Baked Butternut Squash

Thumbnail image for Baked Butternut Squash If you’ve been making most of your buttered vegetable side dishes on the stovetop according to The Granny Plan well, here’s a new twist for you in the side-dish department! If you have just a little more time at home and can wait for something to bake in the oven this kind of recipe will make meal prep just a little easier for you. And, this one is a great side dish for your Thanksgiving table. You can put it in the oven with your turkey just an hour or two before the turkey is done. Saves room on the stovetop for sure.…
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Two Meat Crockpot Chili

Thumbnail image for Two Meat Crockpot Chili This set-it-and-forget-it crockpot meal is sure to please the guys in particular this fall. But then who doesn’t enjoy a hot steaming bowl of comforting chili on a cool night! In a nutshell all you do here is brown the meat on the stove, add the remaining ingredients and pour into your slowcooker. Then turn it on and when you get back home you’ll have a hot meal at the ready. Just make a buttered veggie and add rice or a good bread on side and you’re done!…
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Crockpot Baked Apples

Thumbnail image for Crockpot Baked Apples Nothing says fall than the smell of apples and cinnamon. It makes the entire house smell warm and comforting. These ‘baked’ apples are simple, throw it all in the crock pot and have a fresh warm dessert ready at dinnertime. Served with vanilla ice cream, it’s like apple pie with out the crust. This recipe from Jessica at Simply Healthy Home show how just how simple and easy real food can be! Jessica’s family also loves these apples mixed into a bowl of oatmeal for a warm breakfast.…
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Creamy Potato Soup

Thumbnail image for Creamy Potato Soup I loves me some potato soup! This one from Jessica at Simply Healthy Home looks particularly good. Potato soup is always greeted with excitement in our house by one and all. Usually when I make potato soup I use a mix of broth and heavy whipping cream instead of milk, but I buy a ton of cream for cooking. You might not want to do that, or then again maybe you would ;-). Milk is more affordable than cream in general making this recipe more practical for more families.…
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Nourishing Broth: A Review

Thumbnail image for Nourishing Broth: A Review There is a myth of the elixir of life. If you could find it and drink it you’d be granted eternal life and youth. This myth has been handed down since antiquity throughout many different cultures. A magic potion that cures all ills and aging along with eliminating the certainty of eventual death. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Well, real traditional broth isn’t exactly like that ;-). But it comes about as close as food gets! It won’t eliminate aging but it’ll make a substantial contribution to slowing it. It won’t cure all the ills of man but it can produce amazing reversals of illness.…
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Chicken Kale Soup

Thumbnail image for Chicken Kale Soup There is nothing like a good soup to kick off a meal.  I love soup all year round but it is most dear to me heading into the fall season. This soup is particularly easy to make. We’re boiling a chicken basically, then browning some onion and garlic. We add the chicken meat, kale and broth then cook the kale for a bit and Bam, we’re done! I’d recommend cooking the chicken ahead of time. I keep chicken broth and cooked chicken handy in the freezer as a shortcut to dishes like this one. Generally the longer greens cook the more easily they are digested so you could also extend the cooking time for the kale.…
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Why it’s OK to Eat Dessert

Thumbnail image for Why it’s OK to Eat Dessert I don’t know about you but I used to feel HUGELY guilty about having dessert! It wasn’t about calories, back when I was young I didn’t need to lose any weight. It just felt wrong, so wrong! All those empty calories filling me up when I should be eating something healthy like raw carrots or kale maybe. But you know what? Despite feeling really guilty for years I doubt a day passed when I didn’t have a sweet treat at some point in the day. Okay, maybe in my mid-twenties when I was a wanna-be vegetarian, which, by the way, was the point in my life when I was the least healthy.…
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Organics Really Are Cheaper Online

Thumbnail image for Organics Really Are Cheaper Online Buying organics is expensive, right? Everyone knows that. Talk to anybody and they’ll tell you that. It’s one of the big reasons that healthy diets are perceived as way over the top expensive. Well beyond the reach of average work-a-day folks like us. Now, organics are not the be all and end all of healthy eating. Sara over at The Healthy Home Economist has a great post on about how eating organic will never make you healthy and I completely agree. That said, if you want to find food labels with pronouncable ingredients you cannot beat many organic foods. Many are excellent choices that I’d rate pretty high up on the Granny scale of old-fashioned goodness.…
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