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This is another recipe where you can use a lot of in-season ingredients from the farmer’s market. I was able to find mushrooms, scallions, spinach and carrots at our local Farmer’s Market in Matthews. And slowly but surely locally grown potatoes and bell peppers will be available as well. This is also one of those recipes that I consider “flexible”. If you don’t have any carrots on hand, then leave them out. If you would rather spend less money on a green bell pepper vs. red then go for it. If you prefer a sweet potato over a white potato, it would be the perfect substitution. My point is…there are no excuses to not at least try these burgers!

As mentioned in the title, once assembled, these burgers do freeze well (layer them between sheets of wax paper before you sauté them). I usually special order a dozen honey whole-wheat hamburger buns from Great Harvest, which I store in the freezer as well. Then on any given day I don’t feel like cooking…voila! We can have an instant, homemade, healthy dinner. But before you jump the gun, I do want to mention that these veggie burgers don’t hold together quite as well as the meat version so I would not recommend throwing them on the grill. Enjoy! (more…)

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After a few months of blogging on The Food Illusion I have decided it is time to do something big, something bold, and something that will get as many people as possible to not only read about eating real foods, but to also make a first-hand commitment to this important change. Therefore, my family and I are launching:

Today we began our own personal 100 Days of Real Food pledge. I will be posting regular blog updates on 100daysofrealfood.com to chronicle our journey of eating real food in a processed food world (in addition to my regular posts on The Food Illusion). We are also inviting readers to join in by taking the 10 Days of Real Food pledge. If we can do it for 100 days then absolutely anyone can do it for 10 days!

The new 100 Days of Real Food blog has all of the resources you need to get started with your own 10-day pledge including the following pages: (more…)

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Have you ever tried homemade flour tortillas before? Let me just say that the taste and texture is far superior to those that come in a plastic bag at the grocery store. Those at the store honestly don’t even deserve to be called tortillas compared to the real thing. And luckily, the tastiness of homemade tortillas justifies the effort it takes to make them. Up until now almost all the recipes I have posted have been easy to make, but I must admit that this one is definitely an exception to the rule. I will also say that I actually tried a couple of different methods for making tortillas and this is the easy (easier) version. Please trust me when I tell you…it is worth it! (more…)

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Okay, so you see the title of this post…sound familiar? Just like you have been told since you were a child to not judge a book by its cover, the same goes for food. I get irritated every time I see yet another product at the store that has positioned itself to appear to be the “healthier” alternative. Upon looking a little closer, however, you often discover the real truth.

One of Michael Pollan’s food rules is to “avoid food products that make health claims” like “vitamin-fortified”, “contains omega-3s”, “lowers your cholesterol”, and I even saw a juice that claims it helps with your child’s “brain development”. He says to have a health claim it must have a package so “it’s more likely to be a processed rather than a whole food.” This makes perfect sense, and I couldn’t agree more, but I would like to take it a step further. I think we also need to be cautious about the overall look and wording that manufacturers use on some of their packaged products as well. (more…)

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Here is yet another winter vegetable that I have always thought of fondly…collard greens. In all seriousness, I felt the same way about collard greens as I did about kale. I had never tried it and certainly didn’t have any plans to run out and buy some. However, once I started to understand the importance of eating locally grown foods that are in season, my views changed. So I set out to find a way to make collard greens into a tasty dish that didn’t take all day long to cook (it only takes about 25 – 30 min).

This recipe is also a perfect example of flavoring your meal with meat rather than having meat as the main course. You could pair it with some baked sweet potatoes and whole-wheat biscuits to make one delicious, filling and healthy meal. I do want to preface this recipe though by saying that my children have been accepting of most of what I have posted so far, but as you can imagine this unfortunately is not one of them!

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If you have been working hard to cut out processed foods and start eating organically and/or locally grown foods, does that mean you can still eat meat? The answer is…sometimes. According to Michael Pollan:

There are literally scores of studies demonstrating that a diet rich in vegetables and fruits reduces the risk of dying from all the Western diseases. In countries where people eat a pound or more of fruits and vegetables a day, the rate of cancer is half what it is in the United States. We also know that vegetarians are less susceptible to most of the Western diseases, and as a consequence live longer than the rest of us.

So becoming a vegetarian doesn’t exactly fit into your lifestyle? Not to worry, because you can still reap the same health benefits as a vegetarian if (more…)

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Yet another tasty, healthy, flexible, and easy recipe to add to your files (no expensive juicer required)! These smoothies are a great addition to any breakfast or lunch, and leftovers stored in the fridge are surprisingly good the next day. The best thing about this recipe (probably thanks to the fact that a smoothie looks just like a milkshake) is that both of my daughters love them, and my pickier child ends up consuming fruits and vegetables that she would not normally eat. I had been making these for a while when one day I added the spinach, and it barely changed the taste.  I was so excited that I could easily get everyone (including me) to eat some fresh, raw spinach!
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