Chicken Enchiladas and Salad in Thirty Minutes Flat

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Written by Natalie Klejwa, Contributing Writer I looked at the clock in horror.  How could it be 4:30 already?  My husband would be coming home soon, and I had to feed him and eight kids at 5:00.   What to do? Thank goodness I write for Keeper of the Home.  Knowing I had this “Thirty Minute Dinner” assignment coming up, I had a few ideas swirling around in my head.  All I needed was that golden opportunity, and why, here it was, slapping me in the […]

10 Foods to Include in Your Summer Meals (And Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe)

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer In the summer time, there is an abundance of fresh food available, no matter where you are.  At farmer’s markets and even local grocery stores, you’ll find locally-grown fresh produce in all varieties.  Some of these you may not be familiar with.  Time to try some new foods, and celebrate interesting ways to prepare familiar ones! Additionally, summer lends itself to some unique preparation methods.  I always crave fresh, simple, and often cool dishes in the summer, like salads, […]

Summer Giveaway Week: Win 1 of 3 One-Year Subscriptions to Plan to Eat

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A few months ago, I decided to update my paper-and-pen ways and try online planning again, with an old favorite, Plan to Eat. Now, it needs to be said that I’m a lazy Plan to Eat user. I don’t make use of all of its MANY features and tools, but I use it in a really simple manner, sticking to the Recipe and Planner components, not the Shopping Lists (which I know many people find extremely useful). Nonetheless, my planning has begun to go a lot faster […]

10-Minute Lunches: Turkey Wraps

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Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer With a busy household it is always nice to find recipes that are quick to make, nutritious, and well received by the family. These turkey wraps are just that! In fact, they are one of my husband’s favorites. As warmer weather approaches, wraps are a welcome treat, since there is no need to turn on the oven or heat up the kitchen! Next time you have a roast dinner chop leftover turkey into bite-sized pieces and store in the […]

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 […]