This is a guest post by one of my closest friends (for almost two decades now!), Erin, who recently started her very own food blog – The Open Road Kitchen. Be sure to check it out and also follow her on Facebook and/or Instagram for updates! I consider myself an open-minded friend. But when my dear comrade, Lisa Leake, first introduced me to her 100 Days of Real Food idea (back in 2010), I have to admit I had a difficult time not judging her decision to eliminate processed foods. The Lisa and Jason I’d known for years were just like me and my husband: total foodies open to trying anything, at least once. However, that night as we dined at one of our favorite restaurants here in Charlotte, I could tell something had suddenly and drastically changed my friends’ approach to food. Rather than enjoying how artistically the menu was curated, they instead dissected it for its exclusion of things like organic vegetables and locally raised, grass-fed beef. And, to my dismay, they actually demanded the attention of the head chef to discuss the menu and what items would be appropriate to order based on their 100 Days “purity” pledge. I can’t even remember what they ordered. But as the night concluded, I realized that their commitment to cutting out processed foods was not only about changing their approach to eating. It was about pushing a movement forward for the education of all. To educate is to become an expert on your subject and to understand the obstacles that the weary present you. This is the beauty of 100 Days of Real Food. It starts as a challenge to try to cut out processed foods by teaching you what qualifies as real food and what foods to avoid. It then enables you to evolve […]
After a couple attempts, my husband – and the kids too – have given this Creamy Lentil Lasagna two thumbs up, and I’m excited to share it with you today. My 4th grader even ate the leftovers for breakfast if that tells you anything.
This braised pork chop recipe is one of those dishes where the aroma compels my family to yell into the kitchen, “Whatcha making??”
This baked chicken dish would be great with fresh thyme, rosemary, or tarragon. It’s honestly hard to mess this one up. :)
One of my favorite things to do is take a recipe (that looks awesome!) and make it as easy to cook as possible. So I was excited to see a Braised Short Rib recipe in Food and Wine Magazine that I knew I could turn into a slow cooker recipe.
I’m so excited to share one of my family’s favorite recipes today – Beef Bourguignon! I took a recipe and combined and cut out a few steps (my favorite thing to do with recipes!) to make it an easy weeknight meal that is now a go-to for my family.
I’ve got a yummy and hearty new soup recipe for you that’s SO easy to make! And the best part is that this Potato and Cauliflower Chowder recipe makes enough for leftovers (unless you’re cooking for an extra big family, of course).
I’ve got a “one dish” meal for you today that can be ready in no time at all! So warm up with this flavorful kale, sausage and white bean soup before the spring weather is here to stay.
This Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken dinner is another super easy one that will have your house smelling amazing by the end of the day. And there’s nothing wrong with getting out of your dinner rut with these tasty Moroccan flavors.
If you’ve never had (or heard of) Shrimp and Grits, it’s one you’ve gotta 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.