5 Unconventional Uses for Crock Pots

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

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

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By Mindy, Contributing Writer I posted a recipe for quinoa pancakes last month here at Keeper of the Home that called for thre 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 […]

Simple Steps to Begin Cooking Homemade: Soups, Sauces, and Simple Dinners

Simple Steps to Begin Cooking Homemade

By Brandy, Contributing Writer Putting together fresh, homemade meals becomes easier once  you’ve got a few basic recipes for soups, sauces, and simple dinners under your belt. Make Your Own Stock Many recipes begin with a simple beef or chicken stock.  You can learn how to make these nourishing, simple soup bases by reading this tutorial. If a recipe calls for a cream soup, here’s a simple recipe for making that from scratch, too. From these stocks and cream soups, you can create the most […]

30 Minute Dinner: Romano Turkey Burgers

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Over the years I’ve learned to start dinner early in the day in order to avoid the stress of cooking with hungry (or cranky) kids around at the 5 o’ clock hour. However, I don’t always manage to do so; on those nights it’s nice to prepare something quick and easy. These Romano Turkey burgers fit the bill perfectly. I do cut a few corners in order to make them fast, such as buying Romano cheese already shredded and […]

Simple Roast Chicken (And Fabulous Side Dish Recipes!)

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Guest Post by Beth of Red and Honey Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? This month we’re continuing a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Better. Our goal is to answer the questions you might have and make the transition a whole lot easier! I was a starry-eyed young bride at the tender age of nineteen, and the day we unpacked cardboard boxes in our wee bachelor suite I was in […]

20 Easy Real Food Switches and Substitutions {with Free Printable Chart}

Real Food Substitutions

By Mindy, Contributing Writer Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? This month we’re running a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Better. Our goal is to answer the questions you might have and make the transition a whole lot easier! Starting out on a real food journey can be very overwhelming–especially when all of your old favorite recipes call for less than ideal ingredients, and you just don’t know what to […]

No, You Don’t Have to Make Your Own Ketchup {Recipe: Homemade Cheeseburger Helper}

Homemade Hamburger Helper

Guest Post by Katie of Kitchen Stewardship I’ve done it once. Made my own ketchup, that is. It was early in my transition to real food, which was a bit more “zero-to-sixty” than normal for my generally mild-mannered nature that resists change like a toddler resists naptime. I was reading everything, buying everything I read about, making every recipe I came across, feeling like I had to do it all at once. Naturally, I ran into some burnout and some frustration. Homemade ketchup was one […]