Cooking Tricks and Tips
Are You Throwing Away Flavor?
POSTED: February 28, 2023Have you ever noticed how many Eat REAL America recipes call for citrus zest – either lemon, lime or orange zest? Do you sometimes ask yourself “is that ingredient really necessary?” or do ... READ ARTICLE
T-Shirts and Pickles!
POSTED: February 21, 2023Those things go together, right?! Today they do! First, we want to announce the winners of the Eat Real t-shirts! Thank you for such a wonderful response to last week's coaching tip! We are so ... READ ARTICLE
Butter Board Fascination…
POSTED: January 24, 2023Have you noticed the recent fascination with Butter Boards? We're not sure exactly where this started, although it seems that a Portland, Oregon chef, Joshua McFadden, may have originated the ... READ ARTICLE
Quirky Cooking Tips – Truth or Myth?
POSTED: December 13, 2022Whether you consider them "rules" or "grandma's cooking tips," they may hold some truth... or they may actually be myths that we have been doing all this time... just because! You ... READ ARTICLE
Gift Giving Made Easy
POSTED: December 6, 2022Are you struggling to come up with gift ideas for someone on your Christmas list? Are you looking for something that is useful, practical and, dare we say, possibly inspiring? We ... READ ARTICLE
The Original Non-Stick Skillet
POSTED: November 29, 2022Do you own a cast iron skillet? Do you love it and use it all the time? Or, is it sitting lonely in a cabinet or maybe tucked away with the camping gear in the garage?! Cast iron skillets can be ... READ ARTICLE
Discovering Something New Every Day!
POSTED: November 15, 2022Do you know what inspires us the most? Our Eat REAL America members...YOU! We learn so much from your insights, feedback and engagement! Within the past few weeks, we discovered something new ... READ ARTICLE
POSTED: November 1, 2022Is coconut healthy? Shouldn't I avoid coconut because it is so high in saturated fat? What is the difference between light and full-fat coconut milk? We get so many questions ... READ ARTICLE
Recreate Your Favorite Restaurant Meals at Home!
POSTED: October 25, 2022Do you ever enjoy a restaurant meal and wish you could recreate it at home? Or, do you wish you could make it healthier so you could enjoy it more often? This happens to us all the ... READ ARTICLE
Is It Against the Law to Enjoy This Canned Veggie All Year Long?
POSTED: October 18, 2022According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, 90% of the sales for this canned vegetable (well, technically, it's a fruit) take place every year during the 4-month period from October ... READ ARTICLE
Make Your Meals Pop With Flavor With These Easy Toppings!
POSTED: October 11, 2022What do you think when you hear words like chimichurri or chutney or gremolata? You have probably seen these words on menus in nice restaurants and have watched chefs making dishes with them on ... READ ARTICLE
Use This Strategy When You Find Yourself Asking ‘What’s for Dinner?’
POSTED: October 4, 2022"What's for dinner?" We all know a little planning is involved to best answer this question, especially if you are cooking with fresh ingredients and eating at home (which we hope you are!). But ... READ ARTICLE
Does Your Pumpkin Spice Come From the Farm or the Factory?
POSTED: September 27, 2022With just a few short days until the start of October, "pumpkin spice season" is well under way! It used to start making its appearance with the beginning of cooler temperatures and the ... READ ARTICLE
Impress Your Guests With These Tailgating Tips
POSTED: September 6, 2022As we head into September, autumn is rapidly approaching - (even if the weather in your area may not feel like it yet!). This, of course, means fall festivals, family trips to the pumpkin patch, ... READ ARTICLE
Frozen in Time
POSTED: August 23, 2022One of the best pleasures of summer? Fresh, flavorful fruits and vegetables! If you eat in-season (which we highly recommend!), then you most likely love this incredible summer ... READ ARTICLE
Blistered and Charred…and Delicious!
POSTED: July 26, 2022Have you heard of shishito peppers? What about Padron peppers? Would you believe me if I told you these little peppers are life-changing, with only 3 ingredients and 10 minutes to prepare? It's ... READ ARTICLE
Give Your Kids This Life Skill and Cure Summer Boredom at the Same Time!
