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Hope’s Edge

Originally published in Earth Island Journal Nearly two decades ago, I stood on a train platform in the city of Bhatinda in the north Indian state of Punjab at sunrise. Flies buzzed. Young men dozed nearby with legs curled up for warmth. Next to me stood Afsar Jafri, an organic farming advocate who had been…

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My Go-To Costco Shopping List (Part I)

My Go To Costco Shopping List on 100 Days of #RealFoodToday I'm going to share Part I of a two part series on my go-to Costco shopping list for real food, which will include produce, pantry staples, frozen organic veggies and fruit, organic meat options, and a few other tidbits. But first I am going to give you my short primer on shopping at Costco.

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Homemade Ice Cream Cake!

Homemade ice cream cake on 100 Days of #RealFoodEvery now and then we break the rules with a special homemade treat like this one that I'm sharing today. That's because it's unrealistic to think you'll never indulge in a sweet treat again (oh, the horror!), and I fully recognize that when there is a special occasion, the homemade from scratch version (even with sugar and a little white flour) is far better than the store bought variety. So on that note, I present to you...Homemade Ice Cream Cake!

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48 Hour Deal: The Fresh 20

The Fresh 20, started by my friend (and fellow mother) Melissa, is a meal planning service that helps take the guesswork out of what to have for dinner.

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My Cookbook Ambassadors (Some new sites you might like!)

100 Days of #RealFood #CookbookGetting my new cookbook off the ground last month meant having to reach out to others and ask for help. As many of you know, that's not always an easy thing to do, but these wonderful bloggers (listed below) accepted my request with open arms.

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The Lunch Box Rumors Are True…

How To Make EasyLunchboxes Leakproof on 100 Days of #RealFoodI'm sad to report that what you've heard is true ...the divided Ziploc lunch containers have been discontinued! :( I did some testing this week that felt pretty darn risky. But the results ended up being better than I expected, so let's get down to it!

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My Daughter’s Food Journal

Child Food Journal - Day 4 on 100 Days of #RealFoodMy daughter was recently tasked with keeping a food journal for her science class. She really got into recording all her meals, and it made me realize this could be a good exercise for any elementary aged child—no matter what kind of diet they're eating!

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Apple Walnut Muffins

Whole-Wheat Apple Walnut Muffins on 100 Days of #RealFoodThe other day my 9-year-old was hungry for a snack, and after rummaging through the kitchen she said, “Mom, do we have any muffins anywhere?” That girl loves some muffins, and if she’s really hungry she’ll […]

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Whole-Wheat Sweet Potato Ravioli

Sweet Potato Ravioli on 100 Days of #RealFoodMaking homemade pasta, such as this sweet potato ravioli, is a really fun kitchen project for me and my daughters, and the outcome TASTES REALLY GOOD. Homemade ravioli is one of my most favorite dishes of all time, and there's just no way to make it if you don't make the dough.

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Guest Post: Clean Cuisine Cottage Pie (A British Food Makeover)

Today I wanted to share one of Blake’s favorite “Clean Cuisine” recipes and show you how I go about giving a British food favorite, Cottage Pie, an anti-inflammatory real food makeover. The three things I did to my Cottage Pie recipe to boost flavor, improve nutrition, and reduce inflammation were really rather simple.

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Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie!

Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie on 100 Days of #RealFoodIf you (or your kids) are getting tired of the same old snacks I've got the perfect solution to switch things up ...A Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie!

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Video: How to Make a Perfect Grilled Cheese!

Perfect Grilled Cheese on 100 Days of #RealFoodI bet you didn't know you've been making grilled cheese wrong all this time. There are two tricks - First, is a key ingredient that I bet you aren't using nearly enough of and the second is a secret ingredient that takes this classic sandwich from good to amazing!

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Why Kids Should Not Be Rewarded with Junk Food

Why kids should not be rewarded with junk food on 100 Days of #RealFoodI've been on my soapbox recently about kids and snacks. And before I step off, I need to address one more issue: rewarding kids with junk food. It is our responsibility, as adults and caregivers/parents, to offer kids the right options.

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Video: A Tour of My Real Food Freezer

Freezer Tour on 100 Days of #RealFoodHere is the final video in my kitchen tour series! In case you missed it I've already shared a tour of my fridge, pantry and kitchen (drawers, etc.). As you'll see in this video we actually have an extra freezer that we use pretty regularly.

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Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole on 100 Days of #RealFoodAre you ready to kick up your classic mashed potato dish a few notches? If so, you are going to love this cheesy mashed potato casserole which has a layer of warm toasted cheese on top—so yum! Plus, I've added a make ahead note below so this recipe can easily make an appearance on your holiday table this year.

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Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Trust me, making this dish from scratch in order to avoid highly processed additives like partially hydrogenated oils (i.e. trans fat), artificial dyes, and MSG is so worth it. Not only will it taste amazing, but you'll feel good about the dish you're serving your precious family.

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My Favorite Stocking Stuffers for Real Food Cooks!

Stocking Stuffers on 100 Days of #RealFoodWelcome to the 2014 version of My Favorite Kitchen Tools for Stockings (slightly renamed for this year)! I've thought long and hard about what to put on this stocking stuffer list so, with a practical theme in mind, here we go...

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Pumpkin Cheesecake (+ Other Holiday Recipes)

Pumpkin Cheesecake on 100 Days of #RealFoodI don't know about you, but I've personally never been a fan of pumpkin pie (is anyone really?), but I do LOVE some pumpkin cheesecake. I think this is such a great update to the traditional dessert we've all seen year after year, and with the pecan crust you can easily accommodate any gluten-free guests you might be entertaining.

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My Go-To Costco Shopping List (Part II)

Costco Real Food Shopping List on 100 Days of #RealFoodWell, here it is as promised—Part II of my Costco real food love fest. This time I am going to be dishing on my favorite items from Costco's freezers, along with meat, dairy, seafood, and poultry, as well a few real food rule benders.

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Giveaway: $690 Value Including Little Green Pouches!

Just in time for the holidays we've got an awesome giveaway for you that includes three great brands you'll love for your kitchen! As you may already know, we're fans of our giveaway sponsor, Little Green Pouch, which offers reusable food pouches for kids of all ages (and adults - why not?).

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Black Friday “Real” Deals!

Black Friday Deals on 100 Days of #RealFoodIt's officially the biggest shopping day of the year! So we figured why not offer you a few Black Friday "real" deals for the loved ones on your list (or hey, even for yourself—no judging here!)?

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The idea behind the diet is to replace two daily meals with jars of homemade pureed baby food or store bought jars. The third meal of the day is to remain low calorie and small. The daily calorie restrictions are said to be 600 calories or less. The diet is not meant to be on for months at a time, rather 7 days maximum. The purpose is to rid your body of toxins and cravings of unhealthy foods.

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