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Pumpkin Smoothie

This month’s Recipe Redux is all about “spooky spices.” We all have spices in our cabinets that we’re not quite sure how to use, so they just sit there. The great thing about spices is that they can add flavor without adding unnecessary sugar, so it’s a good idea to get comfortable using them. For me, ginger used to be a spooky spice. I avoided it because it has such a … [Read More...]

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Real Food Meal Plan Week 36

I’m not sure how I’ll be able to beat last week’s meal plan. I cooked all five weeknight dinners in 90 minutes on Sunday afternoon. It was a tiring process, but I loved not having to cook during the week. I will definitely use that approach again soon. Turning to the week ahead, I’m looking forward to trying a few new recipes from my fellow bloggers. I love the idea of … [Read More...]

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Make-Ahead Meals: 5 Dinners in 90 Minutes

Cooking dinner night after night can be overwhelming. For those of us with late work days or busy evening schedules, it can seem impossible to get homemade food on the table for our families. With my children’s various commitments, I often find myself on a sports field instead of at my dinner table when 6:00 rolls around. On other evenings, we get home right at … [Read More...]

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Healthy Eating during Cold and Flu Season

As cold and flu season approaches, I’m more motivated than ever to maintain a whole food diet for my family. Ever since we ditched most processed food a few years ago, we rarely get sick. And when one of us does get sick, it’s mild and it doesn’t linger. It doesn’t usually spread through the family, either. I know that if I were to fall back into a diet of takeout and … [Read More...]

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Chicken Chili

Chili is one of my favorite meals. It’s just so cozy and flavorful. I love to eat chili for lunch or dinner, and I always put aside some leftovers in the freezer. When I look to the freezer to save me on a night when I just can't cook, I breathe a sigh of relief when I see that chili. I have several different versions I like to make, including vegetarian squash chili … [Read More...]

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Real Food Meal Plan Week 35

I’m trying a little experiment with my meal plan this week. It’s something I’ve wanted to try for ages. On Sunday afternoon, I’m prepping all the meals for the week. I’ll chop, dice, cook, and freeze according to what’s on the menu for each weeknight. I picked meals with ingredients that will keep well in the fridge or freezer until they’re needed. If all goes well, … [Read More...]

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Organizing Kitchen Cabinets with OXO

I’m frugal. Even if this is your first time here, you probably could have guessed that by reading the title of my blog. I keep a price chart that tracks where I can get the least expensive version of everything on my shopping list. I shop the sales and make lots of my family’s food from scratch. I love clearance racks and church tag sales. But being frugal doesn’t … [Read More...]

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Soft Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

There’s one thing that’s eluded me over these past few years as I've tried to feed my family real food. It’s the bread thing. I just couldn't get my hands on a homemade whole wheat bread recipe that yielded anything other than a brick. I baked loaf after loaf, and they always tasted good out of the oven. But then as the hours passed, each loaf would turn into a dense … [Read More...]

Real Food Meal Plan Week 34 | Real Food Real Deals

Real Food Meal Plan Week 34

We’re celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary this week. Of course it falls on an evening with dinnertime soccer practice. We’ll go out to dinner on the weekend to celebrate, and on our actual anniversary I’m keeping it simple with a low-stress taco night. We will commemorate the occasion with chocolate cake, though. :) During the rest of the week, we’re sticking to … [Read More...]

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Five Tips for Saving Money on Real Food

When people ask me what my blog is about, I say something like, “How to eat whole foods affordably” or “How to save money on a whole food diet.” And just about every time, the people I’m talking to tell me how much they want to do that. They want to eat better and shop better. It’s easy to let your grocery budget spiral out of control. But with focus and planning, it’s … [Read More...]