate mix in an airtight container in a cool place. To use, combine 1-2 tablespoons of homemade hot chocolate mix with 6 ounces of hot water or milk (or coffee). Enjoy!

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Soy Free Chocolate Chips, Frozen
  • 1 Cup Organic Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Cup Coconut Sugar or Natural Sugar of Choice
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Bean Powder
  • Optional: 8 Drops Pure Peppermint Essential Oil

Instructions

  1. Using a blender or food processor, blend up the frozen chocolate chips until they’re chopped up fine.
  2. Mix chopped chocolate chips with cocoa powder, coconut sugar, vanilla powder and peppermint essential oil.
  3. Store in a glass jar.

How To Use

  • Combine 1-2 tablespoons of homemade hot chocolate mix with 6 ounces of hot water or milk (or coffee).

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Prep time
5 mins
Total time
5 mins
Author: Tiffany
Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 3 Cups
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Soy Free Chocolate Chips, Frozen
  • 1 Cup Organic Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Cup Coconut Sugar or Natural Sugar of Choice
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Powder
  • Optional: 8 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
Instructions
  1. Using a blender or food processor, blend up the frozen chocolate chips until they’re chopped up fine.
  2. Mix chopped chocolate chips with cocoa powder, coconut sugar, vanilla powder and peppermint essential oil.
  3. Store in a glass jar.

Ellen DeGeneres on facing Hollywood’s bullies after coming out

Ellen DeGeneres  (Reuters)

Few people have had as much success in Hollywood as daytime talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres. However, the star is now opening up about the incredibly difficult road she was forced to take to make it as an out celebrity in show business.

With an incredibly vast social media following, 59 Daytime Emmy Awards, a loving relationship with wife Portia de Rossi and a Presidential Medal of Freedom, DeGeneres’ star seems like it can’t get any bigger. However, for the 59-year-old comic, it doesn’t feel like that long ago that she was having her name and reputation dragged through the mud for coming out as a lesbian on the cover of TIME in 1997. Things would get so bad that she’d lose her sitcom and be forced to move out of L.A., which she recently chronicled in an interview with Good Housekeeping.

“The bullying I endured [in Hollywood] after I came out made up for the lack of it during my childhood,” she said of losing the status she worked hard for. “I moved out of L.A., went into a severe depression, started seeing a therapist and had to go on antidepressants for the first time in my life,” she says. “It was scary and lonely. All I’d known for 30 years was work, and all of a sudden I had nothing. Plus, I was mad. It didn’t feel fair — I was the same person everyone had always known.”

Fortunately, with so much time having passed, the star went on to explain that she’s learned to understand the point of view of those that wronged her in the past, and has found a way to forgive them.

“Anger and aggression weaken you, because they take so much energy to hold in place,” she said. “But kindness is a strength [that] makes you more serene.”

DeGeneres built her career from the ground up twice. The first saw her struggle in the comedy world to develop her voice and then find an audience. Soon after, she had to do it again after she made the decision to not only publicly come out, but to allow her character, Ellen Morgan, to do the same. As Vanity Fair previously noted, Morgan became the first gay lead character on TV in a time when LGBTQ characters were mostly ignored or treated as tragic figures.

Pressure Cooker Recipes: 20 Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

Using a pressure cooker has made my life so much easier! I use my instant pot 3-4 times a week for quick and easy dinners. Here are some of my favorite healthy pressure cooker recipes.Pressure Cooker Recipes: 20 Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

Never heard of a pressure cooker?

It’s amazing! It’s more than a basic food cooker—it’s a machine designed to cook food super fast.

Imagine a sous vide machine. Except not enormous and taking up half your kitchen.

The Pressure Cooker I Use: Instant Pot

If you’re at all considering buying a pressure cooker I recommend the instant pot. They go far and beyond a basic crock pot. Plus you can make all these delicious (and healthy) recipes! It’s a great purchase for so many reasons.

Pressure Cooker Recipes: 20 Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

How I Use My Pressure Cooker

I find new ways to use my pressure cooker all the time but here are some of the foods I prep weekly for my family

Beans – Each week I make a batch of beans, either black or pinto. I soak the beans overnight (or during the day if I forget to soak them the night before) and pressure cook them on the bean/chili setting for 30-40 minutes. The beans cook perfectly on this setting and I love that I don’t have to have them cooking all day long like I use to with my crock pot!

Whole Chicken & Broth – I’ll cook a whole chicken in my pressure cooker, remove the meat, add veggies and make broth.

Steamed Artichokes – My family LOVES artichokes! One of the easiest ways to cook artichokes is in a pressure cooker on the steam setting. I trim the artichokes, add water and the steam basket, then steam them for 20 minutes.

