All posts tagged baby steps

3 Real Food Changes That You Thought Were Hard (but are Really Simple)

By | March 2, 2013

Image by Roger Smith via Compfight By Megan Ciampa, Contributing Writer If you are friends with anyone who is into preparing foods traditionally then you may have heard them say things like, “I’m making a bit pot of chili after I finishing soaking my beans,” or “I just bought 5 whole chickens and I can’t wait Read More

10 Small, Easy Ways You Can Make a Difference Today

By | May 4, 2012

Image by I think that many people approach this ” real food” or “natural” or “green” world and feel completely overwhelmed by it.  And even once you’ve got it down at home, looking at the rest of the world and how difficult it is to change it is just too much. Most people are Read More

Recipe Collection: Simple Chicken Rice

By | May 3, 2012

Frankly, I needed a quick and easy side dish to go with last night’s dinner.  I have made versions of this rice dozens of times.  It is so simple and so yummy.  And a great replacement for “the box!” Ingredients: 2 tbsp. butter 2 tbsp. minced onions or shallots 1 c. white rice (or soaked Read More

Healthy Summer Treats

By | May 1, 2012

Summer is headed this way, and along with it a slew of summer treat- ice cream, ice pops, slushies, s’mores, cold drinks ect. And with those treats? Well, enough to turn a real foodie’s hair grey: Antifreeze in Icecream   Nasty artificial dyes in just about every popsicle and most kinds of ice creams  Artificial and Read More

10 Items You CAN Buy at the Store

By | March 30, 2012

Image by amichiganmom Let’s face it: we’re not perfect.  Some of us are just starting our real food journey.  Sometimes we need a break from the kitchen.  Sometimes we’re in a phase of life where we can’t do everything and some convenience is helpful.  Last week we talked about 10 things you shouldn’t buy at Read More

10 Items You Shouldn’t Buy at the Store

By | March 23, 2012

Image by dvs I buy food in packages sometimes. OKAY, I said it!  I do.  But, especially since Jacob is sensitive to corn and soy, I have pretty strict standards about what I will buy and what I won’t.  And the number of packaged items I buy has gone down over time.  If you took Read More

Recipe Collection: Quick Beef and Potatoes

By | March 15, 2012

I know.  If you’re on Facebook, I made noises about chocolate cake for today.  And I did bake one, and it was pretty good.  But it didn’t turn out quite how I thought it would, and I didn’t decorate it and fill it and make it all nice.  Actually, my family’s coming this weekend to celebrate Read More

Simple Snacks for the Road

By | March 2, 2012

Image by little blue hen This weekend we’re going out of town.  We’re going to be staying with my parents, so we won’t exactly be stuck somewhere weird — we have access to grocery stores, a kitchen, that sort of thing. Still, we’re traveling.  And all day today we’ll be at museums in Cleveland.  It’s Read More

10 Deceptive Food Labels

By | February 18, 2012

Image by dvs I remember visiting an Amish store with my mother-in-law about four years ago.  My first baby was only a couple months old, and I was not yet into real food.  I was literally like a kid in a candy store (there was candy all around me).  I thought because it was “Amish” Read More

More Sourdough Lessons

By | February 17, 2012

Image by Matthew Fugel My starter is still alive! That’s one thing to be thankful for.  I haven’t ruined my starter yet.  But more than that, it’s becoming increasingly active.  I finally did a little actual research, and figured some things out.  Maybe you’ll be smarter than I was and take my advice without having Read More

Sourdough: Two Weeks In

By | January 30, 2012

Image by matthewfugel Guess what?  I haven’t ruined my sourdough starter this time!!  In fact, it’s doing pretty well.  See? Are you curious what worked? The Lesson I Learned Yes, stirring in the hooch is definitely the answer.  I still continue to do it to make sure my starter is good.  Now I definitely have “lift” Read More

Sourdough Starter: What NOT to Do

By | January 19, 2012

Image by Matthew Fugel So you know how screw-ups are as good at teaching you as successes, maybe even better?  Well…. Oops. I poured off the hooch for the first two days, so it “sat out” without fermenting properly.  Then I forgot to feed it for a couple days when it was just over a Read More


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