Whole-Grain Buttermilk Waffles

The waffle recipe I turn to, time and time again are these delicious Whole-Grain Buttermilk Waffles. These waffles are already sugar-free (sweetened with ripe bananas), and can be made dairy and egg-free as well!

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whole grain buttermilk waffles

Why We Love These Waffles

It’s simple: they’re hearty, delicious, and there’s no extra dishes dirtied with seperating eggs to whip the whites. Some waffles recipes need that, this ain’t them. The combination of oat and whole-grain flour gives these a unique flavor and fullness. Being naturally sweetened with ripe bananas is a plus (without too much of a banana flavor, I don’t even taste them at all)!

Meet the Waffle Maker

Alright I’ll admit it, I love me some fancy kitchen gadgets. But, hear me out. I’ve wanted to throw every waffle maker I’ve owned out the window while I’m using it and I have never, ever felt like that with my Breville waffle maker. Come to think of it, I’ve never felt like that with any of my Breville small appliances. But we’re here to discuss the waffle maker today, and my friend…it’s glorious. It makes 4 waffles at once, has various settings, and even a cute little “a bit more” button. Yes, it seriously says exactly that and I adore it.

whole grain buttermilk waffles

If you’re like me and avoid making waffles because you can’t stand the making them part, do yourself a favor and budget for this gem. You could even do what we did and find one used for much less. You’ll be thanking yourself when you make these whole-grain buttermilk waffles. Is this waffle maker necessary? Absolutely not, if you’re thinking it’s not I’m pretty sure you have more patience than me and that’s worth celebrating.

Freezer-Friendly and Customizeable

Easily halve or double this recipe to feed fewer folks or stock up the freezer. These are very filling on their own, but we tend to eat more on the first day and then load them up with extra protein from peanut butter when we reheat them. If you decide to freeze them, pop them in a single layer on cookie sheets protected with plastic wrap and freeze. Once frozen (don’t forget about them!), place them in a freezer safe bag like Stasher Bags and they’ll be ready when you want them!

If you’re eating the leftovers the next day, you can toss them straight into a Stasher Bag instead. These reheat great, and make great leftover breakfast for busy mornings!

Turkey Bone Broth

turkey bone broth

One of the best parts of cooking a turkey over the holidays is the turkey bone broth you can make with the bones. Yes, save those bird bones no one wants because you’re going to want this broth for your next batch of Green Soup! This hearty broth will help your gut heal after all of the sweets, too.

If you’re asking yourself if you really want to be that person on Thanksgiving that shouts, “NO! Don’t throw out the bones, I want them!” Allow me to answer that question for you with an absolutely yes, be that person.

Sourcing Your Turkey

What’s the deal with pasture-raised? Most of the meat we eat in our home has been raised and processed with the utmost care in mind. This means they also contain higher levels of bio-available nutrients from being raised in natural, outdoor conditions. If you’re local to Houston or San Antonio, Texas Farm to Home delivers many farm to table meat and dairy products straight to your door. We’ve been utilizing his services for over three years now. Our turkey(s) will be delivered by him next week!

You can learn more about why it’s important to consider meat sources on my Weston A. Price Foundation Overview here.

Some Other Helpful Tips

I have shared both my chicken and beef bone broth recipes as well. Be sure to check them out for a fool-proof way to store your broth as well:

Cranberry Sauce Recipe

cranberry sauce recipe

Either you love it or hate it, but chances are someone you know loves it. Cranberry sauce happens to be one of my personal favorites on our Thanksgiving table each year. This cranberry sauce recipe is the same one I’m serving up this week, I hope you love it as much as I do!

Why I Avoid the Canned Stuff

There are a few reasons why I choose to make this from scratch. One, I love the process of starting with simple ingredients and turning it into something incredible. Two, I like to control the type and amount of sweeteners and additives in the food I feed my loved ones. (Many canned cranberry sauces contain undesirable additives like high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, etc.) Three, I think anything freshly homemade is going to taste better than anything you can pickup on the grocery store shelf that might have been cooked in the very can it’s packaged in.

