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Seeds to Sprouts in Just a Matter of Days!

POSTED: July 16, 2024
What is your perception of sprouts? There was a time when I thought they were just added to sandwiches, wraps and salads to make them look fancy.  It didn’t even cross my mind that they ...

Why We Should All Be Eating Buddha Bowls!

POSTED: April 16, 2024
Did you read our coaching tip last week? Did the thought of eating 30 different varieties of plants every week seem overwhelming? To keep you inspired and motivated to enjoy a wide variety of ...

Stock Your Pantry with Keys to Success Staples!

POSTED: March 19, 2024
As you are embracing your REAL food journey, there is one area that may need a little help and renovation… the kitchen pantry! The pantry has a funny way of accumulating items that never ...

No Fail Smoothies

POSTED: March 12, 2024
How often do you make smoothies? Do you make the same one over and over, or do you change it up to enjoy different flavor combinations? Smoothies can be a delicious – and nutritious – ...

You Can Freeze That?!

POSTED: February 20, 2024
We are frequently asked about freezing different foods and meals and, as you can probably imagine, we have stumbled upon several tricks that have left us thinking… “I had no idea you ...

Seafood 101

POSTED: February 13, 2024
Are you intimidated when it comes to seafood? Maybe you are like my in-laws, who love eating fish, but rarely make it at home because of the intimidation factor.  Or maybe you had a bad ...

Ask Us Anything!

POSTED: February 6, 2024
Do you have questions as you progress on your REAL food journey?   Trust us, you’re not alone!   We thought our weekly coaching tips would be the perfect opportunity to ...

Read This Before You Open Your Next Can of Soup!

POSTED: January 23, 2024
Especially this time of year, as we are in the heart of winter, we get the question: “what do you think of canned soups…and is it ok to use recipes that include canned soups like ...

The Sides Can Steal the Show!

POSTED: November 14, 2023
Have you started your Thanksgiving menu planning?   If so, have you given any thought to how colorful your holiday table will be this year?   Last week during a cooking demo I was ...

Let Your Slow Cooker Be Your Personal Chef!

POSTED: October 10, 2023
Imagine coming home and dinner is ready! The slow cooker has been working all day long, so you can enjoy a delicious dinner as soon as you walk in the door.   Fix it and forget ...

Spaghetti Squash Season!

POSTED: September 12, 2023
I 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 ...

The Stinking Rose

POSTED: July 11, 2023
When 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 ...

It’s Thyme for Fresh Herbs!

POSTED: May 16, 2023
Fresh basil at your fingertips? Mint growing just a few steps from your kitchen? Growing fresh herbs at home is an excellent way to add tremendous flavor to your meals, boost your nutrients and ...

Are You Throwing Away Flavor?

POSTED: February 28, 2023
Have 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 ...

T-Shirts and Pickles!

POSTED: February 21, 2023
Those 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 ...

Butter Board Fascination…

POSTED: January 24, 2023
Have 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 ...

Quirky Cooking Tips – Truth or Myth?

POSTED: December 13, 2022
Whether 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 ...

Gift Giving Made Easy

POSTED: December 6, 2022
Are 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 ...

The Original Non-Stick Skillet

POSTED: November 29, 2022
Do 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 ...

Discovering Something New Every Day!

POSTED: November 15, 2022
Do 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 ...

Coconut Confusion?!

POSTED: November 1, 2022
Is 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 ...

Recreate Your Favorite Restaurant Meals at Home!

POSTED: October 25, 2022
Do 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 ...

Is It Against the Law to Enjoy This Canned Veggie All Year Long?

POSTED: October 18, 2022
According 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 ...

Make Your Meals Pop With Flavor With These Easy Toppings!

POSTED: October 11, 2022
What 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 ...

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 ...

Does Your Pumpkin Spice Come From the Farm or the Factory?

POSTED: September 27, 2022
With 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 ...

Impress Your Guests With These Tailgating Tips

POSTED: September 6, 2022
As 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 ...

Frozen in Time

POSTED: August 23, 2022
One 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 ...

Blistered and Charred…and Delicious!

POSTED: July 26, 2022
Have 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? ...

Give Your Kids This Life Skill and Cure Summer Boredom at the Same Time!

POSTED: July 12, 2022
Has 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 ...

Are You a Farro Fan?

POSTED: June 7, 2022
You 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 ...

Microgreens: Big Benefits in a Small Package!

POSTED: April 5, 2022
Have 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, ...

Are Pancakes REAL Food?

POSTED: March 1, 2022
Happy 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 ...

Sodium…Where You Least Expect It!

POSTED: February 22, 2022
How 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 ...

Shar/Ku/Tuh/Ree: Your Edible Art Project

POSTED: October 19, 2021
It’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 ...

Happy Anniversary!

POSTED: October 12, 2021
Time 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 ...


POSTED: September 28, 2021
Love 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 ...

Is This True for the Kids In Your Life?

POSTED: August 24, 2021
How 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 ...

Inspiration to Transform Your Yogurt Into Delicious & Nutritious Meals!

POSTED: August 17, 2021
We 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)! ...

Use This Simple Formula To Transform Your Veggies

POSTED: July 20, 2021
Do 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 ...

Get Off the Bottle with These 50 Easy & Delicious Homemade Dressings

POSTED: July 13, 2021
Do 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 ...

Grocery Store Tour – Vinegars and Dressings

POSTED: July 6, 2021
Why 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 ...

