chicken stockMaking your own chicken stock couldn’t be easier.  Homemade chicken stock tastes delicious, saves money and provides many health benefits.  When you hear of people eating chicken noodle soup for it’s immune boosting powers they are not talking about Campbell’s soup.  They are referring to the way chicken stock was made before over-processed soups landed on the shelves of every grocery store.  Do a little research and you can read all about the health benefits of homemade stock.

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In my “What We Ate” posts each week I’ll share some of the recipes we ate for dinner the previous week. I love to get inspiration from what other families are eating so I thought it might be helpful to some of you. Please leave a comment if you have questions about any of these recipes. And if you know of a recipe that you think we might like please share it with me!

***Chicken melt sandwiches.

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  • We had 2 pieces of left over bacon and swiss cheese from our quiche and a little bit of rotisserie chicken so we made a quick dinner.  I just lightly buttered the bottom of the bread and added chicken, a few small pieces of bacon, tomatoes, and swiss cheese to each piece of bread.  I grilled these on the stove and then melted the top in the oven.
  • I served them with carrots and leftover cantaloupe.  I made the kids’ with bread on top like a grilled cheese.  Everyone liked this super simple dinner.

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Jiffy Knock off

For years I made and LOVED Jiffy cornbread mix.  I always had several boxes in the pantry back in our processed food days.  Since we switched over to more natural eating I just couldn’t make them any more.  I looked up the ingredient list again to see exactly what’s in the mix.  Here is what I found in one box of Jiffy cornbread:

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I had a request from a friend to share some information on the different types of flours and when to use each.  This will not be an exhaustive list, just the ones I frequently use.

I want to preface this by saying that I think it’s much more important to just start baking and cooking at home rather than worrying too much over using the “right” or most “healthy” flour.  You are making MAJOR improvements to your health just by cooking and baking at home rather than buying packaged foods or eating out.  Take a look at the muffins below.  I snapped a picture of the ingredients while at the store the other day.  Sugar is the FIRST ingredient.  That means there is more sugar in these than any other ingredient.  I wouldn’t want to send my boys to school having eaten more sugar than anything else that morning. I’ll let you read for yourself the rest of the ingredients.  I don’t know about you but I don’t regularly cook with all those chemicals listed.  They just aren’t necessary but food companies use them to make cheap food that will last a long time on the shelves.

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In my “What We Ate” posts each week I’ll share some of the recipes we ate for dinner the previous week. I love to get inspiration from what other families are eating so I thought it might be helpful to some of you.  Please leave a comment if you have questions about any of these recipes.  And if you know of a recipe that you think we might like please share it with me!

**Slow Cooker White Turkey Chili

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  • We had been snowed in for several days so I came up with a chili recipe based on what I had on hand.  The whole family liked it.  Yay!
  • I served the chili with cheese, avocado, cilantro and chips.  My kids will eat almost any soup or chili if I serve it with chips or crackers.

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our favorite peanut butter chocolate chip no bake granola bars

We love granola bars at our house.  I have about 10 recipes pinned on Pinterest right now.  The problem is that each recipe has something in it I don’t like or it’s missing something that we love in our granola bars.  And many of them have honey and brown sugar.   So I’ve combined several recipes into one I am happy with.   The kids approved too!

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