Once upon a time, I discovered that everything I had been told about what it meant to eat healthy was a lie.
Okay, not everything, because fruit and vegetables were good for me--I knew that. But I didn't know that butter was, too. Or red meat. Or raw milk. Or... or... or...
That was then
Not long after I started on the journey of learning about how traditionally-healthy societies managed to be so without all the benefits of modern science telling them what they should or shouldn't eat (newsflash: it wasn't because they had enough Flintstone vitamins in their diet), I started blogging. And sharing my new discoveries with the world. And also posting recipes.
And this is, well, you know...
I have incorporated many changes into how our family eats over the years, and now do about 95% of my cooking "from scratch." That means I start with fresh ingredients, often ones that I grew myself (and harvested myself, and sometimes butchered myself.) That's a lot of cooking when you have a family of six. And that is a lot of opportunity for new recipes--which I love to share with you!
For future reference
You can browse through my recipe section for easy access to all the recipes on my blog. I have also just launched my healthy eating newsletter, "Talena's Kitchen", in which I share simple, do-able tips for how to incorporate traditional whole-food eating into your life. (Sign up and see previous issues below.)
Be sure to look for the "Scratch Fast" and "Kid-Friendly" recipes if you are a busy cook, like me! The "Recommended Reading" page is an index of articles I wrote about ways to be healthier in the past.
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Whenever we have guests over for a cookout, they always ask me for my ketchup recipe. Here it is—5 ingredients, 5 minutes, and no fuss is all it takes.
I don't know anyone who would argue that cookies and cakes are necessary food groups for a balanced diet. (Chocolate, on the other hand...) But even with all the conflicting information, I believe that baked goods can still be a nutritious alternative to store-bought processed foods. Here is the outline of the philosophy I have embraced to judiciously incorporate delicious baked goodness into our family's diet over the years while still keeping as much nutrition in our calories as possible.
Making pumpkin pie from scratch is the most delicious way, and not as difficult as you might think. This is our family recipe. Perfect fall comfort food!
Yummy homemade granola--easier than cookies, and healthier than cold cereal!
A delicious salad using seasonal summer produce.
A delicious from-scratch version that is way better than canned!
This is a perfect drink to both replenish the body after an afternoon in the sun, and to help heal digestion, which is so very important to our overall well-being. The best part? It tastes GREAT!
Two yummy fall recipes: Apple Pumpkin Soup and Easy-Peasy Cheesy Garlic Biscuits.
Sometimes you want to use up the abundance of pumpkin you grew or purchased without the same ol' pie spices. Here is a very delicious curried soup variation I came up with.
Make your own super-fast, super-easy, super-healthy snack from those Jack-o-Lantern seeds.
Great bread for sandwiches and more!
Chunky and nutritious. Great way to use up leftover wild rice, or make some just for this soup.
'Tis the season for preserves. Between deals on fruit at the grocery store, fruit stands, and berry bushes on the property of anyone willing to let you pick them, there is plenty of sweet goodness going around right now. And despite the heat, I am determined to keep some of it to be available during the long winter months.