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Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving dinner is the best meal of the year for many of us. The turkey gets a lot of hype, but I'd be happy to just feast on the sides. Thanksgiving side dishes are comforting, savory and sweet, and full of fall produce. It's hard to save room for dessert when there's so much good stuff for the main course. This collection of Thanksgiving side dish recipes from … [Read More...]

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Cranberry Squash Quinoa Salad

Quinoa salad is one of my favorite easy lunches to have on hand. I make a big batch at the beginning of the week, and I don’t have to think about what to make for lunch during the days ahead. Quinoa is a high-protein grain, so it helps to keep me full well into the afternoon. This Cranberry Squash Quinoa Salad showcases some of the best flavors of fall. Cranberries and … [Read More...]

Real Food Meal Plan Week 37

Real Food Meal Plan Week 37

Halloween week is an exciting time in our house. The kids’ anticipation has been building for weeks. We have lots of parties leading up to the big event on Friday, so I’m trying to moderate all the junk food with some healthy dinners. I’ve seen pictures on Pinterest of pita pizza mummies with olives or tomatoes for eyes peeking out through the mozzarella mummy cloth. This … [Read More...]

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Homemade Pumpkin Bread Mix

Homemade gifts are the best kind, especially when food is involved. With all the social events during the holiday season, it’s nice to have easy, non-perishable gifts on hand for whenever you need them. This pumpkin bread mix makes a wonderful hostess gift during the fall. If you’re a guest at someone’s house for Thanksgiving, give them this bread mix along with a can … [Read More...]

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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...]