REAL FOOD BASICS

If you are just beginning your real food journey,
this page is a great place to start! Here is a list of all the how-to posts for preparing traditional foods. It’s not comprehensive. I am adding things all the time.

GRAIN

 

Berry Almond Bread

Berry Almond Bread

  It's part two of my Wondermill Grain Mill Wagon challenge! Last time I tackled a delicious lemon sourdough pancake recipe. This time I am continuing on the breakfast theme with a delicious Berry Almond Bread. This bread was a hit with my family. It's the...

“Soaked” Granola

“Soaked” Granola

We try not to buy cereal, even organic cereal. Here are some reasons why cereal should NOT be in your bowl, from Holistic Squid. The grains in cereals are extruded and not properly prepared. That's why we really try to avoid them and I like to make our own...

DAIRY

 

Easy Greens with Feta

Easy Greens with Feta

    If you are ever in need of a simple, nutrient-dense side dish, greens are the way to go. Really? Greens? I can hear the "yucks" and "ewwws" through the screen! Hang on now! Give them a chance! They are quite tasty.  This recipe isn't really a recipe...

Homemade Coconut Butter

Homemade Coconut Butter

  My coconut addiction continues with a recipe for homemade coconut butter, or coconut manna as it is sometimes called. My theory is, why spend extra for something you can make cheaply and easily yourself? Nothing is simpler than this! I am thankful to one of my...

Yogurt Made Simple – 5 Easy Steps

Yogurt Made Simple – 5 Easy Steps

  I have been so intimidated to make my own yogurt! Even after pouring over all the amazing posts over at Kitchen Stewardship telling me how easy making yogurt is, I still dragged my feet. My family eats quite a bit of yogurt each week and we were spending a...

FERMENTED FOODS

 

Overnight Cultured Tomatoes

Overnight Cultured Tomatoes

Put that tomato harvest to good use. Check. Get some healthy natural probiotics. Check. Have a snack or condiment available. Check. These Overnight Cultured Tomatoes are a perfect treat as our summer comes to a close and are super easy to make. I can hardly believe we...

Sweet and Spicy Fermented Fruit Chutney

Sweet and Spicy Fermented Fruit Chutney

  Chutneys are a fantastic way to extend the harvest by preserving and adding beneficial probiotics to your diet at the same time. This chutney can be made with a variety of different fruits: pears, peaches, apples, mangos, plums, etc. It's deliciously different...

How To Make Beet Kvass {Without Whey}

How To Make Beet Kvass {Without Whey}

      Beet kvass is a probiotic-rich blood tonic that promotes gut health that has been taken for centuries for improving health. It is also mineral-rich and very cleansing to the kidneys, sometimes taken to treat kidney stones, and liver. Fermenting...

Lacto-Fermented Sweet Pickle Slices

Lacto-Fermented Sweet Pickle Slices

 I've got a great recipe for all the sweet pickle lovers out there! These are fermented and are both sweet and spicy. They're wonderful on a grass-fed burger! You don't need any special equipment to ferment other than a wide-mouth mason jar with lid. I...

How to Make Lacto-Fermented Garlic Pickles

How to Make Lacto-Fermented Garlic Pickles

 If you are a dill pickle lover like me you'll love these garlicky fermented dill pickles. They are a snap to make and are a wonderful addition to any lunch! Fermenting changes the pickles from tasty snack to probiotic-rich gut helper. You don't need any special...

How to Make Kimchi

How to Make Kimchi

 Kimchi is a traditional Korean, spicy, *fermented cabbage and vegetable dish. It is sometimes called "Korean Sauerkraut". It is spicy but can be made to the individual taste. It is definitely one of my favorite fermented foods! As with all other fermented foods,...

Lacto-Fermented Ginger Carrots

Lacto-Fermented Ginger Carrots

  Carrots and ginger are a match made in heaven! Ferment them and it's pure bliss! Lacto-fermenting foods helps to preserve them and also breaks down the sugars and starches making them easier to digest and more nutrient dense.  Fermenting foods is easy and...

REAL FOOD BASICS

Real Food Picnic Recipes

Real Food Picnic Recipes

  I love summer! I feel like Olaf from Frozen and love everything about summer! July 4th is the climax of summer when everyone eats the best of what summer has to offer: tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, etc... Summer should not be a time when we sacrifice...

Are Food Allergies Causing Your Migraines?

Are Food Allergies Causing Your Migraines?

I started getting regular migraines a little over a year ago and couldn't figure out why. I thought maybe it was the weather, accidentally eating MSG in food, fluctuating hormones, or sinus issues. I started seeing a Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner (I was in...

Most of What You Eat is Not Real Food

Most of What You Eat is Not Real Food

The Speigel Online conducted an interview with legendary chef Alice Waters about the "eat local" movement, which has become a force to be reckoned with in the United States in recent years.  Waters was one of the pioneers of that movement -- she transformed her...

REAL FOOD, REAL HEALTH, REAL LIFE

Sarah lives on a 6-acre farm/animal rescue with her husband in NJ, and is mom to four children. She is currently the owner of Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey, which is one of the largest nutrition practices in New Jersey. She also runs a satellite office, Natural Health Improvement Center of Des Moines. She wants to help change the lives of others the way her life was change through better health. She is an advocate of getting back to natural, as much as possible. 

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