We’re excited to announce a new challenge and giveaway we are hosting with Mary’s Nest, from October 5th-9th! See the end of this post for how to enter the giveaway. 

This challenge, Transition to Traditional, is a collaboration with Mary of Mary’s Nest! We first introduced Mary back in April 2020 when we tested her homemade bone broth method. Mary uses her Youtube channel and website to teach the principles of creating nutrient-dense meals from Traditional Foods.

What is this Challenge about?

For five days, Mary is going to teach us how to make traditional, nourishing foods to help you transition from a processed food kitchen to a traditional foods kitchen.

Traditional foods are defined by The Weston A. Price Foundation, as:

“…those [foods] in their most natural state, unadulterated and unrefined. It is these real, whole, nourishing foods enjoyed for generation upon generation that provide the cells of our bodies with the necessary fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients needed for vibrant health. This state of well-being is characterized by a quiet and strong digestive system, superior brain function, blissful sleep, sturdy bones, calm mind, and an immune function that prevents infection.”

Mary chose recipes for this challenge that novice cooks can follow to gain confidence in making traditional foods and begin to wean themselves off processed foods. The recipes are perfect for cooks at any stage of their journey and can help beginners who are unsure of where to begin. 

This five-day challenge is a great opportunity to master the basics of traditional foods and learn from an experienced cook. We hope trying these recipes will inspire you to take the next steps on your traditional foods journey. To learn more about these types of recipes visit the Weston A Price Foundation and Sally Fallon’s book, “Nourishing Traditions”. 

Featured recipes:

  1. How to Make a Simple Roast Chicken
  2. How to Make Roast Chicken Bone Broth
  3. How to Make Homemade Yogurt
  4. How to Make Sauerkraut
  5. How to Make Sourdough Starter

Each recipe will include a video tutorial from Mary, as well as a daily tip from Mary, shared on Plan to Eat social accounts! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for these helpful tips on how to successfully prepare Mary’s recipes.

While the Challenge is happening, the Challenge recipes will be available to those who joined the Challenge through their Friends tab.

Prize Packages:

The giveaway for this challenge includes three tiers:

  • One Grand Prize Winner will receive: 
    • 1-year subscription to Plan to Eat 
    • $150 Prize pack to US Wellness Meats
    • Plan to Eat Tote
    • Plan to Eat Tea Towel (flour sack)
    • A Nourishing Traditions Book
  • Two Runner-up Winners will receive:
    • 1-year subscription to Plan to Eat 
    • Plan to Eat Tote
    • Plan to Eat Tea Towel (flour sack)
    • A Nourishing Traditions Book
  • All entrants can use this link for 15% off at US Wellness Meats, with the promo code: MARYSNEST (please use both the provided link and the promo code to get the discount).

New Plan to Eat accounts will receive an extended 60-day trial when they sign up through the Challenge landing page.

How to enter:

  1. Join the Transition to Traditional Challenge via the button below.
  2.  Fill out the giveaway form below (any day from Oct 5th-9th).

These are the only two requirements to enter the challenge giveaway, we are not requiring participants to show participation online. However, we encourage everyone to show us one or more of their recipes, by tagging us @plantoeat and Mary @marysnest on Instagram and include the hashtag: #traditionalcookingwithPTE

Giveaway winners will be randomly selected and contacted on Saturday, October 10th.

Plan to Eat allows you to follow any diet type that fits you and your family’s needs and preferences. We support whatever diet type you choose to pursue! These recipes and cooking tips are provided by Mary of Mary’s Nest.

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199 Responses

  1. Where is the giveaway form to enter to win? Only option seems to be to sign up for 60 day with PTE but I’m already a customer…

  2. I love whole foods and the past six months has challenged me on so many levels. With shortages in everything it has been necessary to cook from the bottom up. I am looking forward to more information to help me.

  3. I’m really looking forward to learning about these traditional recipes, especially the sourdough starter and the chicken broth recipe. What perfect timing right before the holidays! Thank you for hosting this challenge.

  4. I am constantly inspired by how Plan To Eat helps me organize my families meals, helps us plan our grocery budget, and reduces our food waste. Then they come out with great experiences like this!! So excited about this challenge! I can’t wait to jump into the recipes.

  5. What a great opportunity to learn some healthy cooking skills and have fun while doing it!
    I’m going to try the challenge with my 12 year old daughter who helps out with me in the kitchen and I am teaching to cook. I was just praying about the need to get more organized with my family meal planning bc our time is so limited this year by kids schoolwork changes. Hope we win 🙂

  6. I’ve been transitioning back to whole foods since Feb so I am really looking forward to this, especially the sourdough. We love sourdough bread.

  7. Looking forward to trying the sourdough starter using einkorn flour. I hope that I will be better able to digest it.

  8. I can’t wait to learn how to make my own yogurt. I’m looking for ways to buy less at the grocery store to avoid so much sugar and preservatives

  9. I’m excited to try yogurt. I have been meaning to, because my kids love to eat it, but just haven’t made the time yet.

