Healthy Breakfasts: Whole Wheat Buttermilk Waffles

whole wheat waffles

Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer As we seek to improve our health in different areas this month, we all know an important aspect of that is starting each day with a healthy breakfast. Breakfast is an important meal, and an opportunity to start off the day right by feeding our families fruits, whole grains, protein, and healthy fats (and even veggies!), and avoiding overly processed and high sugar conventional breakfast foods. Eating a well rounded and healthy breakfast is often easier said than done though, […]

Sweet or Savory Roll Ups: Grain and Gluten Free

crepe batter

Written by Cara, Contributing Writer Roll ups using grain free crepes are a protein rich breakfast or lunch.  This is an easy way to make a grain free peanutbutter and jelly ‘sandwich’ and are easier for little ones to eat because they are nice and soft.  They also pack nicely in lunch boxes for meals on the go! Fillings can be altered to be dairy free, or to incorporate a superfood such as salmon roe or liver for a special nutrition boost. Coconut Flour Crepes […]

Gingerbread Fruitcake: A Holiday Tradition Improved

up close and gingery

If there’s one running joke at any Christmas celebration, it’s fruitcake. I personally happen to love fruitcake, complete with the shiny oddly colored faux-fruits. But once you know what kind of strange alterations those fruits have been through, it tends to take all the joy out of it. Here’s one of my favorite recipes for a delicious alternative to white flour, processed sugar, and fake fruit. The spice from the gingerbread is the perfect complement to the sweet fruit pieces and crunchy nuts. Just a note: this cake […]

Real Food Holiday Recipe Roundup: 398 Wholesome Recipes

Cranberry Cheese Bread from Delighting in the Days

I thought of this recipe roundup again as I was pondering all of the amazingly delicious and nourishing recipes that are available throughout the blogosphere for the holidays this year. It can be tough to find “real food” recipes. I know, because I’ve gone to local stores and looked around online and found little. Yes, there are books on whole foods, but rarely with traditional techniques. There are books that don’t use processed foods, but they shun animal fats and dairy. It’s not hard to […]

Chewy Gingersnaps (No Gluten, No Grains, No Dairy)

Chewy Gingersnaps {No Gluten, No Grains, No Dairy}

These cookies may be “free” of a lot of things (gluten, grains, dairy) but they do definitely have some things in abundance: ginger, protein, taste, yumminess. Since we have two little munchkins who don’t do gluten or dairy at all, I like to find treats to make that everyone can enjoy, rather than trying to make different things for different people. Brown rice is something that my kids get commonly (whether it’s actual rice, or rice flour in baked goods) so I set out to […]

Green Bean Casserole (The Real Food Way)

Green Bean Casserole

Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Green Bean Casserole is a staple side dish for many Hoilday dinners. Tasty green beans, creamy white sauce, and a crunchy topping, make it a well-loved family favorite. Unfortunately, many recipes include canned condensed soup, bacon bits, and French fried onions (also in a can); enough to make a real foodie cringe! Most of these undesirable ingredients can be completely avoided by using homemade alternatives such as made-from scratch sauce and home cooked bacon. Simply replacing these in your […]

Whole Foods for the Holidays: Main Dishes

During the holidays, main dish entrees are the belle of the ball. This is one of the few times of the year when we really go all out with time-consuming meals, expensive ingredients and make fancier courses that will knock our family’s socks off. Of course, I’m referring to the traditional turkeys and hams, but also to the special meals that we make for potluck gatherings, family breakfasts or brunches, Christmas Eve dinner, and any other holiday meal you can think of. In my husband’s […]

Nourishing Wife-Saver Breakfast Casserole

Casserole is finished and ready for the oven

I grew up eating a “wife-saver” casserole each Christmas morning, with eggs and bacon and Corn Flakes crumbled on top. It was delicious and hearty, and best of all, my mom could make it the the day before and pop it in the oven while we opened gifts as a family. Pancakes and waffles are a more typical “fancy” breakfast around our house, as we all love to smother them with our frozen berries we pick each summer, and a big ol’ dollop of whipped […]