I was CRAVING chili today. I live in the Southeast and the weather has been stuck in the 30′s all day; that is way too cold for this Florida girl. This is my current favorite chili recipe and I even whipped up my homemade chili powder for it. When you use good quality ingredients at each level, it’s amazing how delicious these simple meals can taste. This recipe makes enough for two meals for our family, so we’ll either eat leftovers tomorrow or freeze them and enjoy them in a week or two. Finish by adding the sour cream and lime crema and your favorite chili toppings. Stay warm!
This time of year, I crave comfort food, and nothing brings me more comfort than a hearty bowl of soup. Lately, I’ve been craving my grandmother’s potato soup, but I wanted to beef it up a little bit. So, I found a copycat recipe for Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana, and I did a little experimenting.
One of the easiest (and tastiest!) things that you can do to get yourself on the real food spectrum is to make your own salad dressings and NEVER buy from a store again. Store bought dressings are made up of refined salt (stripped of minerals that your body needs), high-fructose corn syrup, MSG (monosodium glutamate), artificial flavors and colors, and worst of all, cheap and rancid oils that are not good for you (canola and soybean oil).
This is how we do hot chocolate around here. Mornings have been a bit chilly, and the girls requested this for breakfast. This is also my favorite thing to drink after a long run in the cold. You know those hot chocolate packets that you buy in the store? Not real food. Fake hot chocolate won’t nourish your body, or your soul. We use whole milk and real cream in this. Our favorite brand is Working Cows Dairy, Alabama’s Organic Milk. It’s low-heat pasteurized, non-homogenized milk from grass-fed cows. Delicious.
Granola is something that I have never been able to buy at a store. My youngest daughter is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, and early on this forced me to really scrutinize labels. In fact, this is probably one of the reasons that we are where we are on our real food journey. If you don’t examine your food labels, you truly have no idea what you are eating. When you cook from scratch, you are in control of what goes into your body (and more importantly, into the bodies of your little ones).
A simple and solid granola recipe can be modified in numerous ways to please anyone in your family. Even though this recipes uses maple syrup (NOT pancake syrup), it does not have a strong maple flavor. I use a 1/2 cup, and my girls are good with that. Use honey if you’d like, but it won’t be as crunchy. Also, please don’t be afraid of the butter! Use real butter; it is delicious and will keep you full longer. Enjoy!
Sundays are for rest, but getting a family of five ready for church and preparing Sunday lunch for my brood of boys does not always make for a restful Sunday. So, in my house, Sundays are also for the slow cooker!
Growing up, pot roast was a Sunday tradition in our family. Today, I continue the tradition with a little help from my slow cooker. I love coming home to the smell of Sunday roast, and I love even more that I don’t have to do much work, which means I actually get to rest a little on Sundays