POSTED: July 12, 2022Has summer boredom kicked in for your kids yet? If you have kids - or grandkids - at home this summer, or know someone who does, you know the challenge of keeping them busy and keeping their ... READ ARTICLE
Are You a Farro Fan?
POSTED: June 7, 2022You are probably intimately familiar with quinoa, which has exploded in popularity in the past few years. And, quinoa is loaded with nutrients and is a versatile addition to so many recipes, but ... READ ARTICLE
Microgreens: Big Benefits in a Small Package!
POSTED: April 5, 2022Have you ever watched cooking shows or read food magazines and noticed those tiny, vibrant leafy greens that chefs use as the finishing touch on their dishes? They look a little bit like sprouts, ... READ ARTICLE
Are Pancakes REAL Food?
POSTED: March 1, 2022Happy Pancake Day! Did you know today is Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Day)?! In honor of this special day, let's talk pancakes! Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, ... READ ARTICLE
Sodium…Where You Least Expect It!
POSTED: February 22, 2022How much sodium are you consuming every day? Believe it or not, the average American consumes over 3,500 mg of sodium daily! The CDC also reports that about 90% of Americans 2 years old and ... READ ARTICLE
Shar/Ku/Tuh/Ree: Your Edible Art Project
POSTED: October 19, 2021It's one of the most popular trends on social media. It has been even been called the "adult lunchable." You have probably seen these in magazines, at local restaurants and elsewhere, as ... READ ARTICLE
POSTED: October 12, 2021Time flies when you're having fun, right?! Believe it or not, we published our very first Eat REAL America weekly meal ideas and coaching tip 8 years ago, in October 2013. My husband and I were ... READ ARTICLE
POSTED: September 28, 2021Love beer?! Love food?! Why not love them together?! More and more people are now pairing beer and food...just like we have been pairing wine and food for many years. The right beer paired ... READ ARTICLE
Is This True for the Kids In Your Life?
POSTED: August 24, 2021How can we help our kids not just survive, but thrive? A couple of weeks ago, a study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showing that 67% of calories consumed ... READ ARTICLE
Inspiration to Transform Your Yogurt Into Delicious & Nutritious Meals!
POSTED: August 17, 2021We hope you enjoyed last week's tour of the yogurt section! In the coaching tip and video, we mentioned how healthy yogurt can be (loaded with protein, calcium and beneficial bacteria)! This is ... READ ARTICLE
Use This Simple Formula To Transform Your Veggies
POSTED: July 20, 2021Do you... love the crisp taste of pickled vegetables, but wish they weren't quite so salty? Or, do you wish you could avoid the questionable ingredients you see on those jars of pickled ... READ ARTICLE
Get Off the Bottle with These 50 Easy & Delicious Homemade Dressings
POSTED: July 13, 2021Do you make your own salad dressings? Or, are you thinking, "no way, who has time for that?!" Believe it or not, homemade dressings are so much easier than you think...not to mention, more fresh, ... READ ARTICLE
Grocery Store Tour – Vinegars and Dressings
POSTED: July 6, 2021Why all the vinegar choices at the store? And, what about all those bottled salad dressings...can they be part of a healthy lifestyle? Continuing our grocery store tours, we want to ... READ ARTICLE
Celebrate Red, White and Blue…REAL Food Style
POSTED: June 29, 2021Fireworks, enjoying time with family and friends, soaking up the sun at the pool, or relaxing on the lake! If you are like us, you are not only looking forward to celebrating all things summer, ... READ ARTICLE
Grocery Store Tour: Cooking Oils are Not Created Equal!
POSTED: June 8, 2021It seems like such a simple question: “What is the best oil to use?” Have you looked at all the choices at the store lately? There is olive oil, coconut oil, walnut oil, peanut ... READ ARTICLE
At The Core of It…
POSTED: May 18, 2021Have you started craving pineapple yet? There is something about pineapples and warmer weather that just seem to go together. With the unofficial start to summer only a couple of weeks away, ... READ ARTICLE
Spiralizer…Two Thumbs Up!
POSTED: April 20, 2021Are you a spiralizer fan? If so, have you ventured beyond zucchini? Since we will soon be surrounded by amazing late spring and summer produce, we wanted to revisit one of our favorite ... READ ARTICLE
Are You Nuts?