This is one of the times I do choose to go with cane sugar instead of something alternative because I really love for the cranberry flavor to stand out and cane sugar doesn’t take away from that. 80/20 around here, folks.

Making Cranberry Sauce is Really Easy

Don’t be intimidated! For some reason, I get impressed reactions anytime I make this myself and bring it somewhere. It makes me giggle because of just how simple it is to make. The hardest part for me is sourcing the organic cranberries. I prefer fresh, so if I forget to plan ahead I settle for frozen. That happened this year!

Without further ado…

Pasture Raised Turkey Brine Recipe

turkey brine recipe

When it comes to Thanksgiving and Christmas, I go all out with homemade all the things. I came up with this simple Turkey Brine Recipe in 2020 when I couldn’t find the one I’d been loving for years in stores. Needless to say, it was delicious and I’ll never look back. If you’re looking for a simple way to DIY this year for the holidays, give this easy recipe a shot!

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Gather Your Ingredients

If you’ve been around here long enough, you’ve noticed I’m pretty particular about my ingredients. I love to purchase fresh, organic spices from Mountain Rose Herbs. Most sugar cane grown in the US is heavily sprayed with pesticides and grown as a GMO crop, so I always opt for organic for that. I think the Himalayan sea salt really shines in this recipe, too.

If you don’t have dried orange or lemon zest on hand, fresh is always great too! Last year I used all dry, but this year I am using fresh rosemary as well as fresh orange and lemon zest instead of dried. You can even get more creative with optional add-ons like dried cranberries, if you’d like!

Sourcing Your Turkey

What’s the deal with pasture-raised? Most of the meat we eat in our home has been raised and processed with the utmost care in mind. This means they also contain higher levels of bio-available nutrients from being raised in natural, outdoor conditions. If you’re local to Houston or San Antonio, Texas Farm to Home delivers many farm to table meat and dairy products straight to your door. We’ve been utilizing his services for over three years now. Our turkey(s) will be delivered by him next week!

You can learn more about why it’s important to consider meat sources on my Weston A. Price Foundation Overview here.

Plan Ahead!

Don’t forget to consider thawing times based on the weight of your turkey, and gathering your necessary ingredients well before the need to prepare your brine. Your bird should be thawed completely and plan to brine for 12-24 hours before you plan to cook it. Print this recipe and get started!

Making Beef Bone Broth at Home

Once you use this beef bone broth recipe, you’ll never want to go back to buying store bought again! I’ve taken a lovely and decadent recipe by Rhoda Boone I found on Epicurious and adapted it to make a more affordable, bulk batch of delicious beef broth.

Be sure to visit my Chicken Broth Recipe for instructions on how to bag your broth to both store and thaw it easily!

Quality Matters when Making Beef Bone Broth at Home

When it comes to nourishment, you are what your food eats. It’s really important to source grass-fed beef from reputable farms (local is best!) to obtain the most nutrients out of what you’re feeding yourself and your family.

Making Beef Bone Broth at Home

Optimum health requires animal foods and fats. Vitamins A, D, K2, B12, B6, Zinc, essential fatty acids, and amino acids are all beneficial nutrients. You will find some of these beneficial nutrients exclusively in sustainably raised animal products.

Conventionally Raised vs. Pasture Raised

Conventionally raised animals are typically raised in ultra-confinement conditions with little to no access to the outdoors. They are almost always fed artificially with inexpensive GMO feed. They are often given performance-enhancing drugs which causes them to be efficient and profitable. There is also usually zero regard to humane processing options available when it comes to conventional meat. Modern conveniences do not come with consequences on both the animals well-being and the health of those consuming the meat products produced this way.

Pasture raised animals are raised primarily outdoors with appropriate access to shelter to protect them against the elements. They are almost always fed expensive non-GMO feed or grass. They are not given antibiotics (mainly because it’s often unnecessary in their living conditions with no confinement). These animals are typically processed humanely with care and thanks being given to the animal. Regenerative farming is also common with these farming methods.

