Whole Family Kitchen Giveaway

May 10, 2013

Today we are so happy to offer Rhythm of the Home readers a chance to win an annual subscription to the Whole Family Kitchen meal plan series. Some of you may remember that Nicole, who owns and operates Whole Family Kitchen, was a contributor to the Being series here on the blog a couple of months back. She offered to return today so that we can share a bit more about her business, and offer readers here a chance to try out her fantastic meal planning service.

 

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Nicole first found herself looking towards eating a more whole foods based diet after the birth of her first son, who seemed to have challenges related to food almost from the beginning. As she looked for ways to help her son, her family began to look to whole foods for healing and balanced nutrition. The end result of the research, planning, and hours of cooking that Nicole did is Whole Family Kitchen. Through the Whole Family Kitchen website, Nicole offers annual subscriptions to either gluten or grain-free meal plans, as well as regular blog posts on finding practical and tasty ways to incorporate whole foods into daily living. She also offers cooking tutorials that cover whole foods based kitchen basics such as making stock.

 

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As some readers may already be aware, my (ROTH associate editor Annie speaking here) own family went gluten-free a little over a year ago, when my daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease. I have always considered myself a cook, and love feeding my family healthy, delicious meals. But the combination of a new baby, a new diet, and the final year of my husband’s medical school education proved to be a bit more than I could sanely manage to take on. I found myself floundering in the process of meal planning and then actually having the time and energy to follow through with any plans I did make. And, I found that my plans were lacking in many ways. As time went on, instead of getting better at planning for our new diet, I was getting increasingly overwhelmed.

On a whim, I signed up for Whole Family Kitchen. It has been about eight weeks since that day, and I have to say that the Whole Family Kitchen meal plans are probably the best thing that have happened to my family in a very long time. The recipes are awesome, in large part because they are creative and interesting, and the inclusion of the weekly shopping list is pretty key for someone like myself right now. I have found that the plans are incredibly practical and feasible, but are also very clever and include tons of stuff I would never have thought of myself! Perhaps the biggest benefit of having signed up for the annual plan is the fact that much of my anxiety about meals has been alleviated. For my family, part of the healing process involved with our daughter’s celiac diagnosis goes beyond just physical health; it is also about finding a rhythm with healthy cooking and eating habits that make us feel as though we are finally on the right track.

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There is a lot to be said for the mental healing that happens when you finally feel that you are making and eating the right kinds of foods for your body and offering those things to your growing children too. I didn’t realize just how large this loomed in my consciousness until the day that I found myself at the computer, deleting all the photos of wheat-laden foods I had given my daughter in the past. Apparently, I had some issues. And this fact is one of the reasons why finding Nicole and Whole Family Kitchen has been such a blessing for us. If any of you find that you are also trying to sort out the process of making whole foods based eating easier and more practical, while also trying to get them to taste good enough that your kids will eat them,  I think that it is very much worth checking out Nicole’s site. I can’t tell you how glad I am that we did!

Today Nicole is offering one Rhythm of the Home Reader a free annual subscription to Whole Family Kitchen. To enter, leave a comment on this post. We will pick a winner via random number generator next Friday, May 17th. Nicole is also offering ROTH readers a 30% discount on Whole Family Kitchen plans! Enter “RHYTHM30″ at checkout between now and the end of May to redeem the discount.

Thanks, Nicole!

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{ 59 comments }

Melia Merrill May 10, 2013 at 5:31 am

Wonderful! We have been moving in this direction for awhile now, but I still feel stuck in old habits. This would be such a help.

Heather Adama May 10, 2013 at 5:55 am

New ideas ALWAYS appreciated in the kitchen!

Daphne May 10, 2013 at 6:10 am

We’re gluten free and low grains, I love would love to regularly see some new recipes!

sarah May 10, 2013 at 6:13 am

This looks really interesting, thanks for the chance to try it out!

Ashlee May 10, 2013 at 6:25 am

This sounds wonderful!

