How to Cook Real Food without a Real Kitchen



Have a tiny kitchen? Ya, me too… Actually right now I have no kitchen of my own but that’s another story. Most of you know that until recently I was living in Mexico. I had a “kitchen” but it was not that fancy of one, it consisted of a few odds and end thrown together to forming a make-shift kitchen.

When I was little I thought the Box Car Children and Ma from “Little House” were pretty awesome. Cooking with whatever you could find and washing dishes in a stream with sand, well I digress a bit. Hands down I am a HUGE fan of Ma, I am in awe of all the real nourishing foods that she made. Back then real food and tiny kitchens were a way of life.

In modern, 1st world areas many of us have a hard time imagining preparing real food in a tiny kitchen. I get you, belive me I do. It’s not easy or ideal. I’ve teamed up with a few of my favourite gals online to share our humble real food kitchens with you. No they aren’t pretty, and yes most (if not all of us) want something nicer and bigger but we make do. I know that a lot of you do as well.

Consider these tours and encouragement for those days when you are frustrated with how in the world you can prepare and store your real food while nourishing your family and staying sane at the same time. ๐Ÿ™‚

I posted my “real food kitchen tour” earlier this year but decided to share it again. Be encouraged, not all bloggers have big, fancy, spotless kitchens. I’d love to know what your real food kitchen looks like as well. Feel free to share photos of your kitchen on facebook for the Nourishing Simplicity community to see. We are all doing the best with what we have!

This little kitchen is also the space where most of the recipes in my ebooks Steeped: Nourishing Teas and Treats and The Frgual Secrets of Real Foodies were created. Don’t let a tiny kitchen hold you back!



Easy Foods

Elsie from shows how she organizes her tiny cabin kitchen…with no kitchen drawers!

Danille from More Than Four Walls sharesย  how she continue their real food philosophy while living in a camper.

AlinaJoy at shares how she juggles cooking, eating, homeschooling and long term food storage in a small 1930’s farmhouse kitchen.

Jaimie E Ramsey shares how she she organizes, creates new recipes, and entertains in her small apartment kitchen.

Rachel at Mason Jar Values ( shows how you can make a kitchen work as big as it seems…even if it’s not!

Jennifer from shares a video of how she manages real food prep.ย 

Do you have a tiny kitchen? What do you have in your real food kitchen?

About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


  1. Wow, Katie Mae! This is impressive! Thanks for joining our tour! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Katie Mae Stanley says:

      You do what you have to do! ๐Ÿ™‚ It was fun being a part of it and seeing everyone’s kitchens. I can’t wait till I have my own place with a actual kitchen.

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