Making beef bone broth at home requires some homework, if you want to do it right.

Know Your Farmer(s)

The most important thing to consider when sourcing animal products we consume is not always looking for the cheapest cut. Sometimes we are in positions where we have to consider the cost of our food. I am currently one of those people. Based on what I know, though, I can no longer make a decision based ONLY on the lowest price tag.

I think what we have been conditioned to blindly do in our culture is walk up to the meat section of our grocery store and not consider it’s origination. We don’t ask questions like, “Did this animal have access to sunshine and grass over the course of it’s life?” Instead we tend to think more like, “What’s on sale this week?”

There are nutrients our bodies require to obtain optimum health. Some of those are EXCLUSIVELY found in animal products raised in the right environment (pasture raised, etc.) These nutrients are simply not found in nature outside of these conditions.

Let’s stop considering simply the cost of the meat we are buying. But, let’s also consider the cost of what looking the other way could mean for these animals, as well as our health. Are you with me?

Homemade Maple Granola

homemade maple granola

Look, I know you don’t think you need anything else to make from scratch in the kitchen. I get it, but…this is a must try. Homemade Maple Granola is something you have to make from scratch at least once. You’ll save money, your house will smell divine, and your kids will think you’re the coolest ever (maybe, idk).

Make it Your Way

One of the best things about this recipe is how customizable it is. Don’t like walnuts? Leave them out! Need to make it gluten free? Go for it! You could also sub honey for the maple, but I’ve never enjoyed my homemade granola near as much without the maple syrup as my sweetener of choice.

Much like my Homemade Bone Broth Mac N Cheese Recipe, it’s super easy to make it your way with this super versatile recipe.

Where to Buy Ingredients

The more of these ingredients you buy in bulk, the more affordable this granola becomes. Utilizing places like Costco, Azure Standard (learn more about Azure here), and Thrive Market are great to price shop and save tons with compared to just picking up something at the local grocery store. This post provides a quick comparison break down for an idea of modern day coupon clipping.

Add this to your bowl of yogurt on your Simple Meal Plan Rotation and your full belly will be happy you made it yourself!

These are my favorite oats to get from Azure, they’re gluten-free! I also purchase raw, organic nuts and seeds as well from Azure! My maple syrup budget is currently only Costco friendly, but if it weren’t I’d be getting this really good stuff in bulk from Azure, too.

I like to use refined organic coconut oil by Nutiva for the oil content. Refined coconut oil has no taste. But if you and your family enjoy the extra coconut flavor, feel free to use un-refined!

Invest in Quality Spices for Your Homemade Maple Granola

I can’t express enough how amazing fresh, high-quality spices are in your kitchen. They’ll last WAY longer if stored correctly, and there’s just nothing better. I buy all of my spices from Mountain Rose Herbs, and store them in glass spice jars and mason jars to keep them fresh.

Homemade Bone Broth Mac+Cheese

Listen, I’m going to tell you right now…you don’t need to buy another boxed mac n cheese again in your life. This homemade bone broth mac+cheese is the only recipe you’ll ever need to make all of your from scratch comfort food dreams come true.

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I asked my Instagram following if they had ever made homemade mac before, and many hadn’t even tried! Some shared that they’ve even tried multiple homemade from others and the word “awful” was mentioned. Yikes. Be thankful if you’ve never had to experience that awkward situation, LOL. Other reasons given were thinking it’d be too complicated to make.

The truth is, this is one of the easiest and simplest things I make in my kitchen on a regular basis, and I can’t go back to boxed now!

Make Homemade Bone Broth Mac+Cheese Your Way

Not only is this recipe super simple, it’s also very forgiving. Don’t have heavy cream? Replace that with all milk. Don’t have bone broth? Just use water, but consider it won’t be as filling or nutrient dense. Don’t want to use paprika? It’s totally optional! Don’t need gluten-free noodles? Use whatever you normally would! Don’t have all of the cheeses listed? Just use cheddar, it’ll still turn out okay!