  10. I am looking forward to trying the chicken broth recipe. I think it might come in handy this winter with keeping my family healthy!

  11. I’m most excited about the yogurt tutorial! I got an instapot to try this but haven’t gotten the courage up yet to try!

  12. Making Sauerkraut has been on my “bucket list”. Can’t wait to try it out for a fun challenge! Thanks for setting this up!

  13. I love PTE and the app! I am looking
    forward to trying my hand at homemade sauerkraut! It’s one of my family’s favorite but I have never made it myself.

  14. I honestly excited to try all these recipes, but if I have to pick one, I would say yogurt. We’re trying to reduce our dependence on plastic packaging, but there are only so many glass yogurt containers I can upcycle. Would love to start making it at home!

  15. I have been wanting to try sourdough for a while now, and this is the perfect opportunity! So excited about trying these recipes and the prizes are a wonderful incentive!

  16. Can somebody tell me where to sign up for the giveaway. I’m lost. I have signed up for the 60 day trial and I think the challenge but cannot find the giveaway form. I’m lost.

  17. I have been contemplating sour dough for ages now and seeing this challenge makes me think the time is right! I can’t wait to learn about it and, if I’m being completely honest, eat a ton of it!

  18. I can’t wait to try the sourdough starter! Also, when looking at Mary’s Facebook page I saw an post for Healthy Hot Chocolate Mix that I’m going to make as soon as I get the ingredients.

  19. I’d love to know how to make homemade yogurt! My kids love yogurt with fruit, plus how fun for them to learn with me too!

  20. I am excited to try Mary’s Homemade Yogurt! I love yogurt with homemade granola and can’t wait to make my own. I appreciate this challenge!

  21. im excited to learn to make the roast chicken and sourdough bread!!! we spend so much money on rotisserie chicken and sourdough bread from the bakery.

  22. Im really excited to try the bone broth. I make my mom’s recipe of turkey (or chicken) frame soup but have never taken it to the bone broth stage

  23. I’m looking forward to trying the Yogurt recipe. My boys and I power through the yogurt so it would be nice to be able to keep a steady supply ready to eat and cook with.

  24. Definitely looking forward to trying the Simple Roast Chicken & Bone Broth, but will likely try all of these recipes. Thanks for sharing!

  25. I can’t wait to try the Simple Roasted Chicken. I always buy a rotisserie chicken at the store but it has so much sodium so would love to make my own…

  26. I’m interested in trying the sauerkraut recipe. I’ve made it before but didn’t like the result. Maybe Mary’s recipe will help me make it better!

  27. I am excited to make the sourdough starter. I love baking bread and haven’t had a starter for a few years.

  28. I’m super stoked on this partnership and giveaway from Plan to Eat. It is really encouraging me to get back to more homemade, simple, whole foods. I’m using the sourdough starter to make some sourdough pancakes this weekend!

  29. I’m looking forward to the sourdough starter. My husband and I have enjoyed trying some basic bread recipes during the pandemic

  30. I’m really excited for all of them, but especially the roasted chicken and broth. I’ve had it on my list for a while!

  31. I love roasted chicken, am very interested in seeing how she makes it. I like to cook at home and keep our diet free of so many preservatives and additives, so much salt.

  32. I am excited to try the homemade yogurt and sourdough starter. My kids LOVE yogurt and I would save so much money by being able to make it at home. My husband’s grandfather used to make sourdough all the time; since he passed away a couple of years ago we haven’t had any.

  33. Not interested in trying any of the recipes listed. I already know how to make a roast chicken and the others are not meals. Thanks

  34. Just before this challenge I was introduced to Mary and her cooking. Last week I made her incredible Chicken Bone broth. Plan to Eat has been such a help for me as a mom of 4. My favorite tool of all is simply having all my favorite recipes in 1 place.

  35. I am excited to try the sourdough starter recipe. I love bread, and it would be great to have a freshly made loaf to eat.

  36. I am excited to try the simple roast and bone broth because I love to use the whole chicken when I cook anyway and have never made a successful bone broth.

  37. Can’t wait to try the sourdough starter! I’ve been trying to find someone who has some I can have some of unsuccessfully! Now I’ll have my own.

  38. I have loved the idea of whole foods cooking and eating and look forward to stretching my cooking with some new possibilities.

  39. I’m really excited to try the sourdough starter recipe. I’ve read that sourdough has really good health benefits but I’ve never tried making my own.

  40. I dabbled in traditional foods on the past before life got in the way. Always happy to find a great bone broth recipe.

  41. Sauerkraut! I already ferment sauerkraut but I tend to fancy them up a bit (carraway, carrot, other veggies, etc.). I’d love a nice simple sauerkraut to try on my kids.

  42. I am interested in making the bone broth and the sour dough. Fall and winter I make a lot of homemade soups and this way I don’t have to buy the broth. I’ve been making my own bread for years and sour dough will be a nice addition.

  43. I’m so excited about the sourdough! I’ve had my sourdough jar empty on my counter for weeks, waiting to be filled. This is a good excuse to get it started again after my move.

