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slow cooker soups

October 9, 2015

5 hot tips for slow cooker soups

By: Leanne Ely     As the weather starts to cool down, one of my favorite things to come home to is a pot of simmering soup. Plus soup is a great meal that I can easily scale up or down, depending on how much or how little I want to have leftover. Now, many… Read more

Juicy apples and pumpkins close-up

October 8, 2015

10 Fall Super Foods

By: Leanne Ely   Harvest time is like Christmas for me. So many delicious and healthy foods are in season that I can hardly eat enough to get in all the foods I want to eat. I’m popping these healthy foods into my smoothies (sweet potatoes), soups (pumpkin), and desserts (pears). I like to bulk… Read more

Two poached pears in red wine with cinnamon

October 5, 2015

Healthy fall comfort foods

By: Leanne Ely   It doesn’t take long for those familiar comfort food cravings to set in with the onset of fall, does it? There are days that I would do just about anything for a big scoop of macaroni and cheese! But as much as I love mac and cheese, I just don’t eat… Read more

Brussels sprouts with bacon, onions and paprika

September 29, 2015

I can’t get enough of these!

By: Leanne Ely   When I was a little girl, there was no way I’d be giving thanks for the little green balls of mush my dear mother would put on my plate. I would have to sit at the table forever, trying to choke down those disgusting blobs of leaves. I love my mother… Read more

Indian condiments consisting of yoghurt and lime, chutney and tomato and onion.

September 28, 2015

Better than store bought: 7 simple sauces

By: Leanne Ely   There are very few bottled items in my refrigerator that I have not made myself. I enjoy making my own condiments because I can tell exactly where each ingredient came from! I also like to make condiments that use up the bounty of my garden. Currently that would be tomatoes! The… Read more

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September 25, 2015

7 fall foods to forage for

By: Leanne Ely   Would you believe there’s all kinds of fresh food, free for the taking out there in the great outdoors? If there’s a forest or a meadow nearby, you may be able to forage for some delicious fall edibles. I love gardening, but I also love harvesting food I didn’t have to… Read more

A basket of vegetables outdoor

September 24, 2015

Farmers Market Guide – 52 In Season for September

By: Leanne Ely   Have you been to the market lately? There is a bounty of fresh local goodness to be found at the Farmers Market in September, straight from the field! If you’re wondering what’s in season right now, check out our list below. We’ve listed the most popular fruits and veggies you can… Read more

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September 14, 2015

Do You Workout? Here’s How to Eat…

By: Leanne Ely   If you’re exercising hard for more than 90 minutes, especially at a high intensity level, you really have to be sure that you’re eating to support your performance and recovery. You have to be serious about ensuring that the right nutrients are going to the right places and that your body… Read more

Mindless Meals

September 11, 2015

Mindless Meals (when you’re too tired for anything!)

By: Leanne Ely   The kiddies are all back to school, and after a summer where the routine was willy nilly at best, here you are facing the rush of homework, piano lessons, laundry and everything else that goes along with the onset of the new school year. It’s going to happen plenty of times… Read more

Photo of Irish Stew or Guinness Stew made in a crockpot or slow cooker.

September 10, 2015

School House Crock

By: Leanne Ely   Last week, I started talking about the “s word” when I wrote about how freezer meals can get a nutritious meal on the table for those upcoming school nights. But if you can’t see yourself using the freezer to help you plan and prepare meals ahead of time, you’re not totally… Read more