Julie May 10, 2013 at 6:28 am

I’ve been struggling with meal planning for a few years now. I love to cook, or should I say I love to eat good food… but deciding what to make every night, and trying to keep it balanced over the week, sometimes seems like a mountain to me. It takes a lot of my time and energy and I find myself cranky sometimes, just because I know that I will rush at the end of the day to find something to feed my family… Also, we’re trying to limit gluten and grain in our diet, so it only adds to my challenge. I am sure this subscription would be great for my sanity and my stress level! :0)

Patricia May 10, 2013 at 6:39 am

What a wonderful giveaway – exactly what I need! Not only the menu ideas but all the way down to the shopping list. I know that when I get into a food store my mind freezes – what do I need, how much, what brand, whole or rye – you get the idea.

Yael May 10, 2013 at 6:39 am

Would love to try this! Thank you!

Carly May 10, 2013 at 6:55 am

Me oh my how wonderfully wonderful!

Eryn May 10, 2013 at 8:37 am

I would love to win this!

Melanie Crystal May 10, 2013 at 9:05 am

goodness this would help me so much!

Michelle May 10, 2013 at 9:39 am

Meal planning is the one place I feel like I’m failing in a big way with my family. This sounds like an excellent opportunity to get on track!

Aubrey R May 10, 2013 at 9:58 am

This would be great. Thanks!

Hilary May 10, 2013 at 10:34 am

So needed right now!

Lisa May 10, 2013 at 10:35 am

Such a great giveaway, I would love to win this for my family right now! Thanks for the opportunity!

Heidi May 10, 2013 at 11:04 am

would love it :)

Julie May 10, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Sounds absolutely wonderful, we’d love to make use of a subscription.

Adelle F. May 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Wow, this would be great!

Bryony May 10, 2013 at 1:11 pm

My family have been working towards being gluten free, so some new inspiration for meals would be wonderful!

NinnyNoodleNoo May 10, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Thank you for offering this giveaway – I’d love to win it. We’re usually gluten-free here, although I’m temporarily eating gluten due to being asked to prior to an endoscopy and biopsy (I’ve had two tests for coeliac disease, both negative, but the consultant thinks that there may still be a gluten-issue and has asked I temporary eat gluten to have a look). I already follow Whole Family Kitchen!

Danielle Carpenter May 10, 2013 at 3:17 pm

I’d love to win this. Planning my weekly menu is one of my more stressful parts of the week. We’re vegetarian, gluten free, and refined sugar free.

Lela May 10, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Would love this!

Amber May 10, 2013 at 4:49 pm

This sounds wonderful! Just starting to try out monthly meal planning and this would help significantly! Thank you!

Natalie May 10, 2013 at 5:57 pm

We would love to add this to our resources on healthy eating.

amanda May 10, 2013 at 5:58 pm

I’d love to get more consistent with meal planning. It is something I’ve been wanting to take more seriously for a long time. it would be lovely to win this! thanks!

Samantha May 10, 2013 at 5:59 pm

This is an amazing giveaway. I love meal planning, but I have lost the drive since moving and have been trying to find something to get back into it.

Thanks for the opportunity!

Jillian May 10, 2013 at 6:55 pm

This would be a wonderful resource to add to my kitchen! We’re always looking for something new to cook up, and with moving shortly, I will need all the help I can get to streamline our life. Mealtimes can be a big source of dread, although I love being in the kitchen, its the different picky palates that can frustrate.

Cinnamon May 10, 2013 at 8:30 pm

I need some inspiration in the kitchen! We switched to grain free eating in January and I’m feeling like I’m in a rut as far as dinner and lunches are concerned. Some inspiration would be appreciated.

Wendy May 10, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Oh, this would be lovely! I’m exploring a lot of different options right now regarding our family’s meals, and something that would help me focus and provide me with a plan would be fantastic!

michelle May 10, 2013 at 9:53 pm

What a blessing it would be to get this right as I begin a new career and papa is home learning how to cook for the family!

