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Copycat Wendy’s Chili

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 Wendy's Copycat Chili

I don’t like to eat out and I especially don’t like to eat out at a fast food restaurant but on the rare occasion that we do, Wendy’s is one of  the few places we’ll go.  They don’t use pink slime and their burger patties are actually made from beef.  It’s not pastured organic beef but it is beef, no soy crap substitutes. On the good, better, best scale, it’s at least an ok.

Anyway, this isn’t meant to be an ad for Wendy’s.  Avoid eating out (especially fast food) as much as you can. One of their menu items that we love is their chili. My kids ask for it all the time but I’m not going to to buy it for them as often as they would like.  So I’ve set out to create my own version at home.

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The Lazy Way to Cook Squash

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I don’t know about you, but I’m always scared I’m going to chop a finger off while cutting a large squash in half. I was bemoaning my fear to my mom at Thanksgiving and she said, “Why do you cut it in half?”

“Because everyone does.”

She said, “I don’t.”

My mom just sticks the whole darn thing in the oven then cuts and scoops out the seeds after it’s cooked.  It takes a little bit longer that way but nothing noteworthy.  It only added about 15-20 minutes which was totally worth saving my fingers.

I took it a step further.  I stick the whole squash (if it fits) in my pressure cooker.  Instead of 1-1.5 hours, it only takes about 15-20 mins.

You can also do this in a slow cooker.

Bigger squash take longer than small squash so you’ll want to test poke occasionally.

The Lazy Way to Cook Squash

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Step By Step Paleo Plan

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Step

Are you a “jump in head first” or a “slow and steady wins the race” kind of person?

I tend to jump in and go full steam ahead but studies show that people tend to stick with changes over the long run if they are done slowly, step by step, week by week.

The Paleo diet is gaining in popularity and I think it’s great.  My biggest rule for nutrition is to eat real food.  You can read my definition of “healthy” here: What Does Eating Healthy Mean? The Paleo diet fits perfectly with that.  It’s all real food.

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Nourishing Our Kids: One Bite At a Time

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Nourishing Our Kids: One Bite At a Time.

We are up against a mighty giant when it comes to what goes into our kids’ minds. There are commercials, candy-lined store shelves, parties to go to, school events and friends influence all with the mentality or mindset that if it looks good or tastes good, then by all means have some. The brainwashing starts young and never relents. Our influence is of no small matter though. We must train them up in the way they should go and give them some solid roots as they face this world of convenience at the cost of health. We have far more influence over their mentalities than we realize. I think it was designed that way for a reason! ~ Lydia

Anyone here struggle with feeding their kids healthy?  Whether you have a picky eater or just want know what to serve them?  If you follow me here on the blog and on Facebook, you might be aware that I am the mom of four boys ages 13, 11, 7, and 3.  Between the four of them, I’ve dealt with the pickiest of picky eaters to the child who will eat anything I place before him.  I have a passion for nutrition, especially concerning children.

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Heal Your Gut Online Course

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The following is a guest post from my good friend Lydia from Divine Health From the Inside Out.  Lydia is a certified Nutritional Therapist Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association.


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Do you experience any of these digestive complaints/symptoms on a regular basis?

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