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Unprocessed: My City-Dwelling Year of Reclaiming Real Food

Monday, March 9th, 2015

How to eat better and more healthy. It's shocking how many of our foods are processed!

Do you think you and your family eat well, as in healthy? Some weeks for us are awesome and others, especially when I have deadlines, not so awesome.

We’ve talked about eating more veggies and while that’s definitely a step in the right direction, what about ditching processed foods altogether? Author Megan Kimble has a brand new book hitting stores June 23rd chronicling her year spent doing that very thing—reclaiming real food. She’s here to talk about what inspired her to eat real, offer tips for going unprocessed and, drum roll… reveal the cover of her book (pictured above). We’ve never done a cover reveal before. So exciting!

Why did you write this book? 

I stopped eating processed food three years ago for a lot of reasons—economic, environmental, heath. I’d read what many of us have read (more…)

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Kids Need to Eat More Veggies? Try Zucchini Noodles with Marinara Sauce

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

zucchini noodles with homemade marinara is a great way to get kids eating more veggies

According to the CDC 9 out of 10 American kids don’t eat enough veggies. Now, I’m not going to moan about kids these days or parents these days, I’ll leave that for the rest of the internet to do. Instead, toady let’s share a delicious recipe for getting our kids to eat more veggies—zucchini noodles with marinara sauce.

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Bring On the Luck with a Big Bowl of Hoppin John

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

hoppin john recipe

Legend goes that a belly full of Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day will bring you good luck all year. Maybe it’s the Southern in us—technically we are south of the Mason Dixon—but we’re buying it. This New Year’s let’s cook up a pot of luck for the whole family… (more…)

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13 Days of Halloween | Baked Apple Surprise

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

these baked stuffed apples are delicious

Baked Apple Surprise
Poison? Rotten bits? You’ll find none of that inside. Instead of a trick, it’s a treat! A delicious surprise.

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Cooking + Printable | Mini Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

mini chocolate chip zucchini bread

If your garden is anything like mine, your zucchini has gotten out of hand. Lured by the idea of grilled summer squash, this spring I innocently planted two zucchini…plants? vines? monsters? and they have have completely taken over. I hack and I hack and still, they survive. Not only do they survive, they grow to unreasonable size. After vacation I returned to fruit that was as big as Winnie. Granted, she’s a chihuahua, but she’s on the larger size as far as chihuahua’s go; she’s big boned.

I stared that bumper crop in the eye. Then I did what everyone does when they have too much zucchini. I made zucchini bread. (more…)

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Cooking | Avocado Tuna Cups

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

avocado tuna cups

I like the versatility of avocado – how it’s filling, but healthy and can change a meal easily. Today I decided to make little avocado cups instead of a tossed salad. It looks pretty, comes together easily and is really tasty for lunch or a light dinner. You could also serve this on top of salad greens.

Avocado Tuna Cups (more…)

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Cooking | Carrot Hummus

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

recipe for carrot hummus

I’ve been on a ‘hummus’ kick lately. I put the words hummus in quotes, since real hummus is made with chickpeas – but I’ve been trying a bunch of alternatives and they’ve turned out great. I love the taste of white been ‘hummus’ and green pea ‘hummus’, so this week I decided to make carrot ‘hummus’ – just in time for Easter!

Carrot Hummus
Serves 4-6 generously (more…)

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Cooking | Tomato Mac and Cheese

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Tomato Mac and Cheese

This is the first Mac and Cheese recipe I ever made. I was 12 years old. Once I mastered it, I would make it for my family every couple of weeks. It’s simple, has extra gooey cheese and a secret ingredient that brings me right back to my childhood. My kids gobbled it all up.

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