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Meal Planning Despite the Busyness

Shrimp Tacos

Food shouldn’t be complicated. Or bad for you. Or expensive. I’m working to craft good cheap eats that we can both enjoy. You can read more about this site here. Check out my cookbooks if you’re needing some budget-friendly inspiration. Read about how to make healthy eating work for you here. I’ve been reading how […]

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Grocery Geek: February’s End

We have a target number of $800 per month to feed our family of 8. Sometimes we’re under. Sometimes we’re over. It usually evens out over the course of the year. When the month started, I never intended to give my diet a complete overhaul. In fact, I shopped for the freezer and thought I’d […]

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Coconut Mango Banana Smoothie

All natural, real food ingredients blend up into a tasty, sweet concoction that kids of all ages will love. As I continue on this dairy-, soy-, sugar-, grain-, and alcohol-free diet, I find myself considering my own children’s regular fare. I thought they were eating pretty healthfully, but my recent label reading has revealed that […]

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Why I Love My Immersion Blender

An immersion blender is a super duper helper in the kitchen. Plus, it stores well. For years and years I scoffed at the immersion blender. Whatever the info-mercial promised, I wasn’t interested in. I had a food processor. What more did I need? Fast forward a few dozen years and I found myself recipe testing […]

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Book Signing in Santa Clarita, CA – Saturday

I wanted to let you know I’ll be signing copies of Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook at the Barnes and Noble in Valencia this coming weekend. It’s my hometown. (Cue Springsteen music.) It’s near LA. You should come. There might be chocolate. Plus, there will be cookbooks and me. What more could you ask for?  Barnes and Noble […]

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Monkey Salad

A simple fruit salad of cashews, bananas, and coconut chips packs a sweet, yet filling punch. Perfect for breakfast next to an egg or two. First up. No, this salad does not contain monkeys. That would be gross. It contains ingredients that I imagine a monkey would like to eat. If it makes you feel […]

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Meal Planning for a Special Diet

A special diet in the family can make meal planning a challenge. Here are some techniques to help you simplify. Chances are you know someone (or are someone) with a special diet. It may be a peanut allergy or a desire to curb calories or something altogether different, but special diets are becoming more and […]

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Grocery Geek: Doing a Whole 30

As I mentioned last week, I’m doing a Whole 30, a nutritional reset or selective fast in order to troubleshoot which foods might give you trouble. By eliminating five key potential problems (soy, sugar, dairy, grain, and alcohol) from my body, I’m in a stage of detox. Between you and me, I think I was […]

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FREE Printable Meal Plan & Shopping List

Over at Life as MOM, I’m sharing a free menu plan with shopping list included. It uses recipes that can do double duty for those with food intolerances as well as the rest of the family. Since my current “diet” is grain, soy, sugar, dairy, and alcohol-free, I developed a meal plan that can work […]

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Why I Love My Food Processor

Wondering if a food processor can help you in the kitchen? Here’s the story of our love affair. I am not a person to care about boats or cars. I drive a 96 minivan or sometimes a 02 SUV. Apparently, big ticket items don’t thrill me. Small kitchen appliances? Well, I get absolutely giddy about […]

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