10 Real Food Salad Dressing Recipes

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Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer In almost every fridge there are common items; the dairy, the veggies, the fruits, the meats, and there are a lot of sauces, jelly’s and always a couple bottles of salad dressings which are in the doors usually, those items are overloaded with all kinds of fake food ingredients. Here’s a list of ingredients from a typical bottle of ranch dressing: Vegetable oil, water, egg yolk, salt, sugar, cultured nonfat buttermilk, natural flavors, spices, dried garlic, dried onion, vinegar, phosphoric […]

Food Choices Are Not a Moral Issue

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Written by Mandi Ehman, Guest Writer Even the staunchest real-food advocates among us have probably experienced it at one time or another…the glare – virtual or in person – of someone who disagrees with an “inferior” choice we’re making. The current food culture in our country – as so many of us push back against the standard American diet (SAD) and discover how processed foods and inferior ingredients affect our bodies – is a really good thing, but it can also manifest itself in a […]

HealthIER Camping Food: 7 Tips for Taking Real Food With You

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Written by Stacy Myers, Guest Writer I’ve been camping since I was 8 years old. At my request, my parents decided to try it once – and they ended up LOVING it. We’ve been every year since then.  My first child, Annie, went on her first camping trip at 2 months old. We started out in tents but my parents graduated to a pop-up camper. However, when we camp we like to “rough it.” We usually don’t use electricity, but we do use gas for […]

Having Vegetables When You Can’t Grow Your Own

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Written by Stacy Myers, Guest Writer I’m a country girl, born and raised on a farm in Virginia. My parents are excellent at growing a garden. I never remember a summer without having something to preserve, even if it was a “bad year.” I’ll admit I took it for granted. I grew up and got married and discovered something. My parents did not pass their growing gene on to their oldest daughter. I have what my husband commonly refers to as The Black Thumb of […]

10 Foods to Include in Your Summer Meals (And Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe)

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer In the summer time, there is an abundance of fresh food available, no matter where you are.  At farmer’s markets and even local grocery stores, you’ll find locally-grown fresh produce in all varieties.  Some of these you may not be familiar with.  Time to try some new foods, and celebrate interesting ways to prepare familiar ones! Additionally, summer lends itself to some unique preparation methods.  I always crave fresh, simple, and often cool dishes in the summer, like salads, […]

The Perfect Omelet {And 10 Delicious Omelet Creations}

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Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer Eggs have often been called “one of nature’s perfect foods”. And for good reason. They pack a powerful nutritional punch in just a small package. Inside that little shell is a powerhouse of nutrition. There are many ways to incorporate eggs into meals. By incorporating eggs into our diet whenever possible, we increase the nutritional impact and ease the food budget at the same time. With a growing family of eight, I like the fact that eggs provide important nutritional […]

Summer Giveaway Week: Win a 4-Tray Excalibur Dehydrator from Cultures for Health ($129.99 value)

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The timing couldn’t be better for this giveaway! With abundant summer produce just around the corner, whether it’s from your backyard garden or the farmer’s market, now is the time to think about how you’ll preserve the season’s bounty. I own a 9-tray Excalibur Dehydrator myself and it is a favorite kitchen tool of mine. I use my dehydator for: “sun-dried” tomatoes drying veggies like beans, zucchini, etc. fruit leathers dried fruits (plums, banana chips, apples, berries– anything that sounds good!) dry herbs for cooking drying […]

Getting Back in the Swing of Meal Planning (and My Two-Week Plan)

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Do you ever wonder what the writers on Keeper of the Home really eat? Wonder no longer. This is the first of many posts to come, where one writer each month will take a turn to share an actual two-week menu plan. Natalie, a busy wife and mom of 9 is the first to share, and I love her honesty. And I want her rice cooker. Read on… I snickered when Stephanie asked us to write up a two week menu plan.  Ten years and […]