Healthy Dinner in a Flash! Homemade Hamburger Helper Beef Skillet

Homemade Hamburger Helper - Beef Skillet. Gluten & Dairy Free - and sans the chemical ick!

{Please welcome the talented Tessa the Domestic Diva.  She is bringing us an amazing Homemade Hamburger Helper – Beef Skillet.  Fast dinner without the box and the chemical ick!}

As a mom, I absolutely ADORE one pot (or skillet) meals! They are convenient and super easy to clean up.

As a child, I loved all the variations of Hamburger Helper…but today the frightening ingredient list means even withOUT allergies, I would not choose to feed those boxes to my family.

So how to make this a REAL FOOD meal?

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DIY Meal Replacement Shakes – like ” Pediasure ®”

DIY Meal Replacement Shakes like "Pediasure®" - no icky additives - all whole nutrition!

{Please welcome Angela from Grassfed Mama.  She is sharing a fabulous recipe for DIY Meal Replacement Shakes – like “Pediasure®”.  What a GREAT idea for those who want to eat Real Food but have an eating challenge.  LOVE it.}

As a speech therapist, part of my job (about 60% in the nursing home) was swallowing evaluations and rehabilitation. As we age, sometimes we lose the ability to eat real food and swallow safely. This difficulty could be related to age, strokes, mental diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Eating issues aren’t only for the older community. In my family, I have two nephews who had swallowing issues at birth. They had feeding tubes placed within their first year of life.

They are both still primarily fed through feeding tubes at ages 10 and 3.

According to, about half a million people in the US rely on feeding tubes for their nutrition.

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Bibimbap – Korean Fried Rice (paleo, grain free)

Bibimbap - Paleo Korean Fried Rice


{Please welcome Naomi from Almost Bananas as she brings us a recipe I have been sooo wanting to make:  Bibimbap.  Korean Fried Rice.  She has a lovely blog of whole food and has beautiful documentation of her life in Slovakia.  Be sure to visit.}

This summer, while visiting back home, I reconnected with a dear friend.

Her husband is Korean and when he made us bibimbap, our family had a new favourite food.

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Low Carb Comfort Food — Shepherd’s Pie with Roasted Veggies (grain & dairy free, vegan option)

Low Carb Shepherds Pie Recipe

Today, Candace is sharing with us one of my favorite comfort foods–a Low Carb Shepherd’s Pie Recipe.  Shepherd’s pie typically is topped with mashed potatoes, which, while totally yummy, is a little heavy on the carbs for those of us watching our carb intake.  You’ll love this version for sure.

Currently on my blog (Candida Free Candee), I am doing a series on Crockpot, Casserole and Cook Ahead meals to help simplify my life since there is a lot going on.

I like to prepare meals at night once the kids are asleep so that the next day, or for a few days following (as I like to prep multiple meals at once), I won’t have to spend so much time in the kitchen.

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Need Dinner Fast? Healthy Chili Mac & More Quick and Easy Meals

larger chili mac

Today, please welcome Tessa of Tessa Domestic Diva who brings us a Healthy Chili Mac Recipe.  I love Tessa’s selection of healthy, attractive, and special diet friendly recipes (she’s got a beautiful site as well.)  I hope you enjoy this post by Tessa as she shares with us some quick, easy, and healthful options for getting dinner on the table—FAST!  

I can’t tell you how many times people around me have lamented how they wish they had more time to cook and put wholesome dinners down for their family every night.

Regardless of your time constraints: it IS possible.  

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Allergy-Free Meatballs with DF Cream Sauce (grain, egg, & dairy-free)

Meatballs! Dairy, Egg, and Grain Free! GAPS-Friendly :). Think you need to give up meatballs just because you are on a special diet? No way! These meatballs hold together and are super tasty even without dairy, egg, or grain! And they come with a great dairy-free mushroom sauce to boot!

{Any meatball lovers out there? My mom’s Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs was one of my favorite childhood meals.  My mom would simmer the sauce all day and then would serve us a bunch on a piece of bread when it was almost done…..


Well, my son is deathly allergic to dairy and egg whites, and we are also gluten-free, so I haven’t attempted meatballs in a loooooong time.

So you can imagine that I am excited that today, Leah, from Ponderings From My Heart brings to you (and to me :)) a meatball recipe that should suit almost any family with special dietary needs. 

