Friday, September 13, 2013

17 Ways to Become a Better Cook

My life and my husband’s have been changed for the better since we started eating real food.
Growing up, my mom definitely taught me how to cook healthy meals. But after I got married, I started reading about what really goes into so many of the things we eat—vegetable oils, margarine, sugars, processed chemicals that are made in a lab instead of in nature. Why would I want to put that stuff in my body?!?
So I kept doing research. And I learned that there are better things to eat and cook with than I had been using. I started making little changes here and there, and noticed a difference. My husband and I started feeling better. I was able to spend less money on groceries (by buying very little pre-packaged convenience food, which is expensive), and then my husband lost about 75 pounds in a year, just because we were eating better, and because he started drinking more water and being more active.
I discovered how easy it is (and how cheap!) to make things at home that I thought I had to buy. Salad dressings, beans (like black and kidney), chicken stock, and yogurt are just a few things I make myself now, instead of buying in a bottle, can, or carton.
However, I also realized that there is an overwhelming amount of information available on real food. Sometimes doing a Google search for a recipe was frustrating, because I had to wade through recipes that used ingredients I wasn’t interested in eating (corn syrup? Canola oil? No thanks!).
However, I have the immense privilege and joy to present something that is exactly what I need right now to help grow my real-food cooking skills. This library of real-food cookbooks covers all the topics I’ve been wanting to delve into but haven’t had a chance yet, like making all your own homemade condiments. I can’t wait to try those recipes! And there’s a cookbook in this library that’s all about cooking with coconut oil. I am slightly obsessed with coconut oil, so I know this one is going to get a ton of use!
Plus, I am honored to tell you that MY COOKBOOK is part of this library! I can’t express how thrilling it is to offer my book alongside these other amazing resources. If you haven’t gotten Real Food for the Real Homemaker yet, this is a great way to get it at an incredible price. (And if you do have it already, go ahead and give away the other copy to a friend or relative!)

Hundreds of Recipes, At Your Fingertips
The Traditional Recipes Collection is a group of 17 different cookbooks from popular and up-and-coming bloggers.  In total, there are over 800 different recipes, spanning all meals and snacks! In this collection, you'll find:
  • Lots of allergy-friendly books (half or more are GF/CF)
  • Books to teach you to cook with what you have on hand
  • Meal planning
  • Snacks on the go
  • Freezer cooking
  • Printable recipe
  • cards
  • Health benefits of
  • various foods
  • Healthy desserts
  • Gourmet meals
  • Simple, everyday
  • meals
  • Make-your-own sauces
  • and condiments
  • and so much more!
There is truly something for everyone.  It is a really amazing and well-rounded collection, too. There are books for dinner, books for snacks, books for breakfast, books for gourmet cooks (not too many), books for brand-new cooks, books to teach you to make your own condiments, books for smoothies.... You name it! If you're a beginning cook, new to real food, or just tired of the "same old" for dinner, this is an entire library of how-to-cook just about anything (including plenty of bonus information on kitchen tools, techniques, pantry staples, meal planning, and more).

What's the Deal?
A collection like this might run you over $100.  In fact, the actual value of this collection is around $150. But next week, for five days only, it will be only $14.97. To give you an idea of how great a deal that is, my book by itself is about $13. You're virtually getting 16 other resources (not to mention the bonuses!) for $2!
The sale dates are Sept. 17 (Tuesday) through Sept. 21 (Saturday).  The sale begins at 9 AM EST on Tuesday, and ends at 11:59 PM on Saturday night.  There will be no late sales. Many of these books are brand-new, and have never been included in a bundle before.  Out of the 17 books, 10 have never been in other collections.  This means that if you choose to purchase, you won't be getting "the same old" stuff.
These cookbooks are new, unique, and totally real food. This is also a smaller collection and at a lower price point.  There have been other bundles before...plenty of them. A lot of readers want a bundle that’s a smaller/less overwhelming collection, lower price, and more focused. That's exactly what this bundle is.

