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 […]

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 […]

Nourishing Soups for Cold and Flu Season

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Fall finally arrived in North Carolina this week, and instead of short sleeved shirts and flip flops, we’re finally donning the comfortable hoodies and fur-lined slippers. And now it’s time to break out the soup recipes. I’m the type that could eat soup all year round, but my husband is a different story. So we make a compromise and eat soup about once per week from about October through March. We’ve been talking about a lot of home remedies this […]

5 Real Foods to Help You Prevent a Cold or Flu and My Puchero Andaluz Recipe

By Diana, Contributing Writer One of the most important things I’ve learned over the years, especially since having children, is that optimal nutrition and care for our body’s well being is the key to staying healthy during the cold and flu season. Unfortunately, as we all know, the last few months of every year can be stressful for many families, including mine.  Couple that with many more sugary treats than we’re used to and pretty soon we’re reaching for homeopathic remedies to heal us from within. I don’t […]

5 Unconventional Uses for Crock Pots

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer When I was a child, I thought the crock pot was for one meal alone: roast beef. Oh, I am sure my mother used it for other meals, but for some reason the common Sunday lunch of a slow-cooked roast beef with a side of slow-cooked carrots and potatoes made a huge impression. In fact, it wasn’t until I had been married for a total of four years that I even branched out and used my own crock pot for […]

30 Sensational Summer Salad Recipes

By Diana, Contributing Writer Summer is officially here!  During this season, my family eats lighter meals which includes an abundance of salads made with the season’s freshest fruits and vegetables from the farmers market or my own backyard. Often, we get stuck and salads become green lettuces with tomatoes, cucumbers, and cheese.  Really, salads can be made in a hundred different ways. From vegetables, to fruits, cheeses, legumes, nourishing fats, and vinaigretts – you can build them anyway you’d like. Pick what’s in season. Add some vinegar and […]

How to Cook Perfect, Fluffy Quinoa

By Mindy, Contributing Writer I posted a recipe for quinoa pancakes last month here at Keeper of the Home that called for three cups of cooked quinoa as one of the ingredients. Some readers asked how to cook quinoa, so today I wanted to share with you my tried-and true-method for how to cook perfect, fluffy quinoa. We’ve eaten quinoa in our household regularly for several years now. However, it took me at least a year of serving either overdone and mushy quinoa or underdone […]