What’s Wrong with Hydrogenated Oil (and How to Avoid It)

By Stacy, Contributing Writer While many oils are healthy and nourishing to the body and brain, hydrogenated oil is not one of them. You’ve probably heard that hydrogenated oil isn’t good for you, but perhaps you are not sure why. I always find it easier to stay away from foods that are unhealthy when I understand why they are bad for me. It also helps to know suitable replacements. Today we will examine hydrogenated oil to get a better understanding of why it is unhealthy […]

Entertaining For Food Allergies: A Whole-Foods, Allergy-Friendly Holiday Meal Plan

In need of a whole foods, allergy-friendly holiday meal plan? Jessica has you covered! By Jessica, Contributing Writer Do you have family or friends with food allergies? It can be tricky feeding folks on special diets, but I can help! Unfortunately, I know it well…because we’re the ones with the food allergies. We’re the ones with special requests, the anxious bringing-our-own-dishes, the trying-not-to-be-rude refusals. If you’re trying to cook for someone on a special diet, I just want to say one thing. Thank you. I know […]

9 Ways Young Kids Can Help (and Even Save You Time) in the Kitchen!

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Young kids in the kitchen and saving time in the kitchen are not two things that you usually see together in the same sentence, right?! I’ll be the first to raise my hand and admit that when my kids are in the kitchen with me that we often waste more time than save. And yet, over the past six months or so, I’ve really begun to see that with a little teaching, help, direction and then ongoing supervision (while I’m […]

Banana Crème Brulee Oatmeal Bake (GF, DF)

By Kelly, Contributing Writer Perfect on a cool crisp morning, or any time you’re in the mood for a hearty delicious breakfast, this easy-to-make oatmeal bake is packed with creamy banana flavor reminiscent of its namesake! Whether it’s a special occasion or not, you’ll feel like it is with each scrumptious bite. That’s why this is one of our favorite breakfast recipes to serve when we have guests. Simply double it for an easy, yet impressively delicious breakfast-bake that everyone will enjoy! Banana Crème Brulee […]

Time Saving Tips to Getting Real Food On the Table… Fast!

By Diana, Contributing Writer If there’s one thing we can agree upon it is that cooking real food takes time.  I’ve learned that as my children get older, the less time I seem to have in the kitchen. With homeschool, sports and other extracurricular activities, sometimes you just need to get food on the table… fast! So, is it possible?  Of course it is, but like all things real food, a little planning and preparation is in order.

3 Reasons You Might Need a Breakfast Revolution (And How to Get it Started)

By Beth, Contributing Writer I grew up in the Christian church youth group subculture of the nineties. I came by my revolutionary mindset honestly, as we questioned if we were ‘radical enough for Jesus’, week after week. Even now, more than a decade later, something in me resonates with that revolutionary mindset, both in my faith and in my kitchen. So many times I feel that I’m swimming against the mainstream. Maybe you can relate. I became passionate about breakfast shortly after I started down the […]

Thanksgiving Meal Planning Made Easy

By Kresha, Contributing Writer I love big feasting holidays. I love the excuse to gather with people I love to give thanks for the blessings in our lives, I love the little traditions that spring up over the years, and I LOVE the food. But when it’s a large meal with more food than can fit in the oven at once and lots of family favorites to accommodate, it can become unwieldy and overwhelming to make sure everything gets done. The key is just to […]

Simple Strategies for Saving Time in the Kitchen!

By Kelly of The Nourishing Home, Contributing Writer The holiday season is just around the corner and with it comes some wonderful opportunities to fellowship with family and friends, as well as some challenges in the form of even busier schedules. Throughout the year (and especially when our schedules get over busy), one of my favorite time-saving techniques is to “Cook Once, Eat Twice or More!” This basic meal planning strategy really helps you save time and work more efficiently in the kitchen, which is […]