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Budget Crock Cooker Ideas

March 27, 2014

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

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March 24, 2014

Slow cooker meals with kids

By: Leanne Ely   As many of our readers know, I am big on involving the children in dinner prep. Cooking is an invaluable life skill and I’m a firm believer in getting the kids in the kitchen at a very young age for many reasons. Having the children help with dinner teaches them many… Read more

freezer burn

March 3, 2014

Hot tips to avoid freezer burn

By: Leanne Ely Have you ever removed a tray of meat from the freezer only to find discoloration and ice crystals? If you’ve forgotten about a carton of ice cream in the freezer for any length of time, you may have opened it to find its surface covered in ice. Freezer burn, we tend to… Read more

Freezer meals, stocked freezer, what's for dinner?

July 29, 2013

If you can’t stand the heat, use your freezer!

Food For Thought If you can’t stand the heat, use your freezer! By Leanne Ely If you’re anything like me, sometimes you are just plain fed up with feeding people. Meal planning, grocery shopping, chopping, peeling, roasting, boiling, eating, coercing the children into eating their vegetables, cleaning up the pots and pans only to do… Read more

Thinking Outside the Side Dish

June 13, 2013

Think Outside the Side Dish

Dinner Diva Think Outside the Side Dish by Leanne Ely How many of us live in households where the dinner plate consists of a serving of meat, a starch and a small portion of vegetables? Now that I eat a Paleo diet, my plate looks a lot different than it once did. No longer do… Read more

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May 30, 2013

Basic tools for every new cook

Dinner Diva Basic tools for every new cook By: Leanne Ely Cooking is a basic life skill, as far as I’m concerned. Knowing how to cook is as important as knowing how to brush your teeth or how to drive a car. Well, knowing how to cook is probably more important than knowing how to… Read more

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October 11, 2012

Thinking outside the lunchbox

Dinner Diva Thinking outside the lunchbox By: Leanne Ely Today’s Dinner Diva article isn’t about our evening meal, but it’s an important topic to cover just the same – I hope you’ll agree! I’m talking lunch today, and specifically, lunch boxes. My kids are beyond the “but Mawwwmmmm, everyone else has [insert your child’s most… Read more

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April 9, 2012

Time to Get Organized!

Food For Thought Time to Get Organized! By: Leanne Ely As a cookbook writer and full-on foodie, you can imagine what my desk must look like. Yes, it is stacked with cookbooks, food magazines and recipes torn from magazines, printed from the Internet or scribbled furiously on my ever-present legal yellow pad. I have recipes;… Read more

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January 13, 2012

3 Ways to Start a New Habit

Healthy Foods 3 Ways to Start a New Habit by Leanne Ely, CNC Dear Friends, One of the pitfalls in trying to get a new habit going (like making dinner, for example) is not being clear on the goal. It’s one thing to say you’re going to make dinner every night instead of eating via… Read more

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December 22, 2011

What a Waste

Dinner Diva What a Waste by Leanne Ely, CNC I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage, “waste not, want not.” We’ve all grown up with that saying. In our parents and grandparents time, the very idea of wasting food was unthinkable. Today, it’s the norm with nearly 40% of food purchased wasted every day. When… Read more