Real Food Tips: How To Organize Your Kitchen

This is a guest post by Andrew Mellen, author of Unstuff Your Life!: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good. I met Andrew at a blogging conference and thought it would be fun to hear some of his ideas that relate to our kitchen (because we all know that’s where we spend most of our time at home!). – Lisa


Whether you love to cook or do it out of duty, a well organized kitchen will make the task easier and faster and more pleasant for everyone.

If you’ve ever worked in a restaurant, you already know what a functional, zoned kitchen looks and feels like. If you haven’t had that experience, these tips and suggestions will bring you up to speed.

 Likewise, if you’ve ever been in a workshop, similar activities are grouped together near the machines needed for each activity.

So as pretty as you want your kitchen to be, first and foremost you need to think of it as a food shop. These tips will help you organize your kitchen like a pro.

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Top Recipes and Posts of 2014

It was a record year on the blog with over 45 million page views in total – WOW! I love to see so many people taking an interest in kicking highly processed food to the curb. So, in case you’re wondering, the list below summarizes what recipes and posts our readers were most interested in this year.

Also, I’d LOVE to hear from you in the comments on what you’d like to see more of (or less of – no offense taken) in 2015. Would you like to continue seeing new simple recipes? Or are you anxious for more complex ones? Are you in need of more resources and guidance (or maybe the CliffsNotes version of some of what I’ve shared so far) when it comes to living a real food lifestyle? I am here for you and would love to bring you more of what you want and need in the New Year, so please share your thoughts with me below! :)

Top 5 Recipes of 2014

1. The Best Pulled Pork in a Crock Pot

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Real Food Tips: 10 Unique Hostess Gifts

As you hop from party to party this month I do think it’s nice to bring along a little something extra for the party host – entertaining is a lot of work after all! And you could always resort to that good o’l bottle of wine (or champagne – ooolala), but if you like to stand out and do things your own way here are some ideas for more creative hostess gifts. I know I’d love to be given any one of these (although I’ve certainly never turned away a bottle of wine either – ha)! :)

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Video: A Tour of My Kitchen!

I’ve posted a few cooking videos on the blog, and it seems like every time I do someone always asks if they can get a full tour. Our kitchen is certainly not perfect or up to model home standards, but we have worked hard to organize and stock it with just about everything we need to make real food. So just for fun here’s a look inside some of our cabinets including our kitchen’s best kept secret …the back pantry! With the kids back in school it’s the perfect time to work on getting organized, so hopefully this will give you some ideas.


Also if you want to see more detail about any of my kitchen tools that you saw in the video be sure to check out My Kitchen Essentials page.

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Real Food On The Road: RV Trip

This post is coming to you from somewhere in California while my husband drives our family from Yosemite National Park to our next RV Trip destination (Big Sur)! A trip out west in an RV with the kids has been on our bucket list for quite some time now, and we are finally carrying out our dream (yay!). But as many times as we’ve enjoyed tent camping together as a family, we’d never even stepped foot into an RV prior to this trip, and I was honestly not exactly sure what to expect!

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Expectations

What I was expecting and looking forward to was being able to hop from place to place without the pain of unpacking and repacking over and over again (that can get old pretty quickly if you want to visit more than one destination). And let me tell you what – that part is totally awesome. We decided to get an early start this morning, and from the time we all four woke up until we left the campground was 30 minutes flat – a Leake record for sure! Continue Reading »

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8 Products With More Sugar Than You Think!

Today, I am doing something completely out of character. I am not focusing on the list of ingredients and instead looking at how much sugar is in SOOO many products these days.

The Problem With Sugar

The problem with sugar is honestly not sugar itself, but the quantity in which it’s being consumed. Over the last few decades our consumption of sugar has skyrocketed to “nearly 130 pounds of added sugars per person, per year,” which is 1/3 pound (or 2/3 cup) per day! That’s as much as four times as what’s recommended…keep this chart handy as you review the products below:

The American Heart Association’s recommended daily allowance of sugar:

  • 3 teaspoons of added sugar for children
  • 6 teaspoons of added sugar for women
  • 9 teaspoons of added sugar for men

According to Mark Bittman, “Added sugar . . . is the tobacco of the twenty-first century” and “probably the most dangerous part of our current diet.” One of the biggest concerns is that many people don’t realize how much added sugar they’re actually consuming. You might think you’re in the clear if you simply avoid sweets, but added sugar lurks in some pretty unexpected places, including salad dressings, dried fruit, spaghetti sauces, breads, cereals, condiments, flavored yogurts, beverages, and even crackers.

Added Sugar vs. Naturally Occurring Sugar

Apple with nutrition facts on 100 Days of #RealFoodAs I’ve mentioned before, I almost always exclusively read the ingredient labels and never look at the Nutrition Facts panel – except for when I am trying to figure out how much sugar a product contains. And that’s because I know over consumption of added sugar is so easy to do and also so bad for our health. At this time though, the grams of sugar listed on the label combine both naturally occurring sugar (often found in fruit and dairy products) and refined, added sugar – two VERY different things in my opinion!

Nature does a good job of packaging whole fruit with the right amount of sweetness and also the right amount of other nutrients (including fiber, which helps to slow absorption). So thanks to nature naturally occurring sugar that’s found in whole foods is not to fear (whew!)…the much bigger problem is the white stuff! With this in mind, I tried to mostly select products for my little “Sugar Project” below that I believe are low in naturally occurring sugar so we can for sure know that the grams of sugar listed on the label are mainly referring to refined, added sugar (the stuff we need to cut back on). There are always exceptions to the rule though, which I explain below. Continue Reading »

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