Blog Profile / 100 Days of Real Food

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5 Real Food Budget Meals (approximately $15 each)

I hope you'll find the following real food budget meals helpful and easy on the wallet. Each can feed a family of four, and each is $15 or under (with two notes, since we use some of the food twice during the week).

Spinach Salad with Walnuts and Thyme

I love to grow and eat fresh herbs but never even considered adding them to a green salad for some extra flavor. So (now that I know better!), I added some thyme to this Spinach Salad recipe below, and it was a fabulous addition.

Guest Post: Honey Sweetened Pepper Jam from Naturally Sweet Food in Jars

Over the years, I've enjoyed a number of pepper jellies, but I've always bemoaned the amount of sugar necessary for their creation. This version uses honey in place of refined sugar and is satisfyingly sweet without being cloying.

How to Fit Real Food Into Your Busy Life

If there is something you REALLY want to do in your life, it will somehow get done. I've seen this played out many times before and was excited to recently see this phenomenon very clearly put into words.

How to Stay Healthy When Traveling: Green Smoothies on the Go

We know that healthy eating can be a challenge on the road, but if there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years, it's that you don’t have to completely abandon your healthy habits when you travel. For us, that means finding ways to include green smoothies in our travel plans.

My Most Used Kitchen Tools: The Top 15

To make my time in the kitchen as efficient as possible and to also be able to multitask when I'm in there (i.e., throw a batch of breakfast granola in the oven while I'm prepping dinner), I've found having the right kitchen tools - and enough of them - is key.

Guest Post: How to Get Healthier Team Snacks on the Sidelines

I've learned a lot about what works and what doesn't when it comes to making changes on kids' sports teams. Here's my best advice so you can do the same.

Pork and Peach Kabobs with a Teriyaki Glaze

These Pork and Peach Kabobs turned out to be a huge hit, and, even if peaches aren't yet available where you live, this simple teriyaki glaze would be fabulous just on the pork or almost anything else you want to throw on the grill.

Easy Meat and Mushroom Tacos

Tacos are a big favorite at my house, so I love it when I can cut the meat with a can of beans and make it last longer. But what's better (I've learned) is adding in some mushrooms in addition to the beans to stretch things even further.

Breadcrumb Roasted Chicken Recipe

This Breadcrumb Roasted Chicken dish is fabulous right out of the oven, but it's also pretty tasty leftover on salad greens or over pasta with a cream sauce. The topping adds so much good flavor, not to mention it takes all of 30 seconds to mix it together and spread it on top.

BIG Announcement: My Next Cookbook Cover!

I am so excited to share a big, fun announcement today. The cover of my next cookbook has just been finalized, and HERE it is! Woohoo

Tex-Mex Corn Fritters + Black Bean Salad

This is a great light dish for summer that comes together very quickly, especially with the use of frozen corn (instead of boiling fresh corn and cutting it off the cob). If you're looking for ways to reduce your overall consumption of meat, which is good for both your health and your wallet, this recipe for Tex-Mex Corn Fritters Over Black Bean Salad is a great place to start.

Huevos Rancheros (with shortcut “refried” beans)

Last month we were lucky enough to celebrate my husband's cousin's 40th birthday with friends and family from afar, in Mexico. We not only had a blast but enjoyed lots of tasty food while we were there too, including Huevos Rancheros for breakfast every single morning!

The Chicken Salad of My Childhood

Using already cooked chicken is so convenient, and when it's certified USDA organic with simple ingredients that don't include antibiotics or anything artificial, there's nothing to be guilty of whatsoever. My family gobbled up this chicken salad and asked for more, and the best part was how it took me no time at all to pull it together.

Grilled Zucchini with Feta and Herbs

Grilling season is here, and I've got a super easy side dish idea for you: Grilled Zucchini with Feta and Herbs! The first time I made this, my husband sat down at the table and immediately said, "That looks good!" And trust me, it was good.

Kiran’s Favorite Real Food Snacks

While we all know there are many snacks that contain processed ingredients and don't provide any real value, there are plenty of decent options out there. Here's a list of some of our favorite real food snacks:

Shortcut Fried Green Tomatoes

Many Fried Green Tomato recipes involve lots of steps, including a milk bath and adding seasonings and regular flour to your corn meal. I'm sure they all taste fabulous, but my goal in the kitchen is almost always quick and easy (and tasting great, of course!).

How to Grow Fresh Herbs (and save loads of money!)

Spending 2 or 3 bucks on a pack of fresh herbs at the grocery store every time you need a sprig of thyme or a few mint leaves can add up fast! Luckily, growing them […]

A Whole Foods Meal Plan (+ budget tips!)

I created a downloadable, printable 5-day Whole Foods meal plan utilizing recipes that are doable for busy families + 6 ways to save at WFM.

5 Unique Teacher Gift Ideas (for end of year)!

It’s hard to believe the school year will soon be coming to a close without about one month to go. Teachers work so hard, it’s nice to give them a little something before we part ways […]

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