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100 Days of Real Food Cookbook

By Caitlin Grace Webb, Lifestyle Contributor

I have been on a real food, whole food journey for a while now. One of my favorite resources is the 100 Days of Real Food blog by Lisa Leake. Lisa’s blog combines the necessary resources for a whole food lifestyle with the common sense and simplicity needed for real life. For me, it is a reliable, comfortable resource.  Since I’ve been following her blog from the beginning, I am so excited to be a cookbook ambassador and review the book I received!

She recently released her first cookbook, 100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love, and it is a perfect reflection of the blog. Not just recipes, but dedicated to making the recipes and lifestyle easy and natural for you and your family. No kids yet here – but if you are a parent you will love the tips! I have been in awe of what she is doing for her children for years.

This is not just how to cook healthful recipes, but how to make it happen and why.

My favorites so far are the Shortcut Eggplant Parmesan and the Chocolate Truffles made with dates. If you are not yet using fresh Medjool dates as a dessert option, start now! I could not live without them.

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Photo by Caitlin Webb

I love the chapters designed to make this easy – grocery lists that aren’t confining, favorite brands and dried spices and tips for substitution equivalents. And the chapters that provide the facts and awareness needed for a whole food lifestyle  – details about whole wheat and whole grains, processed ingredients versus homemade ingredients and why food dyes are horrible (a personal favorite), among other things!

Gluten-free, Vegetarian and dairy-free recipes are included, as well as freezer friendly options (is anyone NOT taking advantage of freezer cooking yet?!). And, all the photos are gorgeous!

With any cookbook or blog I use, my favorite tool is Pepperplate. It is a wonderful meal planning app that syncs wirelessly so I have my shopping lists and recipes available wherever I go! If you feel stuck when you go to the grocery store – give it a try!

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Email me for my favorite tips!

Try my favorite recipe and share your comments below!

Shortcut Eggplant Parmesan

Shortcut Eggplant Parmesan

Photo by Carrie Vitt

Shortcut Eggplant Parmesan

If you do not already follow Lisa’s blog, check it out here. Or, find her on Facebook! That is actually my favorite way to check in and see the latest. Don’t wait to transform your idea of real food, buy her cookbook today!

Enjoy life!


 

Caitlin profile picLiving by the beach in Charleston, SC, Caitlin is an artist by nature and is inspired by the beauty in everyday life. You can find her doing yoga, making jewelry, working, cooking and decorating her new home.

 

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The challenge:
For a full week, make a conscientious effort to save money by using some of the tips below. Then shift your savings to organics!

So how did I do? Well, we do already use all organic foods. I made that decision last year. So, that helped with this challenge! But, honestly, I could do better to save more money and be less wasteful in many ways and so this Challenge is a wakeup call to me.

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All on sale!

I want to share that my experience in going organic was NOT as hard as I thought it would be. Our food budget has increased some, but also, I have changed how I buy and what I buy. I do buy things in bulk and on sale, for example. I buy more produce and we do have more spaghetti! I am learning to scour my stores for organic offerings and even to ask lots of questions at our local Farmer’s Market (this is hard for me, an introvert!)

One thing that unnerved me when we first began considering organics was all the information available. It was hard to have a clue what I was doing and talking about—I would research one thing, and end up overwhelmed. But, then I would do something like watch Food, Inc. and remember why I wanted change for my family—to protect them.

Anyway, here I go: below are the things we were to do for a week, to save money and make the shift to organics. I have to say #2 and #4 on this challenge seemed meant for me!

