All posts in Snacks and Side Dishes

Easy Honey Butter Popcorn

By | April 1, 2014

 By Julia Mangan, Contributing Writer It’s DIY month around here — we do this every April, and this is our third annual DIY month! We love to encourage you to do things yourself, in your home. All month long we’ll be sharing projects, recipes, remedies, crafts, and more with you. Be sure to pin your favorites, Read More

Honey Whole Wheat Cornbread

By | February 26, 2014

  By Robyn, contributing writer With the cold weather and snow we’ve been getting I can’t help but crave warm, comforting soups for dinner.  Typically we have a nice salad with our soup or maybe half a sandwich but every once in a while I crave sweet corn bread slathered with honey butter.   Your Read More

Salad Dressings and Seasonings: Why You Should Make Them Yourself

By | February 4, 2014

There are so many reasons not to buy seasonings and salad dressings. First and least important … they are expensive (on sale, Annie’s salad dressings were $4.99 per bottle at Whole Foods the last time we were there). Secondly, of course, are the ingredients in commercial dressings and seasonings that are not actually food … so we really shouldn’t Read More

10 Ways to Eat More Veggies

By | January 27, 2014

I’ll let you in on a little secret: veggies are my favorite! Anyone with me here? They are so delicious and full of nutrients that I can feel them keeping my body healthy. After the holidays I especially love loading up on fresh veggies.  Too much processed food and sugar can leave us susceptible to Read More

Fresh and Light Spring Salad

By | January 15, 2014

Okay, it may be a little early for a spring salad, but I’m here in Southern California and we already have some of the crispy, fresh early spring produce available. If your markets aren’t quite ready for these ingredients, just save and pin this for a few more weeks! After the holidays most of us Read More

Real Food Fixes for the Holidays

By | December 23, 2013

By Robyn, Contributing Writer Holidays are full of traditional family foods.  When you choose to eat a less processed, “real” food diet this can cause some stress.  I didn’t want to end the traditions, but also didn’t want to compromise the quality of food I ate.  I decided it was time to clean up some Read More

Recipe Collection: Barbecue Sauce

By | July 11, 2013

I love barbecue sauce.  And it’s barbecue season, no? I haven’t yet found a “perfect” recipe, although this comes pretty darn close.  and it doesn’t use ketchup, which is a big plus for me.  I want to completely control the ingredients. Ingredients: 3 tbsp. butter 1/4 c. onion, minced (I use yellow) 2 tsp. dry Read More

Recipe Collection: Sweet Potato Chips

By | June 27, 2013

I’ll be honest: we are not generally fans of sweet potatoes. Yet…I know they’re so healthy for us.  And cheap.  I needed to find a way to incorporate sweet potatoes that we would all actually eat, without necessarily hiding them in something (although that works too — sweet potato bread, anyone?).  These chips fit the bill Read More

Recipe Collection: Potato Skins

By | June 13, 2013

Last week I posted a delicious recipe for Chicken Broccoli Baked Potato Soup.  If you haven’t seen it, go back and look. I reminded you to save the potato skins.  I did!  This is a great way to be frugal in the kitchen, to get two meals out of one set of potatoes.  Scoop the potatoes for Read More

Probiotic Smoothie Popsicles

By | June 12, 2013

By Sara Baker, Contributing Writer Summer! While it may not officially be summer yet…it certainly feels like it in my kitchen! We have been busy creating yummy ice cream recipes (including Strawberries-N-Cream), enjoying watermelons and smoothies, and making popsicles! Popsicles incontestably say “summer.” While your little ones are slurping down this fun and cold treat, Read More

5 Ideas for Healthy Summer Snacking

By | June 1, 2013

By Jessica Peterman, Contributing Writer I don’t know about you, but every summer my kids become snack monsters. The temperature goes up, their activity goes up and their appetites are HUGE. The kitchen just becomes a revolving door and frankly, I find myself struggling to keep up. I need a plan for easy, frugal and Read More

Recipe Collection: Soaked Soft Pretzels

By | May 9, 2013

I love soft pretzels.  I don’t love how they are usually made with a whole bunch of white flour. When we took a recent trip the zoo, I fried some homemade chicken nuggets, cut up carrot and celery sticks, sliced some cheese, and — made these pretzels.  It was a perfect and fairly simple lunch.  And, Read More


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