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 readers were most interested in this year.
Archives for 2014
I’ve created a free automated “100 Days of Real Food” Mini-Pledge Program that will email you a new challenge each week to help you cut out processed food.
I grew up drinking tea from a very young age. My father is Indian, and it’s custom to drink “Indian tea,” as we called it, or chai to others, a few times a day.
If you’ve never had (or heard of) Shrimp and Grits, it’s one you’ve gotta try!
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!
The cookies I took to my neighbor’s cookie exchange were one of my all-time favorites – Snickerdoodles! I even used half whole-wheat flour to make them a little better, and I honestly don’t even think you could tell, because the outcome was deeelicious.
I have a little gift for you today. It’s all the recipes in my cookbook organized by dietary need in chart form. Most of this info is already listed in the back of the book, but it’s not in a chart, which I think makes things a little easier when it comes to families with more than one …
Before you head out with your shopping list, we’d love to touch on what can be lurking in some of today’s kitchen and toy products. Hannah Helsabeck of Wild Mint has partnered up with us to share some of her knowledge on toxins and what to avoid. (And a special hint—read on down below for a great giveaway!)
If you’ve got lots of potluck events coming up this month, then I’ve got the perfect solution for you. Make a big batch of these super yummy (and also impressive) savory Pesto Cream Cheese Turnovers, throw them in your freezer, and then pull out (and defrost) however many you need to take to each event!
It’s that time again for a misleading product roundup to recap misleading food items I’ve been sharing on Facebook. I know we’re all currently caught up with the holiday craziness, but please don’t let the busyness cause you to be fooled by some of these highly processed products!
It’s officially the biggest shopping day of the year! So we figured why not offer you a few Black Friday “real” deals for the loved ones on your list (or hey, even for yourself—no judging here!)?
Carrie says she loves to pair this roast with a side of Greens with Onion and Bacon and Creamed Cauliflower (both also in her book and pictured below) for a complete meal.
Well, here it is as promised—Part II of my Costco real food love fest. This time I am going to be dishing on my favorite items from Costco’s freezers, along with meat, dairy, seafood, and poultry, as well a few real food rule benders.
Just in time for the holidays we’ve got an awesome giveaway for you that includes three great brands you’ll love for your kitchen! As you may already know, we’re fans of our giveaway sponsor, Little Green Pouch, which offers reusable food pouches for kids of all ages (and adults – why not?).
Whether it’s for the upcoming holidays or just Sunday dinner…it’s SO super easy to make your own homemade gravy from scratch.
Welcome to the 2014 version of My Favorite Kitchen Tools for Stockings (slightly renamed for this year)! I’ve thought long and hard about what to put on this stocking stuffer list so, with a practical theme in mind, here we go…
I don’t know about you, but I’ve personally never been a fan of pumpkin pie (is anyone really?), but I do LOVE some pumpkin cheesecake. I think this is such a great update to the traditional dessert we’ve all seen year after year, and with the pecan crust you can easily accommodate any gluten-free guests you might be entertaining.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been working hard these past few years to improve the materials I cook with in my kitchen.
Are you ready to kick up your classic mashed potato dish a few notches? If so, you are going to love this cheesy mashed potato casserole which has a layer of warm toasted cheese on top—so yum! Plus, I’ve added a make ahead note below so this recipe can easily make an appearance on your holiday table this year.
Whether you’re already a spaghetti squash lover or you’re feeling fearful, I’ve got a great recipe for you to try.
Trust me, making this dish from scratch in order to avoid highly processed additives like partially hydrogenated oils (i.e. trans fat), artificial dyes, and MSG is so worth it. Not only will it taste amazing, but you’ll feel good about the dish you’re serving your precious family.
I bet you didn’t know you’ve been making grilled cheese wrong all this time. There are two tricks – First, is a key ingredient that I bet you aren’t using nearly enough of and the second is a secret ingredient that takes this classic sandwich from good to amazing!
I’ve been on my soapbox recently about kids and snacks. And before I step off, I need to address one more issue: rewarding kids with junk food. It is our responsibility, as adults and caregivers/parents, to offer kids the right options.
Here is the final video in my kitchen tour series! In case you missed it I’ve already shared a tour of my fridge, pantry and kitchen (drawers, etc.). As you’ll see in this video we actually have an extra freezer that we use pretty regularly.
Today I wanted to share one of Blake’s favorite “Clean Cuisine” recipes and show you how I go about giving a British food favorite, Cottage Pie, an anti-inflammatory real food makeover. The three things I did to my Cottage Pie recipe to boost flavor, improve nutrition, and reduce inflammation were really rather simple.
If you (or your kids) are getting tired of the same old snacks I’ve got the perfect solution to switch things up …A Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie!
I’d love to feature some of your new and creative (non-candy) ideas on the Charlotte Today show later this week!
Here is another school lunch roundup post for you so you can get ideas all in one place!
My daughter was recently tasked with keeping a food journal for her science class. She really got into recording all her meals, and it made me realize this could be a good exercise for any elementary aged child—no matter what kind of diet they’re eating!
The other day my 9-year-old was hungry for a snack, and after rummaging through the kitchen she said, “Mom, do we have any muffins anywhere?” That girl loves some muffins, and if she’s really hungry she’ll try to eat two in a row (or even three!) some days. So she was thrilled today when she came …
Making homemade pasta, such as this sweet potato ravioli, is a really fun kitchen project for me and my daughters, and the outcome TASTES REALLY GOOD. Homemade ravioli is one of my most favorite dishes of all time, and there’s just no way to make it if you don’t make the dough.
Getting my new cookbook off the ground last month meant having to reach out to others and ask for help. As many of you know, that’s not always an easy thing to do, but these wonderful bloggers (listed below) accepted my request with open arms.
I’m sad to report that what you’ve heard is true …the divided Ziploc lunch containers have been discontinued! :( I did some testing this week that felt pretty darn risky. But the results ended up being better than I expected, so let’s get down to it!
Today I’m going to share Part I of a two part series on my go-to Costco shopping list for real food, which will include produce, pantry staples, frozen organic veggies and fruit, organic meat options, and a few other tidbits. But first I am going to give you my short primer on shopping at Costco.
Every now and then we break the rules with a special homemade treat like this one that I’m sharing today. That’s because it’s unrealistic to think you’ll never indulge in a sweet treat again (oh, the horror!), and I fully recognize that when there is a special occasion, the homemade from scratch version (even with sugar and a little white flour) is far better than the store bought variety. So on that note, I present to you…Homemade Ice Cream Cake!
The Fresh 20, started by my friend (and fellow mother) Melissa, is a meal planning service that helps take the guesswork out of what to have for dinner.