New and Improved: Real Food 101 is TWICE as long, and now in full color paperback


When I picked up a copy of Nourishing Traditions at my library all those years ago, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  It was the best kind of crazy whirlwind to learn in one innocent weekend about why saturated fats are good for me, why I needed to eat more seafood, why local produce contained more vitamins, why raw milk wasn’t going to kill me after all, and what my ancestors generally ate.  (Hint: it’s not what the paleo people say.)

Fast forward a few years, and after much trial and error in my own kitchen, I have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to real food.  I know what my kids like, I know the shortcuts that work, and I know which recipes taste best after trying out several variations on say, lacto-fermented dill pickles.  In Real Food 101, I have compiled my experience and done the work for you.

Plus, Real Food 101 is new and improved, with more than twice as many recipes as it’s original printing.  And it’s now available exclusively on Amazon, for your convenience and peace of mind when it comes to the quality of the content.

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Today ONLY! Get my books for only 99 cents until MIDNIGHT EST

Buck Books Sale!I only have a minute, but I wanted to let you all know about the great deal on my books for today.  But it ends at midnight, so you’ll need to hurry!

My ebooks, Real Cocktails (formerly Natural Cocktails) and Real Food 101 are finally available on Amazon!  Woohoo!

Real Food 101

New and improved, and twice as long as it was!  I added several new recipes and tutorials, so that your kitchen can be well-informed about nutrition in the comfort of your own home.

Real Cocktails

This one is revamped as well, and can be bought as a hard copy, too!  Plus, have I mentioned that you can get a hard copy?  People have been begging me for this since I launched the thing!  In fact, it’s already ranking at #1 in all it’s catergories.  I’m so proud!  And it’s only been a few hours!

#1 ranking! Booyah!

But here’s the best part: both ebook versions are on sale for 99 cents TODAY ONLY.  Buck Books is featuring both my new and improved books in their Health and Nutrition bundle with 11 other books all marked down to 99 cents.  It’s a discount book venue called “Book Bucks”.

So you can get both my books for 99 cents each!   Sale ends at midnight tonight EST. Click any of the images at the top or CLICK HERE.

The price will be 99 cents literally for just one today before it’s back up to $10. You’ve got until midnight eastern time today to add it to your book collection, along with some of the others.  This is the best deal I have had on my books EVER.

I’ve been wishing for a long time that I could get you my books for a more affordable price. This is your chance! I hope you get over to Buck Books in time. Here’s the link again: Buck Books.

Share the word before the timer runs out!


Grass-Fed Meatloaf Muffins

Grass-fed Meatloaf Muffins | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

This simple and nutrient-dense dinner is whipped up in a one bowl in a matter of minutes, and baked in easy-to-eat individual muffin tins that are very popular with grown-ups and kids alike.

These are perfect for a quick dinner, or a make ahead dinner.  You can also freeze them in bulk after they are cooked, and pull them out one at a time for a homemade frozen dinner item! [Read more…]

Rustic Chicken Pot Pie with Pastured Butter Pie Crust

Rustic Chicken Pot Pie with Pastured Butter Pie Crust | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

Chicken pot pie is the ultimate comfort food, and nutrient-dense to boot.  There’s nothing better than tucking in to a savory and flaky pie full of tender morsels.

The vitamin K2 in the deep yellow pastured butter, the mineral-rich chicken stock made from long-simmered vegetables and pastured chicken bones, the fresh, colorful vegetables: they all combine to make a complete meal that satisfies and nourishes your whole body.   [Read more…]

Anti-Diet Challenge 2014, Day 4: Baked Mashed Potatoes

Anti Diet Challenge 2014: Baked Mashed Potatoes | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

If you followed my Anti-Diet Challenge last year, you’ll remember that there were a lot of casseroles and a lot of potatoes.  Some of you may have even thought I was crazy.  I mean, I was eating to satiation, and sometimes even beyond, which I did consciously for the benefit of my metabolism.

Confused yet?

