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Bell Pepper Soup with Basil Tarragon Olive Oil

Bell Pepper Soup with Basil Tarragon Olive Oil - Holistic Squid

In dreaming up recipes for my weekly meal plans service, sometimes I just stare in my fridge, praying that inspiration will come. That's when I know it's time for a new cookbook to spark new ideas and remind me of flavors that I've forgotten. I discovered this red bell pepper soup in my most rec ... [Read More...]

Summer Fruit Salad with Balsamic Mint Glaze

Summer Fruit Salad with Balsamic Mint Glaze - Holistic Squid

August will always hold a special place in my heart as the ripest, richest part of summer. Back east, the peaches, tomatoes, and corn were other-worldly good, the Atlantic ocean was warm, and the mood was carpe diem. I'm sure there are plenty of good reasons, but I'm not a fan of school starting ... [Read More...]

Our First Year of Homeschooling – Success, Failure & Surprise

Our first year of homeschooling was nothing like I expected - Holistic Squid

When we started homeschooling our first grader last year, I had planned out an amazing curriculum, and planned to bond and cultivate a great relationship with my son along the way. We decided to homeschool because we wanted a better education for our kids than we thought the underfunded Californ ... [Read More...]

What Would Emily Do? (8/7/14 Edition)

What Would Emily Do? - Q&A with Holistic Squid

My inbox runneth over with questions from readers wondering - What would Emily do - about Real food and holistic health topics. I’ve created this Q&A to get your questions answered and for other folks to benefit from the answers too. In this edition we'll discuss natural ways to help a baby ... [Read More...]

My Favorite Summer Beach Reads

My Summer Beach Reads - Holistic Squid

I decided to do something different this summer. Something I haven't done in way, way too long: RELAX. For me, relaxation + summer can mean only one thing: beach reads. My husband has been super, crazy busy rolling out our new meal planning site (you can have a sneak peek here), and with two kids ... [Read More...]

Slow Cooker Meatballs with Garden Veggie Sauce

Slow Cooker Meatballs with Garden Veggie Sauce - Holistic Squid

We've been having some pretty whacky weather here for Southern California. Back east, my mom and the weather man used to call it HHH: hazy, hot, and humid. Definitely not a day that you want to spark up the oven and add any extra heat and moisture to your kitchen. It's summer days like these when ... [Read More...]

How to Teach Your Kids to Eat Right and Love Real Food

How to Teach Your Kids to Eat Right and Love Real Food - Holistic Squid

Since I was a little girl, my nutrition education has been an ongoing contradiction. First, the Four Food Groups were introduced as an absolute - eat meat, dairy, bread, fruit/veggies every day. Period. Seemed straightforward enough to my early adolescent mind, but mostly I was interested in eati ... [Read More...]