Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Our 7 Day Real Food Challenge

I've been inspired by a few bloggers who are participating in a 30-Day Cooking from Scratch Challenge.
Homemade Naan bread

At the moment we eat pretty healthy.  We eat out maybe once per month and cook all of our meals at home.  However, lately I have been using "convenience foods" in some of our meals.  Pre-made cream soups for casseroles, store-bought breads and jelly as well as...I'll admit it...tater tots!!!  *for some reason I had a random craving*

Rather than starting with 30 days we figured we start with 7 days and go from there.  In order to be successful in any endeavor we must plan ahead.  This means gathering recipes for regular everyday items like ketchup, mayo and legumes.  Items like Black beans and Garbanzo beans take more time to make but they're much healthier than the canned options.

This is a Real Food 7-Day Challenges!  Join us!

HomeGrown Basil Walnut Pizza...I'll have to make my own pizza crust!

If you're interested in joining the challenge we'd love to have you join us.  Recipes and updates will be posted at Mary's Kitchen.  I'll also host a wrap-up link party for everyone to share recipes and outcomes.
Making Hummus from Scratch

Challenge starts Sunday, July 21st...We're waiting until after the in-laws visit next week.  This should give us plenty of time to gather recipes.  Stay tuned for a few tips on getting started. 

Send me an email if you'd like to participate and I'll add your link to our next post.  Have a wonderful week!



  1. I'm game. Sounds like fun!
    Lydia from http://www.lydiasflexitariankitchen.com

    1. That's great Lydia! Please send an email to mari_backtonature@yahoo.com so I can send you the complete details

  2. Sounds like a great challenge! I will give it a shot!


    1. That's great Taylor! Please send an email to mari_backtonature@yahoo.com so I can send you the complete details

  3. Thanks for joining us for Wonderful Food Wednesday. This looks great. Always good to eat at home and dine out less.

  4. I think I can do this one. I've pretty much eliminated packaged/canned food in the last year, so I have a head start.

  5. Hey cutie! Thanks for linking up with the blog hop. Following you on all your sites. :) hope you follow back! I would love to have you


  6. That sounds interesting! I'm starting a 8 week fitness/healthy eating challenge on the 15th, so the timing is perfect! I'd love more details. :)


  7. I can't commit right now, but I'm interested in following everyone's progress. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday.

  8. That bread looks so good! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

  9. The hummus looks so good! Cooking from scratch can be difficult with a busy schedule. I'm interested to see what all you make!

    Thanks for joining us at the Homeacre Hop! Hope to see you next time!

  10. Mary, this is fabulous! I'm about two weeks behind, on my blog reading, so I didn't see this until today (from checking out your link on the Sunday Funday linky. I'm sitting at Starbucks right now, so obviously I'm not on board. Yet! I am going to do some prep, and start my 7 day challenge next week, after BlogHer. What are your thoughts on yogurt? I'd love to keep yogurt in my diet for the seven days, but I've never delved into making non-dairy yogurts. Any suggestions or ideas for this?


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