My third cookbook is available now! It has 100 recipes – all of which are $15 or under to make. See just how affordable real food can be!
Comes in boy and girl designs and is great for packing soups, leftovers or oatmeal for school lunches instead of another sandwich.
I’ve discovered that the Ziplock divided lunch container will fit along with a Thermos cup in the Lands’ End soft sided lunch bags. They will also both fit in some rectangular lunch bags from Target and Old Navy. They will not both fit in (most) Pottery Barn lunch bags.
My kids think animal (and flower) shaped ice packs are fun, and ice packs are a necessity when the food sits for a couple hours before lunch time.
In addition to the fun shaped ice packs I usually stick in a couple of these little (more practical) ones as well. These are lightweight and can be cut to any shape.
If you have a problem with muffins sticking to the paper liners then worry no more! Nothing sticks to these silicone liners plus they are reusable and can also be used for serving snacks other than muffins.
These cutters are the “trick” to making a perfect apple sandwich. I slice the apple longways then use a small circle to cut out the core piece. I also use these cutters to shape biscuits and other foods.
Instead of artificial snow cone syrup add organic fruit juice (or concentrate) to shaved ice for a fun treat…don’t forget cute snow cone cups!
If you’re trying to move away from plastics in your kitchen these durable plates for kids are great! This is what we use, and my daughters were very excited when they graduated to glass plates (my youngest was 3 when we got them).
Along the same lines as the plates, if you want to do away with plastic then these glasses, which we use at our house, are also durable enough for kids.
“Cookie” cutters can be used for so much more than cookies! We use ours to shape biscuits, sandwiches, cheese, and pancakes.
We’ve learned that a good bath is necessary before diving into a bowl of fresh, organic, local greens.
The price may sound like an investment, but we’ve had our glass set of mixing bowls (that we use almost daily) since we got married…12 years ago!
Now those mixing bowls sound like a bargain, but you can either buy this set once (because they will last a lifetime) or slowly add one new piece to your collection each year.
When making whole-grain flour tortillas I use a good old fashioned rolling pin (and some elbow grease).
And to keep all those yummy homemade tortillas nice and warm (and soft) nothing could be more perfect than this warmer.
This type of pan is what I use (and also what is traditionally used) to make both corn and flour tortillas.
I seriously have 4 sets because that’s how much I use them…this is another product that will last a lifetime.
If you plan to do a lot of cooking from scratch you’ll be doing lots of chopping so good knives are a necessary evil.
What good are high-quality knives without their counterpart? I use our cutting boards daily, and it’s important to get good ones that don’t warp or stain.
I wouldn’t know how to make homemade chicken stock without my little mesh strainer and ladle (next on the list) because both tools are necessary for separating the gunk from the goodness.
Perfect for pouring homemade chicken stock through a strainer and also great for all those homemade soups that you’ll get out of your stock.
Since we now use unrefined high quality cooking oils we’ve done away with the store-bought sprays, which means we just make our own.
I bought these trays in the baby food days, but I still use them regularly for freezing small portions of applesauce, chicken stock, pizza sauce and pesto.
This school year I’ve been freezing individual portions of homemade soup in small freezer-safe jelly jars for school lunches…my 1st grader takes soup once a week and loves it.
Confession time…I have no clue how to slice a mango without one of these, but what does it matter since we own one!
I use my cooling racks frequently after pulling cheese crackers, cookies, homemade pop tarts and other goodies out of the oven.
My family absolutely devours the whole-wheat Danish “filled pancakes” that I make in this special pan. What’s not to love?
Funny enough I never had one of these before our switch to real food and now I use it frequently for everything from refried beans to homemade tomato sauce.
If you’d like to take up canning then you’ll definitely need a kit like this to help you get started.
Since pizza delivery doesn’t fall under our “real food rules” you’ll definitely need one of these so you can make and slice your own! We use our pizza wheel for cutting quesadillas as well.
This inexpensive, folding drying rack is the perfect spot to hang your homemade noodles until you are ready to throw them into the boiling water.
If I just need to chop something small like fresh ginger or a half batch of pesto I use this instead of getting my big food processor dirty.