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Pasta Primavera with Eggplant Noodles and Vegan Alfredo Sauce (grain free, paleo, vegan)

Pasta Primavera - Paleo and Vegan

Today, Lauren from Oatmeal With a Fork brings you a wonderful eggplant pasta made with vegetable noodles.  

Lauren has a great collection of recipes that I know you will all love.  I’ve shared a number of them on my Facebook page so some of you know her work.  Here is her story followed by a fabulous recipe. 

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Tips for Frugal Meals ~ and Super Fast Indian Lentils

Indian Lentil Curry Pressure Cooker


With the price of everything going up…up…and up….(you’ve noticed, right?)

Frugal is really in style now.

I know I, for one, have been watching our food budget got up and it’s gotten me thinking about ways to save more money in that category.

Join me over at The Balanced Platter today where I am sharing some of my favorite tips for making frugal meals.

And I’m also doing a recap of my recipe for Indian Lentils.

This dish a real “go to” for us when you’re looking for a

  • fast meal that
  • saves money and is
  • kid friendly too

I look forward to hearing about your frugal meals tips too.  I’m sure all of mine and the Balanced Platter’s readers would appreciate any and every tip that is shared.

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Shared at Butter Believer, Your Thriving Family, and Simply Designing.

Healthy Meals Your Kids Will Love to Eat!

Fruit Kids Breakfast

Getting your kids to eat healthy can be like tough.

Especially when their barraged by commercials touting the:

  • latest fast food fad
  • cartoon-sponsored fake fruit, or
  • heated, slurried and molded cereal shape

Well, I’m hoping to give you a little oasis in the middle of your desert of food prep for your hungry munchkins.

And of course, these all are yummy enough to be enjoyed by adults too!

So pull up a cuppa something.  (Maybe my Delicious and Healthy Coffee Substitute?) and hop on over to The Balanced Platter where I am sharing a roundup of great Healthy Meals Your Kids Will Love to Eat.

You’ll save money at the grocery store, have some fun, and get some smiles too.  Sounds good?  Just click here to join me and read more.

Shared at Sorta Crunchy, The Nourishing Gourmet, Real Food Freaks, Grocery Cart Challenge, Your Thriving Family, The Finer Things in Life, The Shabby Nest, Food Renegade, Rattlebridge Farm, Real Food Whole Health, Jill Conyers, Comfy in the Kitchen, Thirty Handmade Days, A Southern Fairytale, My Sweet and Savory, Delightfully Dowling, Ruth’s Real Food, The Girl Creative, The Healthy Home Economist, Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, The Prairie Homestead, C.R.A.F.T., Craft-O-Maniac, Keeping it Simple, The DIY HSHP, Today’s Creative Blog, Beauty and Bedlam, Real Food Forager, Permanent Posies, At Home with K, Rook No. 17, Premeditated Leftovers, Cooking Traditional Foods, Learning the Frugal Life, Time Warp Wife, Far Above Rubies, Not Just a Housewife, Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free, Sugar Bee Crafts, Naptime Creations, Coastal Charm, Chef in Training, Blessed with Grace, Hope Studios, The Thrifty Home, Beyond the Peel, The Trendy Tree House, The Thrifty Home, Gluten-Free Homemaker, Raising Homemakers, This Chick Cooks, We Are that Family, Kelly the Kitchen Kop, Sugar and Dots, Frugally Sustainable, Day 2 Day Joys, Ginger Snap Crafts, Women Living Well, The Shabby Creek Cottage, Fireflies and Jellybeans, Tales from Bloggeritaville, Beyond the Picket Fence, House of Hepworths, Blue Cricket Design, Thrifty 101, and Gnowfglins.

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Whole New Comfort Foods and My Most Requested Recipe

Pakistani Kima Beef Curry Indian Recipes

Comfort Food.

What do those words conjure up for you?

Visions of mashed potatoes?  Spaghetti and Meatballs?  Chocolate Brownies?  Rocky Road Ice Cream?

OK – Enough temptation, right?

We all have foods that evoke feelings of nostalgia, memories of the past – or that just plain taste great.

Join me today over at The Balanced Platter where I am sharing an abundance of “Whole New Comfort Foods” (a play on my blog’s name – get it :-)?)

And pictured above is my family’s favorite of them all.  If you’ve been around here for awhile, you know what it is.

And if not, you need to know…..

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