Build Your Own Healthy Salad

Use this guide to pair together your favorite salad fixings. Simply build your own healthy salad based on your flavor preferences, and enjoy the nutritional benefits!

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Salad season is here again! If you’re excited to get back to the healthy crunch of fresh foods at mealtime or you’re simply trying to add more vegetables to your daily diet, use this guide to pair together your favorite salad fixings. Simply build your own healthy salad based on your flavor preferences, and enjoy the nutritional benefits! Greens Filled with vital nutrients, leafy greens are the building block of any healthy salad. In particular, load up on: Lettuce Depending on what […]

Simple Homemade Ranch Dressing

After testing and tweaking a few different recipes, I finally settled on a homemade ranch dressing that I really love and that tastes even better, in my opinion, than the kind I grew up with!

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Whether a topping for salad, a dip for crudités, or a way to get your kids to eat something they might not otherwise eat, ranch dressing is a staple for many families. But as those of us who have been around the real food/natural living world for more than a few weeks know, the ingredients in most store bought ranch dressings, like soybean oil, MSG, sodium benzoate, and others, are not something we want our family to eat on a […]

Orzo Salad with Spinach and Sun Dried Tomatoes

I love this recipe for orzo salad with spinach and sun dried tomatoes for many reasons.

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer I love this recipe for orzo salad with spinach and sun dried tomatoes for many reasons. First, the dressing is a simple red wine vinaigrette. Because it’s not a mayo-based dressing, it’s perfect for packing in lunches or for picnics. Second, the classic Mediterranean flavors are always a crowd pleaser. Double or triple the recipe to bring it as a potluck side dish and everyone will be asking you for the recipe. Finally, whole wheat orzo is my favorite whole wheat pasta. […]

How to Make Greek-Style Yogurt in 5 Easy Steps! {No Straining Required}

If you're wondering how to make Greek-style yogurt, don't worry. It's not only easy, but it’s also a great way to save money and avoid the unhealthy additives found in many commercial brands.

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Thick.creamy.delicious! Three words that definitely describe Greek Yogurt, which is why so many of us are huge fans of this custard-like probiotic treat. Yet, each time I attempted to make it, I found myself frustrated by the straining process required to achieve its classic thick texture. My frugal tendencies cringed at how much yogurt was wasted in the straining process, and my neat-nick alarms were blaring over the mess of cleaning out the yogurt-laden strainer. Of course, I don’t want my issues […]

Cauliflower Pickles: Refrigerator Pickles Recipe

One of our family's favorite way to eat cauliflower is pickled. Pickling is such a great way to preserve your garden's bounty. The best part of this recipe is that it doesn't require canning skills.

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer Will you be planting cauliflower in your garden this year? One of our family’s favorite way to eat cauliflower is pickled. Pickling is such a great way to preserve your garden’s bounty. Cauliflower pickles taste great alongside a burger. They also are an excellent picnic food. Ditch bringing chips. These cauliflower pickles give you plenty of salty crunch with less fat, less calories, and less processed yuckiness. The best part of this recipe is it doesn’t require any canning skills. You’ll simply pour […]

30+ Quick & Easy Weeknight Meals

Most of these 30 meals can be whipped up in 30 minutes or less. Most require little prep time. And all of these quick and easy weeknight meals are going to nourish your family a bajillion times more than the drive-through, and be cheaper, too.

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 […]

Quick and Easy Chicken Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

This recipe for Chicken Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce is very easily adaptable. It can be made gluten and/or dairy free or not. It's entirely up to you!

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer The days are getting longer and my desire to spend a lot of time in the kitchen is beginning to dwindle. Wait, my desire to spend a lot of time in the kitchen always dwindles. I love to cook, but I don’t love to cook all day. I’m always experimenting in the kitchen, which is a nice way of saying that I rarely have the right ingredients on hand when I need them even though I menu plan and try […]

50 Fabulous Grain-Free Slow Cooker Meals

Whether you’re living a grain-free lifestyle or not, these 50 fabulous gluten-free, grain-free, slow cooker meals truly are family-friendly favorites!

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer When life gets busy, turn on your slow cooker! At least that’s my motto. And right now, things couldn’t be busier. With baseball season in full swing, I’m playing chauffeur to two active boys four days a week. My guess is … I’m probably not alone. It’s a common challenge of moms everywhere – how to get a healthy dinner on the table when time is short, and often our patience for cooking is too? That’s why I love the slow cooker! […]