Real Food Meal Plan Week 21

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The last week of school is finally here. My children are so excited, and I’m scrambling to get ready for our summer together. This week is also the launch of my book, Conquering Your Kitchen. After months of work, I can’t believe it’s finally here. We have a huge giveaway coming up, including a set of my favorite knives, a beautiful cutting board, and cookware that will help make things easier in your kitchen. You can read about Conquering Your Kitchen here, and sign up for the mailing list to get updates, bonus meal plans, and an extra entry in the giveaway. The book should be available for purchase from Amazon mid-week. :) Despite all the excitement, the need for dinner persists and … [Read more...]

25 Free Kindle Cookbooks

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There are more free Kindle cookbooks today than I've ever seen. I'm not sure why there are so many, but head over to Amazon and grab them while you can. The list includes barbecue, slow cooker, gluten-free, and vegetarian recipes galore. Many of these books contain recipes that use some highly processed ingredients, but you can follow my guidelines about how to convert recipes to real food. I love flipping through cookbooks for new recipe ideas, even though I don't usually make recipes exactly as they're written. Be sure to check prices before purchasing because they can go back up at any time. And if you're in the market for a Kindle, there's a Father's Day special going on right … [Read more...]

Strawberry Spinach Salad

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This simple strawberry spinach salad is a delicious way to eat your greens. We get a lot of spinach from our farm share, and it’s in season alongside strawberries. I try to wash my spinach right when I get home from the farm, then I store it to maximize its shelf life. My kids don’t always go for the healthy food I put on the table, but this salad is a hit with them. The strawberries and the sweet, creamy dressing distract them from the fact that they’re eating a mouthful of spinach. You can improvise with different add-ins like almonds, avocado, and scallions. This basic version is delicious on its own, though. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:121] Strawberry Spinach Salad Price Breakdown This … [Read more...]

Strawberry Granola Bar Recipe

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Granola bars are among the most convenient snack foods out there. Unfortunately, most packaged granola bars are full of added sugar, which makes them more of a dessert in my book. Snacks should give you energy and make you feel full until your next meal. Highly sweetened processed snacks just don’t do that. This strawberry granola bar recipe provides whole grains, protein, and fiber. It’s just sweet enough, and some of the sweetness comes from the natural sugars in the banana and the strawberries. This is a great recipe for a family that’s just starting to transition away from processed food. It doesn’t taste too different from the snacks you’d buy at the store, but it lacks the … [Read more...]

Stacked Watermelon Salad

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Nothing says summer like a sweet, dripping slice of watermelon at a backyard party. Everyone in my family loves watermelon, which is a good thing because we get a lot of it in our farm share. I mean a LOT. I come home from the farm with a cute little melon week after week during the summer. Eventually we get tired of eating it by the slice, so I get creative. I make agua fresca for a refreshing drink, and I also love to make watermelon salad. This stacked salad highlights the delicious watermelon by pairing it with savory flavors. Feta cheese is a perfect complement to the sweet fruit, and balsamic vinegar brings it all together. When shopping for feta, I recommend buying it in one piece … [Read more...]

Healthy Potluck Salads

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Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and that means backyard barbecue season is here. There are so many things I love about summer, and summertime food is right up there on the list. As fresh produce becomes more available and varied with each passing week, delicious summer side dishes take center stage. I put together a roundup of 20 healthy potluck salads that you can feel good about eating at your next cookout. For the pasta recipes, I recommend using whole grain pasta. If your crowd scoffs at whole wheat pasta, you can mix white pasta and wheat pasta while you’re transitioning your family to the whole grain version. With these delicious toppings, I don’t think they’ll … [Read more...]

Blueberry Scones

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These blueberry scones are a delicious treat that’s just sweet enough. They’re bursting with blueberries and full of whole grains. You can serve them with tea or send them off in a school lunchbox as a snack. A little butter on a warm scone is one of life’s simple pleasures. My husband doesn’t typically like scones because he thinks they’re too dry. This version is soft and tender, so it passes his texture test. This healthy snack or dessert recipe is a great way to use fresh blueberries, but it works well with frozen berries too. If you want to serve these scones for dessert, sprinkle the tops with a little maple sugar before baking, or drizzle with maple syrup after … [Read more...]

Real Food Weekly Meal Plan Week 17

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I don’t want to cook dinner this week. Do you ever have one of those weeks? But here I am meal planning, because I know it’s the right thing to do. I have writing deadlines that are taking up every free minute, so we need easy meals this week. I was trying to think of something healthy to eat Sunday night before my son’s soccer tryouts. The kids suggested these quinoa burgers from Real Fit, Real Food Mom, which we enjoyed a few weeks ago. I love when they can help me with my meal planning writer’s block. I’m so excited that Wednesday will be my first farm share of the season. This will make meal planning so much easier for me in future weeks because I’ll have a variety of different … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Berry Sauce

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This easy berry sauce is my favorite topping for pancakes. I love the fruity flavor even more than plain maple syrup. Topping your weekend breakfast with berry sauce is a great way to add fruit to the meal and cut back on the amount of added sugar. It makes a beautiful presentation as well. This berry sauce is also a delicious addition to plain yogurt. You can even use it as a topping for fish or as a fruity salad dressing. Just mix it with a little olive oil and salt to dress a salad. If you have more berries than you can handle after a berry-picking excursion, this is the perfect recipe to make. It freezes well, and you can warm it up on the stove when you’re ready to use … [Read more...]

Savory Snack Recipes Without Added Sugar

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Healthy snacks are essential for people living a real food lifestyle. I can usually manage to keep breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the right track, but if I don’t have healthy snacks available, that’s when I get into trouble. Even when I eat a big meal, I still need a little something between meals to keep me going. I have over 100 healthy snack recipes on my blog, but most of them are sweets. I typically use maple syrup, honey, dates, and bananas to sweeten my recipes. But still, sugar is sugar once it gets into your body. Many Americans are addicted to sugar, and it’s a big part of the obesity epidemic. After seeing the movie Fed Up, I was reminded of the importance of limiting added … [Read more...]