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Wholesome Comfort Cookbook GIVEAWAY ~ Worldwide ~ CLOSED

I love comfort food.

And it’s always so bad for you! Gooey, cheesy, creamy, sweet, often highly processed…all the stuff you want to curl up with on a cold day – generally feels like you shouldn’t be eating it.

But my favorite real food cookbook author Kate of Modern Alternative Mama has saved the day again with yet another yummy book of recipes – and this one’s all about comfort food made from real ingredients – no guilt and incredibly tasty!

I really love having the opportunity to share Kate’s books with you as she’s been one of my top inspirations for both turning to real food and coming up with all kinds of meal ideas – I always find her recipes easy to make and super satisfying.

Also have to say that this one has probably been the biggest hit with the husband. When I made the meatloaf recipe from Wholesome Comfort, his response was, “Honey, this is the kind of thing you should make more often – stuff like you used to make, only healthy.”

I did used to make meatloaf fairly often, using conventional ground beef and a packet of seasoning from the convenience aisle with a serving of powdered mashed potatoes and canned gravy on the side.

Consider now the alternative – grass fed beef, individually added spices, homemade bread crumbs, homemade beef stock gravy, real mashed potatoes – both better for us and waaaaay better tasting than the gunk I was making before!

Another recipe from this book I was highly anticipating was the tuna casserole – one of my very favorite dishes growing up (and one I’ve never been able to convince the husband to like). Former ‘recipe’ – egg noodles, 2 kinds of canned Campbell’s soup, a ton of cheese, milk and tuna. Read the rest of this entry »

Menu Plan Monday ~ January 23, 2011

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Just a quickie of a menu plan this week (it helps motivate me when I post for all the world to see ;)) – and hopefully provides you with a bit of idea inspiration too!

I do want to note that several of my recipes this week are from the new recipe eBook recently released by Modern Alternative Mama called Wholesome Comfort, which is full of real food/comfort food yumminess (perfect for winter!) and will be followed with a full review and giveaway near the end of February – so keep an eye out!

In the meantime, here’s the plan: Read the rest of this entry »

Treat Yourself: Real Food Desserts GIVEAWAY (CLOSED ~ Worldwide)

Out of all the changes we’ve made as a family over the past 14 months or so (and there have been many!) – the transition to real food has been one of the most difficult. That’s why I’m always happy to find a resource that helps make it easier – and Treat Yourself: Real Food Desserts from Kate at Modern Alternative Mama definitely falls into that category!

It’s pretty easy to find all kinds of healthy, real food recipes when it comes to breakfast, lunch and dinner, but I haven’t seen as much on the dessert side of things…and the treats I’m used to making are generally full of white flour, white sugar – basically all the processed stuff I keep trying to work toward eliminating.

But it turns out real food desserts (that really taste good) really are do-able…

I’m thrilled to be sharing this special collection of recipes with you through today’s review and giveaway, and hope you’re as happy as I am with these sweet treats!

Kate of Modern Alternative Mama was actually one of the first people to really get the idea of the importance of real food into my head. I’ve learned a lot from her blog and her Against the Grain cook book…in fact I feel I owe quite a debt of gratitude to this mama – so I’m always happy to recommend her stuff.

But I have to say, Treat Yourself surpasses it all (but maybe that’s just because I really like dessert ;) ). Really though, there are some amazing recipes in this one…I’ve already tried several and can’t wait to get to them all.

First, the details: you won’t find a hint of white flour or white sugar anywhere in this book. The only 3 sweeteners used are honey, maple, and sucanat – the truly all natural sweeteners – and Kate gives a great explanation of each of them at the beginning of the book.

Two thirds of the recipes are grain free, and some are even GAPS friendly – almost all are adjustable for substitutions to fit unique dietary needs.

In my own testing I’ve started out with some of the grain free options…mainly out of skepticism – I’d already tried a few grain free recipes (adapted from grain based recipes and using replacements like almond flour) that I haven’t been very impressed with, so I kind of wondered if it was possible to make something like that good.

First was the chocolate cake (Chocolate Cake II). I was very (pleasantly) surprised to find how good it was – and that it really tasted like chocolate cake! If I can ever manage to really stick to GAPS, this will definitely be our birthday cake of choice.

One of the other grain free recipes I really enjoyed was the carrot cake – the spices made it taste so amazing – this one did not last long in our house!

Of course, the top of the list was the chocolate brownies – and I gave these the ultimate test by sharing with my niece (who at this point in her toddler-hood does not do ‘healthy’) – she loved them as much as we did! I’m just happy Kate’s given permission to share the recipe – you won’t want to miss out on this one!

Chocolate Brownies Read the rest of this entry »

Against the Grain eBook GIVEAWAY (CLOSED) (Worldwide)

I actually had the good fortune of winning this book myself from a giveaway hosted by the lovely Hybrid Rasta Mama, and it has easily become one of my all-time favorite cookbooks - especially since most of the recipes are GAPS friendly!

But whether you’re truly against the grains or not, you will love the recipes in this book – they are just that good.

Starting with the intro, this eBook is jam packed with great information – it’s actually the first place I heard about GAPS and how damaging grains can be to the health of our guts. Kate wrote it so well in fact that she made me look deeper and pretty much changed my entire mentality around foodhow’s that for an eBook?

I’ve had the opportunity to try out close to half of the recipes so far, and in the 3 or 4 months since I’ve had this book, several of them have already ended up in my regular rotation.

The garlic rubbed pork chops are super easy to make and amazingly good – just the other day I made a huge batch so I could take extras to lunch at work, and not a day went by that I didn’t get jealous glances and comments from my co-workers in the lunchroom!

The spicy lime marinated beef strips are FREAKING awesome (there is no better way to describe them lol) – we topped them with a little homemade guacamole and sour cream, served with a side of steamed broccoli, and it was one of the best dinners ever. I’ve just realized I want to make these again like, right now! Read the rest of this entry »

Monday Menu ~ 6/27/11

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Image by Arlo Bates via Flickr

Well I must say I was super lucky this week – I entered a giveaway from Hybrid Rasta Mama for the Against the Grains eBook written by Modern Alternative Mama, and I won! :)

Let me tell you – there are some amazing looking recipes in this book! Some will be featured in this week’s meal plan, and I want to try out just about every one eventually.

We are still attempting to go grain free as much as possible, though I’ll admit we’re far from perfect about itit is SO hard sometimes to break up this love affair with grains!

But I am starting to feel more on the icky side when I do eat grains and/or sugar – definite inspiration to continue in their limitation.

The Crunchy Convert wrote on her Facebook status the other day that her family is trying really hard to eat whole, healthy foods but as someone who was raised on processed foods, they continue to both repel and attract her.

I was kind of glad to see I’m not the only one who feels that way!

But as I responded to her (and needed to remind myself) – we have made some pretty amazing changes over the past months – and breaking the habits of a LIFETIME is something that is going to be a journey…it’s not something that’s just going to happen in a week or two.

I have to remind myself of this because I do often get frustrated when I look at my belly and see no change, or when I eat super healthy for 5 days and then just 1 or 2 days of junk eating seems to put me right back where I started. Read the rest of this entry »

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