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    Chicken Caesar Salad w/ Dressing

    There’s something about a homemade chicken caesar salad dressing that just trumps store-bought, every time. Perhaps it’s the idea of knowing what all of the ingredients in your dressing actually are. I love that the ingredients list is short, because generally speaking, the less ingredients in something, the more wholesome and nutritious it actually is. This recipe of mine uses the Instant Pot for the chicken, but you can make your chicken breast in any other way you prefer. We like to also grill our chicken breasts on a Sunday evening and have them for the week to use for various meals. The true gem in this recipe is the…

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    How to Grow Sprouts

    What are sprouts? Crunch of the Mom is here to tell you about the most delicious, healthy, and easy-to-make-in-your-kitchen food, SPROUTS! Well, how to grow sprouts! Typically seen in a gourmet sandwich shop or the produce aisle, they look like loose pale threads with tiny peas at the top. Sprouts have a super-fresh taste, with almost a crisp and lively texture. They can make a basic sandwich, salad, or breakfast quiche even better! What are sprouts exactly? There are many different types, including bean sprouts, sunflower sprouts, and rye sprouts.  Every plant-based food started with a sprout and grew from there. Grains, seeds, and legumes can all be sprouted, such as wheat…

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    The Whole Way Through Whole30

    Well, I did it. I made it through the 30 days of what I expected to be pure torture-the whole way through Whole30. Surprisingly, it wasn’t torture at all but rather a life changing experience that has forever changed my relationship with food. Being a mom I am a mother of two little girls. My life is busy, my nights are sleepless, I have been breastfeeding for 4 years almost non-stop, and the 30 pounds that I haven’t been able to lose for the last 4+ years, were justified. But, enough was enough. My youngest turns 1 year old this month and it was time to make some changes. After…

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    Keep the Milk Flowing on Whole30

    As I sit here on Day 20 of the 30 day program of The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom, I want to talk to you about my experience with snacks. As a quick overview for those of you new to Whole30, these are the pillars of the Whole30 program that are non-negotiable. So whether you’re munching on a snack or eating a meal, the following may NOT be consumed. Whole30 shortlist of what not to eat: added sugar or artificial sweeteners alcohol grains legumes dairy Nursing Concerns I am a nursing Mom, so I need to be taking in enough calories to sustain a good…

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    Peanut Butter Vegetable Chicken Soup

    This is a great hearty, protein packed, wintry soup!  It tastes great with a baguette dipped in.  You don’t even need a side salad with it because it is packed with healthy veggies.  It’s a complete meal on its own.  I did some experimenting and I think I found just the right combination of veggies!  This recipe makes enough to freeze, or enough to feed a small army.  I would love to hear what you and your family think of it! Makes: 12 or more servings Ingredients:  12 c – chicken broth 4 c – diced cooked chicken 2 c – peeled and diced potatoes 2 c – diced carrots 2 c –…