65 Fabulous Gluten-Free Strawberry Recipes for Spring

If you’re wondering what to do with overflowing baskets full of fresh, ripe strawberries, grab your kiddos and start slicing ... because we've gathered 65 fabulous gluten-free recipes, perfect for celebrating the sweetest treat of the season!

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Strawberry season has arrived! And even though these bright red beauties are calling to us everywhere we turn – from roadside stands to farmers markets to local grocery stores – my family’s favorite way to get our hands on them is to pick them ourselves. Nothing compares to the taste of fresh-picked, sun-ripened strawberries! Plus, there are so many other benefits to picking fresh berries yourself. It’s a fun family activity that enables us to teach our children about where real food comes […]

Simple Homemade Ranch Dressing

After testing and tweaking a few different recipes, I finally settled on a homemade ranch dressing that I really love and that tastes even better, in my opinion, than the kind I grew up with!

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Whether a topping for salad, a dip for crudités, or a way to get your kids to eat something they might not otherwise eat, ranch dressing is a staple for many families. But as those of us who have been around the real food/natural living world for more than a few weeks know, the ingredients in most store bought ranch dressings, like soybean oil, MSG, sodium benzoate, and others, are not something we want our family to eat on a […]

The Benefits of Cooking and Baking with Stoneware

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This post was originally published in 2010, but with more and more people looking for safer alternatives to their non-stick cookware, this is a great topic to revisit! With all that I’ve been learning over the past few years about toxic materials in my various pots, pans and muffin tins, it has been so refreshing to find a safe alternative that I love using! I’ve discovered that high-quality stoneware easily meets all of my qualifications, being 100% safe, durable and effective. I have slowly been […]

How to Make Greek-Style Yogurt in 5 Easy Steps! {No Straining Required}

If you're wondering how to make Greek-style yogurt, don't worry. It's not only easy, but it’s also a great way to save money and avoid the unhealthy additives found in many commercial brands.

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Thick.creamy.delicious! Three words that definitely describe Greek Yogurt, which is why so many of us are huge fans of this custard-like probiotic treat. Yet, each time I attempted to make it, I found myself frustrated by the straining process required to achieve its classic thick texture. My frugal tendencies cringed at how much yogurt was wasted in the straining process, and my neat-nick alarms were blaring over the mess of cleaning out the yogurt-laden strainer. Of course, I don’t want my issues […]

Cauliflower Pickles: Refrigerator Pickles Recipe

One of our family's favorite way to eat cauliflower is pickled. Pickling is such a great way to preserve your garden's bounty. The best part of this recipe is that it doesn't require canning skills.

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer Will you be planting cauliflower in your garden this year? One of our family’s favorite way to eat cauliflower is pickled. Pickling is such a great way to preserve your garden’s bounty. Cauliflower pickles taste great alongside a burger. They also are an excellent picnic food. Ditch bringing chips. These cauliflower pickles give you plenty of salty crunch with less fat, less calories, and less processed yuckiness. The best part of this recipe is it doesn’t require any canning skills. You’ll simply pour […]

40+ Freezer Meal Recipes

A well-stocked freezer helps families eat nourishing meals more frequently. Try one - or more! - of these 40 freezer meal recipes for your family!

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer The afternoon and early evening can be a stressful time in many homes. Keeping kids happy and getting dinner on that tables, all while being fatigued from the day, can be difficult. To tell you the truth, I don’t make dinner at dinner time if I can help it! Instead, I do the most work intensive parts of dinner prep at other times. Freezer meals help cut down on some of the burden and are a great time saver for busy moms. A well-stocked […]

How to Naturally Boost Your Iron Levels

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Though I’ve been somewhat low in iron in previous pregnancies, this was the first time I truly felt the physical effects of the deficiency. And in fact, this isn’t only a pregnancy-related issue, but being low in iron be a common struggle for women as we routinely lose blood (and therefore iron) with our monthly cycle. Many women are low or deficient in iron without actually realizing that’s the problem. Ensuring that we maintain strong iron stores is crucial for our overall health and well […]

Quick and Easy Chicken Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

This recipe for Chicken Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce is very easily adaptable. It can be made gluten and/or dairy free or not. It's entirely up to you!

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer The days are getting longer and my desire to spend a lot of time in the kitchen is beginning to dwindle. Wait, my desire to spend a lot of time in the kitchen always dwindles. I love to cook, but I don’t love to cook all day. I’m always experimenting in the kitchen, which is a nice way of saying that I rarely have the right ingredients on hand when I need them even though I menu plan and try […]