30+ starchy vegetable side dish recipes + my whole30 intro

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This week the hubs and I embarked on the Whole30 challenge.  The Whole30 is a 30 day program where you focus on eating real foods, while eliminating potentially problematic foods to see how your body does without them.  You focus on eating meats, vegetables, fruits and fats, while excluding dairy, gluten, all grains, soy, legumes, […]

banana carrot almond flour pancakes

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These banana carrot almond flour pancakes are my new favorite breakfast!  There is so much to love about them – the flavor (sweet from the ripe bananas), the texture (soft but not mushy), and the goodness inside them (eggs! bananas! carrots! almond flour!). They are similar to my banana-egg-oat pancakes but made grain free with […]

how to build a meal worthy salad in 5 simple steps

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You guys, I have been salad obsessed.  O.B.S.E.S.S.E.D. I love food, and I love eating, but I’ll admit some foods make me feel better than others.  Salads make me feel especially good, but don’t always leave me feeling full and satisfied.  I need a meal with some oomph to them, and these meal worthy salads […]

easy weeknight lemon pepper salmon

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I don’t know about your house, but dinner time here can sure be hectic.  With three little kids, someone is sure to get hangry (aka hungry and angry) during that hour or so before dinnertime.  And maybe that someone can be me… I am not perfect.  When we need dinner fast, with little prep and […]

the cost of real food + five tips to save more money

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Does eating real food cost more than the typical standard american diet (SAD)?  The short answer: yes it does.  The long answer you’ll get below: it doesn’t have to.  For me, I definitely have some room for improvement. Today I’m going to share what our budget for food looks like, plus my goals for where […]

baby steps to a real food lifestyle: start with a cooked breakfast

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Over the years my way of eating has changed a lot.  My view on what a healthy diet is has changed a lot too.  In the past I thought low-fat or “diet foods” were what was good for me.  The media tells you that, so you know it’s true, right?!  Ummmm no.  At least not […]

oatmeal almond flour biscuits {gluten free option included}

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This oatmeal almond flour biscuit recipe is sure to please the whole family! Weekends are my favorite.  Everyone is together, breakfasts can be longer and slower, tasks and errands decrease and play increases.  The weather was perfection this past weekend.  Hunter played his soccer game in the morning, then we had a family coffee shop […]

mini almond butter fudge cups

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Do you like almond butter?  (yes…) And coconut oil?  (yup…) What about fudge?  (of course…) And mini foods?  (who doesn’t?) If you answers yes to any of those questions then I have the perfect bite sized treat for you! Mini almond butter fudge cups. Sounds amazing right?  It is.  The flavor of the almond butter […]

real food loving kids: give them the power of choice

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If having your kids in the kitchen cooking with you doesn’t sound relaxing or they just don’t have interest in it, another way to get them involved with food is at the grocery store. For quite a while I was doing the big weekly grocery shopping trip on Mondays after teaching my 3 class line […]