Nutrient-Dense Warm Milk Recipe

Warm milk has long been used for soothing and relaxing, but what about making it a gourmet nutrition-booster, too? That’s what we did!

Here’s what you’ll need to make a nutrient-packed cup of warm milk.

Whole Raw Milk: Low-fat is not healthy. We need all of that wonderful fat for energy, brain function and fat-soluble vitamins. Milk was designed by God to be consumed raw or cultured, not pasteurized and homogenized. Our bodies can’t properly digest it that way, as evidenced by the huge numbers of people with “lactose intolerance”. If you’d like to find raw milk in your area, look here! Gelatin: This isn’t the cheapo gelatin that can be found in most stores. Look for this brand of gelatin, which comes from grass-fed cows. Why gelatin? It is fantastic for the digestive tract and it’s full of amino acids. It’s also good for the skin […]

Hot Lemonade: Antiviral Tea for Colds

This is my new favorite tea to make when we’re feeling under the weather, so consider it my latest addition to my list of herbal teas for colds! It’s sweet and tart and, best of all, anti-viral. It is perfect for a sore throat or a phlegmy cough.

What You’ll Need Lemon Balm: This is a gentle and delicious herb that has the added benefit of being anti-viral. (Learn more about lemon balm in this post.) Lemons: Not only do they give a little vitamin C boost, they are also good for thinning down excess mucus. Raw Honey: Anti-viral, antibacterial and just plain yummy! What To Do Bring water to a boil and pour it over the lemon balm. If you’re using tea bags, use one bag per person. If you’re using loose-leaf tea, use one heaping tablespoon per person. Let the tea steep, covered, for at least 5 […]

Simple Steamed Broccoli

If you were raised in a house where veggies were cooked until they were nothing but mush, don’t give up on me, yet! 😉 This simple recipe is buttery, al dente and delicious. The best part is that it is amazingly quick and easy! No need for a steaming basket or any other special equipment.

What You’ll Need medium saucepan with a lid fresh or frozen broccoli butter (preferably from grass-fed cows) Celtic sea salt (read about why salt is healthy!!) What To Do If using fresh broccoli, cut it into bite-sized pieces. Put about 2 tablespoons of butter in the saucepan and add 2 heaping cups of broccoli (increase the butter if using more broccoli). Put on the lid and heat on medium heat until butter is melted, then stir and put the lid back on. After a couple of minutes, stir again and use a fork to check […]

Herbed Butter

Would you like to jazz-up your meal in a quick and easy way? This is the way to do it!

What You’ll Need: Butter (1 cup): Preferably organic and/or grass-fed (learn to make butter here!) Herbs (1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon, each): We like to use fresh or dried rosemary and thyme from our garden. Salt (1 teaspoon): Celtic sea salt is the only way to go, in our opinion. What To Do: Allow butter to come to room temperature. Finely chop fresh herbs or crush dried herbs. Add herbs and salt to the butter and mix well.

This herbed butter can be served with bread, fish, steak, poultry, mashed potatoes, cooked veggies… the possibilities are endless!

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Squash With Sausage

Up until two years ago I had never had any kind of squash except for “pumpkin” from a can. I wasn’t too crazy about that, so I decided I didn’t like squash. Then, I bought some squash on a whim. Oh, my! It’s love!

There are so many different kinds of squash with different flavors and textures, so don’t give up if you don’t love the first one you try. I’ll be doing a post next week on our favorite types of squash, so be sure to watch for that. I’ll include several ways to cook them, too!

This recipe is one of our favorite fall-time meals! This time, I used delicata squash, which is silky-smooth and creamy. It has a bit of sweetness to it, which perfectly compliments the savory flavors in the sausage. The sausage is a “breakfast sausage” […]

Baked Apples

I love finding delicious ways to eat in-season, local produce! I’ve been buying organic apples from a local grocery store that (often) uses an orchard a couple of hours away. I’ve made apples sauce that was scrumptious, but my hubby came up with this amazing dessert- baked apples!

When I was little, I had a baked apple somewhere and wasn’t favorably impressed. I decided that I didn’t like baked apples, so I wasn’t too crazy about this idea… until I tasted it! Oh, my! Go grab an apple and give this a try. You’ll be amazed by how simple and delicious this recipe is!

What You’ll Need Glass baking dish with lid or foil One apple, per person (sweet or tart- whichever you prefer) 1/4 cup cashews or other nuts, per person 2 tablespoons raisins, per person 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon apple pie […]

Crock Pot Applesauce

This recipe is so easy and delicious! Take advantage of the freshly picked apples by making a batch of this! 🙂

What You’ll Need Crock pot 8 to 12 apples Juice of 1/2 lemon Water Knife and peeler What To Do Put 1 cup of water and the juice of half a lemon in the crock pot. One at a time, peel* , core and slice each apple. Toss each one in the water with juice to reduce browning. Cover and cook on high, stirring every hour until it looks done.

That’s it! You can either leave it “chunky” or you can puree it with an immersion blender, food processor or regular blender.

*You can leave the peel on for extra nutrition and color!! 🙂

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How to Make Savory Muffins (Freezing Instructions!)

One of our favorite foods to freeze is a big batch of savory muffins. They are perfect for a quick breakfast, mid-afternoon snack, or as a bread to go with dinner. When I was pregnant with my second baby, my mom, four-year-old, and I spent an afternoon making several batches of muffins to freeze. This is a wonderful recipe for your kiddos to help with, both with the planning and the cooking!…

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Sour Cream Dips

If you’ve already read my post on how to make homemade sour cream, you’ll be happy to know that I’m finally going to share some of our favorite ways to use it! The options are limited only by the limits of your creativity, but here are three absolutely fabulous sour cream-based dips to get you started!

Yes, they are just as scrumptious as they look- and they’re healthy, to boot!! 🙂 From left to right, we have:

Sour Cream Salsa Dip: This is perfect for chips, obviously. Don’t feel like you need to stick with plain ol’ salsa, though! This one is made with a smokey cranberry chipotle salsa and, oh my, it was goooood! We like a mix of equal parts sour cream and salsa stirred together, but feel free to alter that to your own taste. Avocado Dip: This is so amazingly healthy […]

Beef or Chicken Stock Recipes


Before we started switching to Real foods a year-and-a-half ago, I remember wondering what the big deal was about homemade beef and chicken stock. Actually, I wasn’t even sure what the difference was between “stock” and “broth”, so I just figured a can of “broth” really couldn’t be that different from homemade “stock”. I was so wrong!

Although there are some places in the world where the terms “broth” and “stock” are interchangeable, when we’re talking about Real food, there are some generally agreed upon definitions.

Broth tends to be lighter in color, because it is only cooked for a few hours and contains only meat and vegetables. It can be flavorful and nutritious, especially if you keep the solids to liquids ratio pretty even. Stock is much darker in color. It contains not only meat and veggies, but also the bones. Often beef bones are roasted first, which […]