7-Day Real Food Menu Plan {20-Minute Meals Version}

7 Day Real Food Menu Plan 20 Minute Meals Version

  By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer Do you want to eat real food but feel like it just takes too much time to cook from scratch? Do you resort to prepackaged convenience foods or carry-out meals because you’re exhausted and just need something quick? I have been there. Wait, I AM there! I have a very active toddler that I homeschool preschool. I’m still waking in the middle of the night to nurse a baby. I run my own business from home. I’m a […]

One-Pot Wonders: 23 Quick Dinners with Fewer Dishes

One Pot Wonders

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer It’s 4:30 pm. Your stove is covered with the remains of pots and pans from last night’s dinner, and the kitchen sink is bursting with the day’s dishes because you forgot to empty the dishwasher this morning. You’ve been feeling overwhelmed and exhausted lately and don’t have a plan. So, what do you cook for dinner tonight? I have to admit that in this season of life of chasing and cleaning up after little ones, endless days inside because of below freezing temperatures, […]

Cranberry Apple Kale Salad Recipe with Lemon Vinaigrette

Cranberry Apple Kale Salad

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer Does your family enjoy kale salads? Try serving them this family friendly recipe for Cranberry Apple Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette and I bet they will! Kale seems to be the “hot” superfood of the day, doesn’t it? My family’s love affair with kale has grown over the years. We started out hiding it in smoothies as a way to get more veggies into our diet. Sure it turned our smoothies green, but with lots of fruit, we got all […]

Getting Your Healthy Kitchen Under Control with Freezer Cooking {65+ Recipes}

Getting Your Healthy Kitchen Under Control with Freezer Cooking

By Jami Balmet, Contributing Writer I don’t know about you, but I just feel overwhelmed sometimes when it comes to making healthy meals for my family. After a long day of blogging, cleaning, housework, laundry, bills, and chasing down my very active twin boys, I just don’t have the energy (or the time) to put into making delicious and healthy meals from scratch every night. I know that real food and home cooked meals are the most nutritious way to bring up my kids, and […]

Savory Enchilada Pot Pie (GF, DF)

Gluten-Free Enchilada Pot Pie

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Enchiladas were a real favorite of mine before I went grain-free and recently, after a little whining about how much I missed them, my brilliant 11-year-old son asked a simple question, which eventually led to this awesome recipe. “Mom, why not just make them without the corn tortillas, like a casserole or something?” I know I’m a little biased here, but seriously, this kid is a genius! Not only is this savory Enchilada Pot Pie perfect for those who are […]

Pear and Ginger Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Pear and Ginger Slow Cooker Oatmeal

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer If breakfast time in your house is anything like mine, there’s a prerequisite that it be quick and easy. Even on our “slow” mornings, making breakfast just isn’t something I want to take the time to do, despite the fact that I love sitting down and sharing breakfast with our kiddos. So, lately I’ve been relying on the slow cooker to provide morning meals that don’t take any thought or time to prepare. Just serve and go! It started when […]

How to Deal with Sugar Cravings

how to deal with sugar cravings

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer It’s 4 p.m. and you find yourself in the kitchen pantry, rummaging through the baking supplies, trying to find that half used bag of chocolate chips. You know they must be somewhere. And you must find them right now! Is this you? It’s certainly been me on more occasions than I care to admit. Sugar cravings are well known to most of us. For some they come here and there, for others it is a daily occurrence. Why do we […]

What’s in That “Healthy” Convenience Food?

What's in healthy convenience food? This post is an eye opener!

By Michele of Frugal Granola, Contributing Writer Whether you’re traveling, eating out with a friend, or picking up some convenience food for lunch boxes, do you know if you’ve made a healthy choice? At first glance, many meal options appear healthy, but some added ingredients may be a surprise. Convenience food or restaurant developers have deliberately designed scientifically-adjusted fast food flavors and textures of their foods to appeal to customers and to remain memorable and desirable. Fast food restaurants and packaged food companies typically serve foods which […]