Have You Met Kiss Clutter Goodbye?
Kitchens, especially kosher ones, can easily become a mess among multiple appliances, endless cooking and constant hands in cookie jars and refrigerators. Most of us have little time to fix the problem.
Meet Chani Miller, who travels around the country helping decorators and homeowners organize rooms, closets and storage areas. She not only declutters homes, but also teaches clients how to utilize space effectively.
Miller used my kitchen as a example of how she works miracles in a few hours.
I asked her to share some tips here:
January and February are the best months to declutter and organize your home, so when Passover comes around most of the work has already been done. Especially in the kitchen, the hub of the home’s activity, it’s important to assess all the utensils, pots, dishes and equipment and ask yourself if you need them and if you like them. Because whatever isn’t being utilized needs to be decluttered.
Now that we’ve spoken about decluttering, we can discuss how to best store and organize the items that you’ve decided to keep.
Here are a few tips to organize your kitchen:
1. Keep all categories together. For example, all cans should be stored on the same shelf and all baking ingredients should be kept together. I like to have a shelf designated for hot drink items, like coffee, assorted teas, hot chocolate, sugar and sweeteners. Try using a cabinet that is near the kettle.
2. Spices should be stored in the cabinet closest to your stove. So when cooking, it’s easy to grab whatever spices are needed. The shelf above can be used for oils, vinegars, sauces and other cooking condiments.
3. Under the sink cabinets are not the best places for food items, pots, pans or dishes. I like to use it to store cleaning products and mini kitchen appliances, such as a crock pot, blender, toaster, sandwich maker and food processor. If you have two sinks (for meat and milk) then you’ve got plenty of space to store all your appliances, which keeps your counters nice and empty.
4. Invest in drawer dividers to keep your kitchen utensils looking neat. Then store items of similar size with each other.
5. Use higher shelves for items that are rarely used and for bulk items storage.
6. Food storage containers are perfect for rice, beans, grains, chocolate chips, quinoa, pasta or whatever ingredients you use regularly. They look so good on the shelf too!
7. If you use a lot of paper goods, designate a shelf for plates, cups and bowls and use a utensil caddy for the plastic cutlery which can be kept of the kitchen table for easy access at every meal.
Chani Miller aka Kiss Clutter Goodbye can be reached at 718-666-0058
F-Factor’s Powders Are All The Rage
Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD, created F-Factor, focusing on fiber, protein and non-starchy vegetables while eating 4 meals/snacks and enjoying a glass of wine starting on day one. F-Factor is now the latest craze in diet, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Zuckerbrot’s staff includes kosher nutritionists who help clients plan eating and drinking alcohol during holidays, simchas and going on vacation.
Nothing is off limits, including snacks like donuts, brownies and cakes when baked with F-Factor protein powders filled with fiber and made with natural ingredients.
The F-Factor 20/20 Fiber/Protein Powders pack in 20 grams of fat-fighting fiber to boost metabolism along with 20 grams of organic muscle-building protein. And with macros like these, the 20/20 Fiber/Protein powders satisfy hunger longer than your standard protein-only based shakes—you can meet more than half your daily fiber needs with just ONE serving!
Made with an organic fiber and an organic whey protein, the 20/20 Fiber/Protein powders contain just 3g net carbs per serving. And where your average protein-only based powders will set you back around 200 calories with two scoops, this powder is only 145.5!
Natural, soy free, gluten free, non-GMO, and Kosher, these shake-flavored powders are also free of artificial sweeteners. Maybe they’re born with it, maybe it’s F-Factor!
The 20/20 Fiber/Protein powders are currently available in two delicious shake flavors: chocolate and vanilla.
INGREDIENTS (serves 9):
12 high fiber GG crackers, pulverized/blended into a flour-like consistency
1 cup shredded zucchini
5 egg whites
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 scoop Chocolate F-Factor 20/20 Fiber/Protein Powder
1/8 cup Lily’s Dark Chocolate Premium Baking Chips
1/4 cup Sukrin Fiber Syrup Gold
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp coconut oil
1/4 cup Truvia
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or water)
pinch of salt
Nonstick cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8×8 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients until well combined. Pour into prepared inch pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Allow brownies to cool and cut into 9 square pieces.
My Energy Balls Using Fiber/F-Factor Influences
1 cup rolled oats/or high fiber cereal/ gg cracker crumbs or a combination
1/2 cup flax seed meal (aka ground flax seeds)
1/2 cup PB powder combo with water to make smooth consistency
1/3 cup honey or sugarfree maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips made with stevia
Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix well.
Roll about 1 tbsp. of the dough between your palms to form a small bowl. Place on a plate or rimmed baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper (or sprayed with cooking spray) and freeze for one hour. Makes about 15 balls.
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