I know it’s counter-intuitive, but yes, I am telling you that my Anti-Diet Challenge (this year and last year) is based on the idea of eating more.  Or more specifically, enough.  Not restricting.  Not punishing.

And yes, even working out less (in some cases).   I spent most of 2012 and 2013 refeeding my body, gaining weight, sleeping, and getting my waking body temperature to a steady 98 degrees every morning.  Eventually my weight stopped climbing, and I reached a homeostasis at about 280 pounds.  As I slept more, I found that I had more energy to get myself to the gym, in spite of the fact that I felt really uncomfortable in my larger body.  I lifted a lot of weights.  I started walking and dancing again.  I continued to eat about 3,000 calories/day.  I started to lose weight.

Now we come to January 2014.  I am in the middle of a divorce, of forging a new life where I am a single parent.  This should be a stressful time.  It has been.  But have I gained weight?  Even though I haven’t been to the gym in over two months?  NO.

Surprised?  Even I have been, a little!

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Asiago Sourdough Roast Beef Panini with Raw Blue Cheese and Arugula

Asiago Sourdough Roast Beef Panini with Raw Blue Cheese and Arugula | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

This post is a part of Panini Week!

This sandwich always reminds me of Steve Martin whenever I make it.  “I haven’t had arugula in 6 weeks!”  If you know what that movie is based on the quote, withOUT clicking this link to cheat, then you get…bragging rights.

Or virtual brownies or something.  And I’ll think you’re really cool!

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Get 65% OFF the NEW Online Class: Real Food for Busy People — Sale Ends Aug. 8th


Are you busy all the time?  Most of the time?  Dinnertime?  Yep, I thought so.

The summer has flown by, and my kids are already getting ready to go back to school.  I swear, before I know it it will be time for the holidays and we will be on to the new year.  The days seem to slip away so quickly!  As I get older, and as my children grow up, I value my time more and more.

Juggling kids and work and chores and shopping can be a daunting task.  Not to mention the ability to actually prepare and serve dinner every day, and those pesky breakfasts and lunches, too.  And I want those meals to be healthy: traditional fats, whole grains, fresh produce.

The good news?  You CAN prepare nutrient-dense meals from scratch for your family — in a fraction of the time. You just need to learn the tricks!  And all 17 of these fabulous bloggers are in the know!

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

taco seasoning from scratch

I love taco seasoning!  Especially when I get pounds and pounds of grass-fed ground beef that I use throughout the year.  And since I grew up in California and now live in Arizona, you’d better believe that I love me some Mexican food.

I use this taco seasoning not just on ground beef, but ground turkey as well.  It’s perfect for making tacos, burrito bowls, tostadas, and even flavored sour cream!  I use about two tablespoons of taco seasoning for 2 cups of sour cream and we use it all the time to flavor various Mexican dishes we make.   [Read more…]

Fresh Herb Chicken Tetrazini with Homemade Pasta


Previously: Pie Week and Candy Week.

Welcome to CASSEROLE WEEK!  As we work our way through, I will add to the casserole week list as we go so you have a handy list of one dish dinners that are tried and true!

Cross-posted at The Polivka Family.

What better way to start Casserole Week than with a beautiful baked dish full of homemade pasta noodles, herbed white sauce whisked to perfection, earthy mushrooms sauteed in golden grass-fed butter, and a nutty crust of parmesan cheese on top?

This fresh herb tetrazini with homemade noodles is one of my family’s favorites, tried and true by my kids and, um, discerning husband alike. [Read more…]

REAL FOOD 101: How to Roast a Pastured Chicken

how to roast a pastured chicken

This post is part of a series.  To buy Volume One of the e-book containing several REAL FOOD 101 tutorials, click here: REAL FOOD 101 E-book: Traditional Foods, Traditionally Prepared.

Classic roast chicken is something that almost everyone has made.  But the question is not whether or not you have made it, but if you have made it well.

Roast chicken is simple, but it can also be done wrong.  Very wrong!  If you want to know how to make a perfectly cooked, crispy-skinned, beautifully browned, juicy roast chicken, then you need only follow a few basic guidelines.

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