Celebrate Red, White and Blue…REAL Food Style

POSTED: June 29, 2021
Fireworks, 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, ...

Grocery Store Tour: Cooking Oils are Not Created Equal!

POSTED: June 8, 2021
It 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 ...

At The Core of It…

POSTED: May 18, 2021
Have 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, ...

Spiralizer…Two Thumbs Up!

POSTED: April 20, 2021
Are 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 ...

Are You Nuts?

POSTED: February 23, 2021
Do 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 ...

Folks, This Ain’t Normal!

POSTED: February 16, 2021
Most 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 ...

Put Those Lonely Coffee Mugs Back to Work!

POSTED: January 19, 2021
What 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 ...

Kick the Packet to the Curb

POSTED: January 5, 2021
Pre-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, ...

Emergency Substitutions: Part 2

POSTED: October 6, 2020
Why 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 ...

Emergency Substitutions: Part 1

POSTED: September 22, 2020
Does 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 ...

Could These 4 Simple Seasonings Change Your Life?

POSTED: September 1, 2020
We 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 ...

Spring Rolls 101

POSTED: August 25, 2020
Quick, 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! ...

Summer Grilling Series: Pizza Edition

POSTED: August 4, 2020
How 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, ...

Turn Onions Into a Flavor Powerhouse!

POSTED: July 28, 2020
Caramelized 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 ...

Another Under-Appreciated Kitchen Tool…

POSTED: July 14, 2020
Among 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?” ...

Grilling Fruits and Desserts!

POSTED: July 7, 2020
Is 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 ...

Summer on a Stick!

POSTED: June 9, 2020
Summertime 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 ...

Grilling Salads (Yes, Salads!)

POSTED: June 2, 2020
Are 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 ...

Have No Fear…

POSTED: May 19, 2020
Do 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 ...

Grill More Veggies!

POSTED: May 5, 2020
Are 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 ...

Can Your Pizza Crust Really Help Fight Cancer?

POSTED: April 21, 2020
This 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. ...

The Secret to Creamy Delicious Hummus

POSTED: April 7, 2020
Most 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 ...

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, ...

The Best $1 Investment You Will Ever Make!

POSTED: February 25, 2020
What 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 ...

On the Cutting Edge

POSTED: February 4, 2020
When 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 ...

Essential Tools for Your Kitchen

POSTED: January 27, 2020
Because 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 ...

A Sweet Makeover of a Savory Favorite

POSTED: January 7, 2020
We 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? ...

Ever Wondered How Much a “Smidgen” Is?

POSTED: December 10, 2019
What 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 ...

Happiness is Homemade

POSTED: November 26, 2019
Which 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 ...

Create this Masterpiece with Just 4 Simple Ingredients

POSTED: November 5, 2019
Did 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 ...

With a Name Like That It’s Gotta Be Amazing!

POSTED: September 24, 2019
Bi 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 ...

Wrap it Up and Tame the Morning Chaos

POSTED: September 17, 2019
Are 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 ...

Have You Tried This 5 Minute Flavor Enhancer?

POSTED: July 23, 2019
Want 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 ...


POSTED: June 4, 2019
We 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 ...

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 ...

Can Pizza Really Be Healthy?

POSTED: January 15, 2019
Let’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 ...

No More Intimidation!

POSTED: December 18, 2018
Picture 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, ...

The Real Reason You Should Eat Avocado Toast

POSTED: October 16, 2018
It’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 ...

How to Eat Healthy in the Chaos of Daily Life

POSTED: August 21, 2018
It’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 ...

Another Example of Why Reading The Ingredients is So Important

POSTED: August 7, 2018
It 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 ...

Your Worries Will Disappear with This No Fuss Breakfast

POSTED: June 5, 2018
Hakuna 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 ...

An Oat is an Oat is an Oat

POSTED: March 13, 2018
They 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 ...

Every Bottle Has a Story

POSTED: February 13, 2018
Happy 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 ...

The Perfect Steak

POSTED: February 6, 2018
As 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 ...

Chemical Reactions in Your Kitchen?!

POSTED: January 23, 2018
Have 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 ...

Salads Aren’t Just For Summer!

POSTED: January 16, 2018
What 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 ...

Time for a Paradigm Shift?

POSTED: November 14, 2017
Thanksgiving 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 ...

How to Get the ‘Processed’ Out of Your Sausage

POSTED: September 19, 2017
Did 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? ...

There is a Sweet Potato in My Toaster

POSTED: February 14, 2017
Last 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 ...

How to Have an Unforgettable Holiday Party

POSTED: December 13, 2016
Are 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 ...

Doing This Will Change Your Life!

POSTED: October 4, 2016
Do 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 ...

De-Stress Dinnertime with This Time-Saver!

POSTED: September 13, 2016
Last 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 ...

Try this Delicious Way to Simplify Your Mornings

POSTED: September 6, 2016
Have 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 ...

Betcha Can’t Eat Just One…

POSTED: January 26, 2016
What 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 ...

The Perfect Gift…

POSTED: December 8, 2015
What 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 ...

Culinary Magic!

POSTED: November 24, 2015
Do 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! ...

Success Does Not Happen Overnight, but Oatmeal Does!

POSTED: November 10, 2015
Have 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 ...

“I had no idea veggies could taste like that!”

POSTED: May 12, 2015
When 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 ...

All I Want for Christmas…

POSTED: December 9, 2014
If 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 ...