  44. I look forward to trying the roast chicken. I normally buy them from my local grocery store but would love to be able to do it at home!

  45. I have started learning how to do “scratch” as I no longer trust the food industry to be honest about where it comes from and what’s in it. Thanks so much for this opportunity.

  46. I’ve tried making bone broth before, but I’m excited to use Mary’s tips, because mine was never very rich or gelatinous. Now I think I know what I’ve done wrong in the past. And sourdough starter! I’ve put off jumping on the “pandemic bread baking” wagon because finding a quality starter seemed daunting. Can’t wait to learn how to make my own!

  47. I’m excited to try the bone broth! I’ve never had much luck with it and am excited to use Mary’s techniques and expertise!

  48. I’ve been a believer of traditional foods for years now and try to follow the Weston A. Price Foundation principles as much as possible. I love bone broth! I haven’t tackled sourdough bread yet, so I’ll definitely be checking out Mary’s website for that.

  49. This challenge is right up my alley and I’m excited to try all the recipes. The Roast chicken followed by the chicken broth will be the first things I try.

  50. We are moving to fermented foods and sour dough. I came across Mary’s information for bone broth making and have learned so many good tips. Cultured butter and apple cider vinegar are my favorite. Thank you Mary for your help reconnecting information that the last generations have failed to share.

  51. I do not have a specific recipe that I want to try, but I am so happy that I found your videos. I never heard the term 4 square pantry before, but I’ve always had one. I even bought the book you recommended – Nourishing Traditions. I just love gleaning wisdom from you.

  52. I am allergic to garlic and onions and eat dairy and gluten free. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and roast chicken with broth the night after is a staple in our kitchen. Just had it last night along with roasted butternut squash and parsnips. I would love new ideas!

  53. Made the sourdough starter after first discovering your videos on YouTube and also have started fermenting several different vegetables and drinks. Next on the list is yogurt!!

    1. Hi Nicole, the giveaway portion is only available to those in the US. However, you can still use the US Wellness Meats discount code, as they have shipping options for Canada!

  54. So happy to see this challenge. We’ve cooked traditional/real food for quite a while. I’m looking forward to seeing Mary’s Nest’s take on traditional recipes, as there is always something to learn.

  55. I am looking forward to making the “How to Make Homemade Yogurt” recipe. I have always wanted to make homemade yogurt but have always been scared to try.

  56. I haven’t looked thru everything yet so not sure which recipe I’ll try, but I’m excited to get started! I’ve been looking for a way to meal plan and I just love Mary and what she stands for! So meal planning traditional meals…right up my ally! Can’t wait. Thank you!

  57. I am excited to check out the sauerkraut recipe! Roasted chicken, broth, homemade yogurt and sourdough starter are parts of my routines already but I’ve never even considered making my own sauerkraut. It just hadn’t even crossed my mind! Thanks for sharing these recipes Mary and for the giveaway PTE!

  58. I’ve had a sourdough starter passed on to me from my mom, but not really familiar with all the things that I can do with it.

  59. I have been a convert to Mary’s Nest! I have always garden and canned but through her YouTube I have tried many new recipes from scratch. Love learning to cook from the basic ingredients!

  60. I am hoping to try the homemade yogurt. I’ve tried in the past with some less than desirable results. I love Plan to Eat!

  61. I can’t wait to try making the roast chicken, the broth, and the sourdough bread. I have wanted to be more dedicated to traditional foods for some time now, but have only recently really dedicated myself to doing it. Great timing for this series.

  62. Can’t wait to try all these delicious recipes! Especially the sourdough and see how it’s different from the ones I got from local San Francisco bakeries!

  63. This looks like an amazing giveaway and free trial! I guess the giveaway is only open to USA customers? I’m in New Zealand but I love Mary’s Nest, thanks! 🙂

    1. Hi Catherine, yes the giveaway portion is only available to US customers. We apologize! We hope to have a giveaway soon that will be available in other places as well. I know US Wellness Meats does shipping to the US and Canada, but not to New Zealand. We hope you enjoy the recipes!

  64. Getting back to natural way of healthy cooking is fun for me . I so enjoy watching and relearning canning ways to do canning and preparing things. So happy to have found Mary on YouTube and face book. I even have my daughter in law hooked .
    Thank You for what you do !

  65. I have watched some of Mary’s videos in the past and loved them. So excited you are having her for this PTE challenge!!

  66. I already know how to use sourdough but I love finding new recipes and I also like to see how other people take care of theirs.

  67. Thoroughly enjoy how much Plan to Eat has helped me plan my meals and feed my family. Can’t wait to see more options.

  68. I have been wanting to try a sourdough starter but have been intimitated by it. Seems like a lot of work, constantly feeding it…

  69. Liking all the recipes, but will probably try the roast chicken bone broth first, I usually make beef bone broth using the Nourishing Traditions recipe as a guide and it is always wonderful and I did roast turkey bone broth after Thanksgiving last year…YUM!! Will find some pasture raised low PUFA chicken to make the most healing broth. Thank you for this challenge!!

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