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June 20, 2014

How to relieve bloat and fight cancer while freshening your breath

By: Leanne Ely   The cardamom plant has been made famous by its pungent little pods. Inside the thin papery coating of the cardamom pod is the plant’s small black seeds, which have a very spicy flavor, common in Indian cuisine. Besides being a tasty way to season your curry dishes, cardamom seeds have many… Read more

Rhubarb

June 13, 2014

Poisonous & good for you at the same time?

By: Leanne Ely   Those beautiful rosy pink stalks of rhubarb have shot up out of their usual spot in my garden and I am enjoying this wonderful spring fruit immensely! Rhubarb is one of the first perennial plants to poke through the earth in the spring and I absolutely adore it. Rhubarb grows in… Read more

Guava berry

May 30, 2014

This fruit is actually a big berry! (and antioxidant rich!!)

By: Leanne Ely   If you were to name five tropical fruits, there’s a chance guava wouldn’t make your list. But this fruit, while quite obscure, is extremely nutritious. The guava is a large berry that grows on tropical evergreen shrubs and has a delicious sweet taste that gets more intense as you eat it.… Read more

TurkeyTalk2

May 16, 2014

Turkey talk

By: Leanne Ely   If you have a large family (or if you have teenagers in the house), roasting a turkey once a week is a great, inexpensive way to keep up with all those protein needs. That’s right . . . turkey does not have to be reserved for Thanksgiving! Think a whole turkey… Read more

Lime Margarita

May 2, 2014

LIMES! (and a recipe for Paleo Margaritas!)

By: Leanne Ely   If you ever find yourself lost at sea, you better hope you packed some limes in your carry on or that there’s a lime tree near by! Limes were believed to have saved many a sailor from dying of scurvy (a disease cause by a Vitamin C deficiency) way back when.… Read more

Trout

April 25, 2014

Trout Pout (not what you think, LOL)

By: Leanne Ely   I don’t need to tell you how healthy fish is. We all know by now that fish is packed with nutrition and that we should be eating at least a 3-ounce serving of cooked fish each week. According to Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, trout is actually one of the most… Read more

Cantaloupes 6tips

April 18, 2014

Crazy for cantaloupe

By: Leanne Ely Cantaloupes have been harvested since at least 2400 BC. These juicy, sweet fruits are closely related to watermelon and honeydew. One of the great things about cantaloupe is that they are so readily available. You can find this orange-fleshed melon in markets across North America. And not only are they full 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

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

An onion primer

March 28, 2014

Nothing to cry over: An onion primer

By: Leanne Ely   It’s hard to imagine a kitchen without an onion. I use onions in almost all of my savory dishes. You probably have some yellow or red onions kicking around your kitchen right now! Onions come in yellow, white and red and can range in flavor from mild and sweet to quite… Read more