You Asked For It: Plan It- Don’t Panic! {A 6-Week Meal Planning Challenge}

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All those who know that meal planning is a good idea, but struggle to actually do it, put up their hands! (Is yours raised?) I definitely relate. I have been meal planning on and off (more on than off) for about 6 years. I know the benefits. I write about them. My budget and our family’s nutritional status can attest to the fact that meal planning most certainly works. Still, it isn’t always easy. We go through different seasons of life and routines changes. We […]

Liver: Learning to Love (and Cook) This Superfood

Written by Shannon, Contributing Writer Organ meats are one of those traditional foods that are harder to get behind than butter, for example. In fact, organ meats were one of the last things recommended by the Weston A Price foundation that we decided were important, not because they aren’t more nutrient-dense than most foods but because we were squeamish. The thing is, eating organ meats just makes sense and I believe it to be better stewardship of our foods. Most of us still don’t butcher […]

Good Fats, Bad Fats, and Why I Eat Plenty of Butter

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“When I eventually understood the nutritional myths that had me snookered and miserable, the biggest headline was that REAL FATS ARE GOOD- even the maligned saturated fats and its corollary, INDUSTRIAL FATS ARE BAD. It’s not complicated. Eat real fats and avoid industrial ones.”  Nina Planck, Real Food for Mother and Baby. I couldn’t possibly allow “Traditional Foods” month to come to a close later this week without addressing the issue of which fats are traditional and which are the modern, industrial fats to be […]

Grass-Fed Meats

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Written by Beth Corcoran, Contributing Writer Buying meat at the store can be quite confusing.  On top of having to choose a proper cut of meat to suit your needs, there are many grade labels that may add to the confusion: organic, prime, choice, select, etc.  However, there is one term I would like to highly encourage you to pay attention to when buying meat: grass-fed. What is Grass-Fed Meat? Grass-fed meat is actually a traditional food, and it is exactly what it sounds like.  […]

Real Food Holiday Recipe Roundup: 398 Wholesome Recipes

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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 […]

Learn to Cook Nourishing and Frugal Food from The Nourishing Gourmet (And a Giveaway!)

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Do you struggle with knowing how to balance the time and budget demands of making food for your family, with your desire to cook whole, nourishing and traditional foods? If so, you will love this new eCourse being offered by my dear friend Kimi of The Nourishing Gourmet! It’s called “A Peasant’s Feast: Nourishing Food on a Budget“. Eating real food sounds great, right? But how do we fit it into our daily life? We want real food, but we also have real life schedules […]

Cook More Real Food: Freezer Cooking Day 1 Results

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Today was Day 1 of the Freezer Cooking portion of the Cook More Real Food event. It’s been a long day of cooking, but it’s exciting to see the results of all that hard work! Phew! In the first picture, you can see: Jars of chicken broth 2 dozen pumpkin gluten-free muffins (hmmm, now where did that other dozen muffins disappear to? If you bake it, they will eat it…) 3 meals worth of seasoned/cooked taco meat mixed with beans A whole bunch of bags […]

Cook More Real Food Event: May 20th-June 12th

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I’ve been writing lots about saving money on a whole foods diet, especially around the launch of my new book, Real Food on a Real Budget. Hearing about concepts that will help you to cook more from scratch, improve your diet and lighten up your grocery budget is a really good thing. Actually DOING those things and putting into practice what you’ve learned is even better. That’s why over the next 4 weeks, I will be running a special, practical series here at Keeper of […]