What's In the Bundle?
You might be wondering, what exactly is in the bundle, anyway?  Let me tell you all about it.
Kitchen Help
Cooking With Coconut Oil by Jennifer Saleem of Hybrid Rasta Mama (68 delicious recipes featuring coconut oil) (This is one I am SO excited about!)
Design a Dish by Millie Copper of Real Food for Less Money (6 basic formulas for creating recipes with what you have)
Restocking the Pantry by Kresha Faber of Nourishing Joy (57 sauces, condiments, and more) (And this one. I won’t be buying condiments anymore!)
Real Food, Real Easy by Angela Montgomery of Real Whole Health (13 frugal, easy recipes)
Real Food for the Real Homemaker by Jami Balmet of Young Wife’s Guide, Jaimie Ramsey of Living In the Light and Elsie Callender of Richly Rooted (78 basic recipes + printables + how-to-anything in the kitchen -- NEW!) (Our cookbook is one of the biggest in this group!)
Main Dishes
7 Day Real Food Meal Plan by Roxanne King of The Holistic Mama (7 days of a plan, complete with 38 recipes for 3 meals a day, all GF/CF)
Much Ado About Chicken by Debra Worth of Sweet Kisses and Dirty Dishes (52 delicious allergy-friendly chicken-based meals, GF, NEW!)
Stretchy Beans by KerryAnn Foster of Intentionally Domestic (13 frugal, bean-based meals, GF/CF, NEW!) (Super-excited about this too. I have got to find new ways to cook beans!)
Divine Dinners by Lydia Joy Shatney of Divine Health From the Inside Out (92 gourmet dinners, sides, soups, and more, GF)
Snacks and Sides
The Veggie Book by Danielle Tate of More Than Four Walls, Sara Shay of Your Thriving Family and Debra Worth of Sweet Kisses and Dirty Dishes (52 recipes featuring 10 different vegetables, creatively; GF, NEW!)
Healthy Snacks to Go by Katie Kimball of Kitchen Stewardship (40 classic snack recipes that are travel- and lunch box-friendly) (As busy, on-the-go college students, I really need something like this. Thrilled to get this resource!)
Steeped by Katie Stanley of Nourishing Simplicity (56 recipes for tea treats like cakes, scones, sandwiches, tea, and more; GF, NEW!) (TEA is all I needed to hear. Can’t wait to try all the recipes in this one.)
Toadally Primal Smoothies by Primal Toad of Primal Toad (150 unique smoothie recipes, primal/paleo)
Desserts, Baking and Special Occasions
Festive Traditions by Jill Marks of Modern Alternative Kitchen (32 holiday and special occasion recipes)
Treat Yourself: Real Food Desserts by Kate Tietje of Modern Alternative Mama (30 delicious, healthy desserts)
Sourdough Goodness by Anna Drozdova of Thought For Real Food (13 sourdough recipes, NEW!) (You might know that my sourdough attempts were not phenomenal. This is exactly what I need to fix that!)
Travel Foods by KerryAnn Foster of Intentionally Domestic (13 recipes that go with you easily, NEW!)
As you can see, there are many amazing selections in here, possibly some you've had your eye on.  In this collection, you can get them all for 90% off.

Is There More?
Actually, there is more. :) We'll be offering a few bonus items that anybody who purchases the bundle will get.
A coupon code for Real Salt
A coupon code for Wise Choice Market
A free premium trial membership to Tradishen
Simple Natural Health, by Nina of Shalom Mama
...and more (we're still talking to a few excellent companies!)
We'll also be offering a giveaway (and no purchase is required to enter) of a $75 "Healthy" size Healthy Surprise box.
Whew. So, that's the deal.  17 great books, over 800 recipes, for just $14.97 -- plus four or more great bonus offers and a chance to win a Healthy Surprise box.  The only catch is that the sale only lasts for five days, Sept. 17 - 21. I know this is going to be an incredibly valuable resource to ALL my readers! I hope that you're looking forward to this as much as I am.  Don't forget to visit right here, Tuesday at 9 AM to get your copy!

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