All posts by: Allison

My Favorite Honey Chicken Recipe – Honey Glazed Chicken Thighs I love chicken thighs.  I love their flavor.  I love their texture.  I love their price.  Especially their price. Because saturated fat has gotten a bad rap (totally undeservedly) most...
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Delicious Maple Steak with Apple, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Salad Confession: When I was a kid I hated steak. I had one bad experience with dry, chewy steak and I swore it off forever. Fortunately, as a young adult, I...
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Is Real Plans Worth It? A Real Plans Review It’s no secret that I love meal plans. If I wasn’t committed to meal planning feeding my family a healthy diet would be a lot more expensive. In fact, having a...
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How To Discipline Your Child Without Spanking – 13 Alternatives to Spanking Your Child If you’ve decided not to use corporal punishment as a form of discipline you may find yourself unprepared for situations where spanking is often used.  Many...
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Low carb lettuce wraps are a versatile way to have a delicious low-carb, keto-friendly dinner the whole family will love. Low Carb Lettuce Wrap Recipes My family loves tacos, but after months and months of Taco Tuesday, we got a...
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Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu Oh, ’tis the season, folks!  As we head into the depths of winter, our bodies face the task of fighting off cold and flu germs. The good news is, while our bodies are fighting...
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Does Gentle Discipline Really Work? I first read about gentle discipline when my oldest child was nearing his first birthday.  I’d practiced attachment parenting from the beginning, but hadn’t given much thought to discipline.  I knew from my own upbringing...
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How To Have A Stress Free Morning Routine As A Mom Hey, mama. Is your morning routine a little stressful? A lot stressful? If your mornings are like those of many other moms, you’re flying by the seat of your...
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Low Carb Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Recipe If you’re on a low carb or keto diet you probably already know that zucchini is included in many low carb or keto recipes. With only 6 grams of carbs per medium zucchini it’s...
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Healthy Cherry Vanilla Smoothie Recipe My family loves fruit smoothies. Although there is an endless number of smoothies we can make from various frozen and fresh fruit, we tend to stick to berries, peaches, and bananas for the most part....
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How I Stopped my IBS Naturally My IBS began suddenly after the birth of my first child when I was 22 years old.  At my six-week postnatal check up, I talked with the doctor about my constant stomach upset.  She...
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How to Make Zoodles (Zucchini Noodles) When I was on a grain free diet I missed the comfort I got from a plate of buttery or saucy noodles.  When I first discovered zucchini noodles I was thrilled. I quickly found...
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Easy Homemade Toothpaste Recipe As I strive to live a simpler, more natural lifestyle, I’ve replaced many personal hygiene products with natural and/or homemade alternatives.  Homemade toothpaste was one of the first and the easiest natural hygiene products to replace....
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Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe This cake is trouble, you guys.  I want to make it all the time.  I want to eat it all the time.  I want you to try it so you can join me. This flourless...
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Easy Pumpkin Curry With Coconut Rice Recipe I have a serious fondness for curry dishes.  The warmth and the variety of the flavors in both curry powder and garam masala make me very happy.  Though I never ate Indian cuisine...
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Tomato and Avocado Salad – A Simple Summer Recipe Sometimes I get a little overzealous in the summer when produce is at its peak. Sometimes, when the beautiful colors of nature are at their most enticing, I purchase a few...
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How to Stretch a Whole Chicken Into Seven Meals One question I often get from friends, family, and readers is “Is there any way to make a real food diet more affordable?” Of course there is! I’ve written about how...
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Homemade Moisturizing Body Wash Have you looked at the ingredients in your favorite body wash?  I have.  It’s not pretty. Check those ingredients on EWG.org. Then, throw that bottle of perfumey blech away. (Or, recycle it if you can!) Once...
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Easy Homemade Pie Crust Made With Butter We all need a simple homemade pie crust recipe in our recipe box, don’t we?  I don’t know why, but people seem intimidated by the thought of making a pie crust from scratch.  It’s...
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How to Deal With Parenting Anxiety If you’re a parent chances are you’ve spent more than a little time worrying about your children.  It’s normal and it’s healthy to be concerned about the safety and well-being of our children.  We...
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How to Cope With Miscarriage My second pregnancy ended in miscarriage. I was 13 weeks into the pregnancy and feeling pretty confident as I moved into the second trimester.  My morning sickness (and a few other symptoms) had begun to...
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DIY Facial Oil Recipes Have you peeked at the ingredients in your favorite facial moisturizer? Have you checked the safety of those ingredients on EWG.org? If you haven’t you should. When I saw the safety rating of my former favorite...
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What To Make With Leftover Mashed Potatoes – An Easy Potato Puff Recipe We eat a lot of potatoes.  Mostly because we like them and they are filling.  Partly because potatoes – even organic ones – are inexpensive.  And there...
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Slow Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken with Cream Cheese Sauce Garlic butter chicken.   Cream Cheese Sauce. Oh my.  Where do I even begin?  I guess I should tell you first about the tender, moist chicken.  But, you just have to...
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Simple Sweet Pepper Frittata Recipe If you’re looking for a simple weeknight meal that’s easy on the grocery budget, put this Sweet Pepper Frittata recipe on your go-to list!  This recipe takes just a few minutes to prep and feeds...
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Are Grains Bad for You? Are grains bad for us? Well, yes and no. Maybe you’ve gone grain free or are considering going grain free.  You might have friends or family members who are going grain free, but you don’t...
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Easy Chicken Quesadillas Recipe – A Frugal Family Dinner Chicken quesadillas are an easy weeknight dinner favorite at my house.  They take no time at all to make and we always have leftovers for the lunch the next day.  The...
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Quick and Easy Weeknight Pineapple and Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe First of all, this one was a kid-pleaser. Second of all, it was quick and easy to make on a weeknight. Does anything else matter? Oh.  Okay. I’ll tell you...
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Healthy Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe Fluffy.  Sweet. Buttery. Comfort. Yes, please. I grew up eating pancakes made from a packet mix.  I could make ’em myself by the time I was 10 and did so most Saturday mornings. I had no...
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Easy Quinoa and Pecan Casserole Hello, comfort food! It’s nice to eat ya. Quinoa has long been one of my favorite side dishes, but recently I’ve been looking for more ways to make it a main dish.  We certainly aren’t...
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