If you like baking with a sourdough starter, the best thing you can do to make sure you can continue using it for a long time is to make a backup sourdough starter.
Even though sourdough starters are usually pretty resilient and hard to kill, if you neglect feeding it for too long, or if you go away on vacation and completely forget about your starter, the wild yeast can die off. Continue Reading
Switching over to a healthier, real food lifestyle can seem a little bit daunting at first, especially if you’re used to grabbing fast food on the way home from work or popping a TV dinner in the microwave.
Cooking your own meals is the best way to save money, avoid the artificial ingredients in many processed foods, and ensure that the food you’re eating is good quality (since you know exactly what ingredients you’re using and how you’re preparing them.)
When you hear the phrase “cooking from scratch,” though, you might think of someone from your great-grandmother’s generation, spending hours and hours in the kitchen. But while it’s true that cooking healthy food from scratch takes might take more time than popping a TV dinner in the microwave, it doesn’t mean you have to spend all day in the kitchen either! Continue Reading
When we think of immune boosting foods, often some of the first things that come to mind are the exotic superfoods that are praised for their amazing healing properties.
We tend to think that if a food comes from a faraway place, or it it has an exotic-sounding name that’s hard to pronounce that it somehow has more nutrients or more beneficial properties than the “normal” foods do.
The superfoods that we sometimes forget about, though, are the more common ones that are just as good, especially since there are many different foods that all share the same types of nutrients and healing properties. So, if you’re looking for something high in antioxidants, for example, you don’t necessarily have to have an exotic berry from a faraway tropical island. The berries you could grow in your own backyard can be just as helpful. Continue Reading
Whether you want to store your own garden-grown produce or whether you want to take advantage of a bulk discount for fresh vegetables from a local farm stand or farmer’s market, one of the most important things to know is how to properly store those vegetables for the winter.
Storing produce for the winter is something we don’t always think about today since we have the option of running out to the grocery store anytime we want, but our ancestors had to plan carefully for winter storage to make sure they would have a well-preserved food supply to last through the winter without spoiling. Continue Reading
I never used to do much with butternut squash because it seemed almost a little bit intimidating of a vegetable. I wasn’t really quite sure what to do with it, and it always seemed like it would be so difficult to peel and slice, so I would always just pass by it in the store and buy other things instead.
The local organic farm where I’ve been getting vegetables over the summer had a huge crop of butternut squash this year, though, so seeing that huge array of squash piled in baskets was too much for me to resist.
Once I tried butternut squash for the first time, I realized how simple it was and how incredibly delicious it tasted. The roasted and mashed butternut squash with maple syrup and cinnamon added to it was almost like having a dessert with the sweet syrup and the spice. The only part of the process that was a little bit difficult was just slicing the squash in half, but if you have a good sharp knife it isn’t so bad, and the end result is completely worth the effort! Continue Reading
Pumpkin is one of those kinds of foods that automatically brings back memories of the holidays and harvest season. Any time I see a pumpkin, I remember crisp autumn days strolling through a pumpkin patch to find just the right one or the sight of a holiday table decorated with pumpkins and laden with pumpkin-flavored breads and pies.
During a time of year that gets increasingly cold and dark with every day that goes by, the sight of a pumpkin is a bright and colorful reminder of the bounty of the harvest and of the warmth and light of times we spend with family and friends during the holiday season.
Since no holiday table would be complete without at least one pumpkin-themed dish, I’ve put together a collection of some of my favorite real food, healthy pumpkin recipes that would be perfect for the holidays or for any day when you want the nostalgic flavor of pumpkin. Continue Reading
A lot of times, money can be a big issue for people wanting to switch to a healthier diet of organic, traditional, real food. Many people want to eat better quality food, but they don’t know if they can afford the extra cost.
There’s no doubt about it that organic food usually is more expensive than conventional food, sometimes a lot more expensive depending on where you live and where you shop. With a little bit of planing, though, there are ways to work around the extra cost and still be able to get good-quality real food while staying within your budget. Continue Reading