5 Frugal Real Food Meal Ideas

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  Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer Without proper planning, a whole foods diet can be more draining on your wallet than you might expect!  However, by menu planning and incorporating meals with lower cost ingredients into my meal plans, I actually spend the same amount on groceries now as I did before we made the switch to whole foods. Here are five of my favorite meal ideas for keeping our grocery budget under control.  We usually have at least two of these meals every week, […]

Boosting Your Immunity: Mushroom Soup with Herbs

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 Written by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer Our Valley finally began it’s annual cooling trend last week. After several months of nearly 100 degree heat, we were able to enjoy a rainstorm, complete with chilly temperatures and a delightful nip in the air. Along with those blissful breezes come the sniffles and sneezes… when we start to feel like we’re running down, I like to put a pot of this luscious soup on to simmer.  It does a wonderful job of soothing sore throats, boosting […]

Simple Soup for the Spring and Summer

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Soup is an excellent way to get a frugal and nutritious supper on the table without much effort. Often relegated to the fall and winter months, soup is still a wonderful choice for spring and summer, where it can offer a hearty meal using in-season produce. The following recipe makes good use of the vegetables available at your local Farmer’s Market or CSA. It could be served as is, or act as a base for something more complicated. Adjust […]

Need Grain Free Recipes? Against the Grain eBook Giveaway!

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During the past 14 months, our family has gone on the GAPS diet twice. The first time we had excellent success, but I gave up too early because we were in a hectic season of life and I feared that I couldn’t keep up with the demands of the extra kitchen time. The second time, the biggest challenge I was experiencing was a lack of interest in the meals that I was making. It seemed that my kid’s and husband’s eating preferences had changed in […]

Hamburger Soup: Hearty, Seasonal, GAPS Friendly

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There’s something about the heartiness of this soup that makes it feel like such nourishing comfort food to me. Packed with seasonal winter veggies (onions, carrots, turnips, celeriac) and grass-fed beef, this is a meal that truly satisfies, even without grains on the side. Quite sadly, soup lovers do not inhabit our home (other than my lone self). It takes real creativity on my part to come up with soups that I can serve more than once without hearing, “We’re having soup again?”. This soup went […]

Simple Food {for winter} : Nourishing, Seasonal Recipes

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The idea of seasonal eating is coming back into vogue, as notions of local food and “100 mile” eating spread. A small portion of the general population is beginning to realize that out-of-season foods like fresh lettuce from California, avocados and tomatoes from Mexico, or watermelons from Ecuador in January (for goodness sake, seriously people?) just don’t make a whole lot of sense in so very many ways. Trouble is, it’s easy to think and buy and eat local when it’s summer and the farmer’s market […]

Cream of Tomato Soup: Quick and Easy Fall Comfort Food

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With fall and cooler weather comes the return of soup simmering on my stove. Too hot for summer dining, it is just the perfect, warming end to a crisp autumn day, and so soup begins to find its way back on our table once again. I have been making this simple Cream of Tomato soup recipe for probably 3 years. Provided I remember to thaw a jar of stock earlier in the day, it makes for such a simple and easy dinner that is satisfying, […]

How to Make Fabulous Soup From Scratch Without a Recipe

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Image by Magic Madzik Learning to cook without recipes can be not only a huge time-saver in the kitchen, but a money-saver as well. Soup is an incredibly versatile food. It can be hearty and chunky, or light and refreshing, vegetable based or full of meats, beans and grains. It can be a meal in itself or a side dish. It can be made using specific, fresh ingredients, or very frugally by putting together the week’s leftovers. Most importantly, it is nourishing and satisfying. When […]