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September 26, 2014

Don’t Throw This Away!

By: Leanne Ely   Do you toss away the tops of your beets when you’re preparing the roots for your meal? Or do you eat them, too? Many people don’t realize that the red-veined leaves of the beet root are not only edible, but they’re also chock full of all kinds of nutrients. You can… Read more

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August 29, 2014

Bite into the benefits of the “new” red meat

By: Leanne Ely   It’s funny how suddenly people are wild about bison. But, once upon a time, these animals were a major source of protein and nutrients in North America. Bison isn’t new by any means, but it is certainly enjoying a new popularity! If you’re searching for a different red meat to add… Read more

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August 22, 2014

What cabbage cousin looks like a turnip?

By: Leanne Ely   What vegetable looks like a cross between a cabbage and a turnip but tastes like a broccoli stalk? Kohlrabi, of course! Kohlrabi is actually German for “cabbage turnip”, or so I’ve been told. Kohlrabi is readily available right now, and this interesting-looking vegetable is very healthy. An excellent source of fiber… Read more

10glutenfreelunches

August 18, 2014

10 gluten-free lunchbox ideas that kids will love

By: Leanne Ely   As much as we might hate the thought of it, summer is coming to an end and it’s time to start thinking about the kids getting back on a routine and going back to school. If there’s one thing parents tend to agree on, it’s the fact that packing the daily… 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 14, 2014

It’s time to get into a pickle

By: Leanne Ely   This is the year, y’all. This is the year you are going to can your summer harvest! And by “can” I mean pickle! Because really, how many cucumbers can one family eat? Once upon a time homes didn’t have freezers or refrigerators, so in order to preserve food, it had to… Read more

Operation Lunchbox Readiness

August 8, 2014

Operation Back-to-School Lunchbox Readiness

By: Leanne Ely   I know I’m going to get a dirty look or two from y’all for bringing this up, but it really isn’t too soon to start thinking about getting the kids ready to go back to school. With two children of my own, I am fully aware of how expensive it can… 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

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 11, 2014

Great taste and nutrition in one pretty package

By: Leanne Ely   Tender, beautiful pea shoots are one of my favorite fresh-from-the-garden treats. Those curly green tendrils are the leaves of the traditional garden pea plant. They hold all the flavor of a freshly shucked pea while adding a touch of whimsy to a salad or stir fry. And lucky for me (and… Read more