A Healthy Breakfast on the GO!

As much as we strive to gather around the table together for meals, there are times when our busy schedules keep us moving in different directions. Thankfully, there’s always time for a quick, healthy breakfast with these delicious and fun grain-free “Grab-n-Go” Pancake Muffins.

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As a recipe contributor for KitchenAid, this month, I’m sharing with you a very special breakfast recipe that you won’t want to miss. My easy Grab-n-Go Pancake Muffins are simple to make and as delicious as they are nutritious! [Get the recipe here ...]

Happy back-to-school season!

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What’s it like to be a Food Blogger?

As many of you know, I’m a monthly contributor at Keeper of the Home. This month, Stephanie asked her team to share “A Day in the Life” story. Last year, I shared “A Day in the Life of a Meal Planner,” which many of you seemed to enjoy.

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This year, since I’ve been working so hard on developing more than 100 new recipes for my upcoming grain-free cookbook, I thought it would be fun to share “A Day in the Life of a Food Blogger” with you all.

So if you’ve ever wondered just exactly what? goes on behind the scenes here at The Nourishing Home, come join me to find out. [Get the scoop here ...]

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Easy Crockpot Black Bean Soup (GF, DF)

Easy Crockpot Black Bean Soup

Note from Kelly: I’m so pleased to have my sweet friend Beth joining us today to share her simply delicious recipe for Crockpot Black Bean Soup. Beth is the humorous and talented author of the natural living blog, Red and Honey where she writes about real food recipes, natural living DIYs, alternative health topics, and motherhood. So without further ado, take it away, Beth …

Guest post by Beth at Red and Honey

Black bean soup is the sneakiest meal ever; it’s basically like a ninja. It’s super frugal and ridiculously easy. There’s no main meat feature. There’s not a plethora of fancy ingredients to be deemed gourmet. One might think that it shouldn’t even taste very good with that introduction. But BAM! It’s a party of deliciousness with its warm and smooth black bean taste; notes of bacon, fried onion and peppers; plus sea salt, and my personal favorite – ground cumin! (Pretty much anything Tex-Mex-related is the best, including my family’s all-time favorite Southwest Taco Soup.)

You can top this hearty black bean soup with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of chives. Or maybe a little grated sharp cheddar and crumbled organic corn chips? I sometimes serve it over rice, which my kids enjoy. Avocado would be awfully nice, too. Mmmm, now I’m hungry!

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I love meals where meat is not the main player because they’re easy on the budget, but to be honest – I’ve tried a lot of frugal recipes that have disappointed me in the taste department. I may be on a tight budget, but I like GOOD FOOD! I don’t believe that you have to sacrifice taste when you’re on a budget. In fact, I believe that plain and simple meals can be amazing. You just have to find the magical combo of ingredients (and maybe add a little bacon)

Easy Crockpot Black Bean Soup (GF, DF)

6 servings


  • 8 slices nitrate-free bacon
  • 1 cup diced bell pepper (yellow, red, or orange)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 5 cloves fresh garlic, finely chopped
  • 5-6 cans of black beans, drained (or 8-10 cups soaked and cooked black beans)
  • 4 cups homemade chicken broth
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt


  1. Fry bacon in a pan (I love my cast-iron!) Remove cooked bacon and set aside.
  2. Using the bacon grease in the pan, sauté peppers, onions, and garlic until mostly translucent.
  3. Add cumin and salt to the pepper mixture, and stir to combine for about a minute.
  4. Add the pepper mixture and all remaining ingredients to a 6-quart slow cooker set on low heat.
  5. Crumble up the bacon, and add to crockpot as well.
  6. Cook for 6 hours on low (or 4 hours or high).
  7. Use an immersion blender to partially puree the soup, according to your preference. I like mine just shy of all the way blended, but you blend to whatever consistency you prefer.
  8. Serve with your favorite toppings, and enjoy!


Note from Kelly: We love Beth's delicious black bean soup topped with a huge scoop of my fresh mango-pineapple salsa and a side of grilled shrimp kebobs! It's a real Caribbean delight!


bio_imageBeth is the creator and editor at Red & Honey, a lifestyle blog for the naturally-minded homemaker. She recently began a passionate love affair with coffee and her life will never be the same. She has had three babies in less than four years, is a professional laundry-avoider, and loves to stay up way too late making weird stuff from scratch that normal people tend to just buy in a store. Hence, the coffee. You can follow Beth at her blog Red and Honey, as well as join the Red and Honey Facebook Community.

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