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August 21, 2014

Grow your own stir fry from kitchen scraps

By: Leanne Ely   The next time you toss your kitchen scraps, you might want to ask yourself if you can regrow them first! That’s right! You can regrow some of your common peels and cores into a whole new plant. And in some cases, you don’t even need a garden. Is your mind blown… Read more

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August 19, 2014

What veggie can I not get enough of right now?

By: Leanne Ely   I am fortunate to have a bumper crop of zucchini this year and I am loving it. So in honor of this most ultimate summer squash, today we’re giving it the attention it deserves with a trick, a tip and a great new recipe. Sound good? Zucchinis are packed with beta-carotene,… Read more

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August 15, 2014

What anti-bacterial salad ingredient is also my favorite herb?

By: Leanne Ely There is a plant that’s doing well in my garden and coincidentally it’s also my favorite herb. Basil is the key ingredient in pesto, a popular condiment made of olive oil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese and fresh basil. But basil is also a key topping for a traditional margarita pizza and you… Read more

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August 6, 2014

Get back to your roots: A Root Vegetable Primer

By: Leanne Ely   Last year, I had a great bumper crop of carrots, beets, kohlrabi and more in my garden. This year, a mysterious critter took them all out. Thank heavens for farmer’s markets! Root vegetables are easy to grow and offer so much nutritionally (and deliciously, too!) I thought I’d put together a… Read more

okra

August 1, 2014

What green pod can help your vision and keep you regular?

By: Leanne Ely   Okra isn’t everyone’s favorite vegetable, but if you knew how healthy these edible green pods were, I think you might find yourself warming up to them. Now, I’m from California so I didn’t grow up eating fresh okra. But when I moved to the South, I found out from growing them… Read more

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July 31, 2014

Shallot Secrets (shhh)

By: Leanne Ely   It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe. Today you’ll learn a trick, a tip and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh? Today’s focus is on: SHALLOTS Shallots are in season right now across the US, so today we’re going to give you… Read more

blue mussels

July 25, 2014

Low in B12? A 3-ounce serving of this fish will fix you up

By: Leanne Ely One of my favorite summer suppers involves the delicious and mighty blue mussel. Inexpensive to buy and quick and easy to cook, I love making a meal out of a plate of steamed mussels. Before I get into the nutritional profile of these bivalves, it’s important for you to know that mussels… Read more

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July 24, 2014

Sneaky Ways to Have Pasta :)

By: Leanne Ely   Pasta is one of those comfort foods that everyone loves and yet, if you’re at all like me, that pasta doesn’t love you back. For me, giving up pasta was heartbreaking, until I figured out there’s still ways to enjoy great pasta dishes—just ditch the pasta and try these fabulous alternatives:… Read more

5 Simple PALEO Swaps For Summer

July 16, 2014

5 secret swaps so you don’t gain weight!

By: Leanne Ely   Summer’s here. It’s hot, it’s sweaty and the food is fabulous! Who doesn’t love the grill for example? And while the grill can provide you with a delicious, flavorful meal, there’s plenty of other summer goodies lurking about, promising to throw your healthy intentions to the wind! But don’t you worry,… Read more

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July 15, 2014

Which juicy relative of the peach can lower your cholesterol?

By: Leanne Ely   It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe. Today you’ll learn a trick, a tip and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh? Today’s focus is on: APRICOTS A close relative of the beloved fuzzy peach, apricots (which are in season right now) are… Read more