Is Your Kitchen Ready to Cook?

Thumbnail image for Is Your Kitchen Ready to Cook? Coming into the holiday season we are all spending at least a little more time in the kitchen. I'm spending a lot more time in the kitchen this week and I'll bet you are too :-). I thought I'd take a few minutes today to check in with everyone with a reminder of the importance of keeping your kitchen ready to cook.
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A Guide to Picking Recipes for the Absolute Beginner

Thumbnail image for A Guide to Picking Recipes for the Absolute Beginner Is this the stuff of nightmares for you? You spot a mouth watering recipe on Pinterest. It's from scratch, a real, real-food recipe so you're pretty excited! Your gonna make this one yourself! You go to the store, get the stuff, come back and start working but that beautiful recipe turns out like this:
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Wait! Don’t Throw Out All the Processed Food at Once!

Thumbnail image for Wait!  Don’t Throw Out All the Processed Food at Once! It's easy to think that without the food you no longer wish to eat around to tempt everyone that they'll just have to eat all the healthy stuff you're planning to buy to replace it. It's easy to imagine that sure, there will be a little complaining but they will soon get adjusted. And you as the head cook and bottle washer, well you've got a list of recipes and plans of the things you'll make with all the good ingredients you're about to buy. It'll be so great they won't miss their favorites for long at all.
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If You Have a Chronic Illness – The Granny Plan

Thumbnail image for If You Have a Chronic Illness – The Granny Plan If you have a chronic illness you know exactly how the woman in the photo above feels. Some days you can’t get out of bed and there are many more days when, well you could but the prospect is daunting to say the least. And while following along this past spring with “The Granny Plan” you may have felt that “This is all very well and good for people in good health, but I can’t possibly keep up.” I hear ya … if you’re already ill you’re probably super motivated to change your diet and start reaping the benefits but are frustrated by the two steps forward, one step back dance of learning something new while sick.
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Questions and Answers: The Granny Plan

Thumbnail image for Questions and Answers: The Granny Plan All the steps are laid out now end to end so we can get a good look at them? In my very first post on The Granny Plan I suggested this little plan was something of an experiment. Something that we could work on together. I’ve had a quite a bit of feedback over the past 12 weeks indicating what was helpful, what was not, what absolutely didn’t work and what was an outstanding success. My plan today is to share that with you along with my future plans for The Granny Plan!
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Find Your Real Food Tribe – The Granny Plan

Thumbnail image for Find Your Real Food Tribe – The Granny Plan Today we are going over the final step in The Granny Plan! Yaaaayyy!!! It’s been a wild 12 weeks and we’ve come from the very most basic kitchen routines to handling complex kitchen projects. We’ve gone from 0 to 100 mph in just 3 short months! Give yourself a well deserved pat on the back for persisting and making it all the way thru the whole plan! Our final step is the little piece of the puzzle that helps give these habits stickiness. And know I don’t mean like honey sticky, I mean habits-that-stick kind of stickiness.…
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Expand Your Real Food Knowledge – The Granny Plan

Thumbnail image for Expand Your Real Food Knowledge – The Granny Plan This is the next to the last step of The Granny Plan! We have come so far over the past 3 months! Making plans and doing them, lots of meals made and kitchens cleaned. We have new plans for projects we want to tackle and have eliminated many toxic processed foods from our cupboards! So what’s left to do? It feels like all the wheels are in motion and the only thing to do is keep on keepin’ on. We’ll continue to work on getting more real food into our lives with our projects and 15 minute tasks. At this stage of the game it’s mostly about refinements.
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List Your Routines – The Granny Plan

Thumbnail image for List Your Routines – The Granny Plan As of last week we now have LOTS of things going on everyday, don’t we? Shopping, making meals, special projects, supplements, etc. It’s beginning to feel kinda unwieldy isn’t it? So this week we’re going to work on making sure we have the all the things we are doing noted down somewhere where you’ll see them often. So this step short and sweet :-).…
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Do You Have Kitchen Gaps? – The Granny Plan

Thumbnail image for Do You Have Kitchen Gaps? – The Granny Plan We’ve come very far in “The Granny Plan” over the past couple of months! In the beginning there was just you and your kitchen in whatever shape it was in. You have systematically brought some structure and routine to your kitchen … I’m really happy for you and so proud! Now that we are working our way toward the end of the series we need to consider any kitchen gaps.…
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Building up a Real Food Pantry – The Granny Plan

Thumbnail image for Building up a Real Food Pantry – The Granny Plan We’re rounding that last curve around the track to the finish line in “The Granny Plan” this week. Oh, we still have a few more steps to cover but we’re getting so close! Today we’re going to talk about ingredients and the logistics of keeping what you need to make what you want on hand. Most times this is where people start talking about menu planning, but I’m not going to talk about that. While menu planning is a step up from panicked runs to the grocery store on a daily basis it still falls far short of ideal. And pantry cooking is so much easier than menu plan cooking that we’ll just jump right in.…
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Starting up a Real Food Project – The Granny Plan

Thumbnail image for Starting up a Real Food Project – The Granny Plan Moving on to the second half of The Granny Plan With the basics under our belt we’re now ready to move on to the fundamental foods of a real food diet. Excited? I know I am. This is where we start working on the core of what traditional food is all about, that is wholesome ingredients! Sure, we’ve made a few adjustments here and there leading up to this point but now we’ll start planning a strategy to undertake some bigger projects. Things like locating and buying raw milk, beginning to make fermented foods and breads with soaked flour, and stocking a pantry with wholesome ingredients so we’re ready for anything!…
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What Can I Improve in 15 Minutes? – The Granny Plan

Thumbnail image for What Can I Improve in 15 Minutes? – The Granny Plan This step is all about thinking, just simply thinking. No actual doing involved, unless of course you really want to :-). Everyday pose this question to yourself: “How can I improve our diet today in just 15 minutes?” No commitment to do any of the things you think up is required, at least not right away. Just think up one of two that you believe you could realistically do in about 15 minutes. Things like finding a healthy version of a favorite recipe or researching sources for olive oil. Like clearing your counters or pre-preparing snacks. Jot down your ideas somewhere where you’ll see them often.…
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Eliminate One Fake Food – The Granny Plan

Thumbnail image for Eliminate One Fake Food – The Granny Plan Okay, now things start to get a bit tougher! You’ll need a bit of resolve to follow thru on this one so pick a good day. One where things are relatively calm and peaceful. One where you have time to think. This is the one you’ve been waiting for … we’re going to start eliminating the bad stuff and replacing it with the good! Mostly people jump to this step first, I think. And then they pick the thing they are most attached to eating as the first thing to eliminate. Soon after in the heady afterglow of getting rid of that food they quickly rifle thru the pantry throwing out so much that there is nothing left to eat.…
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Feed Yourself First – The Granny Plan

Thumbnail image for Feed Yourself First – The Granny Plan So now things are humming along. Everyone has veggies for dinner, the kitchen in mostly clean most of the time, there are two good meals on the table for dinner each week and you have your apron and shoes! We are well on our way! Our next step is about keeping ourselves well … We all work too hard for the most part and far too often we run on empty. You know what I mean. Skipping a meal here and there, staying up too late, having a plan for every hour of the day trying to cram a few more things in.…
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