New and Improved: Real Food 101 is TWICE as long, and now in full color paperback

REAL FOOD 101 Guide | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

When I picked up a copy of Nourishing Traditions at my library all those years ago, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  It was the best kind of crazy whirlwind to learn in one innocent weekend about why saturated fats are good for me, why I needed to eat more seafood, why local produce contained more vitamins, why raw milk wasn’t going to kill me after all, and what my ancestors generally ate.  (Hint: it’s not what the paleo people say.)

Fast forward a few years, and after much trial and error in my own kitchen, I have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to real food.  I know what my kids like, I know the shortcuts that work, and I know which recipes taste best after trying out several variations on say, lacto-fermented dill pickles.  In Real Food 101, I have compiled my experience and done the work for you.

Plus, Real Food 101 is new and improved, with more than twice as many recipes as it’s original printing.  And it’s now available exclusively on Amazon, for your convenience and peace of mind when it comes to the quality of the content.

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REAL FOOD 101: How to Make Root Beer

Healing Herbal Root Beer | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

Handcrafted root beer is almost a lost art these days, which is a shame.  Complex and layered, these earthy flavors combine with whey to create a naturally fizzy drink that is good for your well-being and your gut.  Homemade root beers are probiotic by nature, and have been revered for their beneficial powers for centuries. (source)

Fermenting your own drinks is a wonderful way to incorporate good bacteria into your diet.  Plus, kids love it.  They love to help make it, and they love to help drink it when it’s done.  What’s not to love about homemade soda?!  Root beer has always been my favorite, and now I feel quite justified in preferring it above all else!

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Happy & Healthy Holidays Online Class

Every holiday season I pull these recipes out and I make something that not only makes me feel good because it’s healthy and made with wholesome sweeteners and flours, but it’s delicious.  I strive to perfect my recipes here at Our Nourishing Roots, so that they are tried and true and really work.  I appreciate that that is what Jenny does as well, so I can trust that her recipes will turn out well and taste amazing.

I absolutely adore Nourished Kitchen.  Jenny is a beautiful writer and photographer, as well as an excellent chef.  She was there for me when I started my real food journey, providing clear instructions and gorgeous recipes to help me feel confident that I could embrace a traditional diet.

It’s no wonder that I am completely in love with her Happy & Healthy Holidays Online Class; I highly recommend it. This 10-class course is normally $149 but is being offered for 40% off through November 21st: only $89.  Plus, you get lifetime access to the videos, menus, and recipes.

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Bread & Butter Pickles

Bread and Butter Pickles | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS #naturalsweetener #ferment #realfood #cultured #diy

I have to admit that as a child I loved zesty pickles but really really hated bread & butter pickles.  The cloying sweetness of a commercially-made vinegar-based bread & butter pickle was just so one dimensional.  Like with many things, the real food version is so much better than anything from a national brand.

Enter the lacto-fermented bread & butter pickle.  The flavors are balanced, slightly salty, slightly savory, and slightly sweet.  They are perfect as a probiotic component of any meal, but especially in a chicken salad or on a grass-fed hamburger.

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GIVEAWAY: THREE Starters from Cultures for Health

As I embarked on my real food journey, Cultures for Health quickly became one of my favorite resources.  By now, I have used them for years, and I have steadily recommended them to everyone that I know both in person and online.  I mean, look at that beautiful strawberry water kefir!

I have tried several of their starters over the years, and they never disappoint.  My first starter was a sourdough starter that worked beautifully and helped me gain confidence in the kitchen as I learned about traditional foods.

So that is why I’m so excited to do a giveaway of THREE STARTERS from Cultures for Health!  If you win, you’ll be able to choose three different varieties and start making lacto-ferments at home like a boss.

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REAL FOOD 101: How to Make Preserved Lemons

How to Make Preserved Lemons | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS #ferments #lactoferments #probiotics

This post is part of a series.  To buy Volume One of the e-book containing several REAL FOOD 101 tutorials, click here: REAL FOOD 101 E-book: Traditional Foods, Traditionally Prepared.

Preserved lemons are bright, complex, soft, and a perfect addition to a savory meal.  Plus, if you’re like me and you just need to eat the peels of anything citrusy, then these lemons are the end all be all of probiotic sides.

There are many ways to make lacto-fermented fruits and vegetables.  The combinations are virtually limitless.  Adding garlic or spices or herbs can deepen the flavor profile, add color and interest, and help you find culinary expression in your own kitchen.

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Vitamin K2: Lost Nutrient, Found

vitamin k2 listFrom On the Trail of the Elusive X-Factor (emphasis mine):

In 1945, Dr. Weston Price described “a new vitamin-like activator” that played an influential role in the utilization of minerals, protection from tooth decay, growth and development, reproduction, protection against heart disease and the function of the brain. Using a chemical test, he determined that this compound—which he called Activator X—occurred in the butterfat, organs and fat of animals consuming rapidly growing green grass, and also in certain sea foods such as fish eggs. Dr. Price died before research by Russian scientists became known in the West. These scientists used the same chemical test to measure a compound similar to vitamin K. Vitamin K2 is produced by animal tissues, including the mammary glands, from vitamin K1, which occurs in rapidly growing green plants.

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REAL FOOD 101: How to Make Lacto-Fermented Pickles

Lacto-Fermented Pickles | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS #pickles #cultured #ferments #realfood This post is part of a series.  To see more about the book, and the other Real Food 101 tutorials, click HERE: Real Food 101: Traditional Foods, Traditionally Prepared.

Salty, savory, crunchy, cool.  I have loved pickles since I was a child.  Always.  We always bought the store pickles made with vinegar and yellow #5, and they tasted like the best thing evar! In fact, when my mom The Birthday Fairy would come every fall to my room to leave a trail of goodies, zesty dills were always in the mix.  I would eat several that day, and then one or two every day subsequent until the jar was gone and I would drink all the pickle juice.

Does it sound like someone’s body was craving real pickles?  The kind we ate for thousands of years, traditionally?  Beautiful lacto-fermented cucumbers brined with whey and real salt and teeming with probiotics?  I think so, too. [Read more…]

An E-Course that’s ALIVE!: Get Cultured!

Last week I posted my interview with Jenny of Nourished Kitchen, all about her fermenting e-course called Get Cultured!  One of my favorite things that she said was “Indeed, in looking at the history of fermentation, you’ll realize that there is no one right way to do things; rather, there’s many right ways to ferment foods.”  I love that!

There are only a few more days to sign up for this excellent resource, normally priced at $197.  But through 5/31, you’ll save $50 off the usual price of $197.  Click here to sign up for the class for only $147!

Why should we worry about fermenting foods?  In my mind there are two major reasons (and one minor perk!): [Read more…]

Get Cultured!: An Interview with Jenny McGruther of Nourished Kitchen

Today I have the privilege of interviewing my longtime followed and now friend, Jenny McGruther of Nourished Kitchen.  Everything on Nourished Kitchen is immaculate, rustic, gorgeous, and personally attended to by Jenny.  It is that kind of approach that makes it so easy to trust her, both when it comes to interview answers and her e-courses.

Right now Jenny has her class Get Cultured! on sale for $147, which is a $50 savings.  But hurry, it’s only good through 5/31 of this month!  Click here to see the Get Cultured! class information.

But before we get to all that, please enjoy this interview I had with Jenny yesterday.  I love what she has to say about the vitality of fermented and cultured foods! [Read more…]