Cheesy Chicken & Bacon Casserole

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I’m usually not into casseroles, but this one is just too good.  It’s perfect for a homey dinner and then reheats beautifully for breakfast or brunch the next day, you know, if there are any leftovers…which is rare at our house, actually. Read more…

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Cheesy Stuffed Jalapenos

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Oh, these make me happy.  They are cheesy and smoky and satisfy my cravings for Mexican food quite nicely.  They only require four ingredients, too which is nice because they are four ingredients I usually have on hand.  I serve a little Mexican crema or full-fat sour cream if I have it but that’s optional.  It will help douse the flames if the peppers are especially hot. Read more…

Cheese Crunchies

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Sometimes I just need something crunchy.  When we gave up grains, that meant no more tortilla chips and that meant no more nachos.  Fortunately, I discovered these little things and now I have something crunchy to convey that hot sauce, guacamole or taco meat to my mouth!  They’re also good for just snacking on their own or for making little sandwiches with some slices of meat and maybe roasted sweet peppers…mmmmmm. My kids like them with pizza sauce and pepperoni slices. Read more…

Venison Pot Roast

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I am very blessed to have wild game in my freezer almost year-round.  It is high-quality, lean meat from animals that ate their natural diet not far from where I live and I feel like we’re eating just a little slice of Texas…you know, living off the land and all that.  It also cuts WAY down on the amount of grocery money I spend on meat, and that’s definitely a good thing. Read more…

Breakfast To Go: Berry Smoothie

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I love my stick blender…no huge machine to take up space and no hard-to-wash, oddly-shaped carafe to bog down my morning routine.

I also love whey protein powder.  One scoop contains over 20 grams of easily-digestible protein and can be used for all kinds of Real Food applications including quick, easy, delicious smoothies.  Our favorite brands are Jay Robb and Central Market whey protein powders because they are sweetened with stevia as opposed to creepy artificial sweeteners and they taste SO good! Read more…

Raising Our Own Meat

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We have been on Real Food journey for several years now and have gotten used to growing our own food, both plants and animals.  We enjoy fresh vegetables from our garden, blackberries from our bushes and fruit from our trees.  Read more…

Fattening Us Up

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We are all familiar with the USDA food pyramid, right?  I know it changed to My Plate a few years ago but it’s essentially the same.

Isn’t it nice of them to educate us, out of the goodness of their bureaucratic hearts, about what we should be eating?  After all, I’m sure that our health is their top priority and they have nothing to gain but a nation of happy, well fed citizens. Read more…