Boosting Your Immunity: Mushroom Soup with Herbs

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Written by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer Our Valley finally began it’s annual cooling trend last week. After several months of nearly 100 degree heat, we were able to enjoy a rainstorm, complete with chilly temperatures and a delightful nip in the air. Along with those blissful breezes come the sniffles and sneezes… when we start to feel like we’re running down, I like to put a pot of this luscious soup on to simmer.  It does a wonderful job of soothing sore throats, boosting immunity, […]

Treat Yourself to Healthier, Real Food Desserts (A Giveaway!)

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Does eating healthy, real foods mean giving up all desserts and other sweet treats? I definitely don’t think that the eating well and enjoying dessert have to be in opposition to one another. In fact, it’s really about the ingredients that you use, far more than about the particular dish that you’re creating. So in theory, we should be able to swap in some better, alternative ingredients and simply enjoy our goodies. One challenge, however, can be finding dessert recipes using those wholesome ingredients, that […]

How to Make Delicious Kale Chips

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Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer I have been hearing about kale chips a lot lately. Growing up in a traditional American home I was raised eating potato chips at 4th of July celebrations, picnics and just because sometimes, a lot like some of you, so deep down I like them or at least the memories associated with them! Being a real food advocate however, we don’t really eat potato chips anymore, sometimes on a rare occasion you might catch us with regular plain potato chips… […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge (And Recipe for Okonomiyaki)

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Welcome to the 3rd week of the Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge! How are your meal plans coming along? Is it getting easier to put them together? Do you find that you are saving money? Time? Dinnertime sanity? I’d love to hear how the challenge is going for you! Our Favorite Japanese Recipe: Okonomiyaki (As-You-Like-It Savory Pancakes) Although I promised more grocery budget tips, I found that I had so much to say on the topic (yes, that’s why I wrote the book– […]

Cranberry, Apple and Walnut Cake (A Perfect Fall Dessert)

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Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer Fall is a wonderful time to make desserts with ingredients that are only fresh this time of year. Cranberries and apples are perfectly ripe and so very tasty in season. Don’t you just love them? This Cranberry, Apple and Walnut Cake makes good use of Fall’s bounty. It is full of fruit and bursting with flavor (the cranberries add a nice tang which is balanced by the sweetness of apples). Using real food ingredients, this recipe provides a treat […]

Pumpkin Walnut Bread

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Written by Brandy Ferguson, Contributing Writer This bread is perfect any time of year, but I especially love to make it in the fall. Slightly crunchy on the outside, and super moist on the inside, it’s a favorite in our family. I like that there is just enough spice in this bread to not overpower that great pumpkin flavor. So delicious! Pumpkin Walnut Bread   Print Recipe type: Baked Goods Ingredients 4 cups whole-wheat flour or sprouted grain flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon nutmeg ¼ teaspoon […]

Resources and Recipes to Make Your Meal Planning Successful

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With the Plan It- Don’t Panic meal planning challenge beginning this Monday morning, now seemed like the perfect time to share some really helpful resources to help you succeed with your menus. Learn more about how to make meal planning work (and some different methods for doing it), find tons of my favorite online recipes and cookbooks, and score some great resources for planning and tracking all of your meal planning efforts. The How-To of Meal Planning: Healthy and frugal meal planning help Part 1 […]

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream (A Giveaway)

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*Giveaway has now ended* Ever read a recipe book that had you drooling from practically the first page? Considering that summer is promising to stay hot for a while longer, when I first read Just Making Ice Cream, I could hardly resist jumping up from a cozy table in the coffee shop where I do some of my blogging so that I could stick my ice cream maker in the freezer. I love all manner of savory food. There probably isn’t a style of food […]