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Lamb shanks in gravy, with rosemary.

October 26, 2015

The 9 Best Cuts for Crock Cooker Meals (Plus a Simple Tip)

By: Leanne Ely   It’s supper time. The smells coming from the kitchen have been making your mouth water all day. Your family is seated around the table, bellies grumbling. You remove the lid from your slow cooker and your heart sinks. The moist and tender meal you’d been planning on serving has turned into… Read more

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October 23, 2015


Visit any supermarket, gourmet store, or corner grocery and you’re likely to find an intimidatingly large selection of olive oils. Go online and the options multiply a hundredfold. What’s more, a UC Davis study discovered that up to 69% of olive oil labeled “extra virgin” on supermarket shelves was fraudulent. How can you choose the… Read more

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October 22, 2015

Veggie freezing guide

By: Leanne Ely   All sorts of nutritious edibles are being plucked from the ground across North America at this very moment. Yes, October is harvest time. Even if you haven’t grown your own vegetables this year, you should still make the most of all that great local organic produce that can be so difficult… Read more

squash for dinner

October 20, 2015

5 ways to squash your dinner

By: Leanne Ely   You can tell by the bright yellow or orange flesh of winter squash (well, depending on the variety), that this fall harvest fruit is good for you. (Yes, squash is a fruit!) Winter squash, like acorn and butternut, are the more substantial varieties. And I’m sure you already knew it, but… Read more

This is a close-up of vegetables and fruits.

October 19, 2015

23 Fruits and Veggies in Season 24/7

By: Leanne Ely   Eating foods in season is so important to me. When you eat local foods that are in season, you get the freshest produce possible, with the most nutritional benefits. That’s why, over the past number of months, we’ve been sharing articles featuring tips and health benefits around seasonal farmers market finds.… Read more

Yogurt and Freshness Fruit

October 15, 2015

7 Fun and Fast Gluten Free Breakfasts

By: Leanne Ely   Over and over again, I hear people say, “But what will I eat for breakfast if I’m going gluten free?” OR “Gluten free fill-in-the-blank is so expensive!” My answer to both of these questions is, “Hold on, just wait a minute!” There are answers for you that won’t break the bank… Read more

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October 12, 2015

Busy? 12 quick and healthy breakfast ideas

By: Leanne Ely   Back-to-school time is upon us, and with it, comes crazy mornings of lunch packing and breakfast making, and other general chaos. It’s important to get a good healthy meal into everyone’s bellies in the morning, so how do you do that without simply opening up a box of sugary cereal or… Read more

slow cooker soups

October 9, 2015

5 hot tips for slow cooker soups

By: Leanne Ely     As the weather starts to cool down, one of my favorite things to come home to is a pot of simmering soup. Plus soup is a great meal that I can easily scale up or down, depending on how much or how little I want to have leftover. Now, many… Read more

Juicy apples and pumpkins close-up

October 8, 2015

10 Fall Super Foods

By: Leanne Ely   Harvest time is like Christmas for me. So many delicious and healthy foods are in season that I can hardly eat enough to get in all the foods I want to eat. I’m popping these healthy foods into my smoothies (sweet potatoes), soups (pumpkin), and desserts (pears). I like to bulk… Read more

Two poached pears in red wine with cinnamon

October 5, 2015

Healthy fall comfort foods

By: Leanne Ely   It doesn’t take long for those familiar comfort food cravings to set in with the onset of fall, does it? There are days that I would do just about anything for a big scoop of macaroni and cheese! But as much as I love mac and cheese, I just don’t eat… Read more