Today I want to share one way to deal with all the candy you end up with this time of year as well as some real food for Halloween or fall-themed parties (new recipe included!).
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To help you plan your own real food picnic for your family, here are some do's and don'ts Lisa and I both learned from our experience.
This is a great light dish for summer that comes together very quickly, especially with the use of frozen corn (instead of boiling fresh corn and cutting it off the cob). If you're looking for ways to reduce your overall consumption of meat, which is good for both your health and your wallet, this recipe for Tex-Mex Corn Fritters Over Black Bean Salad is…
While we all know there are many snacks that contain processed ingredients and don't provide any real value, there are plenty of decent options out there. Here's a list of some of our favorite real food snacks:
Okay, so I admit it. Frozen spinach is super convenient to use in recipes, but I can sometimes taste the difference between frozen and fresh (and I don't mean in a good way). So I was pleasantly surprised when I recently tried mixing it directly into the cheesy goodness of this Spinach Lasagna dish and seriously could not taste any frozen flavors AT ALL.
I very strongly value the notion of feeding my kids well and not resorting to fast food places simply because I "have to." I've found the following ideas help me feed my busy family real food without having to compromise.
I used to not be much of a frozen food person until I learned how nutritious and inexpensive this option can be (especially in the winter!).
I’m still posting lunches pretty regularly on my Facebook page, but here is part 8 of my School Lunch Roundup Series. Also be sure to check out our School Lunch Photo Gallery. It allows you to search by dietary need and types of food. Lots of readers tell me they sit down with their kids to look at these …
While we can argue that it's less expensive to cook a meal at home, the reality is that sometimes you just can't (or don't want to!), and fast food feels like the only option. Here's a list of decent meals you can find at four popular fast food chains.
It's no secret that we're big Yumbox fans at my house. In today's sponsored post, I'm excited to share what we like about the Yumbox and also a list of lunchbox ideas to pack in it.
Even when it comes to Thanksgiving, a complete real food spread is totally possible! And today's new post is a guide to help you do just that.
If you've never milled your own wheat or even heard of it, I promise it's not as crazy as it sounds! With a NutriMill it's actually fairly simple (kind of like grinding your own coffee).
I put together a post a few years ago with some of my favorite school lunch supplies, but we've since discovered some new favorites I'd love to share.
Since not everyone sees the lunches I post almost daily on Facebook, below is a little summary for inspiration. Also be sure to check out our School Lunch Photo Gallery.
Packing kids' lunches is a hot topic this time of year, and the reality is, it must be done! Today's post will give you the tools you need to make packing school lunches easier.
My girls recently went to a very active, outdoor all-day camp in some crazy southern heat. So I wanted to be sure I kept them fueled with plenty of wholesome food. Here's a little recap of what I packed for them each day
If we run out of any of the following ingredients, I basically freak out and wonder how I'll function. What's on your list of die hard real food staples that you just can't imagine living without?
Last year I wrote about my family's quest to cut out processed foods. And though I feared daggers would be sent through my computer, the exact opposite happened.
If you're even remotely a fan of muffins and biscuits, then you're gonna love these Whole-Wheat Blueberry Scones. And they're not just for breakfast - we've been eating these for snacks, and I've been putting them in my kids' lunches - the possibilities are endless!
Some of the best advice I can give you is to start with just one meal of the day - like breakfast - and once breakfast is all cleaned up then you can move on to another meal like lunch or snacks.
How about starting fresh in the new year with wholesome packed lunches for your little ones? My #1 trick for packing real food school lunches - even on those nights when I am feeling tired and uninspired - is making lunch items in advance and freezing them.
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!
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 been working hard these past few years to improve the materials I cook with in my kitchen.
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.
Here is another school lunch roundup post for you so you can get ideas all in one place!
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.
School is back in session and I'd love to encourage parents (and kids!) to "Think Outside The Sandwich" when it comes to packing school lunches.
In case you missed it, we just spent five of the last six weeks out west exploring our beautiful continent, and four of those weeks were in an RV rental. And after all that fun, I am here to report on our adventure in eating real food on the road.
I'm excited to partner with our sponsor MightyNest on today's post, which includes a campaign to equip our kids in helping to pack their own healthy lunches. Yes, you read that right! As parents, we often try to do everything for our kids, but one of the greatest gifts we can give them is empowering them to pack their own lunches.
Both my kids like hard boiled eggs, but it never fails—they just won't eat the yolk (and it's kind of hard to blame them). That is, unless I make egg salad or deviled eggs with them. Then magically, nothing goes to waste! Here’s a real food version of deviled eggs (i.e. sans highly processed store bought mayo) that would be perfect for school lunches…
Yes, I know.... Easter is only one day a year so "let kids be kids!" Well, guess what? I think kids can still be kids with sidewalk chalk and new games and bubbles and water balloons and craft supplies and even their very own gardening tools! There are way too many holidays and "special" occasions centered around junk food these days (which, frankly, isn't…
Here is a another summary post of the lunches I've been packing for my daughters (and sharing almost daily on Facebook)! To learn more about the lunches I pack here are some links... Our favorite school lunch supplies including the commonly pictured plastic Ziploc divided containers (each compartment is leak-proof). Everything you could ever want to know about those colorful smoothie pop molds used…
These days so many schools have nut-free tables or classrooms, and some are even entirely nut free! I know when I was first required to pack nut-free lunches for my daughters, I was pretty worried about this uncharted territory. I really had to focus on every. little. thing. I was packing to make sure there was no cross contamination or broken rules. I eventually…
I just got a new cookbook in the mail that I know you guys will LOVE. It's by my friend Catherine at Weelicious and it's all about packing school lunches! Complete with beautiful visuals (showcasing fruits, veggies, pantry staples and more), lunch theme ideas, picky eater strategies, a food allergy guide, and 160 beautifully photographed recipes - it's safe to say she's thought of…
When I post my daughters' "real food" school lunch pictures on Facebook it often provokes a lot of questions. So here - all in one place - are some answers for ya! Now let's just hope we can get all those with the questions to actually read this post :) If I left out any of the more common ones please let me know…