  1. Buy in bulk I do buy in bulk for many things. We have a local Costco that carries organic milk, ground beef, chicken, eggs, frozen veggies, peanut butter…even jam and a couple of cereals. These are many of our staples.
  2. Eat your leftovers. Oh, I do badly on this one. But, the leftovers are not the problem. Instead, I often end up throwing out good food that I did not prepare for the family. I feel horrid about this. I will have all these plans to fix a bunch of veggies or a big salad…then I’ll be tired and just do spaghetti—or, the kids will come in and want meat. And, I’ll cook that, because that is easier for me—I know what I am doing! Learning to make quinoa palatable to my boys is harder for me. Shoot, anything new is harder. So, if I don’t get it cooked…no one does. The week before this challenge I threw out a bunch of expensive salad greens and a $4 head of cauliflower. I also thawed out some chicken in the fridge, then got busy and didn’t cook it. That ended up in the garbage as well. So, for this challenge I made sure I used up all our veggies. In fact, I cut up a head of cauliflower and left in out on the counter for the kids to find and snack on. It stayed there much longer than say, cookies would have, but in the end, everyone ate it!! I had plans to feed everyone a quinoa salad, but I did not get to it. Next week…
  3. Opt for water. We do use tons of water. I bought a Brita Water filter/dispenser for the fridge and the kids use it like crazy.
  4. Choose whole chicken. Yuck. I hate cutting up meat. My mom showed me how to cut up whole chickens years ago, but I still hate it. I bought some whole chickens for the challenge, but ended up just roasting them. Ironically, the kids ate every bite of those chickens. So, I guess my advice is, buy the whole chicken, throw it in the oven, cook it and then cut it up!
  5. Buy fruits and vegetables when they’re in season. I try to do this. Now, the Farmer’s Market is getting going for Spring and my husband is excited to try using a CSA
  6. Eat less meat. We try to do this, too. I think I would be fine without meat and I rarely eat red meat, myself. But, again, my boys would (supposedly) die if they could not have meat. What I have done is lessen the portions of meat I feed everyone. Rather than giving each person an individual chicken breast, I will cook the chicken and cut it all up and then serve over rice, etc. And, for this challenge, I pulled out my cookbook and tried a few bean recipes as sides for this week. As summer approaches, my family knows to expect more salads and stuff like that.

I know some of my readers do many of these things already, so good for you! If you want to do a challenge, go for it! I am excited to see some of my friends participating!

You can read more and see how some of the other easy living organic bloggers are doing with their challenges at the Organic Challenge Group.

And, please let me know how you think I am doing. Any tips appreciated!

CLICK HERE For Details & TO ENTER MY EASY ORGANIC LIVING GIVEAWAY!

This post is part of the Easy Organic Living program co-hosted by Baby Center and Healthy Child Healthy World and sponsored by Stonyfield. For participating, I will receive a tote bag of organic products and I will be giving away an additional bag of organic products.

I wish I this garden! I picture from a recent trip to Monticello.

What a garden~Picture from a trip to Monticello.

I’m so glad you have come by to check out the Organic Living Challenge! I hope you are enjoying some of the tips and challenges!

I am thrilled to be able to giveaway a Tote bag full of Organic Products!

Mandatory Entry: Participate in a Challenge! Do one…or all four, then share about it on the Baby Center Easy Organic Living threads, and leave a link to Faith, Family and Fun. Then, leave a comment on this giveaway post, letting me know that you did!

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(I will keep links to the challenges posted as they come up–here is BabyCenter Thread link to challenge thread: http://ht.ly/4bgqC)

There are tons of ways to get additional entries!

  1. Post your activities on the Healthy Child Facebook Wall
  2. Talk about it on Facebook. Share a story about this challenge using @healthychildhealthyworld and/or @stonyfield and @quinnschilling
  3. Tweet about it. Include @quinnschilling and the #ezorganic hashtag to give a quick example, tip, or link
  4. SHARE it in other ways: you can choose ways to share, blog, FB, tweet, Dig It, share on a forum…Plurk it…just leave me a comment and tell me what you did—ONE comment for each share—and one entry per type of share per day!
  5. Like  Healthy Child Healthy World and Stonyfield on Facebook
  6. Follow Healthy Child Healthy World and Stonyfield on Twitter
  7. Follow Faith, Family and Fun through RSS and/or GFC
  8. Follow me on Twitter @ quinnschilling, and tweet the giveaway (1x daily). You can use the following: –You can use this:                Join the Organic Living Challenge and Win! http://bit.ly/gHbJQJ @ quinnschilling #ezorganic
  9. Follow Faith, Family and Fun on Facebook and share the giveaway

Remember to leave separate comments for each entry method.

