Cooking Basics

Stock the Pantry: Planning for Frugal Soups and Stews

As I’m writing this post it’s late-June and I have a pot of soup on the stove for supper. Two days ago it was quite warm and more salad weather than soup weather but last night a storm came through and has left a cold dreary day behind. Once again perfect for soup weather. When …

Favorite Meat-Free Meals

In my post yesterday, 5 Ways to Afford Real Food on a Meager Budget, I talked about how we ate less meat but still had high quality meals. In this post I share a few of our favorite meat-free meals. Creamed Onions with Thyme and Sage This is a dish that we love and I …

Campfire Broth

Homemade broth is an important part of a real/whole/traditional foods diet.  Making broth was one of the first things I started doing when we began to transition to real foods.  The homemade broth is wonderful for making soups, cooking beans, making sauces, etc.  Broth is a protein sparer which allows you to consume small amounts …

5 Ways to Cut Down on Food Waste

Did you throw $6.23 in the garbage can today? According to the Natural Resources Defense Council’s food and agriculture program the average American family of four throws away the equivalent of $2275 annually in food (1).  That is $189.58 each month or $6.23 each day! Keeping food out of the garbage can will help with your food budget. …

Sourdough French Toast With Nut and Fruit Syrup

My girls have always loved french toast. When we switched to real/whole/traditional foods over 3 years ago, french toast was an easy food to convert to real foods. Using eggs from free-range chickens and real milk along with sourdough bread makes a terrific breakfast/brunch or even quick dinner. Topping the sourdough french toast with a nut and fruit …