Yogurt Dough: A Versatile and Easy Recipe

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Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer I have always loved making pastries. Pie crusts, biscuits, and tarts are some of my favorite things to make in the kitchen.  The problem is that I usually prefer these things made with unbleached white flour over whole wheat!  And it is true that they do take a little bit of time and experience to make them properly. That is why I love this recipe for yogurt dough.  It’s quick and easy to make, and it is delicious made with whole […]

Applecado Smoothie

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My 4 year old son’s favorite fruit is an apple, he literally eats one every day.  Apples are easy for snacks by themselves or even with a dollop of peanut butter. It never occurred to me to put an apple in a smoothie until recently, so I decided to add 2 ingredients I had never added before into this recipe, an apple and avocado. Avocados are good for your heart, are a great healthy fat, and are anti-inflammatory so adding these to smoothies are great […]

Recipe for a Toxin-Free Kitchen: 10 Homemade Kitchen Cleaners

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Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer As we near the end of our “Spring Clean the Toxins” theme this month, let’s develop a recipe for a toxin-free kitchen. After all, the kitchen is often the center of the home, and it’s where we homemakers spend much of our time. We know that making ingredients from scratch and getting rid of hidden food/food prep toxins is a great start. And by using simple, natural homemade cleaners, we can eliminate many other toxins that could otherwise leach their way […]

Don’t Like Fish? I Bet You’ll Like These Salmon Cakes

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My salmon cakes have always been a hit with our family, but when a good friend’s daughter had them with us and raved about them to her mom, I knew it was a “must share”. (And now you have the recipe, sweet Reese, so your mommy can make them.) Even those who don’t care for fish might be happily surprised to find that these don’t taste all that fishy. They are well-seasoned, and frying anything in good fats can only make them taste even better. As […]

Rethinking Oral Health Care: A Homemade Toothpaste Recipe for Tooth Remineralization

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Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer Several years ago, I started to question some of the ingredients in commercial toothpastes as well as the approach of modern dentistry in general. I view some modern dentistry practices as appropriate and beneficial. Yet, the foundation of today’s dental philosophy is similar to the mainstream medical model in that it focuses on treatment and not prevention. I believe the focus of dentistry (like medicine) should be prevention of decay and disease through sound nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. This […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding

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Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer Chia seeds are an amazing powerhouse of nutrition that boast a lengthy list of health benefits.  Although I’ve heard of the many wonderful benefits of chia seeds for quite some time now, I only recently decided to “take the plunge” and try them out! And I’m so glad that I did – I’m hooked! The many health benefits of chia seeds combined with the fact that they are so versatile and easy to consume, make this superfood a definite winner […]

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 […]

Spring Giveaway Week: Win One of 10 Copies of Real Food…Real Easy

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Since having my 4th baby four weeks ago, I am just starting to really cook again after enjoying meals from friends and from my freezer. As we adjust to our new “normal”, my main priority is foods that are quick and easy to make, but are still whole, nourishing, and from-scratch. In my quest for a little mealtime inspiration, Real Food…Real Easy has been one of the places that I have been turning. Real Food…Real Easy is an eBook with over 70 recipes, intended to help those […]