What real foodie wouldn’t be excited about baked mini whole-wheat donuts? Here’s my basic recipe: 1 cup whole-wheat flour, 3 tsp baking powder, 1 egg, 1/2 cup milk, 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 4 tablespoons oil (I used coconut oil).
I used to puree soups in batches in my countertop blender (which made a huge mess) then I discovered this hand held version that you can stick right into the pot…worth every penny!
I use my slow cooker weekly for dishes like refried beans (made from dried beans), whole chicken, and flank steak fajitas.
I go through phases of obsession with my panini grill…there’s no better way to kick up the standard sandwich!
When I used to make cookies almost daily (before our 100-day pledge) I used my mixer all the time! I don’t use it quite as frequently now, but it’s still great for lots of recipes.
I am officially spoiled and can never eat ice cream out of a box again…this machine is so easy to use plus you can control the type and amount of sweetener that’s added.
I think I am finally getting the hang of bread making (don’t expect to get it right the first time), and this machine is similar to the one I use … my only complaint is that I have to be there to add raisins when it beeps.
I know it sounds like a crazy thing to do, but grinding your own wheat is as easy as grinding coffee, and I think it tastes much better than the store-bought version.
I just got this for Christmas and I LOVE it…totally kicked up my morning maple mocha a few notches. And it makes the best hot chocolate, too.
I could probably live without this appliance, but my daughters would disagree wholeheartedly…they love homemade waffles!
For me making pasta is a labor of love…it’s just an added bonus that it tastes so much better than the boxed stuff.
I’d never heard of a “dehydrator” before our switch to real food, but now I know just how useful it is for everything from dried apples to homemade fruit leathers to beef jerky.
It’s borderline embarrassing how much I love this thing…it keeps my ice water cold for days with no condensation or leaking (exactly what I needed to help me kick the plastic water bottle habit)!
If you are moving away from plastics in your kitchen then these are great for storage and nice enough to serve food out of as well.
If you are trying to avoid overly processed store-bought salad dressings then this is for you…it tells you to fill “vinegar to this line” and then “lemon juice to this line” so making your own dressing couldn’t be easier. Just be sure to use olive oil instead of vegetable oil and omit (or replace) the sugar!
You can actually make clarified butter at home or if you like shortcuts (like me) you can buy it, too. :) It’s good for cooking at high heats.
I love these reusable shopping bags because they aren’t scattered all over the back of my car (since they zip up together) and they are sturdy and big enough to hold ALL my groceries!
This stuff is thick and white, but it does the trick when it comes to protecting your skin without containing a bunch of unnecessary chemicals.
This sunscreen spray still requires some rubbing, but not as much as the thick, white cream we use as well.
In an effort to “clean up” our products outside of the pantry I’ve started using this Naturally Fresh crystal deodorant and so far so good! Just be sure to wet it first before using.
I’ve found that regular whole grain (brown) rice can take a LONG time to cook…so I highly recommend going the quick cooking route!
If you’re not sure what to do with coconut oil just check out our “How to Cook with Coconut Oil” post.
This “white” whole wheat flour is in fact whole wheat, however it’s a variety that may be more palatable for those just switching to whole wheat.
I am not saying this natural soap is truly “magical,” but it’s pretty darn pure and totally does the trick.
This is currently our favorite shampoo (and conditioner) after trying loads of other “natural” options.
My daughters feel like such “big girls” now that they use conditioner like mommy – and this is the natural brand that I buy for all three of us.
During the winter months we’ve got this pump style natural lotion in almost every bathroom in the house!
Maria Speck draws on food traditions from across the Mediterranean and northern Europe to reveal how versatile, satisfying, flavorful, and sophisticated whole grains can be.
Pollan proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
At once a memoir, a cookbook, a how-to handbook, and a delightful exploration of how the French feed children without endless battles and struggles with pickiness, it features recipes, practical tips, and ten easy-to-follow rules for raising happy and healthy young eaters.
Both the story of how one brave woman chose to take on the system and a call to action that shows how each of us can do our part and keep our own families safe.
A plan for responsible eating that’s as good for the planet as it is for your weight and your health.
An eye-opening account of school lunches in America. She provides invaluable resources for parents and health advocates who wish to help reform school lunch.
Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned the industrial-food pipeline to live a rural life—vowing that, for one year, they’d only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it.
