Recipe: Whole-Wheat Sweet Potato Ravioli

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Now before you discount this recipe as something you won’t make (because homemade pasta is required), let me stop you right there. Making homemade pasta is not something I do often, but it’s really not any harder than other recipes you make from dough (think pizza, biscuits, tortillas, breads). I simply put two ingredients in my food processor and let it do the work for me. Then I crank it through our pasta machine that I’ve owned for 15 years (still going strong!). This process takes me less than 30 minutes, not counting the “let the dough sit for 20 minutes” part.

Plus, not only is making homemade pasta a really fun kitchen project (for both me and my daughters!), but the outcome TASTES REALLY GOOD (like really, really good). Homemade ravioli is one of my most favorite dishes of all time, and there’s just no way to make it at home if you don’t make the dough. Now you’ll see that the sweet potato ravioli in my picture isn’t perfectly square or straight, and that’s because my daughters pretty much made these by themselves (see pics below)!

Making Sweet Potato Ravioli on 100 Days of #RealFood

My girls making ravioli in their pajamas last Sunday.
I didn’t have to ask them twice to help – they love making pasta!

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Recipe: Spaghetti Casserole! (a makeover for your spaghetti)

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If your family loves spaghetti, then get ready for this one! Spaghetti Casserole is a kicked up version of your old favorite with the addition of some different yummy cheeses and whole-wheat breadcrumbs on top. The other night my 7-year-old tried to help herself to thirds of this dish before I told her “no” because she was going to give herself a tummy ache! Serve this with a big green salad, and you’ll have a healthy weeknight crowd pleaser.

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How To Make The Perfect Salad

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It recently dawned on me that almost all the salads I like these days have a combination of toppings from three specific categories: fruit (or dried fruit), nuts (or seeds), and cheese. It’s no secret how much I love cheese. And for some reason if a salad is instead only adorned with veggies like carrot shavings or cucumbers slices, it just doesn’t look quite as appetizing to me. Let’s remember – I hardly liked salads before our switch to real food. But knowing how good those leafy greens are for me I’ve tried to find ways to embrace them.

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Recipe: Potato and Spinach Soup (from The Nourished Kitchen Cookbook)

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I recently got a beautiful new cookbook in the mail from fellow food blogger Jenny McGruther with Nourished Kitchen, and I am excited to share one of the recipes with you today! Jenny’s new book is so nicely done and totally in line with my ideals of avoiding all highly processed food. But I must admit she does take things a step further than me by sharing how to make many amazing staples from scratch like yogurt, sour cream, kombucha, sauerkraut, and so many different kinds of breads. Plus the book has tons of other enticing recipes (over 160 in total) including soups, salads, main dishes, desserts, and more. Talk about inspiration!

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Recipe: Quick Chicken Piccata

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This is one of those rare occasions when I cook with boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I am not usually a big fan (of the taste/texture) except for when it comes to a super easy dish like this that gets two thumbs up from the whole family! FYI – If you plan to serve this chicken piccata over pasta or rice, consider doubling the sauce!

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Recipe: Chicken and Wild Rice Slow Cooker Soup

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Oh, how I love hearty real food slow cooker recipes that don’t require any advance cooking! So here’s another one to add to your repertoire. And my kids especially loved it when I packed this chicken and wild rice soup in their school lunch, so be sure to freeze the leftovers in individual portions, making it easy for you to do the same.

Also, this recipe is one of those that is rather flexible, so here are some variations to meet your needs:

  • Don’t like celery? Substitute carrots.
  • Don’t like mushrooms? Omit them from the recipe.
  • On a tight budget? Use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of breasts.
  • Short on time? Buy pre-sliced mushrooms.
  • Like being thrifty? Make and use homemade stock.
  • Too busy to cook during the week? Make this over the weekend and you can count on leftovers.

Enjoy!

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