Real Food Meal Plan Week 25

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We’re back from our vacation to Nova Scotia, where we ate lots of amazing food. It was such a treat to eat at great locavore restaurants throughout the province, but I’m definitely looking forward to a week of home-cooked meals. Saturday was my husband’s birthday, and the last thing he wanted to do was go out to dinner after a week of restaurant dinners. So I improvised with a simple dinner full of the farm share veggies I picked up that morning. We loved the cherry tomato pasta dish, and my husband made me promise to make it again. I’ll be sharing the recipe soon. It was so simple and delicious. The rest of the menu for the week revolves around the farm share vegetables that are … [Read more...]

10 Real Food Popsicle Recipes

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Everyone loves popsicles in the summer. I can’t bring myself to buy them at the store, though. The ingredient lists are scary, including things like artificial food coloring, corn syrup, and preservatives. Healthier store-bought popsicles are priced through the roof, so it makes sense to make them at home. Fortunately, homemade popsicles couldn’t be easier to make. You just mix the ingredients in a blender or food processor and transfer them to the freezer for a couple hours. I have two different popsicle molds that I like to use, a push-pop style and the star-shaped version in the photo above. If you don’t have molds, you can simply freeze the popsicles in paper cups or an ice cube … [Read more...]

Real Food Meal Plan Week 24

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We’re coming and going a lot this summer, which makes meal planning tricky. After a weekend in Burlington, Vermont for July 4th with extended family, we’re home for most of the week before heading out to Canada. Three of the five nights we’re home this week involve swim meets and track meets at dinnertime. Portable dinners will keep us on track while we’re out in the evenings. Calzones and salad in a jar can be eaten bit by bit before, during, and after these events. It’s not the sit-down dinner I’d prefer, but it works for us. I won’t be posting a meal plan next week because we’ll be away in Nova Scotia. I do actually have a detailed plan of where we’ll likely be eating each day, but … [Read more...]

Real Food Meal Plan Week 23

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Meal planning is more important than ever in the summer. When schedules are erratic, it’s so easy to slip into a routine of grabbing takeout for dinner. By consulting your calendar each week and coming up with a meal plan, you’ll be able to stay intentional about what you’re eating. My kids are on the swim team, so we’re out at ponds and pools for swim meets during dinnertime twice a week in the summer. On two other nights each week, they have swim practice until 5:00, so we arrive home at 5:15 tired and hungry. This week we have our first swim meet, and it’s an away meet near one of our favorite barbecue restaurants. We're celebrating with takeout that night (intentionally). My … [Read more...]

Conquering Your Kitchen Giveaway

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I’m so excited to announce today’s launch of my book, Conquering Your Kitchen. This book will teach you how to plan meals, shop, and cook real food with confidence and purpose. With a good system and collection of recipes, you can take control of your kitchen. Conquering Your Kitchen includes 80 delicious recipes, and each one takes 30 minutes or less to prepare. It’s never too late to ditch the takeout window and make a commitment to homemade food. Conquering Your Kitchen Giveaway To celebrate the book launch, I’m offering a fantastic, multi-prize giveaway to help make food preparation easier. First Prize: Cutco Knife Set and a Copy of the Book Fifteen years ago, my … [Read more...]

Real Food Meal Plan Week 22

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For one of my birthday gifts this past January, my husband said he’d cook dinner for a week. He knows that cooking day after day can be draining for me, so of course I loved the idea. But I was skeptical about whether it would actually happen with his work schedule. Six months later, I’m off duty this week and he’s doing the cooking. My husband actually enjoys cooking more than I do, so I don’t know why this doesn’t happen more often. :) I did the bulk of the meal planning based on our overflowing produce drawer from the farm, but he added a few menu items too. A plan is just a plan, so we’ll see how it goes. Hopefully with some advanced preparation each night for the following night’s … [Read more...]

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...]

Real Food Meal Plan Week 20

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I’m just getting back from a weekend in Philadelphia at the Eat Write Retreat blogging conference. It was a fantastic, whirlwind weekend full of great food, information, and conversation. It was also a welcome break from my kitchen, but now I’m ready to jump back into cooking. I knew I would have a lot of catching up to do on Monday after getting home late Sunday night, so I made Monday night’s dinner last week before I went away. That may sound a bit neurotic, but I really like the peace of mind of having dinner planned and ready on a busy day. Since I was making calzones for my family to eat while I was away, I made a big batch and froze some for Monday. I’m trying new recipes on … [Read more...]

Real Food Meal Plan Week 19

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Is it really June already? My kids have a few weeks left of school, so we’re in the season of soccer practice, band concerts, and other end-of-the-year hoopla. We’re also enjoying the first few weeks of farm share veggies. At this point in the year, I’m coming home from the farm with lots of greens, including lettuce, arugula, kale, and spinach. It’s ambitious, but I’m trying to make up for our winter deficit of greens. My husband and I celebrated our 20 year college reunion this weekend. It was great to see old friends from Holy Cross, and we got to enjoy dinner at the college while the kids were home with a babysitter. I always appreciate when someone else does the cooking! This … [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...]