POSTED: February 23, 2021Do nuts make a regular appearance in your meals? We often hear people say they avoid nuts because they are "too high in fat" or "have too many calories." Nut lovers rejoice! Enjoyed in ... READ ARTICLE
Folks, This Ain’t Normal!
POSTED: February 16, 2021Most of us know we live in a culture where we want our food to be convenient, fast and cheap. So, to answer our wishes, many foods in the supermarket today have been developed to provide just ... READ ARTICLE
Put Those Lonely Coffee Mugs Back to Work!
POSTED: January 19, 2021What if you could have delicious eggs and veggies for breakfast in less than 3 minutes? Great news -- you can! And, it's the perfect way to use those lonely oversized coffee mugs sitting in ... READ ARTICLE
Kick the Packet to the Curb
POSTED: January 5, 2021Pre-mixed seasoning packets. Available for any seasoning combination you can dream up...taco, chili, ranch, brown gravy, hollandaise, fajita, spaghetti and so many more. They are easy, ... READ ARTICLE
Read This Before You Open Your Next Can of Soup!
POSTED: October 20, 2020Especially this time of year, as the cooler weather sets in, we get the question: "what do you think of canned soups...is it ok to use recipes that include canned soups like cream of mushroom?” ... READ ARTICLE
Emergency Substitutions: Part 2
POSTED: October 6, 2020Why does this always happen?! Does this sound familiar…you have your list (check), you go to the store (check), you get home and start preparing dinner (check), and then everything comes to a ... READ ARTICLE
Emergency Substitutions: Part 1
POSTED: September 22, 2020Does this sound familiar? After a long crazy day, you are feeling pretty good about the plan for dinner. Sure, you only have a 30 minute window, but no problem, you’ve been to the store, have ... READ ARTICLE
Could These 4 Simple Seasonings Change Your Life?
POSTED: September 1, 2020We have had several "aha" moments in our REAL food journey. One of the most game-changing moments was learning how to roast vegetables. And, it is not just us -- we have seen it first-hand with ... READ ARTICLE
Spring Rolls 101
POSTED: August 25, 2020Quick, easy, and the possibilities are endless! You can use your favorite veggies, fruits, seafood, meats, nuts, herbs and so much more! Plus, they are affordable, delicious and good for you! ... READ ARTICLE
Summer Grilling Series: Pizza Edition
POSTED: August 4, 2020How is your summer grilling going? Have you discovered some new favorites to cook on the grill? We hope you have found inspiration to grill... ...more veggies ...salads (yes, salads!) ...fruits ... READ ARTICLE
Turn Onions Into a Flavor Powerhouse!
POSTED: July 28, 2020Caramelized onions… sounds fancy, right? Chances are, you have enjoyed these sweet, savory, tender onions on a burger, steak or sandwich at a restaurant and thought, “wow, those have great ... READ ARTICLE
Another Under-Appreciated Kitchen Tool…
POSTED: July 14, 2020Among our favorite kitchen gadgets, there is one that we have received a lot of questions about recently...questions like "do I really need one?" and "will I use it?" This kitchen utensil is... ... READ ARTICLE
Grilling Fruits and Desserts!
POSTED: July 7, 2020Is your summer grilling in full swing? Did you "get your grill on" as part of your July 4th celebrations? Hopefully, you were able to enjoy not just grilled meats, but also take ... READ ARTICLE
Summer on a Stick!
POSTED: June 9, 2020Summertime bliss… an ice-cold glass of lemonade, fireworks on the 4th of July, relaxing in the pool listening to your favorite summertime music, watermelon seed spitting contests and devouring a ... READ ARTICLE
Grilling Salads (Yes, Salads!)
POSTED: June 2, 2020Are your grills getting a workout, now that we are in the heart of grilling season? A few weeks ago, we kicked off our summer grilling series with a coaching tip encouraging you to grill more ... READ ARTICLE
Have No Fear…
POSTED: May 19, 2020Do you ever have moments where you feel like your meals are a failure? Have you ever thought: "I am a horrible cook!" "When I try to make something new, it always turns out awful!" ... READ ARTICLE
Grill More Veggies!
