Ever feel pulled in a million different directions? You want to eat well, save money, be gentle to the earth and still have time to hang out with the family you work so hard to care for.
I hear you.
It’s tough to find the balance.
I’m here to help.
The foundation of Kitchen Stewardship is simple: God gave us everything we have and asks only that we take good care of it.
Those who spend a lot of time in the kitchen are met with challenges in all four areas – health, earth, time and money – on a daily basis. It can be daunting to try to do one’s best to be good stewards of them all, especially as science finds out more about how we harm our bodies and environment with chemicals and the world tempts us to live beyond our means in many ways.
Kitchen Stewardship is about finding the balance, doing the right thing to give glory and honor to God, becoming more prayerful in the kitchen, and rejoicing in the accomplishment of baby steps on the road to optimal health and nutrition.
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The food eaten and discussed at Kitchen Stewardship falls squarely into the category of “traditional foods” or “real food.” The recipes contain whole ingredients, lots of healthy options like vegetables, homemade stock and often soaked grains and grassfed meats and other goodies direct from my farmer.
On the other hand, you’ll find a dessert or two with white sugar in them, and even though most grains are soaked, there are some posts challenging the theory to learn more about exactly why and how we should soak. And then there’s the posts about going grain-free. It’s all about finding the balance and keeping our sanity. Just. Barely.
Cornerstone “how-to” posts include:
- How to make homemade yogurt
- How to make traditional chicken stock
- How to cook with dry beans
- How to make simple homemade cleaners
Some of the most popular foodie series have been:
- A Fat Full Fall
- Real Food Bloggers’ Face-Off
- 15 Super Foods Everyone Can Eat
- Eat Well, Spend Less
- What Does a Real Foodie Buy At…?
- A Sweet, Sweet Summer
- See all the series and carnivals hosted here on this page (but pour a cup of coffee, we’ve been busy!)
I believe that God calls us to be good stewards of all His gifts as we work to feed our families: time, finances, the good green earth, and of course, our healthy bodies.
This blog seeks to share with others ways to balance all four and be prayerful in the call to vocation in the kitchen.
You can get into my head in this pivotal reading, On Conscious Thought, which is a pretty good explanation of the foundational process behind everything I do. Or you can check out the KS Facebook page for snippets of life in the moment.
I’m partly a “foodie” – in that I buy good quality spices, for example, but not so much that I’d make a recipe with saffron or real vanilla beans in it.
But I’m still on a journey: I don’t really like fermented foods. I haven’t figured out how to eat liver regularly. And I still struggle to buy the “best” foods all the time. I could have been a frugal blogger had I started a year or two before February, 2009.
At that time, I started a blog in the hopes of obtaining a readership base so I can publish a book someday. I am a lover of words on paper that I can touch, highlight, bookmark, and carry into my kitchen. I want my words to be a BOOK!
Here are a few posts telling you a bit more about “my story:”
- I’m a Born Conservationist
- What I Learned From my Mother
- Things I Learned Because of Children
- My Time of Insanity (or, The Origins of a Book)
- The Final List: A Year of Changes
- Don’t read this until you already love me: 30 Random Things About Katie
- My Many Jobs as a Blogger
- A Jonathan Michael Birth Story
Just over a year later, my book publishing dreams came true. I’ve since added to the collection, writing five books on implementing real food changes in our kitchens while balancing the four pillars of Kitchen Stewardship – health, earth, time and money.
- Healthy Snacks to Go was my first book, created out of the desire to provide healthy snacks for growing children and sustaining parents while at home and away.
- The Family Camping Handbook was next, providing practical advice for eating real food even on vacation. Families with small children can especially appreciate the extra tips geared towards camping with children.
- The Everything Bean Books is everything you could possibly want to know about this amazing super food, and more. Beans are packed with nutrition and are one of the most frugal foods available, making a bit easier to be a good steward of God’s financial provisions.
- Since even real foodies crave dessert now and then, Smart Sweets was written to help maneuver us away from processed sugar and towards more natural sweeteners. Birthday cakes and brownies can now be enjoyed guilt-free.
- Better Than a Box is geared towards families who want to eat real food but can’t give up family favorite recipes. Now they can have their hamburger helper and eat it too. The book is more than just a cookbook, but a primer on how YOU can remake your own favorites with real food ingredients (but there are 25 recipes already done for you, too, plus 35 more resource recipes like homemade ranch dressing and how to reverse engineer Velveeta and onion soup mix).
- The Healthy Lunch Box isn’t just for school lunch ideas. Whether you homeschool, work from home, or send kids and spouses off for the day you can use this book. Don’t fall into the sandwich rut – find quick and easy options for the entire family here. Not just a recipe book, I help you figure out how to pack lunch in a backpack, brown bag or whatever reusable containers you have on hand.
- Before you snag that packed lunch on your way out the door, you’ll want a full and happy tummy. Enter: The Healthy Breakfast Book, packed full of tips for any breakfast you desire. Whether you enjoy hot or cold, need it prepped and ready, or have time to cook a hot meal, you will find it here. No need to fall back on a sugar-laden box of cereal when you are smart with your prepping.
Over the years, KS has grown quite a bit, and there’s a team of work-at-home moms powering the site from behind the scenes. Meet them all right here.
There is a lot of information to be found here on Kitchen Stewardship. To someone new to real foods, it can be overwhelming. Start with this post to read the top 10 foundational habits.
What you can expect from KS:
- Weekly themes and Monday Missions
- Suggested changes in the kitchen
- Family friendly recipes
- Practical tips and ideas to implement changes
- Reflections on the vocation of the kitchen
- Recommendation for prayer in the kitchen
- Information and research
- Encouragement to make broader change
- Product reviews and giveaways
- How-to posts to make life easier in the kitchen
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