Essential Spices

Herbs and spices give food layers of flavor, add interest, and even contain medicinal properties. This is my list of essential spices, and herbs too!  I’ve included guidelines for using herbs and spices, general rules for amounts and substitutions, tips for storing them and money saving tips. Although this is certainly not a comprehensive list,…

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Pantry Essentials

These are the essentials that Tammie likes to have on hand in her pantry or in the refrigerator.  If I have these ingredients I can create just about anything.  Cooking from scratch is a whole lot easier, quicker and less stressful when you’ve got a well-stocked pantry. Stock up and eat well! Benefits of a…

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Home Cooking: A Family Tradition Out of Reach?

A team of sociologists at North Carolina State University found that for low- and middle-income families in America, making a home-cooked meal is easier said than done. Make sure to sign up for the Nourishing Families Newsletter on the homepage to receive Real Food Fast an ebook full of quick family friendly recipes!

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Spice Up the Fall Season

Fall is in the air and anything with Pumpkin Spice is sounding super delicious! This time of year always reminds me of elementary school and learning about Christopher Columbus and the Pilgrims and the delicious foods that come along with the harvest season. Why was Columbus looking for a faster route to the East..Spices!  Spices…

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Top 3 Benefits from Eating Fermented Foods

We are not only surrounded by bacteria in our environment; but in a very real way, we are bacteria. Did you know there are more organisms in and on your body than cells that make up your body? Think about that for a minute. You are made up of more things that aren’t you than are you by a ratio of 100 to 1! You are a complex ecosystem that is made up of more than 100 trillion microbes.

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Fermented Pickles

Fermented pickles are the real thing when it comes to pickles. These pickles don’t get their sour flavor from vinegar, but they get that sour goodness from time and the help of beneficial bacteria. These pickles are made with a saltwater brine and the anaerobic process (without air) of lacto fermentation- that means the cucumbers…

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Fruit Leather

Fruit leather is one of our favorite snacks.  We love enjoying the spring harvest of apricots or the final days of summer and it’s fresh peaches.  From late spring to early fall there is so much delicious produce to enjoy, especially if you visit the farmer’s market, are lucky enough to have generous neighbors and…

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4th of July Picnic Essentials

It’s time to celebrate Independence Day and as far as I can tell no celebration is complete without food! Whether you’re off to the lake, celebrating in your backyard or packing up a picnic include these amazingly delicious, always nutritious, and crowd pleasing essential recipes in your plan.

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Dairy Free Ricotta

Going dairy free can be hard for many because they feel like they will miss out on many of their favorite foods. For me going dairy free has meant going without a tummy ache and that is something I’ll sacrifice missing out on some of my favorite foods for. Lasagne was one of those favorite…

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You Can’t Beat Beets

Beets are packed with essential vitamins, minerals and plant compounds that have medicinal properties.  You either love beets or hate them but in my opinion veggies need a second, third or even fourth chance before you add them to your, “I’ll-never-eat-that-veggie-list.” Beets make the best Easter egg dye, but that’s not even on the list…

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