Laura Lane May 10, 2013 at 9:55 pm

We started the year off well, but we’ve fallen back into some old habits. :(
I need motivation to get back on track.

Laura
Harvest Lane Cottage

c May 10, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Sounds awesome!

Sarah May 10, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Gosh, I could use this. We had coeliac scare this year ourselves – our daughter carries the gene, but the bloodtest cane back negative. However since she is only two we were told to lose the gluten.

Carrie B. May 11, 2013 at 10:48 am

I would love to try this out! Thanks for the opportunity!

laura May 11, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Would love some help! Thank you.

Joanne May 11, 2013 at 2:36 pm

I have been thinking lately about how much of my time goes to feeding my family. It’s a big part of what I do, & definitely a labor of love. I am a big believer in eating healthy foods and eating together a a family as much as possible.

Kristin May 11, 2013 at 9:00 pm

New ideas for dinner are always wonderful

Angelique May 12, 2013 at 6:47 am

Sounds great. Thanks for the chance!

Katie May 12, 2013 at 9:00 am

We have just gone grain and processed food free and I’m floundering a little – this would be a *great* help!

Julia May 12, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Have been wanting to try this! What a great giveaway!

Waverley May 13, 2013 at 1:20 am

How very generous. Please include my name in the drawing as well.

Rachel May 13, 2013 at 5:19 am

We’d love to give this a try! Thanks.

Paula May 13, 2013 at 6:55 am

Wonderful! We can always use the boost of new ideas, so this would be great

Linda JT May 13, 2013 at 8:45 am

Oh my, I truly hope that lady luck is on our side for this one! My son has very bad eczema and my current thoughts are that it is wheat or gluten related. And as a single mama of two toddlers, this would be a dream come true! Thank you for the chance.

Andrea Wilhelm May 13, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Please count me in…<3

Lori B May 13, 2013 at 7:33 pm

I’ve always been a meal planner, but after almost 25 years I’m in a rut! I eat gluten-free and the rest of the family is low-grain, so this would be wonderful!

Lori B May 13, 2013 at 7:35 pm

And just to let you know, when your post came up in my blog reader, there was a link at the top to a nasty website, but when I clicked through it’s not here??

Jennifer May 13, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Might be just the ticket!!! Thanks.

erica May 13, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Our family needs this! How great, thank you!

Amanda May 14, 2013 at 10:05 am

I would love to win this, I could really us help help menu planning

MzTallulah May 14, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I’ve recently tried meal planning, but I haven’t gotten the hang of it yet – I have loads of recipes set aside to try, but somehow always fall back on the tried and trusted ones: boring and not always the healthiest of choices. Nicole’s programme could be a great solution to the problem. Thank you for the giveaway!

KC May 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm

OOO! count me in. What a wonderful giveaway. I so need the organization of this right now!

Stella May 15, 2013 at 10:28 am

My sister’s daughter was just diagnosed with Celiac’s and she is completely new to whole foods and cooking from scratch. She’s also pregnant with her 4th. Needless to say this would be an awesome win for her!

Cindy May 15, 2013 at 12:13 pm

I love meal plans and incorporate meal planning into my weekly schedule. I have always wanted to try an online service; however my family follows a whole foods gluten free, vegetarian, nut and oat free diet due to Celiac and food allergies. I have not found a service that can accommodate these restrictions without massive revision of menu plans and recipes. I am planning on looking into Whole Family Kitchen as a possible source! I could use some extra time in my week!

MamaKerr May 15, 2013 at 1:27 pm

My story sounds all to similar with my first child. Thanks for the offer.

Kirsten May 16, 2013 at 12:56 am

This would be fantastic!!

Pipsqueak May 16, 2013 at 5:07 am

What a fantastic idea! Would love to win.

Marcy May 17, 2013 at 9:43 am

Oh my, how wonderful this would be to win! Thank you!

Julie May 18, 2013 at 8:32 pm

So interesting! Could really use this as I often get in a cooking rut. Thanks!

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