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, […]

Fast and Frugal Snacks Straight From Your Garden

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Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer During the month-long Eat From Your Pantry & Freezer Challenge, some of us have an added advantage–our summer gardens. If you live in a warmer region like I do, you may already have some yummy produce ready to harvest. So if your pantry or freezer starts to look bare, why not just walk outside and grab a fast and frugal snack straight from your garden?! From the super easy veggies that require nothing more than picking, washing and (sometimes) cutting […]

Farmer’s Market Project: Make a Salad with Kids

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I am so excited.  It’s finally May, which means that the farmer’s market is now open!  Well…we’re lucky — there is a winter market near me.  But I never went (I know, I know).  I just love the outdoor market in the summer, with all of its fresh produce, warm sun, lots of healthy people running around….  It can be overwhelming, but it is an amazing experience.  Even when things are a bit expensive, I go at least once a […]

How I Would Improve my $250 Grocery Budget Even More

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If you haven’t yet read my initial post, What I Would Feed my Family on a Monthly Budget of $250, I would suggest going there first, and then coming back to this post. First, Some Answers to Your Questions 1. No, this isn’t how we regularly eat. I did mention that in the other post, but I want to say it again for clarity. This is make-believe. Our usual grocery budget (which includes about $30-40 of household and toiletries) is $450, NOT $250. The point […]

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes: A Perfect Winter Breakfast

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There is nothing like the sweet combination of pumpkin and spices for the perfect winter breakfast. Not to mention the fact that pumpkin is a seasonal winter veggie extraordinaire, boasting large amounts of fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamins C and E, and plenty of antioxidants in the form of carotenoids (which gives pumpkin its deep orange hue). Finding more ways to get pumpkin or any form of winter squash into your cold-weather diet is a definite plus, and when it happens to be this delicious, it’s downright […]

Pumpkin Pie Casserole: An Autumn Comfort Food

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Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer I love everything about autumn.  The cool crisp air, the breathtaking colors of the leaves, the outdoor bonfires, and all the extra snuggling opportunities that ensue are some of my favorite things about the season. However, the thing that I look forward to the most during this time of year is all of the wonderful, seasonal food! I absolutely love the flavors that are associated with autumn.  To me, these flavors speak ultimate comfort food! Two of my favorite autumn […]

Cranberry, Apple and Walnut Cake (A Perfect Fall Dessert)

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Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer Fall is a wonderful time to make desserts with ingredients that are only fresh this time of year. Cranberries and apples are perfectly ripe and so very tasty in season. Don’t you just love them? This Cranberry, Apple and Walnut Cake makes good use of Fall’s bounty. It is full of fruit and bursting with flavor (the cranberries add a nice tang which is balanced by the sweetness of apples). Using real food ingredients, this recipe provides a treat […]

Pumpkin Walnut Bread

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Written by Brandy Ferguson, Contributing Writer This bread is perfect any time of year, but I especially love to make it in the fall. Slightly crunchy on the outside, and super moist on the inside, it’s a favorite in our family. I like that there is just enough spice in this bread to not overpower that great pumpkin flavor. So delicious! Pumpkin Walnut Bread Ingredients: 4 cups whole-wheat flour or sprouted grain flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon cloves 1/4 teaspoon ginger 2 teaspoons […]