Chewy Chocolate Granola Bars (nut-free!)

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Granola Bars

Looking for a yummy, real-food homemade granola bar recipe? This is a great one! It’s nourishing and also allergy-friendly … no gluten, eggs, dairy, nuts or peanuts! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I don’t know about you, but it feels like my kids are always hungry! Come to think of it, my husband and I are always hungry, too. Maybe the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! It can be a real struggle to find foods that are filling and nourishing (and don’t cost […]

Best Summer Slaw with Kale, Brussels, Apples & Almonds

Best Summer Slaw

Guest post by Dena Norton Happy Memorial Day! Guess who’s coming to my picnic today? This slaw, that’s who. I like traditional cole slaw, but I love this recipe – as in, LOOOVE it. It’s perfect alongside a Memorial Day burger and some oven fries, but it’s also simple enough to throw together for a weekday lunch, and pretty enough to serve when guests come for dinner. I’ve dubbed this slaw, “The Salad of Summer 2014″ and have already decided we will be eating it […]

Why Quinoa Deserves a Permanent Spot in Your Diet (with recipe links!)

Why Quinoa

Image by Jennifer via Flickr CC By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer It was the year 2001. I was a high school kid on a short-term missions trip to Bolivia. We were doing a touristy day trip to Lake Titicaca, and I trepidatiously boarded a sketchy looking boat to go out on the lake for a little tour with my trip mates. What I didn’t know at the time was that I was in the very place where quinoa first originated thousands of years ago! I’m […]

What Can You Actually DO with all those Fresh Spring Greens?

Pasta with Spinach Pesto

Guest Post by Krissa Jeldy One of the things I love about getting a CSA box is getting introduced to all kinds of vegetables that (if I’m honest with myself) I probably wouldn’t pick up on a regular basis at the grocery store. At this time in the year my CSA box is filled with tons of fresh spring greens: spinach, kale, chard, collard greens, all varieties of lettuce, and more! Leafy greens are well known for their health benefits. Loaded with vitamins, fiber, and […]

Cherry Almond Millet

Cherry Almond Millet

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer This cherry almond millet recipe is a quick and easy dish to prepare. It’s also versatile. Serve it as a side or as a main dish. Are you new to millet? It is a must try, particularly if you are looking to get more whole grains in your diet. The taste is milder than quinoa but nuttier than couscous. One of the benefits of millet is it is not only a high protein grain, but it happens to be gluten-free. […]

Homemade Custard Ice Cream {Without a Machine}

Homemade Custard Ice Cream without a Machine - KeeperoftheHome.org

Guest Post by Elsie Callender Did you know that you can make homemade ice cream without a fancy machine? It’s easy, and only adds a little extra hands-on time. And for this rich, custard-based ice cream recipe, a bit of stirring by hand is utterly worth it. It tastes really, really good. In fact, I’m pretty sure this recipe will turn any ice cream apathetic into a raving fan. Personally, I think the custard is key to making this the best, most spoon-lickin’ good ice cream […]

Supercharge Your Nutrition with Swiss Chard

Super Charge Your Nutrition with Chard

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Like most families, we have our share of picky eaters. I’m sure you know what I mean, and if you don’t, count yourself blessed. Despite my best efforts, somewhere around the age of 8 or 9 years old, my boys adopted the philosophy that “if it’s green, it’s yucky!” Boo to that, so I’ve been on a mission to counter it with … “greens are great!” That’s why Swiss chard is one of my favorite foods to supercharge my family’s […]

5 Ways to Eat Kale You (Likely) Haven’t Thought Of Before

5 Ways to Eat Kale

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer In my final year of university, all graduates were encouraged to attend a multi-course dinner hosted for the sake of teaching its graduates some basic etiquette. This wasn’t an act of compassion for society at large, per se, but specifically for the reason that the powers-that-be at the university wanted to give us the tools we needed to succeed in business – including business lunches. Toward the end of the first course, I began demurely munching on the kale set […]