Potatoes – I peel and cut my potatoes and cook them in water for 5-8 minutes. I store the taters in my fridge until I’m ready to use them. I’ll toss them on my salads, mash them and add butter (easy mashed potatoes) or toss them in my cast iron with coconut oil and make breakfast potatoes.

20 Healthy Pressure Cooker Recipes

Below are 20 kitchen tested healthy pressure cooker recipes!

1. Easy Instant Pot Deviled Eggs

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2. Instant Pot Bone Broth

Instant Pot Bone Broth

3. Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash

instant pot spaghetti squash

4. Pot Roast

instant pot pot roast

5. Shredded Chicken

instant pot shredded chicken

6. Instant Pot Applesauce

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7. Mexican Beef

Instant Pot Mexican Beef

8. Chicken Enchilada Soup

chicken enchilada soup

9. Texas Beef Chili

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10. Crispy Potatoes

crispy potatoes

11. Pulled Pork Carnitas Lettuce Wraps

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12. Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

13. Fall Off The Bone Chicken

Fall off the bone pressure cooker chicken

14. Pressure Cooker Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

15. Tapioca Pudding

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16. Easy To Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

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17. Red Beans and Rice

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18. Kalua Pork

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19. Breakfast Quinoa

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20. Cauliflower Smoked Cheddar Soup

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Kendall Jenner finds buyer for problematic, expensive Hollywood home

Model Kendall Jenner poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film “Mal de pierres” (From the Land of the Moon) in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 15, 2016. REUTERS/Yves Herman – RTSEEZA

Kendall Jenner is ready to cut her losses on her expensive West Hollywood mistake.

The reality star-turned-model, 21, is off-loading the $6.5 million Los Angeles-area home she bought off of Emily Blunt and John Krasinski last summer,, according to TMZ.

It’s believed that Jenner has already found a buyer for the residence, though it’s unclear how much it’s being bought for, a source told the website.

Built in 1958, the 4,800-square-foot house features six bedrooms and five bathrooms and sits on a .36-acre lot, according to Realtor.com.

Jenner’s year in the home, which her mom reportedly warned her off of buying for security reasons, has been eventful. In March, burglars made off with $200,000 worth of jewelry from the residence, and last August police arrested a man who followed her up her own driveway.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes In Coconut Oil

Roasted sweet potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes. They pair well with many of my favorite meals, they’re rich in flavor and are high in nutrients.Roasted Sweet Potatoes

 

Oven roasted sweet potatoes make for a tasty side dish! They pair well with many meals like baked chicken, roast, pork loin and many other savory meals.

Sweet potatoes are rich in flavor and are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, B vitamins, magnesium and potassium. There are many ways to add this delicious healthy food to your diet! I love sweet potato casserole, baked sweet potato crackers (grain free), baked sweet potatoes (sometimes we stuff them with goodies) and roasted sweet potatoes in coconut oil.

Roasted sweet potatoes are easy to prepare and can be seasoned in a variety of ways. My family likes them seasoned with rosemary and sea salt and I like to sweeten them up with cinnamon! You can use any oil to bake your sweet potatoes in but I always use coconut oil. It gives the sweet potatoes a lovely sweet coconut flavor. Plus, coconut oil is the healthiest fat to cook with!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

However you decide to season your roasted sweet potatoes, I’m sure they’ll be a huge hit at your dinner table!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes in Coconut Oil
To get started you’ll need to skin your sweet potatoes and cut them into cubes.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Then you’re going melt a few tablespoons of coconut oil and pour it over sweet potatoes. Toss the sweet potatoes in the coconut oil to ensure they’re evenly coated.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Next you’ll season the sweet potatoes. Add 1/2 teaspoon of dried rosemary and 1 teaspoon of sea salt. Toss to coat and spread the potatoes over a rimmed baking sheet.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Place in the over and bake for 45 minutes to an hour.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes In Coconut OilRoasted Sweet Potatoes in Coconut Oil
Ingredients
2 Pounds Sweet Potatoes
2 Tablespoons Virgin Coconut Oil
1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 Teaspoon of Dried Rosemary (or Cinnamon)
Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Peel sweet potatoes and cut them into 1/2 inch cubes.
Place sweet potatoes in a bowl.
Melt coconut oil and pour it over the sweet potatoes.
Toss to coat and add salt and rosemary or cinnamon.
Spread the sweet potatoes over a rimmed baking sheet and place them in the oven.
Roast for 45 minutes to an hour or until they’re golden and slightly crispy.