I will choose a random winner on April 30, 2011!

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This post is part of the Easy Organic Living program co-hosted by Baby Center and Healthy Child Healthy World and sponsored by Stonyfield. For participating, I will receive a tote bag of organic products and I will be giving away an additional bag of organic products.

hc-logoI am so pleased and excited to be participating in The Easy Organic Living Program! This is a fun series of Organic Challenges that are co-hosted by Healthy Child Healthy World (HCHW) and Baby Center and the sponsor is Stonyfield.

You can join me in taking one or more of four challenges over the next month and a half. From what I have already seen and learned so far from the program hosts and other participants, I know you will learn a ton about organic living and …you may even win a tote bag full of organic treats!

Today, I’ll be sharing the first challenge. Soon, I will tell you how I am doing.

3/9 CHALLENGE: Save a dollar here, Shift a dollar there

Organic living is healthy living and you don’t need a bigger budget to start buying organic. Protect your family by taking simple steps that have a big impact. Invest in health!

Your challenge:
For a full week, make a conscientious effort to save money by using some of the tips below. Then shift your savings to organics!

Buy in bulk and save up to $500 a year!

Eat your leftovers. According to the USDA, 14 percent of all the food that we buy ends up in the trash, adding up to almost $600 thrown away each year.

Opt for water. Instead of grabbing soda or juice, drink what’s freely available from the tap. You could save up to $200 per year or more.

Choose whole chicken. Save up to $600 per year by choosing whole chicken instead of boneless skinless breasts.

Buy fruits and vegetables when they’re in season. You can save up to $130 or more per year by shifting to seasonal produce (i.e., apples in the winter, plums and nectarines during the summer).

Eat less meat. If you were to cut meat out of your diet once a week and replace it with a vegetarian option, you could save about $250 per year for a family of four.

Find more tips here and learn more at Shift Your Habit!

After a week, estimate your savings and shift the money to organic food.

How your family will benefit from this challenge:
• You’ll save money.
• You’ll shift your budget to support healthier living.
• Your family won’t ingest potentially harmful ingredients found in non-organic products.

Share your experience!
Your story can help inspire others to live healthier! Please share your tips and trials. Here’s how:

  • Talk about it on Facebook. Share a story about this challenge using @healthychildhealthyworld and/or @stonyfield.
  • Tweet about it. Use the #ezorganic hashtag to give a quick example, tip, or link.

CLICK HERE For Details & TO ENTER MY EASY ORGANIC LIVING GIVEAWAY!

This post is part of the Easy Organic Living program co-hosted by Baby Center and Healthy Child Healthy World and sponsored by Stonyfield. For participating, I will receive a tote bag of organic products and I will be giving away an additional bag of organic products.

If you participate in this challenge, please let me know!

Fit Mommy Friday!

Heather —  November 12, 2010

Curious? You can see my Fit Mommy Challenge Post. Today, I need to list how I am doing on my goals in the challenge.


  1. My goal: To continue to eat only organic foods- Did This, no eating out this week
  2. To lose 10 Lbs for Christmas- Well, have not lost any yet.
  3. To drink wine at most 1-2 nights per week, a maximum of 2 glasses- Blew this, I know, it doesn’t matter its organic. My husband pointed that out….
  4. To not eat at all after 7:30 pm- Did eat several times after 7:30. I kept forgetting. Noticed I look for carbs- crackers, things like that after kids are settled and I’m tidying kitchen
  5. To not eat/taste batter/appetizers etc while Holiday cooking- Did not eat while cooking, except when I put out appetizers for company. I probably ate way too many calories there, talking and moving around
  6. To incorporate more veggies into my diet- Ate carrots for snack 2x, purposefully did not buy anything like pretzels. Added more veges to lunches
  7. To exercise at least 4x per week- Exercised officially 2x.

ok. So there you have it. Not a great re-start. But, I kept putting it off, then the week was almost gone. I was more aware and mentally noticing my weaknesses, rather than trying not to!

Now that I’ve faced my weaknesses…yuck….I have high hopes for this upcoming week.

Head over to Got Chai to how the other participants are doing!