POSTED: May 5, 2020Are you ready for grilling season? With the extra time at home the past few weeks, grilling season may have started early this year for many of us. And, let's face it, for some, grilling season ... READ ARTICLE
Why We Should All Be Eating Buddha Bowls!
POSTED: April 28, 2020Are you wondering what to do with all the miscellaneous ingredients that have accumulated in your refrigerator and pantry the past few weeks? Of course, you can do a stir-fry or you can roast or ... READ ARTICLE
Can Your Pizza Crust Really Help Fight Cancer?
POSTED: April 21, 2020This is something we continually reinforce to our kids. And, it is something that has had special meaning for us ever since listening to Jimmy Valvano's inspiring 1993 speech at the ESPYs. We ... READ ARTICLE
The Secret to Creamy Delicious Hummus
POSTED: April 7, 2020Most of us have probably had really good hummus... you know the one from that local Mediterranean restaurant (heck, it may be the reason you keep going back)...it is so creamy and delicious that ... READ ARTICLE
Bring Convenience To Your Kitchen!
POSTED: March 3, 2020"I don't like leftovers!" Have you ever heard this from your family or friends? Or, maybe you have even said this?! Let's face it - with our crazy schedules, we have to find ways to bring ... READ ARTICLE
The Best $1 Investment You Will Ever Make!
POSTED: February 25, 2020What if we told you one of our favorite kitchen tools costs less than $1.00? And, you probably have one in YOUR house right now…it has been around for over a hundred years… …it’s a ... READ ARTICLE
On the Cutting Edge
POSTED: February 4, 2020When we started cooking more frequently, one of our first lessons was... knives. "You only need one," says Mark Bittman, NY Times cooking advice columnist. We now agree with Mark that all ... READ ARTICLE
Essential Tools for Your Kitchen
POSTED: January 27, 2020Because we spend countless hours in the kitchen coming up with delicious, easy-to-prepare, nutritious meal ideas for the Eat REAL America community, as you can imagine, we have our favorite ... READ ARTICLE
A Sweet Makeover of a Savory Favorite
POSTED: January 7, 2020We all know hummus is famous as that pre-dinner snack or appetizer that's the ideal dip for pitas and veggies, right? But have you ever considered hummus to be an after-dinner sweet treat? And, ... READ ARTICLE
Ever Wondered How Much a “Smidgen” Is?
POSTED: December 10, 2019What really is the difference between chopped, diced, and minced? And, how much is a "dash?" Where is the cooking terminology instruction manual?! Some “fancy” cooking terms can ... READ ARTICLE
Happiness is Homemade
POSTED: November 26, 2019Which is the best broth to buy? Is homemade broth really better than store-bought? We receive quite a few questions about chicken broth and vegetable broth, and these are just a couple of ... READ ARTICLE
Create this Masterpiece with Just 4 Simple Ingredients
POSTED: November 5, 2019Did you see our coaching tip from a couple of weeks ago? In The Whiter the Bread, the Sooner You'll Be Dead, we tried to reassure you that you don't need a chemistry to buy nutritious bread at ... READ ARTICLE
With a Name Like That It’s Gotta Be Amazing!
POSTED: September 24, 2019Bi Bim Bop! Have you heard of it, or maybe you are already a huge fan?! Watch us show you how easy it is to prepare! We first discovered this unique, mind-blowing meal during a trip to ... READ ARTICLE
Wrap it Up and Tame the Morning Chaos
POSTED: September 17, 2019Are you stuck in a rut when it comes to breakfast? Do you keep telling yourself that you want to eat a better breakfast to prevent that mid-morning sluggishness? Or maybe you would ... READ ARTICLE
Have You Tried This 5 Minute Flavor Enhancer?
POSTED: July 23, 2019Want a super-simple way to add another level of flavor and texture to your meals? No fancy equipment required, and it can be done in a matter of minutes! You can even delegate this simple task ... READ ARTICLE
POSTED: June 4, 2019We recently asked some family and friends what they thought about pesto. The response… ”you mean that green stuff?” That made us think a coaching tip on pesto might be helpful! If you already ... READ ARTICLE
The Magical Fruit…
POSTED: May 28, 2019"Beans, beans, the magical fruit"... we all know the rest of this, right?! Why beans? Beans are a nutritional powerhouse, but are sometimes under appreciated. Beans of all kinds provide an ... READ ARTICLE
Thyme to Grow!
