Winter Giveaway Week: Win 1 of 2 Annual Memberships to “No More To Go” Menu Plans ($64 Value Each)

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This seems to be the week for giveaways geared to meal planning and cooking from scratch! Today’s giveaway is a little bit different, though. Typically I share a lot about doing your own meal planning, but I know that for many people, that’s still a daunting thought. Particularly for those still making the transition to real foods and looking for ways to cut down on the planning time that goes along with eating better, No More To Go just might be the perfect solution. Instead […]

Freezer Cooking for the Busy Mom (Two Hours and Ten Meals? Yes, Please)

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A common sentiment when it comes to eating real, whole, from-scratch foods is that (while we know they’re good for us) they can be time consuming to prepare. It’s a real deterrent for a lot of people who want to eat better, but feel they just don’t have the time and energy to do it. I totally get that. As I shared in my “day in the life” post this week, my life is often busy, and at times, it’s downright hectic. There are many […]

10 Real Food Salad Dressing Recipes

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Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer In almost every fridge there are common items; the dairy, the veggies, the fruits, the meats, and there are a lot of sauces, jelly’s and always a couple bottles of salad dressings which are in the doors usually, those items are overloaded with all kinds of fake food ingredients. Here’s a list of ingredients from a typical bottle of ranch dressing: Vegetable oil, water, egg yolk, salt, sugar, cultured nonfat buttermilk, natural flavors, spices, dried garlic, dried onion, vinegar, phosphoric […]

10 Ingredients to Make From Scratch

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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 […]

Green Bean Casserole (The Real Food Way)

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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 […]

Real Food Makeover- The “W” Family, Part 2

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Continuing on from the first installment of this week’s Real Food Makeover… What to Buy, Where to Buy It One fantastic thing that the “W’s” mentioned is that there is a an enthusiastic local foods movement in their area, including a co-op, farmer’s markets and CSAs. I think that the co-op would be an excellent starting place. Last time I talked about creating a kitchen binder, including a grocery checklist. During mom’s times of meal planning, she will be able to check off needed items […]

How to Make Fabulous Soup From Scratch Without a Recipe

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Image by Magic Madzik Learning to cook without recipes can be not only a huge time-saver in the kitchen, but a money-saver as well. Soup is an incredibly versatile food. It can be hearty and chunky, or light and refreshing, vegetable based or full of meats, beans and grains. It can be a meal in itself or a side dish. It can be made using specific, fresh ingredients, or very frugally by putting together the week’s leftovers. Most importantly, it is nourishing and satisfying. When […]