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If there is something you REALLY want to do in your life, it will somehow get done. I've seen this played out many times before and was excited to recently see this phenomenon very clearly put into words.
I actually don’t even like oatmeal, but it’s a very easy “real food” meal that both of my daughters happen to LOVE. They love it so much that my 1st grader takes oatmeal to school as her snack every single day and my preschooler sometimes takes it as part of her lunch (in a Thermos to keep i
A few readers have shared a homemade “goldfish” crackers recipe with me. I decided to try the recipe (with several modifications) and while the outcome tasted good the process of rolling out the dough took some time and made a huge mess. As a busy mom I am a big fan of shortcuts so the gol
After recently watching my 4 and 6-year-old daughters gobble down some “Cobb Salad” I decided to apply that very same idea to this "Taco Salad." Who doesn’t like to see all the choices laid out beautifully so you can pick and choose what you want (like a taco salad platter)? And what mommy doe
Move over regular popcorn, caramel popcorn, and even cracker jacks because I’ve got a recipe that's going to steal the show. This glazed popcorn & cashew mix might just be one of the best snacks I’ve ever had...and I don’t say those things lightly. It all started when I was working on thos
When we were in Europe last month I shared how almost all of the milk options in the supermarket are not refrigerated and are considered "shelf stable." It stirred up quite a bit of discussion on Facebook...
Have you ever noticed how some milk here in the US is not refrigerated either? Why is it that these small individual sized organic milk containers in the US aren't sold cold? If you haven't already noticed almost all the commercialized organic milk options here in the US are Ultra High-Temperature Pasteurized (UHT) - which is actually the same process widely used in Europe - but that still doesn't answer why some versions are refrigerated and some aren't. The only difference is the packaging. Just like the pictured Organic Valley "Single Serve" milk boxes, almost all European milk is UHT and put into what is called aseptic (i.e. sterilized) packaging. UHT milk can last for several months in this type of packaging without spoiling...at least until you open it at which point the shelf life does shorten and it does need to be stored in the fridge.
There is no doubt that the key to sticking to a real food diet is planning ahead. I like to call it “making your own convenience food.” Just imagine all those busy weeknights out at a late dance class or nighttime soccer practice and not having to worry about dinner (or resorting to the drive through) because you planned ahead. That’s what it’s all about!
So today I am here to introduce you to the Once a Month Mom (OAMM) website, which has taken planning ahead to a whole new level. OAMM offers meal plans where you can literally spend one day a month cooking and have enough food for weeks to come. We didn’t want to just take their word for it though so Kiran from our 100 Days of Real Food Team – who has 4 kids ages 9 and under by the way! – agreed to put the OAMM plan to the test for this sponsored post today. So I am super excited to share with you everything you could ever want to know from our very own first-hand “freezer cooking” experience!
By Kiran Dodeja Smith, 100 Days of Real Food Team
When Once a Month Mom was introduced to me, I was intrigued, to say the least. Cook just once a month and have your meals freezer ready for 4 weeks? It sounded too good to be true.
After signing up for a month, I watched this video in hopes that it would give me some insight as to how I would proceed. I then chose between 7 different plans; my choice was Whole Foods (not to be confused with the store – no correlation, actually, it’s just a plan with whole foods incorporated within).
How It Works
The directions seemed fairly straightforward: You get Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner recipes to last throughout the month. When it’s all said and done, I’d have 6-10 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 14 dinners. Sure; still sounded good to me. But what about the cooking part?