Plan It- Don’t Panic: The Official Start of the Meal Planning Challenge

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Welcome to the “official” (see last week) start of the Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge! This challenge will be running for the next 6 weeks (Sept.26- Nov.7). Every Monday I will be posting both my own menu plan for the week, some tips on aspects of meal planning OR some recipes I want to share with you, as well as a link-up for any bloggers to join in with their own meal plans. Unsure of what this challenge is all about? Go back […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic: Week 1 of the Meal Planning Challenge

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Welcome to Week 1 of the Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge! What? You’re not ready? You thought it started next Monday, the 26th of September? Oh, you mean the date on the pretty graphic I had made? Ahem… you know you’ve got pregnancy brain when you plan a challenge to start on the 26th, and then you go ahead and start it on the 19th. I was convinced that this Monday was the first day of the challenge, spread the word, got pumped up, […]

Resources and Recipes to Make Your Meal Planning Successful

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With the Plan It- Don’t Panic meal planning challenge beginning this Monday morning, now seemed like the perfect time to share some really helpful resources to help you succeed with your menus. Learn more about how to make meal planning work (and some different methods for doing it), find tons of my favorite online recipes and cookbooks, and score some great resources for planning and tracking all of your meal planning efforts. The How-To of Meal Planning: Healthy and frugal meal planning help Part 1 […]

How to Peel Peaches and Tomatoes for Canning

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Although I’ve been canning for 4-5 years now, it was only about 2 years ago that I learned this simple trick for peeling peaches that has made canning an easier task. I was missing out! My 6 year old and I made this short video the other night, while peeling 40 lbs of peaches. She’s behind the camera, so I apologize for a few rocky moments (but overall I thought she did pretty well!). If you wanted to use this method for when you are canning […]

8 Unique Recipes With Zucchini

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Written by Stacey T, Contributing Writer About this time of year, people are wondering what to do with all the zucchini that just keeps coming from gardens. Zucchini is nutritious – a great source of fiber, antioxidants, Vitamin C and many B vitamins – and it’s delicious too! But we seem to have a love/hate relationship with zucchini.  It’s fun when you can start harvesting them, but then when they don’t stop, it’s easy to get a little sick of it! In fact, there’s a […]

Preserving the Harvest: Sweet Fruit Chutney

by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer Summer, and the fruit it brings, has a way of overwhelming many of us. If you’ve got a pile of peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots or any other kind of fruit sitting in the middle of your table, you need to figure out a way to deal with it!  One of the reasons I love this recipe is that it not only lets me preserve a little taste of ripe fruit for a few months, but it adds great probiotics to […]

5 Ways to Use Blueberries this Season

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Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer Full of flavor, sweet and nutritious, a blueberry in season is one of summers greatest pleasures. Fresh blueberries are delicious on their own and need no special preparation. However, they do go bad quickly, so it’s important to have a plan for using and storing them in order to minimize waste. Below are 5 simple ways to use blueberries this season: 1. Add blueberries to food you are already preparing Blueberries are an excellent addition to smoothies, pancakes, yogurt, […]

Meal Plans from “100 Days of Real Food”

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Written by Lisa Leake, Guest Writer At the beginning of last year our eating habits were just like those of any other average family. We thought we were making fairly healthy food choices, although we certainly didn’t mind the occasional fast food meal or bag of chips. Then came a series of events, including an Oprah show, a book by Michael Pollan, and the documentary Food Inc., which forever changed the way we looked at food. As it turned out, a lot of what we […]