A 2-Week Aldi Meal Plan

A 2-Week Aldi Meal Plan Keeper of the Home

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer I don’t keep it a secret: I love Aldi. My love affair with the discount grocery chain began during my newlywed days. My husband and I were struggling to figure out how to make our budget work, and a friend tipped me off on how much she saved by shopping at Aldi. Aldi? “Get real”, I thought. “Is it dirty inside? Is the food really…good?” But I was delighted when I discovered that the food did indeed exceed our expectations […]

One-Pot Wonders: 23 Quick Dinners with Fewer Dishes

One Pot Wonders

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer It’s 4:30 pm. Your stove is covered with the remains of pots and pans from last night’s dinner, and the kitchen sink is bursting with the day’s dishes because you forgot to empty the dishwasher this morning. You’ve been feeling overwhelmed and exhausted lately and don’t have a plan. So, what do you cook for dinner tonight? I have to admit that in this season of life of chasing and cleaning up after little ones, endless days inside because of below freezing temperatures, […]

Cranberry Apple Kale Salad Recipe with Lemon Vinaigrette

Cranberry Apple Kale Salad

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer Does your family enjoy kale salads? Try serving them this family friendly recipe for Cranberry Apple Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette and I bet they will! Kale seems to be the “hot” superfood of the day, doesn’t it? My family’s love affair with kale has grown over the years. We started out hiding it in smoothies as a way to get more veggies into our diet. Sure it turned our smoothies green, but with lots of fruit, we got all […]

Getting Your Healthy Kitchen Under Control with Freezer Cooking {65+ Recipes}

Getting Your Healthy Kitchen Under Control with Freezer Cooking

By Jami Balmet, Contributing Writer I don’t know about you, but I just feel overwhelmed sometimes when it comes to making healthy meals for my family. After a long day of blogging, cleaning, housework, laundry, bills, and chasing down my very active twin boys, I just don’t have the energy (or the time) to put into making delicious and healthy meals from scratch every night. I know that real food and home cooked meals are the most nutritious way to bring up my kids, and […]

Savory Enchilada Pot Pie (GF, DF)

Gluten-Free Enchilada Pot Pie

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Enchiladas were a real favorite of mine before I went grain-free and recently, after a little whining about how much I missed them, my brilliant 11-year-old son asked a simple question, which eventually led to this awesome recipe. “Mom, why not just make them without the corn tortillas, like a casserole or something?” I know I’m a little biased here, but seriously, this kid is a genius! Not only is this savory Enchilada Pot Pie perfect for those who are […]

Pear and Ginger Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Pear and Ginger Slow Cooker Oatmeal

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer If breakfast time in your house is anything like mine, there’s a prerequisite that it be quick and easy. Even on our “slow” mornings, making breakfast just isn’t something I want to take the time to do, despite the fact that I love sitting down and sharing breakfast with our kiddos. So, lately I’ve been relying on the slow cooker to provide morning meals that don’t take any thought or time to prepare. Just serve and go! It started when […]

What’s in That “Healthy” Convenience Food?

What's in healthy convenience food? This post is an eye opener!

By Michele of Frugal Granola, Contributing Writer Whether you’re traveling, eating out with a friend, or picking up some convenience food for lunch boxes, do you know if you’ve made a healthy choice? At first glance, many meal options appear healthy, but some added ingredients may be a surprise. Convenience food or restaurant developers have deliberately designed scientifically-adjusted fast food flavors and textures of their foods to appeal to customers and to remain memorable and desirable. Fast food restaurants and packaged food companies typically serve foods which […]

What’s Wrong with Hydrogenated Oil (and How to Avoid It)

what's wrong with hydrogenated oil

By Stacy, Contributing Writer While many oils are healthy and nourishing to the body and brain, hydrogenated oil is not one of them. You’ve probably heard that hydrogenated oil isn’t good for you, but perhaps you are not sure why. I always find it easier to stay away from foods that are unhealthy when I understand why they are bad for me. It also helps to know suitable replacements. Today we will examine hydrogenated oil to get a better understanding of why it is unhealthy […]