So you read my real food survival guide for working moms and now you want to get started adding real food to your menu but not sure where to start?
I believe high quality ingredients are key and armed with them; everything else will start to fall into place. As you read in my real food story, I have healed my body with real food. However, I think a focus purely on health and nutrition does real food a real disservice. There is a reason chefs seek out the highest quality ingredients – they taste the best! Have you ever watched the TV show Top Chef (or any chef competition show for that matter)? When chefs want to wow the judges they pull out all of the stops with real food ingredients; using butter, organ meats and bacon to add flavor. What I find pretty funny is when they have some school lunch or vegan challenge and all of them groan – they know how much more complicated and challenging it is to make low-fat food taste delicious. Thankfully we will not have that challenge here – real food quality ingredients require little work from you to make a huge impact on the plate and on your overall health.
To help you get started I am launching a new series on real food sourcing! We will take it one step at a time to help you find excellent sources for your new real food ingredients and explain why good sourcing is so important. This series will help you phase out the processed foods one step at a time instead of being overwhelmed with doing it all at once.
Each week, I will do three posts:
- A sourcing guide for select real food ingredients (produce, dairy, eggs, meats, etc.) with links to some of my favorite related recipes.
- A new simple recipe related to the week’s sourcing guide so you can experiment with what you have learned
- An introduction to traditional flavor combinations related to the week’s ingredients so you can start to build the confidence to experiment and get those creative juices flowing!
I also am interested in this being a two way conversation. I live in Central Texas so will provide a perspective from my area. As we go through the series, I would love for you to add your comments with your tips from your area. I think other readers will really appreciate that! I will also continue the conversation on the Homemade Mommy Facebook page so if you haven’t ‘liked’ my page already, I encourage you to do so! Stay tuned for our first post on sourcing local Produce!