Freezer-Friendly, Truly Healthy, Trail Mix Recipe

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When I started substitute teaching at my daughter’s preschool this year, snack time became serious business. In the past, while working at home I could just go into the kitchen and grab whatever I wanted. Often it was a small second helping of whatever I had eaten for breakfast or lunch, or another balanced protein-packed… [read more]

Freezer Meals To-Go Menu

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All week I’ve been sharing some of my most cherished freezer friendly recipes. They have also all been recipes individual portions with a combo of protein and veggies mixed in to make them fantastic, healthy grab-and-go meal options. Ideally we all want to sit down and have a relaxing meal, but the reality is that… [read more]

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Spinach Pie

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  This is a recipe that is in From Your Garden To Your Family, 50 fresh, grain-free recipes for every season (which is included in my eCookbook bundle that is on sale till July 31st), and it is my mother in law’s recipe, except with more bacon and salt.   This is hand’s down one… [read more]

Freezer Friendly, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Mini Meatloaf

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These freezer friendly mini meatloaves are super tasty and make for an easy meal on the go. It’s so easy to grab a mini meatloaf on the way out the door when I am working outside the home and need to pack a healthy lunch or dinner for myself. And they are packed with veggies,… [read more]

Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Chicken Tenders

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Chicken fingers are a big hit in this house. I have made many different versions that we love dearly. If you are grain free, but can eat dairy, these nuggets with almond flour, butter and parmesean cheese are amazeballs. If you love Chick-Fil-A nuggets, but don’t support that business or want put that junk in… [read more]

Opa’s Empanadas

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This recipe was in my original slow cooker freezer recipes cookbook. It’s my father-in-law’s recipe, hence the name, Opa’s Empanadas.  My in-laws are immigrants of German/Latvian descent but their families immigrated to Argentina a few generations ago. They came to the US in the late seventies with two suitcases of all they owned. That makes my husband… [read more]

Fill Your Freezer Before School Starts!

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I cannot stress enough how important mastering freezer cooking is in reaching your health goals.  If you are a mom, you probably want to eat real food and be healthy and feel great for yourself and so you can be the best mom you can be for you kids.  If that’s the case, you must,… [read more]

My Favorite Real Food eCookbooks

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I am super passionate about helping moms get their kitchens under control, their freezer stocked and their pantry overhauled with real food in the fastest, easiest way possible. Of course, I love my style of freezer cooking and use my cookbook, From Your Freezer To Your Family Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes For Every Season, on… [read more]

My Favorite Real Food Cookbooks

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My very own cookbook is the one I use the most. I am so grateful so many other moms have bought it and love the recipes as much as my family does. But even if it wasn’t a source of revenue for me and my family, I would be happy that I wrote a cookbook… [read more]

Spring in Asheville

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After falling in love with Asheville last fall, I immediately started figuring out when we could get back up to Asheville to explore it even more.  My little wish came true and my family and I were able to visit last month during Penelope’s spring break. It was so much fun!   We made our… [read more]

Healthy Fats DIY: How to Render Lard


Did you know that lard is a healthy fat? Unfortunately, a few decades ago canola oil started to be used as a substitute, but like bacon grease and real butter, lard is a great healthy fat to cook with. I had never cooked with lard until we bought half of a pig from a local… [read more]

Slow Cooker Meals Aid in Post Partum Recovery

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According to the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, women who have just given birth are supposed to stay in bed, be waited on hand and foot, and given lots of massages. Pretty awesome, right? They are also supposed to eat lots of hot soups and stews because they are nutrient dense and easy to digest. Having… [read more]

5 Reasons To Cook With Your Slow Cooker

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I seriously do not know what I would do without my slow cooker.  It is literally a life saver.  I love being able to go for a walk or hang out with my family during the evening witching hour instead of trying to get dinner made. But there are more reasons to use a slow… [read more]

Healthy Snacks To Go!

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If you read yesterday’s post, you’ll know I’m always looking for ways to keep my sugar addiction in check. Here’s one way: Last month I made some homemade Lara Bars.   In the afternoon I always realize I am hungry as I am running out the door to go somewhere.  It was so easy and very… [read more]

4 Kinds of Sugar Addicts + 4 Ways Not to Be One


I have always battled my love for sugar. Over the years it has manifested in different ways. I have come so far from where I was ten years ago, but I am always looking for ways to take my power back from sugar, and not feel like I am being controlled by it. I came… [read more]

Cooling Summer Tea

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Holy moly, is it hot where you live?  It is summa-time here!  To be quite honest, now that we live by the beach in Palm Beach County, it is actually cooler here than up north in Tallahassee, where we used to live, because of the cool ocean breeze.    I mean it’s only mid-July, and in… [read more]