Moss takes us inside the labs where food scientists use cutting-edge technology to calculate the “bliss point” of sugary beverages or enhance the “mouthfeel” of fat by manipulating its chemical structure.
Jessica Alba she launched The Honest Company, a brand where parents can find reliable information and products that are safe, stylish, and affordable.
Food, Inc. reveals surprising and often shocking truths about what we eat, how it’s produced and who we have become as a nation.
Each recipe features only organic, unprocessed and whole ingredients that everyone will love (including kids) and for all occasions (even for hard-to-please special guests).
Heidi Swanson helps us make nutritionally packed meals part of our daily repertoire by sharing a sumptuous collection of nearly 100 of her go-to recipes.
Sara Forte showcases 100 tempting recipes that take advantage of fresh produce, whole grains, lean proteins, and natural sweeteners—with vivid flavors and seasonal simplicity at the forefront.
Dozens of recipes and tips for creating quick, easy, healthy, and fun food that moms, dads, and young children of any age will absolutely adore—from the most persnickety infants to the pickiest grade-schoolers.
Williams-Sonoma Cooking from the Farmers’ Market will show you how easy and satisfying it is to practice “farm-to-table cooking” in your own home.
The Homemade Pantry was born of a tight budget, Alana’s love for sharing recipes with her farmers’ market customers, and a desire to enjoy a happy cooking and eating life with her young family.
A cookbook with a conscience, it shows parents how to replace bland processed shelf staples with flavorful, pesticide-free meals that babies will love, laying the groundwork for a lifetime of good nutrition and enthusiastic eating.
This inspiring cookbook answers the call for healthy recipes for family-friendly organic meals — snacks, breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts, and extras.
Using just 20 organic, non-processed ingredients per week, home cooks can create 5 wholesome, delicious meals in just minutes.
Innovative solutions for quick, delicious, easy-to-make, kid-friendly lunch box meals that little ones and their older siblings won’t be tempted to swap.
JOY remains the greatest teaching cookbook ever written. Reference material gives cooks the precise information they need for success.
A family focused website featuring simple meal plans to help busy parents cook 4 – 6 nights per week while saving money.
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Healthy school lunch ideas and family plans including Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, and Nut-Free in addition to the Classic.
Add maximum flavor with fresh cinnamon sticks and specially-designed grater. Check out our Overnight Oats post.
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Whole-wheat pastry flour is my new baking obsession! Try it in my cream biscuits recipe and you will see why.
My second cookbook has 100 quick-and-easy recipes and simple cheat sheets that will work with every family’s busy lifestyle.
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This is something else we use every week for baking our breakfast granola among other things. It’s a pretty basic tool with so many different uses. It’s definitely a staple in my opinion.
Funny enough, we did not own a salad spinner before we cut out processed food, and now we use it regularly! I’ve found it’s not only great for lettuces and greens but also for fresh herbs.
I’ve tried a few of the top choices, including Vitamix, and (they’re not paying me to say this!) Blendtec is honestly my favorite blender. Whether it’s for smoothies, soups, nut butters, or sauces, this appliance is essential.
A well-seasoned cast iron skillet is great for making all sorts of goods such as tortillas and corn bread. Luckily, you don’t have to spend much to get a decent one. I think the one we’re still using was purchased from Walmart in college.
(+ metal spatulas to go with them!).
This is another one that gets daily use at our house. You truly can’t do much cooking without pots and pans, and if you invest in a high-quality brand (I personally love All-Clad), they will last a lifetime!
I use my slow cooker at least once a week, including sometimes overnight for stocks and soups. As a busy mom, I honestly don’t think I could survive without it!
These are optimal for wet ingredients, and we have them in the 1-cup, 2-cup, and 4-cup sizes. It’s another inexpensive tool that can go a long way.
This is another one where I have several sets of each, and that comes in handy when I am multitasking in the kitchen. The cups are good for dry ingredients and the spoons are good for just about anything!
These plastic cutting boards get used daily in our house.
The majority of the foods I prepare require a little chopping, so good-quality knives are at the top of my list for a reason.We started with this set and then added this outstanding 6″ cook’s knife. My husband and I reach for it first since it is so versatile and well balanced. And when you think your knives are no longer working very well, just give them a quick sharpening. It can make such a difference!