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June 30, 2016

What veggie can I not get enough of right now?

By: Leanne Ely   It’s time for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe! And in honor of this most ultimate summer squash, today we’re giving it the attention it deserves. Sound good? Zucchinis are packed with beta-carotene, potassium and B vitamins. They also provide fiber and a bit of Vitamin C, but a large zucchini contains only… Read more

a handful of green asparagus cooking and steaming  on grill plate

June 16, 2016

Top Tips for Grilled Veggies and Fruits

By: Leanne Ely   I shared some tips with you a couple weeks ago about grilling meats but there’s more to summer barbecue season than burgers and steaks! Why turn on the stove to cook your veggies when you have a perfectly good hot grill already prepped? Never mind the fact that grilled veggies and… Read more

Budget Crock Cooker Ideas

May 16, 2016

Budget-friendly crock pot meals

By: Leanne Ely   It seems like the more you do to feed your family properly, the harder it is to keep the grocery budget in check. Using the crock cooker is a great way to stretch a dollar for several reasons. • You can use tougher, less expensive cuts of meat • Traditional crock… Read more

Lettuce in a pot isolated on a white background.

April 23, 2016

Perpetual Salad! (love this idea!)

By: Leanne Ely   I don’t know about you, but I have a really hard time buying produce that I can easily grow myself. At my house, we eat a lot of salad. As many of you know, I serve a large green salad with almost every meal that goes on the table. All of… Read more

Spring Cleaning

April 21, 2016

Time to get rid of the winter grime!

By: Leanne Ely   The days are getting longer, y’all! And you know what that means? It’s just about time to get those gardens in, the patio furniture out, and to tackle that spring cleaning. I like to keep a clean kitchen, but every few months I just love giving the kitchen a good scrub… Read more


April 19, 2016

What common condiment may protect against cancer?

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: MUSTARD It’s been mentioned in Sanskrit writings from 5000 years ago and in The New Testament. It… Read more

7 foods to lower inflammation in your body

April 14, 2016

My 7 Favorite Anti-Inflammatory Foods

By: Leanne Ely   While getting regular exercise and reducing the amount of stress in your life are key components to reducing the inflammation in your body, we can also add certain anti-inflammatory foods to our diet, (all the while cutting out sugar and processed food), to optimize our health. The following seven foods are… Read more

Red Yellow and Green Bell Peppers

April 12, 2016

Red, yellow, green or orange?

By: Leanne Ely   Not all bell peppers are created equal. First there are the colors – red, orange, yellow, and green are the most common. Second is the flavor – from sweet to hot. It is all from the same plant. The only difference is when they are picked. As the pepper gets riper,… Read more

Full shopping cart at store with fresh vegetables and hands close-up.

April 11, 2016

Shopping cart envy

By: Leanne Ely   There are two types of grocery store shoppers in the world. There are those who navigate the exterior of the market, list in hand, confidently reaching for fresh ripe produce, organic meats, probiotic dairy items and other healthy exotic ingredients. They stand at the check out, proud of the items they’ve… Read more

A variety of raw vegetables fresh from the garden.

April 7, 2016

How to properly wash fruit & veggies (there’s a correct way!)

By: Leanne Ely Unless you have grown a fruit or vegetable yourself, in your own organic veggie patch, I would hope that you’re giving your produce a good thorough wash before eating it. There are a couple of good reasons why you should be washing your fruits and vegetables- even organic produce. First of all,… Read more