Green Blog Hop!!

Heather —  October 26, 2010

I’m so excited…I found a Green Blog Hop!

This hop is going on over at Going Green With Noah…and it says it is for “For “Green” Blogs or “Green” Sites Only – Even if you’re just starting out!”

We’ve been organic since April…and although I have a long way to go in making green changes, so far, it has been wonderful!

So click on the button to join in the hopping!

While you are here, you can see a bit about our organic journey.

And,  please sign up for my EcoMom giveaway!

Ok. So now I have gotten into my Fall routine. It’s mainly teach, shop, cook, try to stay healthy, have a bit of fun…repeat.

If you are like me…you are probably ready for a break—a bit of a regroup, as we head into the Winter and all the Holidays!

I totally recommend taking a bit of time for yourself, mama, and find some little changes you can make that will nurture your body and spirit as the days get colder. And, I have a treat from the perfect spot to buy eco-friendly baby products- Ecomom. (They have cool stuff for moms, too)

This Fall, I have struggled with our going organic thing—I am still very committed to it and determined to feed my family pure, healthy things. I am proud that my cooking and shopping has changed dramatically.

I am also excited that a my green lifestyle is actually becoming a habit and I am starting to internalize some of these ideas—to the point where I am taking better care of myself.

Lately,  I do not have to run and get the computer and “the recipe” to make a little sugar scrub for the shower—I will squeeze a bit of lemon and mix in some olive oil and make a little paste with my organic sugar. It works so well and smells heavenly.

I use a deodorant that is a spray of mineral salts. My Happy Mama Spray is still not giving me a headache….and I am oh, so in love with my Terralina skincare stuff…so much so that I finally went ahead and tossed my Clinique!

My newest luxury is to have a cup of green tea while I let my Farmaesthetics Rosehips and Clay Mint mask set. Who knew going organic could be such a pleasure?

EcoMomLogo1I found this mask on the Ecomom site, while I was looking for something that would be gentle and relaxing as a special treat for me…I looked on Ecomom, as I like their motto that:

“Healthy living doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Small steps matter, and make a big difference.” Ecomom says they “ Make it Easy.” And they did!

I was so glad I got the mask…the simple blend of organic ingredients did clear and smooth my skin. Technically, this may be called “decongesting the skin” but whatever…it felt great! I also loved the charming bottle. Here is a bit about the mask:

100% natural Vitamin C infusion and extraction mask to purify and decongest the skin.

A potent blend of organically grown peppermint leaves and rosehips, working together with kaolin clay, to wick away oil and bring down inflammation. Especially good for minimizing pore size and spot-treating breakouts.

Peppermint also cools the skin, settling irritation; while organic rosehips, nature’s most potent source of vitamin C, infuses the skin with restorative benefits in it’s most accessible whole herb form.

Nature’s perfect mask to decongest, deeply cleanse the skin, cool and calm all skin types.

Anyway, I really recommend changing things up and taking a bit of time for yourself to try some new things. Try a bit of homemade sugar scrub…dump some of those overly scented products!

I want to share some of this organic fun I’m having with you. I was so pleased that Ecomom offered to do a giveaway towards a product on her site.

There are tons of wonderful products for eco-concious moms showcased on Ecomom, from beauty to toys to clothing and gifts—all eco-friendly, all safe for your family. I love just browsing around the site, the photos make me want to try all kinds of new things and the prices are excellent—many of the items can be found elsewhere—but for more money.

Ecomom has daily and weekly specials and free shipping over $50. They also have a neat thing, called EcoPass—this is an annual membership of $99. The EcoPass gives you free shipping, a 15% discount on every order and advance notice on special deals.

One reader will win a $15 Gift Certificate to Ecomom!

You can also use code SBBL665 to get 15% off your first order. (Good until Nov. 30th)

For the mandatory entry, visit Ecomom and tell me what you would buy.

For additional entries, you can:

I will choose a winner on 11/9. Giveaway is for USA and Canada only. Please remember to leave a way for me to contact you in your comments!

I was provided with the mask from ecomom for the purpose of my review. I received no additional compensation and I have given my honest opnion.