Last month we were lucky enough to celebrate my husband’s cousin’s 40th birthday with friends and family from afar, in Mexico. We not only had a blast but enjoyed lots of tasty food while we were there too, including Huevos Rancheros for breakfast every single morning!
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Using already cooked chicken is so convenient, and when it’s certified USDA organic with simple ingredients that don’t include antibiotics or anything artificial, there’s nothing to be guilty of whatsoever. My family gobbled up this chicken salad and asked for more, and the best part was how it took me no time at all to pull it together.
Grilling season is here, and I’ve got a super easy side dish idea for you: Grilled Zucchini with Feta and Herbs! The first time I made this, my husband sat down at the table and immediately said, “That looks good!” And trust me, it was good.
While we all know there are many snacks that contain processed ingredients and don’t provide any real value, there are plenty of decent options out there. Here’s a list of some of our favorite real food snacks:
Many Fried Green Tomato recipes involve lots of steps, including a milk bath and adding seasonings and regular flour to your corn meal. I’m sure they all taste fabulous, but my goal in the kitchen is almost always quick and easy (and tasting great, of course!).
Spending 2 or 3 bucks on a pack of fresh herbs at the grocery store every time you need a sprig of thyme or a few mint leaves can add up fast! Luckily, growing them yourself couldn’t be any easier.
I created a downloadable, printable 5-day Whole Foods meal plan utilizing recipes that are doable for busy families + 6 ways to save at WFM.
Teachers work so hard; it’s nice to give them a little something before we part ways for the summer!
Take advantage of fresh corn available in summer months and throw together this simple corn salad for a light dinner (or lunch) side item!
This is a fun twist on lettuce wraps that will impress your family (and company) for sure! Plus, since lentils are one of the fastest cooking pulses (see below) and it takes just minutes to cook shrimp, this could easily be a weeknight meal.
A look at how organic greens are commercially washed, the case for and against rewashing pre-washed greens, and the proper way to wash at home.
Do you take your lunch to work? Pack lunches for your kids? We’re going to show you why a waste-free lunch with reusable containers makes sense instead of disposable bags or other single-use lunch items out there.
This braised pork chop recipe is one of those dishes where the aroma compels my family to yell into the kitchen, “Whatcha making??”
This baked chicken dish would be great with fresh thyme, rosemary, or tarragon. It’s honestly hard to mess this one up. :)
How our annual family cook-off came to be + how you can put together your own, including printable score cards.
This recipe would make a great side dish to go with dinner or lunch, or I could honestly even eat this one for breakfast. YUM! :)
Okay, so I admit it. Frozen spinach is super convenient to use in recipes, but I can sometimes taste the difference between frozen and fresh (and I don’t mean in a good way). So I was pleasantly surprised when I recently tried mixing it directly into the cheesy goodness of this Spinach Lasagna dish and seriously could not taste any frozen flavors AT ALL.
I was pleasantly surprised with all the real food at Walmart, including organic options, that I found during a recent visit. Save money with my favorites!
Spaghetti is a super easy go-to weeknight meal that I am so thankful for when everyone is hungry and I just don’t have the time (or energy!) to follow a recipe. BUT I’ve quickly learned this spaghetti bolognese adds a lot more flavor for not too much additional effort, so it’s quickly becoming one of our new favorites
I recently attended a huge food trade show in L.A. called Natural Products Expo West. And today I want to share with you some cool new products, including real food snacks, that will be coming to a store near you soon.
My entire family LOVES this new crispy pork recipe! The first time I made it my 11-year-old was at a friend’s house so she didn’t get to try it with us….
I very strongly value the notion of feeding my kids well and not resorting to fast food places simply because I “have to.” I’ve found the following ideas help me feed my busy family real food without having to compromise.
If you’re not a great sleeper, then the details matter and can make such a difference. These are simple tips for learning how to sleep that have been helping me so much lately.
How to shop for “real” tea and advice from an herbal expert.
One of my favorite things to do is take a recipe (that looks awesome!) and make it as easy to cook as possible. So I was excited to see a Braised Short Rib recipe in Food and Wine Magazine that I knew I could turn into a slow cooker recipe.
Before you think your picky eater will turn their nose up to spinach in a smoothie please listen to my story first!
This Veggie Mash recipe is such a great alternative to roasted veggies because it takes almost half the time.
Funny enough, egg noodles are what inspired this beef stroganoff recipe today. I have not had a single egg noodle since we cut out processed food almost 6 years ago!
I think this might be a dangerous new recipe to have on hand because these whole-wheat madeleines are so good and so easy! We shared some with a good friend, and she couldn’t believe they’d been made with whole-wheat flour because they were so light and tasty.
I’m all about increasing our veggie consumption without having to try too hard, which is why I love this twist on Spaghetti and Meatballs!
It’s no secret that I have some favorite go-to packaged real food snacks for when we’re out and about. It would, of course, be ideal if I could make all our food from scratch, but 1) that’s not exactly realistic, and 2) if there’s a decent store-bought alternative, why not?
This week my girls and I did something I’ve been wanting to do for a LONG time …plant our first vegetable garden at our new home! It has felt like a LONG six months since we last had access to our own homegrown vegetables (in our old backyard), and I was so ready to get back to it. …
I knew this recipe for Cream Biscuits was a hit when my daughter kept saying to me, “Why are these so good?” You gotta love a win like that in the kitchen! And not only are they good, but they are SO incredibly easy to make.
Even us die-hard real foodies love a “cheat” treat every now and then. And if it’s homemade from scratch (and includes chocolate!!) I am game. These molten lava cakes are perfect for Valentine’s Day or any other time of year you’re simply having a craving. Their naturally small size helps keep serving sizes in check, …
It’s easy to get into an emotional rut this time of year since staying cooped up inside can often leave us not feeling our best. We already know how a real food diet can positively impact our overall health, and today our sponsor Stacy Paulsen with DiscoverNaturalSolutions.com is going to share how she believes essential oils can provide a quick and easy pick-me-up as well.
I used to not be much of a frozen food person until I learned how nutritious and inexpensive this option can be (especially in the winter!).