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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

Beets

April 8, 2014

My heart skips a beat for beets

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: BEETS There’s nothing like a gorgeous purple beet sliced onto a salad, roasted in the oven, or… Read more

BelgianEndive

April 4, 2014

Dive into Belgian Endive

By: Leanne Ely   How often have you passed by the Belgian Endive in the grocery store and wondered what to do with those oblong pale green heads of lettuce? Belgian endive is closely related to frisee and, like its curly-leafed cousin, it does have a rather bitter yet pleasant flavor. Enjoyed raw in salads… 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

Parsley

March 4, 2014

Parsley – Not Just Another Pretty Decoration

By: Leanne Ely Welcome to Tricks, Tips and a Recipe, our regular Tuesday installment where you’ll learn a tip or a trick and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Doesn’t get much better than that, now does it? Today’s focus is on PARSLEY. Parsley, the world’s most popular herb, is a… Read more

freezer burn

March 3, 2014

Hot tips to avoid freezer burn

By: Leanne Ely Have you ever removed a tray of meat from the freezer only to find discoloration and ice crystals? If you’ve forgotten about a carton of ice cream in the freezer for any length of time, you may have opened it to find its surface covered in ice. Freezer burn, we tend to… Read more

Salmon wild caught

February 28, 2014

Time to Go a Little Wild

By: Leanne Ely Salmon is one of my all-time favorite fish and one of my all-time favorite meals for that matter. There are so many nutritional benefits to eating from its lovely healthy fatty omega 3′s to it’s outstanding source of protein, it’s important to make sure you eating the right kind of fish. Instead… Read more

Guide to Buying Grass-fed Beef

February 27, 2014

Guide to Buying Grass-fed Beef

By: Leanne Ely The “best” beef hands down, is grass-fed beef. It’s the best options for a couple of reasons: it’s better for the earth and it’s better for your health and well-being. It’s better for the earth because it produces better soil when you allow cattle to forage for their own food in a… Read more

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February 25, 2014

Calling all Cauliflower!

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. Isn’t that great? Today’s focus is on: CAULIFLOWER Also known as Cabbage Flower, cauliflower is a member of the Brassica family of veggies, well-known… Read more

OrganizeFreezer

February 24, 2014

How to optimize freezer space

By: Leanne Ely If there’s an avalanche of food spilling out of the freezer compartment of your refrigerator every time you open it, or if stuff is buried so deep in your chest freezer that you’ve stopped even trying to search for things, it’s time to get your freezer situation under control! When your freezer… Read more