Real Food Meal Plan Week 33 | Real Food Real Deals

Real Food Meal Plan Week 33

I haven’t been very creative with my meal plans these past few weeks, so I’m trying several new recipes this week. My Recipes to Try Pinterest board is a lifesaver when I’m looking for new ideas. There are so many recipes online that look amazing, and I love having lots of them all in one place. Once the weather turns cool, I like to have soup for dinner a couple times … [Read More...]

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Pumpkin French Toast

French toast is very popular in my house. Whether we eat it on a weekend morning or as breakfast for dinner, my family is always happy to see it on the table. This Pumpkin French Toast is a delicious treat that captures the flavors of fall. Serve it with a little pure maple syrup and some berries for a satisfying meal. This is a great recipe to cook with children. … [Read More...]

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Real Food Travel Portland Maine

Portland, Maine has it all. A beautiful harbor feeds into the Atlantic Ocean, and cobblestone streets of the Old Port wind among funky shops and galleries. Breathtaking views of harbor islands and beautiful architecture compete for one’s attention. Outdoor adventures beckon year-round. And then there’s the food. Portland is a locavore mecca. Locally sourced food is … [Read More...]

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Tomato Frittata

I recently became the proud new owner of an Excalibur dehydrator. It was perfect timing with this month’s Recipe Redux challenge, “Get Your Dehydrator On.” Dehydrating produce when it’s in season is a budget-friendly way to stock up for the winter. I get so much produce during the summer from my farm share, and I've been wanting to use a dehydrator to process the … [Read More...]

Real Food Meal Plan Week 32 | Real Food Real Deals

Real Food Meal Plan Week 32

I did a little experiment last week. I cut out all added sugar from my diet for the week, including maple syrup and honey. I also avoided dairy, gluten, and all processed food. While I don’t eat a whole lot of these foods normally, I thought it would be good to reboot my system with a very clean menu for a week. I also wanted to remind myself that there are lots of healthy … [Read More...]

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How to Peel Tomatoes

I love seeing tomatoes filling the markets this time of year. It's a great time to stock up and make your favorite sauces, salsas, and soups with local, farm fresh tomatoes. The one challenge to cooking with tomatoes is getting those pesky skins off them. The last thing you want in your homemade pasta sauce is a piece of tough skin in every bite. How to Peel … [Read More...]

Eggplant Bolognese

Eggplant Bolognese

My farm share is such a godsend. I used to eat the same few vegetables over and over. I didn’t know what to do with all the other stuff at the grocery store, so I stuck to “safe” things like broccoli and carrots. Now that I belong to a CSA, I eat a much wider variety of vegetables. I don’t actually love them all, but I still eat them. You can't eat a varied diet if … [Read More...]

Real Food Meal Plan Week 31 | Real Food Real Deals

Real Food Meal Plan Week 31

A few weeks ago, I shared about my excitement when someone left 7 pounds of tomatoes in the trade bin at my farm share. Well, the tomato trader was back again this week, and just in time for me. I can’t believe my luck. It was only 5 pounds this week, but I’m still excited. I’ll be making a batch of fresh marinara for the freezer, and I’m also going to try this Tomato … [Read More...]

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Apple Recipes

Apple season is one of the reasons I love living in New England. There are so many orchards around, and we go apple picking as a family every year. The cider donuts are a treat we always enjoy at the orchard, but they're not exactly healthy. This round up includes 20 healthy apple recipes that take advantage of this yummy fall delicacy. I tend to think of baked goods … [Read More...]

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Chocolate Spritz Cookies

These chocolate spritz cookies are a delicious treat. They’re soft and not too sweet - just how I love my cookies. I’m happy to be partnering with OXO to share this spritz cookie recipe. OXO is one of my favorite brands when it comes to small kitchen gadgets. Their quality is always great in my experience, and all their products come with a lifetime warranty. I … [Read More...]