As our family gears up to skip town this summer I know we aren’t the only ones with travel plans on the agenda. Packing up an entire family is a lot of work, and since our switch to real food I have yet one more travel detail to “stress” over: food of course. I not only have to consider what we will eat while on the road (or plane), but also what we’ll eat once we get there…both at our “home away from home” and out at restaurants. As I learned during our “100 Days of Real Food” pledge last summer eating 100% real food while traveling is a lot of work, but luckily we have a little more flexibility now that our official pledge is over. And being out of town is definitely one of those times where we want and use that flexibility.
Now just because we can “break the rules” on our trips this summer doesn’t mean I won’t still be bending over backwards to prepare plenty of food and snacks to bring along. Even though we no longer “have to” we still plan to do everything we can on our vacation – within reason – to stick to the real food we’ve come to love and prefer. So just in case “real food” is on your travel agenda as well here are some ideas on how to make it work: Continue Reading »
I love coming across other bloggers who are on the same page as we are when it comes to “real food.” I recently “met” Stephanie Langford who runs a beautifully put together blog called Keeper of the Home. Stephanie is a jack-of-all-trades, but one of her specialties is how to buy and eat real food on a budget (sound familiar?). And she has taken the time to put her extensive knowledge into a book…one of which I am giving away today!
Title: Real Food on a Real Budget e-book, by Stephanie Langford
Retail: Digital Copy $18.97 or Paperback Copy $21.97 plus shipping
Synopsis: Real Food on a Real Budget is written as a primer for families who want to learn how to save an average of 20-30% on their food budget ($100-$200 per month for most families), while at the same time serving better quality and more nutritionally dense foods.
Based on 6 years of hands-on experience and hundreds of hours of research, Real Food on a Real Budget is packed with practical tips and suggestions to help you become a better steward of both your finances and your health.
Check out the Keeper of the Home website for more details and a sneak peek of the book. Continue Reading »
This recipe is incredibly simple, quick and delicious – especially this time of year when locally grown and homegrown tomatoes are available. I used to think making tomato sauce from scratch was a difficult or time-consuming task until I actually tried it. Once you briefly boil the tomatoes the skin peels right off, and then the rest of this delicious meal is a cinch. Even my girls, who normally don’t go for tomatoes or prosciutto, scarf this dinner down as fast as they can. And in case you haven’t heard tomatoes are technically a fruit so we like to serve this dish with a side of veggies such as lightly sautéed summer squash.
Before we dive right into the recipe though I am excited to announce a “100 Days of Real Food” sponsor! The Fresh 20 is an online company that was started by a fellow mom, Melissa, in late 2009. It is a service that provides subscribers with weekly menu plans made entirely with fresh ingredients. Nothing’s processed. Nothing’s frozen. Just 20 fresh ingredients used to create 5 delicious and simple weeknight dinners. And in addition to the “classic” meal plans that the company started with, they now offer “gluten-free” and “vegetarian” options as well. If you are looking for some weekly “real food” dinner inspiration consider trying out The Fresh 20…it’s only $5 a month! If you are also interested in sponsoring what we do here at “100 Days of Real Food” then check out the sponsorship page under the “about” tab for more info. Continue Reading »
When I first heard about microwaving popcorn in a brown paper lunch bag I could not imagine that something so simple would really work. A blog reader actually shared this suggestion with me, and it took me a while to work up enough courage to try it out. I am so glad I finally did because approximately 3 minutes and 15 seconds later I had fresh, fluffy, whole-grain popcorn that hadn’t been touched by a drop of oil, salt, sugar, or any other additives. And after lightly seasoning it myself with a tad of oil and salt it was delicious! I will never waste my money on those store-bought microwave bags ever again. Continue Reading »