Welcome if you are a new subscriber to our mail list and hello again to those of you have signed up a while ago. It's been a long time coming, but I have been working hard at making some changes here at Cut the Chemicals and I am excited to be spending some time with you over the coming weeks to share them.
Firstly I would like to thank you for joining our mailing list and if you haven't yet I encourage you too. It will be a decision that hopefully will reap many benefits for your family. There will be loads of opportunities to learn all about eating additive and preservative free foods for FREE!
As you may have seen, in the month of August we are giving away a hard copy of the Cut the Chemicals Cookbook (Australian or U.S. - your choice!) if you are the 222 person to join the list. So far we are looking good but are still not there yet. The month has just begun!
I urge you to pass this information onto your friends and family as who doesn't like to WIN something for FREE? Especially something that will change their lives for the better!
Enter your details at the site here for your chance to win!
So, what else have I been doing besides toilet training, moving house and playgroup dates?
- I have re-booted the webpage to make it easier to navigate and learn all about living the additive and preservative free life.
- I have started a Guest Blog on Button Baby - read here for my article about not feeling guilty about buying pre-made Baby Foods,
- I have been working on creating more FREE content for our new subscribers and an awesome new program to help families take charge of their lives step by step, (which will be available very soon),
- And, most excitedly I am becoming a check out chick! I am opening up an online Cut the Chemicals Grocery Store in early September! This will be a place where you can buy all your additive and preservative free food alternatives in the comfort of your own PJ’s and have them delivered straight to your door.
All the products are hand picked by me and eaten often by the Taylor taste testers, so I’m excited to be able to sell them to you at great prices via the wonders of online shopping with a flat rate shipping.
Imagine on a cold week night ordering all your lunchbox and meal needs from the comfort of your living room and having them arrive ready for the next weeks lunchboxes. All chemical free - how convenient! But more on that soon ...
I am so close to wrapping up these projects but I still need your help. I need to ask two things of you literally:
-What are the two top questions you need answered about eating additive and preservative free foods?
- What are your most desired foods that you would like to see sold in the Cut the Chemicals Grocery Store?
That’s it! Email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or join ourFacebook page and leave a post there.
Thank you and I will chat with you again soon!
If you have my book, you'll note that a lot of recipes for kids snacks avoid using dried fruit. This is because a preservative is used in the drying process to avoid the fruit going mouldy. I confess I do however use coconut often in my biscuits as I do love that flavour.
When I run out of my current stocks I will be buying my next source of coconut from a lady who lives around the corner from me who sells dried fruits and coconut that are preservative free - yippee!
Lu's website is below, so if like me you would like to have chemical free dried fruit check out her site:
Six S Organics - Organic and Preservative Free Foods our food, cleaning, and body care products are organic, chemical free, and fair trade.
Ever wondered how you cook Kale, the latest fad vegetable? Have you ever wondered if carrots would be alright in the microwave?
Well wonder no more. It sometimes seems hard to get more vegetables into your diet and even harder to find interesting ways to cook them for the family. This little guide courtesy of Cook Smarts can help you know how to cook the most common of vegetables found in every grocers.
Print it off and pop it up on the fridge for easy reference!
A lot of people may assume that to change one's diet to avoid eating chemicals is a costly exercise. I would like to put your mind at rest. Making your own foods from scratch often means using less ingredients and using more fresh foods or basic pantry staples.
These items are usually a lot less than an item already pre-made in a packet. So who wants to pay extra just for a cup full of chemicals and fancy packaging - not me?
Our family is like most families, we budget for our grocery shop and try to keep our costs down as much as possible, so I am always keen to learn a new trick or two on how to do it. This week I heard an interview on the radio with a lady called Sandra Reynolds who has a food blog all about eating on a budget - a $120 a week budget!
Sounds interesting huh? Plus there are loads of great recipes to fill your meal planner up with! Check out her site at www.120dollarsfoodchallenge.com
If you read our Facebook site you may have already seen this, if not read on!
It's no secret I have become a big fan of Pinterest and on our Pinterest boards you can see the recipes and ideas that I come across pinned ready for you to use. Lately I have been investigating the idea of once a month cooking and using my freezer a lot more.
My project this month is to fill my freezer, do once a month cooking and eat healthier and it is well and truly underway. I ordered a lovely side of beef from my local butcher and yesterday I got to work on making May an easier more efficient month.
Using Pinterest and my other favourite site Cheapskates Club I meal planned for the month and then proceeded to chop up all my vegetables for the month of dinners that I will be cooking. Every meal is accounted for except Roast night.
It took just over two hours, but on busy nights will help save some tears and tantrums and that's not just from mum! Not to mention our meals will be jam packed with healthy vegetables and there will be no waste of something lingering in the bottom of the fridge because I couldn't be bothered cutting it up one night. Happy days!
P.S. Sorry for the plastic bags, I'm keeping an eye out for cheap Mason Jars for future months!
I've been focusing a lot on our Facebook page this week on what I pack in my children's school lunches.
I was inspired by a post from the 100daysofRealFood Blog and the tools Lisa Leake uses in her school lunchboxes.
I want to share with you a new tool in my school lunchbox arsenal. These are silicone cupcake cases and I'm using them as little snack holders in the lunchbox. They are on special at Coles today, two packs for $10 so that's a saving of $2 for 12 in total.
Tune in tomorrow to see how I plan to use them!
Bec Taylor is a lover of all things quick, convenient and tasty. Her favorite foods are sloppy, cheesy and hopefully cooked in one pot as she hates doing the dishes!