Don’t Like Fish? I Bet You’ll Like These Salmon Cakes

My salmon cakes have always been a hit with our family, but when a good friend’s daughter had them with us and raved about them to her mom, I knew it was a “must share”. (And now you have the recipe, sweet Reese, so your mommy can make them.) Even those who don’t care for fish might be happily surprised to find that these don’t taste all that fishy. They are well-seasoned, and frying anything in good fats can only make them taste even better. As […]

Rethinking Oral Health Care: A Homemade Toothpaste Recipe for Tooth Remineralization

Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer Several years ago, I started to question some of the ingredients in commercial toothpastes as well as the approach of modern dentistry in general. I view some modern dentistry practices as appropriate and beneficial. Yet, the foundation of today’s dental philosophy is similar to the mainstream medical model in that it focuses on treatment and not prevention. I believe the focus of dentistry (like medicine) should be prevention of decay and disease through sound nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. This […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding

Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer Chia seeds are an amazing powerhouse of nutrition that boast a lengthy list of health benefits.  Although I’ve heard of the many wonderful benefits of chia seeds for quite some time now, I only recently decided to “take the plunge” and try them out! And I’m so glad that I did – I’m hooked! The many health benefits of chia seeds combined with the fact that they are so versatile and easy to consume, make this superfood a definite winner […]

Simple and Frugal Soft Drink Recipes

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer In my house, the beverage option is usually simple: water.  It’s always there, it’s very cheap, and my kids know to ask for it (and not ask for other stuff). Of course, this gets boring sometimes.  Who wants to always drink water?!  I know I don’t.  However, buying drinks is expensive.  I know that when we are at Grandma’s house, my kids could go through a $4 bottle of juice in about a day (granted it’s a special treat there and […]

10 Ingredients to Make From Scratch

Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer When I first started cooking from scratch, it didn’t seem too hard. I gathered my ingredients and followed the recipes. But then one day it hit me: I wasn’t buying processed, pre-packaged meals anymore, but I was using processed, pre-packed ingredients to make my “from-scratch” meals. And these ingredients were just as additive-laden as any other store-bought meal. Yikes! I decided right then and there that, little by little, I’d start learning how to make each ingredient at home. And […]

Spring Giveaway Week: Win One of 10 Copies of Real Food…Real Easy

Since having my 4th baby four weeks ago, I am just starting to really cook again after enjoying meals from friends and from my freezer. As we adjust to our new “normal”, my main priority is foods that are quick and easy to make, but are still whole, nourishing, and from-scratch. In my quest for a little mealtime inspiration, Real Food…Real Easy has been one of the places that I have been turning. Real Food…Real Easy is an eBook with over 70 recipes, intended to help those […]

Spring Giveaway Week: Win One of 8 Copies of Recipe eBook Wholesome Comfort (And Scalloped Potatoes Recipe!)

A couple of years back, I realized that so many of the more ethnic, unique, vegetarian-influenced dishes that I had been making just didn’t appeal to my husband (lentil casseroles, cold rice and bean salads, various curries, squash soups, that sort of thing). The leftovers would sit around, and only I would eat them. My husband isn’t a particularly picky eater, but I came to the conclusion that it’s comfort food that he loves. I’ve had to strive to learn to make those standard recipes […]

45 Real Food Snacks for Kids

Earlier this week, Mindy shared some fantastic ideas more specifically for toddlers and for on-the-go eating (no mess!). Now Stacy shares a very wide variety of any age, kid-friendly, whole food snacks for home and for travelling. Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Snacks are an important part of a child’s day. Kids grow fast and need frequent refueling. The type of food they consume greatly affects their development, attitude, and feeling of well-being. The task of feeding them is never ending, isn’t it?. The […]