How to Build the Perfect Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is frugal, and real food pasta salad is a great way to use up almost any leftover ingredient in the fridge (which helps save money by reducing our food waste).

By Tiffany Terczak, Contributing Writer Pasta salad has always been my go-to meal for potlucks. They’re easy to make, easy to transport and often don’t require refrigeration (which is great for picnics during the hot summer months). Besides, who doesn’t love a great pasta salad?! These are also the same reasons why we include pasta salads in our meal plans almost every week. They’re frugal, and a great way to use up almost any leftover ingredient in the fridge (which helps save money by reducing our […]

Ditch the Bag of Chips: 15 Healthier Ideas for Lunches

You can have a crunchy, crispy, salty and tasty addition to your lunch. You just have to think outside the chip box for healthier ideas for lunches.

photo credit By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer I love chips. Crisp and salty, chips just seem to be the perfect side to pack up for lunch. What I don’t love about chips are the levels of acrylamide – a cancer causing chemical found in many brands of pre-packaged chips. The good news is, you can still have a crunchy, crispy, salty and tasty addition to your lunch. You just have to think outside the chip box. 15 Healthier Ideas for Lunches Vegetable chips can be […]

3-Ingredient Mango Ice Cream

This recipe for mango ice cream is cool and creamy just the way ice cream should be. Best of all there is no added sugar!

Guest Post by Allison of Kale Cuties I LOVE ice cream! I mean, WHO DOESN’T? Isn’t that why there’s a whole song about it? :) Unfortunately, my carefree enjoyment for ice cream came to a halt around my freshmen year of college when my doctor confirmed a dairy allergy. Going dairy-free was hard and meant usually going without. The few times I did give into my cravings my JOY for this cold creamy treat was short lived as bloating, stomach cramping and even allergy like symptoms would soon […]

How to Preserve {Pretty Much} Anything: Part 2

Need to preserve your food? Here are links to 100+ recipes to help get you started (and inspired)!

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer Did you miss Part 1 of How to Preserve {Pretty Much} Anything? Go right on over HERE to read it. It will give you some fantastic information about: Why we preserve food The 7 types of food preservation A note about safety How to choose which method of preparation to use Tips for getting equipped to start preserving But today, I want to share with you just a few of my favorite preserving websites, recipes, tutorials, resources and inspirations! Handy How-To’s […]

How to Preserve {Pretty Much} Anything: Part 1

When it comes to food preservation, there are seven options when you need to preserve your food.

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer It’s nearly August, that time of year when zucchini show up unannounced on your doorstep, peaches are offered for sale by the bushel, and tomatoes proliferate. Needless to say, it’s a time of bounty, when everything is growing great gonzos, so it’s the time of year when every year I feel underprepared for processing and dealing with all the delicious food that is at the height of flavor and nutrition. Thus, about two years ago, I started compiling all of […]

Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cake Bars

Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cake Bars {keeperofthehome.org}

Stephanie’s note: In a week, our family will be embarking on yet another “free” diet. You know the kind – free from gluten and grain, free from dairy, free from sugar, free from our usual favorites and convenience and ease. And I know that so many of you have also turned to diets like this, be they GAPS or SCD or a version of WAPF or paleo or whatever it is, because you’re dealing with gut problems, Candida, auto-immune issues, dental decay, etc. It’s so […]

Benefits and Uses of Chia Seeds (Plus 50 Chia Recipes)

Chia seeds have been lauded as a super food for a few years now, and for good reason. Here are over 50 recipes that use chia seeds. All are made with real food ingredients and many of them are also gluten free.

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Chia seeds have been lauded as a super food for a few years now, and for good reason. Of all of the benefits of chia seeds, some of the most notable are their ability to provide significant amounts of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. The amount of omega-3 fatty acids contained in chia seeds is truly impressive: just 3½ tablespoons can contain the same amount of omega-3s as a 32-ounce piece of salmon! (Source) Chia seeds often are used to boost […]

My 10 Favorite Real-Food Recipe Sites

Looking for some new real-food recipe sites? Check out my favorites!

Looking for some new real-food recipe sites? Check out my favorites! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I have recently started meal-planning for the month. It is just amazing to look at the month of meals, PLANNED, in my calendar! While it is a bit of a bear to plan 30 days of meals at once, the rewards far outweigh the trouble! Anyone with me?? Whatever your method of planning meals (or not planning meals!) there probably comes a point where you think, what am I going to make for dinner? I […]