POSTED: April 30, 2019Fresh basil at your fingertips? Mint growing just a few steps away from your kitchen? Growing fresh herbs at home is a excellent way to add tremendous flavor to your meals, boost your nutrients ... READ ARTICLE
Can Pizza Really Be Healthy?
POSTED: January 15, 2019Let’s face it…pizza is one of America’s favorite foods. It’s quick, it’s convenient and it’s a staple at most get-togethers. It is reported that the average American eats 23 pounds of pizza every ... READ ARTICLE
No More Intimidation!
POSTED: December 18, 2018Picture it... the perfect poached egg with a runny yolk and perfectly set egg white. Your fork slices through it and the yolk magically coats your toast, roasted or sautéed vegetables, pasta, or ... READ ARTICLE
The Real Reason You Should Eat Avocado Toast
POSTED: October 16, 2018It's ridiculously simple. It requires no recipe. It can be one of life’s simplest pleasures. And, it's ideal for breakfast, lunch, a mid-afternoon snack or any time of the day. If you haven't ... READ ARTICLE
How to Eat Healthy in the Chaos of Daily Life
POSTED: August 21, 2018It's hard to believe it's that time again... ...back to school! If you have kids headed back to school, the routine that comes with it can be great, but it also can mean more chaos! Between ... READ ARTICLE
Another Example of Why Reading The Ingredients is So Important
POSTED: August 7, 2018It still amazes us how often we run across foods that are NOT what they appear to be. In this week’s coaching tip, we are going to pick on enchilada sauce...it sounds so simple, right? You may ... READ ARTICLE
Your Worries Will Disappear with This No Fuss Breakfast
POSTED: June 5, 2018Hakuna Frittata! Frittata. Sounds fancy, doesn’t it? If you have no idea what a frittata is, you are not alone. For many years, we thought it was a complicated, fancy and ... READ ARTICLE
Choosing Seafood 101
POSTED: May 8, 2018Let's be honest, for those of us who don't live on the coast, it can be challenging to find high-quality, fresh seafood... ...many of us aren't exactly surrounded by fresh-water oceans, bays and ... READ ARTICLE
An Oat is an Oat is an Oat
POSTED: March 13, 2018They are nutritious, taste great, can be transformed into sweet AND savory meals, and are versatile enough to be enjoyed for any meal of the day. Plus, they are easy to prepare and very ... READ ARTICLE
Every Bottle Has a Story
POSTED: February 13, 2018Happy Valentine's Day! Last week, we provided tips on how to prepare the perfect steak for your loved one. Since you are likely preparing a wonderful meal at home or enjoying a meal at a ... READ ARTICLE
The Perfect Steak
POSTED: February 6, 2018As promised a couple of weeks ago, we want to follow up on our coaching tip regarding the Maillard reaction and provide some guidance on... ...how to cook the perfect steak! With Valentine's Day ... READ ARTICLE
Chemical Reactions in Your Kitchen?!
POSTED: January 23, 2018Have you ever wondered why veggies taste so good when they are roasted? Or why bread smells so good when it is baking? And, "what's the point of searing a roast before you ... READ ARTICLE
Salads Aren’t Just For Summer!
POSTED: January 16, 2018What is the best salad you have ever eaten? Take a second to think about it. You may be thinking of a summer salad with fresh, in-season tomatoes, cucumbers, romaine lettuce, basil and other ... READ ARTICLE
Time for a Paradigm Shift?
