30+ Quick & Easy Weeknight Meals

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer I was going to start out by seeing if anyone could relate to that weeknight rush where you neglected to plan dinner properly and have to scramble at the last minute, but seriously – do I even need to ask? I know I’m not the only one. It happens far more frequently than I care to admit (though not quite as frequently now that I figured out how to make menu planning work with my type-B personality! Yeah!) I have slowly built […]

One Hour + Two Stores = 30 Dinners {Planning a Month of Meals}

  By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer If you’re like me, if you hear the words “plan all your meals for the month,” you want to run away screaming. Recently I started wondering, though…would monthly meal planning save me time from running back and forth every week to five different stores? I have a young baby, so time is definitely limited around here. Could planning all the dinners AT ONE TIME save me some time? Could planning a month’s worth of dinners AT ONE TIME save time? Click […]

Take Charge of Your Health with The Whole30 Challenge

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Did you resolve to eat healthier in the New Year, only to find yourself falling back into the same old eating patterns after trying to make healthy changes? I’ll be honest, for years I struggled to eat healthy, because frankly, I wasn’t sure what “eating healthy” really meant. I simply had no clue as to what foods would help to nourish my body and which foods might be creating setbacks in my health. It wasn’t until I became very ill with two […]

How I Feed My Family Real Food for $350 a Month

Guest post by Tiffany Terczak Every year, people across the world are making New Year’s resolutions. The goals are big and wide, ranging from eating healthier to saving up for a down payment on a house. When we first got married, my husband and I simply wanted to get out of debt. We worked really, really hard for a long time, but we didn’t truly see the fruits of our efforts until we hit year two and finally created a grocery budget. Despite everything else, creating […]

Frugal Real Food Thanksgiving Menu + Stress-free Cooking Timeline

Guest post by Tiffany Terczak I’ll be the first to admit — this is the time of year when we typically throw caution out the window. We toss aside “healthy” recipes and reach for the shortening and corn syrup and pre-packaged short-cuts that we’ve always used, all for the sake of tradition. I’m including myself in this category too. I’ve been craving hot chocolate for WEEKS, and I’m not talking about the healthy kind. I’m wanting the instant hot chocolate, ripped open from a single-serve […]

5-Ingredient Southwestern Enchiladas

By Rachel Marie, Contributing Writer I see a lot of friends asking in social media about dinner ideas – and I, for one, can always use more ideas. One night a friend posted that she was having chicken enchiladas so I clicked over to the link, especially since I love Mexican food. The recipe had cream of chicken soup; I don’t normally use that since most of the canned varieties have MSG or even hidden MSG, which gives me terrible headaches. But I wasn’t going […]

15 Strategies for Eating Well & Avoiding Take-Out During Busy Seasons

I think I’ve finally learned how to keep serving our family real, whole foods, even when life is busy and I don’t feel like I have time to cook properly.  Every once in a while, when we have one of those days (you know the ones), my sweet husband will offer that we should order take-out. Tempting as it is some days, I’ve found myself telling him “No, it’s all right. I can pull something together just as fast, and much cheaper.” For example, last week, during the […]

Healthy Back-to-School Lunches Made Easy!

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Ready to get your lunchbox groove on? Oh yeah! It’s that time of year again … back-to-school season! And whether you homeschool, or your children attend school outside of the home, having a plan for what to serve (or pack) for lunch makes getting ready for the busy school year a whole lot easier! Of course, it can be a real challenge to come up with healthy lunch ideas day after day. And let’s face it, as adults, we (often […]