Recipe: Sweet Fried Plantains

A delicious side dish that your family will love!

As I shared in my last post, there’s no better side dish to accompany my Black Beans and Rice than homemade Sweet Fried Plantains.

Fried plantains are a delicious side dish that are easy to make and add a distinct, tropical feel to your favorite meals.

Now don’t be intimidated by this dish. The combination of frying and plantains may throw some of you into culinary orbit. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of cooking fried food, but this dish isn’t hard at all. And since it uses olive oil or avocado oil, I think it’s a lot healthier than traditional “deep-fried” foods. And have I mentioned how amazing it tastes?!?!? :-)

Probably the hardest part about making Sweet Fried Plantains is finding plantains that are ripe and ready to cook. A lot of stores sell plantains these days, but usually what you’ll find are green plantains. Here’s a photograph of the difference between green and ripe plantains: (more…)

Recipe: Easy Homemade Black Beans and Rice

Black Beans and Rice is hearty, easy dish that's healthy too!

Today I’m sharing with you one of my all-time favorite dishes. You see, I grew up in South Florida (Ft. Lauderdale to be exact), and I loved it when we went out to eat at a little Cuban restaurant near our home. I think every time we went there I ordered the same thing—roasted chicken, black beans and rice, and plantains.Inspired by the Cuban Black Beans and Rice I grew up with, this easy, homemade original will become a family favorite!

Last month I had the chance to go back to Florida on vacation and visit my family. Although they’ve moved from Ft. Lauderdale, we all still went to a little, family owned Cuban restaurant, and I ordered the same thing. Boy did I love it. Especially the black beans! (more…)

Recipe Blueprint: Real Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

A delicious, easy, 3 ingredient breakfast made with little to no added sugar!

Is breakfast a tough meal to get right for your family? It sure is in mine. I’m not a morning person, so you won’t catch me waking up an extra 30 or 40 minutes earlier to cook a more time-consuming breakfast during the week. Instead, I make some quick, real food options that I can whip up in minutes … like my Real Fruit and Yogurt Parfait.

This delicious Real Fruit and Yogurt Parfait is such an easy, 3 ingredient breakfast that's made with little to no added sugar!

Now please, don’t confuse this with McDonald’s Fruit and Yogurt Parfait!  (more…)

Quaker Breakfast Flats … A Healthy Breakfast or a Breakfast Cookie?

Breakfast can be one of the hardest meals of the day, especially if you’re not a morning person. Yes, that “not a morning person” comment needs a big arrow pointing at me. :-) So marketing healthy, convenient breakfast foods is literally a goldmine for food companies. But are most of these products really healthy? Let’s take a closer look at one of the newest “healthy” breakfast products on the block—Quaker Breakfast Flats.

Quaker Breakfast Flats market themselves as wholesome and full of real ingredients. But are they healthy, or really a cookie in disguise?


Honestly, these are one of those products I want to love. They’re available in three varieties (Cranberry Almond, Banana Honey Nut, and Golden Raisin Cinnamon), and they sound delicious and healthy. (more…)

Our Best Easter Recipes

A little help from our family to yours with REAL food recipes for your Easter Celebration

Holiday celebrations can be difficult when you’re trying to make the switch to eating less processed food. Between family traditions and busy schedules it’s easy to end up serving a meal made from boxes and bags filled with additives. So to help you out, we’ve assembled our BEST Easter recipes for your upcoming holiday meal!

Looking for help cutting processed foods from your Easter meal? Then check out over 20 recipes ideas in our Best Easter Recipes edition that includes a FREE meal planning guide!

While I don’t think holiday meals need to be perfect, I always try to do my best. So in the spirit of “progress not perfection” why don’t you give one or more of these unprocessed recipes a try. They may just spark a new holiday tradition of eating REAL food!