5 Frugal Real Food Meal Ideas

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  Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer Without proper planning, a whole foods diet can be more draining on your wallet than you might expect!  However, by menu planning and incorporating meals with lower cost ingredients into my meal plans, I actually spend the same amount on groceries now as I did before we made the switch to whole foods. Here are five of my favorite meal ideas for keeping our grocery budget under control.  We usually have at least two of these meals every week, […]

11 Simple Meals for Busy Nights

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  As 2011 comes to an end, we’re sharing helpful lists to help you save money, stay healthy, get organized, creatively repurpose, frugally gift-give, intentionally celebrate and more in our “11 Things for 2011” series throughout these holiday months. Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer It’s already mid-November.   Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and after that is Christmas, and then New Year’s. With a myriad of family gatherings happening on or around these dates, plus Christmas plays and other school events, and holiday parties — […]

Frugal Living with Food Sensitivities

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer One major area that women attempt to be frugal is in the kitchen. I know I do; it’s probably “my” main area!  (In others my husband and I work together.)  But when you have food sensitivities or have to be on a special diet, sometimes being frugal in the kitchen isn’t so easy.  However, it is possible!  We’ve recently lowered our grocery budget quite a bit, despite attempting to be low-grain, so I have some experience in food limitations […]

Creating A Dinner Time Routine

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Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer It’s been a long day.  You’re tired, the kids are cranky, or needy, or fighting, or all three at once, the house looks like a tornado just passed through, and you look at the clock and it’s 5:00 pm and you think, “Oh NO! What are we going to have for dinner?” What usually happens then, is something gets thrown together haphazardly, while the kids whine and cling to your leg. The stuff that’s covering the dinner table gets […]

Whole Foods for the Holidays: Main Dishes

During the holidays, main dish entrees are the belle of the ball. This is one of the few times of the year when we really go all out with time-consuming meals, expensive ingredients and make fancier courses that will knock our family’s socks off. Of course, I’m referring to the traditional turkeys and hams, but also to the special meals that we make for potluck gatherings, family breakfasts or brunches, Christmas Eve dinner, and any other holiday meal you can think of. In my husband’s […]

Attitude Towards Sugar

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Back when I used to eat SAD (Standard American Diet, for those not familiar), I tried to make the “healthiest” choices wherever I went. So, if we happened to be getting fast food (not a rarity growing up), I would choose grilled chicken and salads over burgers and fries. My mentality was that I wanted to choose the best all the time, or at least most of the time – there was the occasional treat! Small note: I remember […]

Organization in the Real Food Kitchen: My Recipe Binder

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We’ve talked about some ways to streamline our meal planning, as well as how to use lists of your favorite recipes for ease of planning and quick reference. Here is the last step of the recent meal planning/recipe overhaul that my own kitchen has been receiving lately: My beloved recipe binder! It doesn’t get much simpler and cheaper than this, and yet this system is a really efficient way to manage all of my favorite recipes. Since I began using the internet in a more […]

Healthy Holiday Eats and Sweets Carnival

It’s time to share all of our favorite, tried-and-true recipes! You know, the ones that you can’t really imagine not having at your holiday table and that just taste like Christmas to you. Traditions are such an important part of how we celebrate holidays, and traditions involve all of the senses- including our smell and taste. Establishing food traditions, alongside our other relationally and spiritually significant traditions, helps to ingrain both the special times spent with loved ones as well as the rich meaning of […]