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Fresh cherries in bowl

February 24, 2015

For a sweet juicy snack pick cherries!

By Leanne Ely   I just love the sweet, tart flavor of a juicy ripe cherry. But really, who doesn’t? Cherries are not only delicious, these delicate little fruits are also very healthy. If you suffer from gout pain, you probably already know that cherries can help prevent flareups but there’s much more to cherries… Read more

Fresh Organic Strawberry Smoothie

February 9, 2015

Bottoms Up For Breakfast

By: Leanne Ely   Taking care of ourselves is how we manage our health; there’s no other way around it. It may be a simple concept, but it’s overlooked every single day in favor of taking care of everyone and everything else. Just like breakfast. We skip breakfast thinking we don’t need it. We aren’t… Read more

chicken10 easy recipes

January 8, 2015

Cheap, tasty & fast!

By: Leanne Ely   Chicken breasts are a great starting point for a delicious and healthy meal. They’re a very lean source of protein and an excellent item to serve to your family on a regular basis. And I promise you that there’s an endless number of ways you can cook chicken breasts so that… Read more

smoothies

January 5, 2015

Liquid Lunch (or breakfast… or dinner)

By: Leanne Ely   Have I mentioned before how much I adore smoothies? Yes, yes, I believe I have! I start each day with a big ol’ healthy blended drink. But guess what? Sometimes I have a smoothie for lunch or even for dinner. Let’s be honest . . . life gets hectic sometimes, and… Read more

Spice Mix

December 4, 2014

Three nightshade-free seasoning blends

By: Leanne Ely   A few weeks ago, I wrote about nightshades and how the toxins they contain present health problems for certain people. If you’ve been avoiding nightshades, you might be finding your food is a little dull as you’re unable to use many different seasoning mixes or condiments containing peppers. When you avoid… Read more

Bones 1

October 14, 2014

Dem Bones!

By: Leanne Ely   It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe. Today you’ll learn a trick, a tip and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh? Today’s focus is on: BONES Animal bones, including beef knuckles, chicken carcasses and ham hocks, are absolutely worth saving and cooking… 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

Banana-kiwi Smoothie-pic

August 12, 2014

Go ape for bananas!

By: Leanne Ely   It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe. Today you’ll learn a trick, a tip and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh? Today’s focus is on: BANANAS You’d have a difficult time finding a home in North America without a bunch of bananas… Read more

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July 10, 2014

Soup for summer? (with THIS recipe, for sure!)

By: Leanne Ely   You’ll find gazpacho on the summer menus of many nice restaurants. It sounds fancier and more complicated than it really is. Basically, gazpacho is cold vegetable soup. You can see why it’s called something else now, yes? Gazpacho doesn’t sound very appetizing but it’s actually a delicious and refreshing meal for… Read more