Mediterranean Summer Salad

This Mediterranean Summer Salad is an all-in-one meal that doesn't heat up my small kitchen and uses some of my favorite garden vegetables and herbs. Whole grain rice and protein from convenient canned tuna and fresh mozzarella round out the salad.

Guest Post by Kristen Smith Though summer is winding down to a close, many of my garden plants are still in high gear. Even if you don’t garden, chances are the farmer’s markets and gardeners around you also have an abundance of some fresh, delicious homegrown vegetables! I love taking all of the fresh vegetables I grow or buy and making simple meals during the warm months. Especially now as our family is getting back into the swing of homeschooling, simplicity in the kitchen is […]

How to Build the Perfect Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is frugal, and real food pasta salad is a great way to use up almost any leftover ingredient in the fridge (which helps save money by reducing our food waste).

By Tiffany Terczak, Contributing Writer Pasta salad has always been my go-to meal for potlucks. They’re easy to make, easy to transport and often don’t require refrigeration (which is great for picnics during the hot summer months). Besides, who doesn’t love a great pasta salad?! These are also the same reasons why we include pasta salads in our meal plans almost every week. They’re frugal, and a great way to use up almost any leftover ingredient in the fridge (which helps save money by reducing our […]

Ditch the Bag of Chips: 15 Healthier Ideas for Lunches

You can have a crunchy, crispy, salty and tasty addition to your lunch. You just have to think outside the chip box for healthier ideas for lunches.

photo credit By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer I love chips. Crisp and salty, chips just seem to be the perfect side to pack up for lunch. What I don’t love about chips are the levels of acrylamide – a cancer causing chemical found in many brands of pre-packaged chips. The good news is, you can still have a crunchy, crispy, salty and tasty addition to your lunch. You just have to think outside the chip box. 15 Healthier Ideas for Lunches Vegetable chips can be […]

3-Ingredient Mango Ice Cream

This recipe for mango ice cream is cool and creamy just the way ice cream should be. Best of all there is no added sugar!

Guest Post by Allison of Kale Cuties I LOVE ice cream! I mean, WHO DOESN’T? Isn’t that why there’s a whole song about it? :) Unfortunately, my carefree enjoyment for ice cream came to a halt around my freshmen year of college when my doctor confirmed a dairy allergy. Going dairy-free was hard and meant usually going without. The few times I did give into my cravings my JOY for this cold creamy treat was short lived as bloating, stomach cramping and even allergy like symptoms would soon […]

Hidden Veggie Popsicles

Hidden Veggie Dairy Free Popsicles

Guest Post by Whitney Cornelison of Beauty in the Mess Veggies in a popsicle?! Really?! I promise they aren’t as bad as they sound. While I am sure you think I have lost my mind, let me tell you that my kids gobbled these up and asked for more. They did! Do you have a hard time getting your children to eat their vegetables? For the most part, my kids are great about eating at least one bite of something they don’t like. Usually they do […]

DIY Peaches and Cream Gummies

Do you like fruit snacks or gummy candy, but don’t want the dyes or preservatives that go with them? If so, you need to try these Peaches and Cream Gummies!

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Do you like fruit snacks or gummy candy, but don’t want the yucky food dyes or preservatives that go with them? If so, you need to try these homemade gummies! Not only do homemade gummies taste good, they provide wonderful health benefits! The reason these gummies are so good for you is that they include gelatin. The gelatin used in this recipe is made from grass-fed beef. It comes in powdered form and is high in protein. It’s also gluten-free. […]

Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cake Bars

Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cake Bars {keeperofthehome.org}

Stephanie’s note: In a week, our family will be embarking on yet another “free” diet. You know the kind – free from gluten and grain, free from dairy, free from sugar, free from our usual favorites and convenience and ease. And I know that so many of you have also turned to diets like this, be they GAPS or SCD or a version of WAPF or paleo or whatever it is, because you’re dealing with gut problems, Candida, auto-immune issues, dental decay, etc. It’s so […]

How to Make Honey Sweetened Summer Berry Preserves

You'll love this simple method for making your own healthier homemade summer berry preserves using your favorite seasonal berries and pure honey.

  By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Summertime is filled with a bounty of the most amazing fresh produce. But by far, one of our favorites is berry season! First to appear are red and delicious strawberries, followed by sweet-n-tangy raspberries, plump blueberries and one of my personal favorites – blackberries. It’s no secret that we get a little excited about fresh berries around here. And rightly so! They’re not only absolutely delicious, but they’re chock full of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants too! That’s why they’re a favorite […]