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Fed Up Movie Review

I had the opportunity to see an advanced screening of a new food documentary called Fed Up. Produced and narrated by Katie Couric, this film analyzes the obesity epidemic of the past several decades. With two out of every three American adults either overweight or obese, this has become the biggest public health issue in America. Fed Up follows several obese children … [Read More...]

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Maple Berry Skillet Cake

Not a day goes by in my house when I don’t use a cast iron skillet. I didn’t grow up in a cast iron household, but fortunately, my husband did. We inherited three cast iron pans from past generations in his family. One is a huge, 14-inch skillet that I can barely lift. The next one is a 9-inch skillet that gets used the most often. And then there’s the little guy, a … [Read More...]

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Real Food Meal Plan Week 13

We’re coming off a wonderful Easter with family, and my children are on spring break from school this week. Since they’ll be home, I asked each of my kids to pick one dinner for the meal plan that they can make or help me make. The 8-year-old will be making “buffet dinner bowls,” which is an ambitious spread of her creation. The 10-year-old picked breakfast burritos. I … [Read More...]

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Converting Recipes to Real Food

I didn’t truly know how to cook until I transitioned my family to a real food diet a few years ago. Sure, I could follow a recipe and put a nice dinner on the table. But I didn’t really have to think. I didn’t know how to make substitutions. I didn’t know how to adapt recipes if I was missing some of the ingredients. I couldn’t look at a bunch of leftovers in the fridge … [Read More...]

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Deviled Eggs

This recipe for deviled eggs is a great addition to an appetizer spread. High in protein and flavor, deviled eggs are satisfying and filling. If you’re dyeing eggs for Easter, this is the perfect thing to make when you’re ready to eat them. I recommend using natural, homemade dyes so you don’t have to worry about chemicals seeping into your eggs. Deviled eggs are not an … [Read More...]

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Real Food Meal Plan Week 12

This is the last week of school leading up to my children’s spring break. I don’t have as much time to work when my kids are home from school, so I’ll be trying to work as efficiently as possible this week in preparation for the break. As a result, the meal plan is very simple again because that's all I'll be able to manage this week. If things get too hectic to cook … [Read More...]

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Chocolate Pecan Pie Protein Snacks

Homemade protein snacks are very deceptive. They’re full of healthy ingredients, but they taste like candy. These are among the easiest snacks to make because they don’t need to go in the oven. Simply mix the ingredients in a food processor, shape the dough however you want it, and refrigerate. These Chocolate Pecan Pie Protein Snacks are so good. You won’t believe they … [Read More...]

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Real Food Travel: Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a great place for a family vacation. The fifth largest city in the U.S. is home to lots of learning adventures, including historical landmarks, museums, and universities galore. There are sculptures and murals all around the city, so there’s something to see at every turn. Independence National Historical Park is a cornerstone of U.S. history, and dozens of … [Read More...]

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Pie Crust Recipe

An easy pie crust recipe is an essential resource in a real food kitchen. I used to use store-bought pie crusts whenever I made quiche or dessert pies. It seemed like making homemade crust would be too time-consuming, and I wasn’t sure I could get the taste and texture just right. As it turns out, I had nothing to worry about. In reality, homemade pie crust takes just a … [Read More...]

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Real Food Meal Plan Week 11

This week’s meal plan includes a couple nights of my favorite kind of dinner. It’s called, “Let someone else do the cooking.” We traveled to Philadelphia for my cousin’s wedding, and it was the perfect way to start off spring. What a beautiful, welcoming city! We enjoyed so much fantastic food in Philadelphia. From grass-fed cheese steaks to Amish desserts, there were … [Read More...]