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April 14, 2014

Rethinking the Food Pyramid

By: Leanne Ely   In the US and Canada, the Food Pyramid and the Food Guide are quite similar. They each recommend the basis of the diet be made up of grains, followed by fruits and vegetables, then dairy, then meats, and finally, fats. Whatever country you live in, there is probably some reiteration of… Read more

collard greens

April 11, 2014

Keen on collard greens

By: Leanne Ely   By now, most of us know how important it is to get an adequate amount of dark leafy greens into our diets on a regular basis. And the best kind of dark leafy green to eat a lot of is any dark leafy green that belongs to the cruciferous family. Collard… Read more

Spring Cleaning

April 3, 2014

Time to get rid of the winter grime!

By: Leanne Ely   The days are getting longer, y’all! And you know what that means? It’s just about time to get those gardens in, the patio furniture out, and to tackle that spring cleaning. I like to keep a clean kitchen, but every few months I just love giving the kitchen a good scrub… Read more

Star Anise recipe

April 1, 2014

Star of the spice rack

By: Leanne Ely Have you spotted one of those pretty star-shaped spices at the health food store and wondered what you could do with it if you brought it home with you? Star anise is a beautiful flavoring spice. The fruit of an evergreen tree native to southern China, it gets its name from its… Read more

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

kids cooking

March 24, 2014

Slow cooker meals with kids

By: Leanne Ely   As many of our readers know, I am big on involving the children in dinner prep. Cooking is an invaluable life skill and I’m a firm believer in getting the kids in the kitchen at a very young age for many reasons. Having the children help with dinner teaches them many… Read more

mung bean sprouts

March 21, 2014

Shout out for mung bean sprouts

By: Leanne Ely Those long white bean sprouts you see in pad thai, chop suey and other Asian dishes are actually mung bean sprouts, and they grow from (you guessed it) mung bean seeds. Sprouts are essentially vegetable seeds that have just begun to grow, and are the very symbol of life. Packed with life-giving… Read more

Coconut Butter

March 18, 2014

Creamy, Delicious Coconut Butter

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: COCONUT BUTTER There are a lot of ways to use a coconut, let me tell you. I’ve… Read more

Paleo foods-sm

March 13, 2014

Focus on what you CAN have

By: Leanne Ely   When people first hear the Dinner Diva’s gone Paleo, they almost always say the same thing: Oh I know this Paleo diet is supposed to be healthy, but I could never give up [bread/potatoes/pasta/corn/dairy/etc.]. Why is everyone so focused on what you can’t have? I like to twist that negative around… Read more

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March 11, 2014

Huge love for dinosaur kale

By: Leanne Ely   If you and kale have an on-again, off-again relationship, there’s a good chance that you just haven’t met the right kale yet. (It’s not kale, it’s you.) Some kales are better for some things than others and all varieties of kale have a slightly different taste and texture. There are so… Read more