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Grandma's Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe made see through clear using my grandma's trick with any pieces of chicken, water, and vegetables low and slow in a crock pot. | ifoodreal.com

I consider myself a chicken noodle soup expert because I grew up on it and observed my grandma’s tricks for over a decade. I do know my chicken noodle soup business and I will share it with you, because America needs to know that chicken noodle soup is SUPER easy to make at home, and it has nothing in common with bright yellow packaged or canned stuff that has no chicken in it. There is nothing neon yellow about real chicken soup!

The key to good chicken noodle soup is clear chicken broth. There are 4 tips for making clear broth my grandma taught me: Read more »

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I might be not a fan of Instant Pot but I definitely love healthy one pot meals made in a dutch oven or deep skillet. One pot meals mean quick and simple recipes, and less dishes to work with and clean. When I make one pot meal, I usually end up using many pre-cooked pantry items like tomato sauce, spices, canned beans (I cook my own and freeze => how to cook dried beans); freezer items like frozen vegetables and meats; then add dried goods like quinoa or…
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My sister-in-law bought Instant Pot earlier this year, a few other mom bloggers did, and I have seen enormous amount of recipes online. Seems to be new “wonder” of the world that revolutionizes modern busy mom’s cooking. But does it really? A few weeks ago, I decided to buy one but first did my research, after which I came to conclusion that I’m probably missing out on source of income, will never get free Instant Pot to review, but I do not need Instant Pot. And here are…
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You can pull off this turkey taco soup mostly with pantry ingredients and minimal effort, because this healthy taco soup is either ready quickly on a stovetop or cooks itself in slow cooker while you are gone. Whatever method you choose, I’m sure it will work perfectly for this chaotic time of the year with back to school and sports. I’m certainly feeling “under the weather” of math homework and hockey tryouts. But then summer is nice, but kids are home – no perfect scenario in this life exists….
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I always-always tell people when asked how I manage to cook healthy while raising 2 kids and running a business, that key to success is to cook big pots of soup, stews, stir fries and other types of throw together one pot meals. Healthy meals that are affordable because many times anything can go in that pot, quick because chop-chop and it doesn’t have to be perfect, and because you open the fridge or freezer and leftovers are staring at you! Meals like ground turkey stew, soba noodle stir…
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I can assure you, there is no perfect answer what are the healthiest cooking oils. It is super overwhelming and confusing to complete a simple task like choosing cooking oil today. It’s 2017 – many things are complicated that shouldn’t be. I have summed up 3 organic (non-GMO), affordable and healthy cooking oils after conducting a thorough research and using common sense, that I believe are good for our bodies. And the most important thing about my oils – 3 of them can be found in Costco for a reasonable…
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I hope you are not buying tomatoes at supermarket in September. OK, if you are, I hope you are making sure they are not from Mexico, in September. Because right now is prime tomato harvest season near you. Actually, ALL fruits and veggies coming down with a blasting speed, making me completely mad woman because I want to buy them ALL, and in fact I seem to be doing just that – see my last farmers market haul. I keep ordering produce by boxes in advance, out of…
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Once a week, June – October, I shop at local farm stand for produce that has been grown without use of pesticides in the most natural way. It is not certified organic, however it is local and as good as it gets. I recommend to do your best due diligence to ask farmers at your local farmers market about their growing methods and just concentrate on buying real food. For last week’s shopping, see farmers market haul in August. We are definitely in a prime harvest season for…
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Quick and healthy chicken with fresh tomatoes that are in their prime ripeness end of August – beginning of September, and that I can’t stop buying during my farmers market haul every week. So juicy, sweet and tender local tomatoes are nothing like supermarket’s “cardboard” tomatoes we are about to experience, so hurry up and eat them while you can. If you need help with eating tomatoes (half of mine disappear as slices sprinkled with salt), check out my tomato and red onion salad, lettuce tomato cucumber salad…
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I love quinoa in any shape or form, even in slow cooker breakfast quinoa and quinoa granola bars. Quinoa makes amazing quinoa falafel, quinoa bread recipe and quinoa granola. It is (relatively) new superfood and for a good reason – full of protein, complex carbs and high in soluble fiber. And it cooks in 12 minutes versus 45 minutes for brown rice. Quinoa can be pricey if bought in small packages. That’s why I always buy a huge bag at Costco (=> my healthy Costco shopping list). Making quinoa cakes has…
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