So where do you start?
Why in the kitchen of course!
Be sure to get our easy healthy meals for some great family dinner ideas.
I know the thought of it might be a bit overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. We’re going to help you, step by step.
Think of it like climbing a mountain.
If you are on the bottom and you look up you will think, “I can’t possibly go that far”.
But if you just look to the next step and then the next and then the next, you will be to the top before you know it.
There was a time when our own kitchen was anything but real food worthy.
Our pantry had sugary cereals, packaged cookies, junky crackers, sticky fruit-shaped snacks, boxed mixes for rice and potatoes, cake mixes, spice mixes…it was a real foodie’s nightmare!
Then one day the light when on.
After researching the causes and solutions of some everyday health problems, we realized that food can be medicine.
The right foods can be healing.
And doesn’t this make perfect sense?
One puts the right gas in the car because the wrong gas can do it a lot of damage, so shouldn’t one be putting the right food in the body because the wrong food can also do a lot of damage?
I don’t know, it makes pretty good sense to me.
What We Did
So over time we gradually replaced all of the processed foods with real whole foods.
And we cut out fast food.
Know what happened?
That was the first winter we didn’t catch the flu and colds that were going around. Even though we worked in the church nursery at the time and everyone else got sick!
This really spoke to us that we were on the right track, and I’ll bet you want to be on the right track too.
Remember, if we can make these changes, so can you!
And if you start that first step today you will be there even quicker.
So what are you waiting for?
Let’s get started!
Getting Real in Your Kitchen teaches busy moms how to meal plan for their families. If you are new here, please take a look at the following:
You can create your very own real food kitchen by following these 3 easy steps:
- Replace your current processed and packaged food with real food.
- Learn how to cook quick easy healthy meals.
- Gradually purchase the kitchen tools you will be using, starting with the ones you will need first.
Step 1: Replace processed/packaged food with real food
Take these 12 easy steps to start replacing processed and packaged food with real food.
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- Replace sodas and juice drinks with water.
- Exchange processed boxed cereals for organic soaked oatmeal.
- Stop buying salad dressings and start making your own homemade dressings.
- Replace margarine or other butter-like spreads with real butter. Buy organic if possible.
- Replace store-bought chicken broth with your own bone broth made from leftover meat bones. You can also make your own vegetable broth from leftover vegetable scraps.
- Replace low-fat and non-fat dairy with full-fat dairy.
- Avoid canola oil or vegetable oil for cooking and use coconut oil, a good quality leaf lard, or ghee Instead. For salad dressing, use a good quality, cold pressed olive oil or avocado oil.
- Replace enriched flour with whole wheat or white whole flour. Use organic if possible.
- Replace refined sugar with raw honey or maple syrup.
- Don’t buy canned fruits and vegetables. Instead, purchase seasonal, fresh fruits and vegetable. Frozen fruits and vegetables are also a good choice.
- Replace canned beans with dried beans.
- Exchange instant rice for white or brown rice that you soak. We’ve got an easy but good Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe for you to try!
Please don’t think that you have to do this all at once.
You can take 12 weeks, 12 months, 12 days…the pace is all up to you. Be patient with yourself. This is a process.
One thing that worked well for us was to make the changes as we used up the food we already had on hand.
In other words, if you are currently using enriched flour, finish what you have on hand and then replace it with whole wheat or white whole wheat flour.
But please realize we aren’t expecting perfection. We are all human and might have to compromise from time to time.
The trick is making smart compromises. For example, if you need a prepackaged snack bar to quickly grab when you are on the go, make sure it’s not full of unhealthy ingredients.
Learn more about how to make smart compromises here
Step 2: Learn How to Cook Easy Healthy Meals
Learn how to prepare some easy, healthy family dinners by downloading our free eBook.
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Despite what you see on Food Network and in fancy cookbooks, preparing meals for your family doesn’t have to be complicated!
Simple recipes can be delicious!
So if you are in a quandary over what to cook for dinner, this is the perfect eBook for finding some easy and quick dinner recipes.
And they are kid friendly!
So don’t miss out!
The recipes include…
- Easy Crock Pot Beans
- Spanish Rice
- Tostada Salad Bowls
- Chili Mac
- Chili Boats
So which recipe do you want to try first? Please comment and let us know!
These recipes will help you gain confidence in the kitchen while providing your family with tasty, healthy meals.
Step 3: Get the right kitchen tools
Gradually purchase the kitchen tools you will need.
For every job, there is a right tool that will make that job easier.
So what are the best tools for an efficient, real food kitchen?
Many of us tend to think we need the latest this or that to be efficient in whatever it is we are doing, but we have found that less is generally more, as far as kitchen gadgets go.
Too many times it’s more effort to use the gadget than it would be to do the job without it.
That being said, however, there are some really helpful tools to have in your kitchen.
Of course, there are the obvious measuring cups, spoons, pots, and pans, but here is a list of some of our favorite tools to include in your real food kitchen.
Kitchen Tools for Making Easy Healthy Meals
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A good quality knife
For cutting all of the seasonally fresh vegetables and fruits you will be feeding your family.
Useful for our sourdough bread recipe and for dividing portions when freezing.
Plan on having 2 pairs, one for paper and one for food.
At least 2 cutting boards
One for raw meat and one for fresh produce.
Several sizes of mesh strainers
A small one for straining liquids into a jar, a medium size and a larger size for draining pasta and potatoes.
Stainless steel and iron are the safest to cook with. Plan on having at least 2 skillets, a dutch oven, and small, medium and large saucepans.
Stainless steel baking pans, muffin tins, bread loaf pans
Again, these are the safest for cooking.
Glass baking dishes, square and rectangular
For casseroles, large and small.
At least one stoneware baking sheet for pizza and sourdough bread and cookies.
Glass, ovenproof storage bowls
These are so great for storing leftovers. And you can reheat them in the toaster oven. And you can freeze them too. Be sure to include a variety of sizes.
These are perfect for storing and freezing broths and sauces. Also great for mixing salad dressing.
A must-have for smoothies.
Great for creating fast, creamy soups.
A real time saving, helpful appliance.
Our preferred method of reheating foods. Mine has a convection setting so it heats quickly and uniformly. Safer than the microwave with better quality results.
Not a need, but very helpful. You can dry nuts, seeds, fruits, and herbs. Good for making real food snacks. You can also buy additional trays if needed.
Stand mixer or at least a hand mixer
Another time saving and helpful appliance.
This is optional, but if you plan on serving your family popcorn this is the real food way to do it.
Again, this is optional, but what fun it is and how tasty to make real food ice cream for treats.
What about you? What are your favorite kitchen tools? Please comment and let us know!
So there you have it.
The easy steps you need for creating your real food kitchen.
There are really only 3 major parts:
- Replacing processed and packaged foods with real food.
- Learning how to cook, starting with easy meals to cook for beginners.
- Gradually purchasing the kitchen tools you need, starting with the ones you will be using most.
Please remember to share this post with anyone who needs help with cooking easy healthy meals.
And don’t forget to get the free recipe eBook that has great recipes your family will love!
We want to help you, your family and all your friends create a real food kitchen, where easy healthy family dinners can be made!