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Budget Crock Cooker Ideas

March 27, 2014

Budget-friendly crock pot meals

By: Leanne Ely   It seems like the more you do to feed your family properly, the harder it is to keep the grocery budget in check. Using the crock cooker is a great way to stretch a dollar for several reasons. • You can use tougher, less expensive cuts of meat • Traditional crock… Read more


February 21, 2014

The Incredible Egg

By: Leanne Ely There was an ad campaign years ago, declaring eggs to be “incredible and edible.” Eggs have been given the nutritional shaft for a long time because of the cholesterol factor, but at long last, they are now declaring eggs to be the nutritional giants they have always been. (whomever “they” are) In… Read more

December 19, 2013

Holiday smoothie ideas

Dinner Diva Holiday smoothie ideas By: Leanne Ely To say this is a busy time of year would be an understatement. Between the shopping and the wrapping, the school concerts and the holiday parties, there’s bound to be an evening or two that, despite your best efforts, it’s just too difficult to put a balanced… Read more

December 12, 2013

Let’s hash it out!

Dinner Diva Let’s hash it out! By: Leanne Ely I love leftovers. And one of my favorite ways to use leftovers is by turning them into a simple and satisfying hash. (Here’s a piece of trivia for you! The word “hash” comes from the french word “hache,” which means chopped.) In foodie terms, hash is… Read more

December 6, 2013

Beef up your protein intake with jerky

Healthy-Foods Beef up your protein intake with jerky By: Leanne Ely You might be surprised to see that I’ve decided to do a “Healthy Food” post on beef jerky. And if the only beef jerky you’re familiar with is that horrible stuff you find at the gas station, you’d be right to be surprised! I… Read more

December 5, 2013

Double-dosing on bone broth

Dinner Diva Double-dosing on bone broth By: Leanne Ely Bone broth is one of the most nutritious things you can put in your body. Made by simmering animal bones in water over the course of 36-72 hours, bone broth is a delicious, healing elixir. All those minerals from the bones are infused into the liquid… Read more

December 3, 2013

Smoked salmon

Tricks, Tips and a Recipe Smoked salmon By: Leanne Ely As a Paleoista, I’m always looking to change things up in my selection of proteins, and smoked salmon fits the bill any time of day. Smoked salmon is made by brining and smoking strips of salmon, giving it a wonderful flavor. Commonly referred to as… Read more

November 27, 2013

Turkey Carcass Soup

Dinner Diva Turkey Carcass Soup By: Leanne Ely Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Hands up if you have a turkey in the oven today or if you plan to have a turkey in the oven at some point over the next couple of days. I know you’re probably not thinking about what to do with that leftover… Read more

November 19, 2013

Giving thanks for brussels sprouts

Tricks, Tips and a Recipe Giving thanks for brussels sprouts By: Leanne Ely When I was a little girl, there was no way I’d be giving thanks for the little green balls of mush my dear mother would put on my plate. I would have to sit at the table forever, trying to choke down… Read more

November 12, 2013

Giving the green light to red kale

Tricks, Tips and a Recipe Giving the green light to red kale By: Leanne Ely It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe. Today you’ll learn a tip, a trick and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh? Today’s focus is on: RED KALE I am one of… Read more