POSTED: November 14, 2017Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Are you ready? What will be on your Thanksgiving menu this year? Of course, turkey is a staple in most homes and there are many favorite ... READ ARTICLE
How to Get the ‘Processed’ Out of Your Sausage
POSTED: September 19, 2017Did last week's coaching tip stress you out? Did it make you think about all the processed meats that are part of your weekly routine...and how they are causing havoc inside your body? Did you ... READ ARTICLE
The Stinking Rose
POSTED: July 25, 2017When we began our REAL food journey, one of the first things we began to experiment with was FRESH garlic. Yes, I have always loved garlic, but was an avid user of garlic powder. I had never ... READ ARTICLE
There is a Sweet Potato in My Toaster
POSTED: February 14, 2017Last week, we shared some of the 2017 food trends. One of these was “Plant-based everything.” This week, we want to share another example of this. What if we told you that you can turn ... READ ARTICLE
February Superfood of the Month: Spaghetti Squash
POSTED: January 31, 2017I still remember our first encounter with spaghetti squash... we were at the farmers’ market, feeling pretty adventurous so we decided to buy one. It was more out of curiosity whether it would ... READ ARTICLE
How to Have an Unforgettable Holiday Party
POSTED: December 13, 2016Are you one of the lucky ones who gets to host a holiday gathering this year? Festive get-togethers with family and friends can be joyous fun-filled occasions, but if you are the host, it can ... READ ARTICLE
Doing This Will Change Your Life!
POSTED: October 4, 2016Do you “eat with the seasons?” If not, we highly recommend giving it a try! Just when you have been enjoying summer produce such as zucchini, melons, okra, tomatoes and peppers until you can’t ... READ ARTICLE
De-Stress Dinnertime with This Time-Saver!
POSTED: September 13, 2016Last week, we provided a delicious way to simplify and healthify your mornings with baked oatmeal cups. Did you have a chance to give them a try? We would love to know how you liked them and ... READ ARTICLE
Try this Delicious Way to Simplify Your Mornings
POSTED: September 6, 2016Have you noticed that oatmeal cups have recently become a "thing"?! We have been experimenting and have found that oatmeal cups can be absolutely delicious and help revolutionize your ... READ ARTICLE
Betcha Can’t Eat Just One…
POSTED: January 26, 2016What is one of the most popular snacks in America? You got it…chips! And, there are so many choices to pick from at the store…with all kinds of crazy flavors! Not surprisingly, many chips come ... READ ARTICLE
The Perfect Gift…
POSTED: December 8, 2015What do YOU want for Christmas this year? Most of us want the simple things…relatives getting along, no pets (or kids) knocking over the Christmas tree, and gifts we can actually use! With the ... READ ARTICLE
POSTED: November 24, 2015Do you want to know the secret to making vegetables taste absolutely amazing? Would you like to work a little crazy-easy culinary magic? It’s so simple…put vegetables in the oven and roast them! ... READ ARTICLE
Success Does Not Happen Overnight, but Oatmeal Does!
POSTED: November 10, 2015Have you had the chance to try overnight oatmeal? When we first discovered it, we will admit, we were skeptical. Cold oatmeal? It's not cooked? What? Being open-minded, we decided to give it ... READ ARTICLE
No Fail Smoothies
POSTED: September 15, 2015Would you believe me if I told you there is an insanely delicious (and easy) treat you can make that works for breakfast, snacks, or even dessert? Dare I say an alternative to ice cream? Yes, ... READ ARTICLE
Slow Cooker Success
POSTED: August 18, 2015Fix it and forget it...the magic of the slow cooker! It can be your best friend in the kitchen; but there are a few tips that can help you get the most of this magical kitchen tool! The slow ... READ ARTICLE
“I had no idea veggies could taste like that!”
POSTED: May 12, 2015When I look back on our journey to enjoying more REAL foods, there is a key breakthrough that really stands out. This breakthrough opened up a whole new world for us and is what helped our son ... READ ARTICLE
All I Want for Christmas…
POSTED: December 9, 2014If you love to cook, then you know the excitement of receiving a new kitchen tool or gadget! Or even better...the joy of giving someone a great gift for the kitchen that will help them enjoy ... READ ARTICLE
Sides Can Steal the Show
POSTED: November 4, 2014It’s November and you know what that means…Turkey Day will be here before we know it! Most families have their own turkey cooking traditions…roasted, brined, smoked, deep-fried, among others. ... READ ARTICLE
Extreme Home Makeover: Pantry Edition
POSTED: October 21, 2013The kitchen pantry. It's the go-to for food and all those essential cooking ingredients. We have all come across that ingredient that hasn't been used in months, OK, maybe years, and we can't ... READ ARTICLE