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8 Best Recipes for the Real Food Novice

Real Food Recipes

If you have been following me from the beginning you may remember that I started out posting recipes for whole nutrient dense food, and then I stopped. I haven't published a recipe since Nov 2014...terrible.

It's not that I don't like cooking or recipes, I actually love to cook and consider it one of my greatest passions...aside from blogging of course😉 However, I found myself limited when I tried to recreate the meals I so often cook at home. I typically don't follow a recipe and cook on the fly. Adding spices here or ingredients there without measurement. So when I tried to come up with an actual recipe it was very difficult for me to change my mindset. Hence the three recipes in one year of blogging.  

So after months of consideration I have decided to remove the food section from my blog. I am a bit heavy hearted because I feel I am letting you all down. However, I am hopeful that I can occasionally provide links to other great blogs with recipes approved by me. Nutrition is a major pillar to health so providing you with actual recipes is important to me. What do you all think? 

Theres no better time like the present so here are eight recipes to get the real food newbie cooking and on the road to better health. What’s Real Food anyway? Read this post to find out. 

Budget Friendly Lentil Stew

Soups are a real foodies staple. With nourishing homemade bone broth and so many modifications for recipes they are a very easy and frugal way to feed your family.

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One of the most budget friendly soups is lentil. With a pound of lentils costing $2-4 dollars it is a great sub for meat. For my family of four a large pot of soup feeds us for 2-3 days, so it really lasts. Here is a great recipe from Scratch Mommy for Budget Friendly Lentil Stew. Keep in mind that this is a basic frame work for the soup changes can easily be made to meet your needs. Soup is also a great thing to clean out your fridge! 

Bone Broth

Going hand in hand with soup a basic bone broth is essential to the real food cooks repertoire. It is filled with minerals, collagen, amino acids and heals the gut. Warding off leaky gut and autoimmune disorders.

Before I ever tried making chicken bone broth I was very intimidated by it. It seemed like a very long task (24 hours to simmer) and I wasn’t that hot about the idea of dealing with all those chicken bones. However, once I found a recipe for making it in my slow-cooker I was set. It is very simple and after you do it one time you don’t need a recipe again. Here is a great recipe from, The Nourishing Home, for a basic Chicken Bone Broth.

Grain Free Banana Muffins

Who doesn’t love a muffin, warm out of the oven with grass fed butter slathered all over it. Yes, please! One issue with muffins however is they are a gluten bomb, triggering your inflammatory system to go wild. Plus they are usually filled with refined GMO sugar. Thankfully, there is a real food version that is equally as delicious and nourishing at the same time. From the lovely, Naturally Loriel, Grain Free Banana Muffins.

French Onion Dip

I threw this one in here to show you you don’t have to eat carrot sticks and cardboard to eat Real and maintain health. You don’t even have to sacrifice some of your long time favorites, they just need to be made in a healthy way. Bring in the French Onion Dip.

I think we all know that creamy flavorful dip I am talking about, a typical party dip accompanied by crunchy chips. The problem?…full of GMOs. Don’t fret because I have found a delicious alternative to the GMO version. Organic, yummy, and satisfying. Another one from Naturally Loriel, Real Food Style French Onion Dip.

Garlic Dill Pickles

The humble pickle…when made traditionally is actually full of gut loving probiotics. A basic way to fend off health issues. Something you can now feel good about eating, lactofermented pickles are easy to make and even easier to eat. From Modern Hippie Housewife, Fermented Garlic Dill Pickles.

Soaked Pumpkin Maple Baked Oatmeal

Soaking grains and legumes before consuming them is important because it removes mineral robbing phytic acid. More on that here. One of my favorite things to do with oatmeal is bake it after it's soaked. A large pan lasts for days and is a simple breakfast on the go or quick snack.

This is one of my fav recipes because I love pumpkin and it is easily modifiable to meet your dietary needs (type of milk, sweetener, fat). Plus it is truly nourishing, full of protein and fiber. From the home of, The Nourishing Gourmet, Soaked Pumpkin Maple Baked Oatmeal 

Creamsicle Gelatin Cups

These yummy gelatin cups taste like a 50/50 bar. They are just much better for you. High quality gelatin from grass-fed cows is packed with collagen and is anti-inflammatory. Making it great for hair growth, strong nails, joint health, aging, and boosting the immune system. A great brand of gelatin in Great Lakes. The creamsicle cups can be assembled in about 15 minutes and make a great healthy dessert or kiddo snack. Head on over to Mommypotamus for the recipe.

Coconut Flour Pancakes

Coconut flour pancakes are a regular in my house. Everyone loves them and they are a great alternative to grain pancakes. As long as you don’t overdo it with the maple syrup you won’t get that “I want to take a nap” feeling so common after grain pancakes. Coconut flour is also full of fiber, which stabilizes blood sugar.

These pancakes are delicious, fluffy, and filling. Get the recipe at Empowered Sustenance. For her version with gelatin check this recipe out.

That’s it! I hope you enjoy these recipes and that this shows you Real Food is delicious food. Happy cooking.


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