I’ve made this various different ways over the years. Leftover shredded chicken or sliced and fried grass-fed hotdogs will give a bigger protein punch. Minced steamed broccoli is a delicious and nutritious addition. Make it your way!

Why Avoid the Boxed Stuff?

Sure, there are “better” brands out there these days. Kraft isn’t the only option anymore, and Annie’s even makes a grass-fed option. However, just because there are better options today, doesn’t mean something coming straight out of a box is ever going to compare nutritionally to something created from whole foods you probably already have in your own kitchen. Better isn’t always great.

homemade bone broth mac+cheese
homemade bone broth mac+cheese

Are these the worst things you can put in your body? Arguably not. Are there better things you can choose to put in your body? Absolutely.

Consider those ingredient lists above in comparison to what you’d use in this homemade version:

Not a huge difference between this and the boxed ingredients above, but the differences that are there are worth the quick online search to make sure it’s something you’re comfortable putting into you or your family’s body.

homemade bone broth mac+cheese

Finding Ingredients for Homemade Bone Broth Mac + Cheese

I’m a huge recommender of homemade bone broth, and this situation is no exception. It’s so much more affordable than buying the good stuff in the store, and the cheaper stuff you can purchase just doesn’t compare to a good homemade broth.

If you’re looking for raw milk in your area, be sure to check RealMilk.com‘s Real Milk Finder. Local to Houston or San Antonio areas like I am? Be sure to checkout Texas Farm to Home‘s home delivery service to source yours. If you’re curious about why in the world someone would buy raw milk, you can learn more on my Raw Milk blog post here.

I love Kalona Super Natural dairy products for things like heavy cream, cottage cheese, and much more. Use their Store Locator to find it near you!

I purchase Kerrygold grass-fed (or Kirkland’s new grass-fed butter), the Gruyère cheese and Pecorino Romano from Costco.

My sharp cheddar cheese is usually this one from Azure Standard, and sometimes this one if the other is out of stock.

As mentioned previously, Jovial noodles are my go-to. I’ve never had better gluten-free noodles, and their ingredients are simply organic brown rice and water, that’s IT! You can use any of their noodles with success in this recipe. Feel free to use your favorite noodles!

Give it a Try

If it sounds daunting to skip the pre-made boxed stuff, just make a plan to try this just one time. If you find you never want to try that again, then you don’t have to! You won’t know if it’s something you can manage if you don’t try, so give this homemade bone broth mac+cheese a shot!

Garden Fresh Tomato Soup

garden fresh tomato soup

Don’t let this title fool you! Before you think you need garden fresh tomatoes to make this garden fresh tomato soup, allow me to set the record straight. You can totally use canned or jarred tomatoes instead to make this delicious soup. Garden fresh just puts it over the top incredible!

After trying a lot of tomato soup recipes from scratch, all fell flat. I finally did my own thing, and this soup was born. This recipe is very far off from the original and would only cause confusion to share, otherwise I would site it. This recipe has loads of garlic, the only dairy in it is cheese and butter, and it’s enough to feed a large crowd or freeze for later!

Get the Most Out of Garden Fresh Tomato Soup

Our favorite way to enjoy this garden fresh tomato soup is with fresh einkorn sourdough grilled cheese sandwiches using our favorite raw cheese. It’s also great with freshly made parmesan croutons, too. Just like our family’s favorite Green Soup, this recipe is a regular staple in our dinner rotation.

Blending this soup in a good blender is the trick to getting a smooth and thick end result. The freshly grated parmesan cheese gives it all the creaminess it needs, but feel free to add some heavy cream if you prefer.

Canned or Jarred is Okay, Too!

Remember, you don’t have to have a garden to make this soup! You could even snag some fresh heirloom tomatoes and basil from your local farmer’s market. The grocery store is also an option. However, supporting local farmers lessens our carbon footprint and supports food growers right at the source. I’m all about that!

I hope your family enjoys this garden fresh tomato soup just as much as mine does! It’s right up there with Green Soup in our house!

Making Chicken Bone Broth at Home

If you’re not already making your own bone broth in your kitchen: you’re spending either too much on the good stuff or too little on the imitation of the good stuff. Chicken bone broth is so versatile in home cooking, as well as extremely nourishing and sustainable.

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Benefits of Bone Broth

According to the book Nourishing Broth – An Old Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World by Sally Fallon Morell and Kaayla T. Daniel, bone broth has the ability to support a number of ailments. It improves the gut by aiding digestion. It strengthens bones and joints and stabilizes moods. This liquid gold even restores the weak and ailing back to health and a normal appetite with it’s many provided minerals and nutrients.

Nourishing Broth is another must have book by Sally.

It’s no mystery why we think we need chicken soup every time we get sick. There is truth behind that notion, but the stuff we find in a can today doesn’t cut it. True bone broth, slow simmered for hours over heat, has the ability to work wonders for various ailments. However, broths we find on the grocery store today are a terrible substitution for this wonderful food that has almost vanished from our kitchens. Thankfully, in a pinch, you can find decent ones in the freezer section, but you’ll certainly pay a steep price for it. This is one great reason to make chicken bone broth at home.

chicken bone broth recipe

Uses for Bone Broth

You can easily replace stock in any soup recipe you come across with homemade bone broth. It takes a basic soup recipe and majorly improves the nutritional quality of that soup. Green Soup is my household’s favorite way to utilize this homemade chicken broth. If you haven’t tried it yet, get it on your meal plan ASAP!

Another great way to add more of this liquid gold into your diet is making rice with it. It can even replace water in a homemade mac n’ cheese recipe like these ones from Jovial. This will also increase the protein content of your rice or mac n’ cheese, which is great!

The simplest way to use homemade bone broth is by reheating it on the stove, adding a bit of salt, and sipping on it throughout the day like a cup of tea. Especially when you or someone in your home is ill, this is a great way to boost your immune system and strengthen your gut and body.

Store-Bought vs. Homemade

We don’t always realize that something like Better Than Bouillon isn’t the best option for us, health wise. Sure, it’s tasty, but it’s not contributing to our health. Just because something has a label with “organic” doesn’t equal nutrient dense, either. A handful of the ingredients in Better Than Bouillon are: cane sugar, maltodextrin, flavoring, and natural flavor. A quick search online will bring up a description of maltodextrin:

It is commonly used for the production of soft drinks and candy. It can also be found as an ingredient in a variety of other processed foods.


Can sugar is one of the furthest things from a healthy food option. My recipe below includes no sugar added to your homemade broth. It’s simply not needed. Consider researching how highly-addictive sugar is and you’ll begin to understand why it’s put in just about every commercially produced food product that is marketed to us.

Natural flavorings can be just about anything. Again, research these things so you have a more well-rounded view on what you’re reading on your food labels while shopping for your family.

The cost to purchase the really good options in a store are more than double that of their watered-down imitations. In a pinch, I have purchased store-bought broth before, but I wasted a lot of money on it considering it costs me close to nothing to make at home. The best options in the store won’t be sitting on the shelf, though. You typically want to look at the options in the freezer section of the store to find the actual bone broth.

chicken bone broth recipe

Storing Your Homemade Broth

The best method I’ve discovered for storing homemade bone broth is in the freezer in a food saver bag. I freeze my chicken broth in quart-sized bags, and lay them flat to dry. I’ve yet to have a bag break on me using this method. You simply seal one end, fill the open end with cooled broth, and lay your bag down with enough edge to seal without it seeping out. You can carefully remove all of the air out by hand and use the moist button while sealing. Do not use the function that removes the air, or you’ll have a big mess.

Lay your bags flat in the freezer and then you can store them how you’d like once they’re solid. I hope this helps you as much as it has me!