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Butcher Cutting Meat On Bandsaw

February 23, 2015

How to find a great local butcher

By: Leanne Ely   There are many reasons why you should seek out a trusted local butcher rather than shopping for your meats at the local big box store. This is especially true if the most popular local source for groceries is a Wal-Mart Super Center. (I don’t recommend buying your meat from Wal-Mart because… Read more

Strawberry

February 6, 2015

Sweet eats: Strawberries

By: Leanne Ely   Strawberries are one of the most popular berries on the block. Equally delicious eaten right out of hand or tossed into a salad, strawberries are quite versatile fruits. These sweet, red heart-shaped fruits are not only scrumptious, they are also packed with nutrition (as most berries are). One cup of strawberries… Read more

Healthly food on the table

January 26, 2015

Making resolutions you can live with. Really!

By: Leanne Ely   It’s that time of year again. The New Year. A time to reflect on the year we’re leaving behind and make promises to ourselves about how we may live better for the next twelve months. If, when the clock struck twelve at the beginning of 2015, you made some resolutions that… Read more

Lettuce in a pot isolated on a white background.

January 22, 2015

Grow your own lettuce bowl indoors

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

Salmon with Avocado Salsa

January 15, 2015

Eat as if your life depended on it.

By: Leanne Ely   What if every bite you put in your mouth gave your body something that would make you stronger and healthier? How many times have you wished it could be easier to lose weight, to get healthier? Yes it can be a struggle to get on (and stay on) that healthy path.… Read more

Honey

January 13, 2015

What sweetener protects against allergies?

By: Leanne Ely   In an earlier blog post, I talked about the importance of honeybees, so naturally I wanted to feature honey in today’s post. After reading this article, you’ll have a great trick, a new tip and a fabulous recipe featuring my favorite sweetener—honey! (Now, in case you didn’t read that article, I… Read more

Preparing food: cutting a red onion

January 9, 2015

Fight cancer and fungi with this versatile veggie

By: Leanne Ely   I always have at least one red onion on the counter at all times. I adore these purple orbs with their richly colored skins. They look so fabulous sliced on to a green salad, and the great thing about red onions is that you can just slice ‘em and eat ‘em… Read more

Dandelion tea

January 6, 2015

The common weed that can help beat bloat

By: Leanne Ely   While a gardener might disagree, I believe dandelions are much more than a springtime nuisance. Dandelions are among the most nutrient-dense plants you can find in nature. Dandelion has been used medicinally through many different cultures over the centuries, especially the roots and leaves of the plant. Dandelion root is a… Read more

Kale Chips

December 16, 2014

Top tips for kale chips

By: Leanne Ely   There is a topic that keeps coming across my radar, both on Facebook, my email inbox, and even at the market when my fellow shoppers wonder what I’m doing with all of that kale (when my own crop has been harvested for the season, of course!): kale chips. And, today, we’re… Read more

veggies

December 11, 2014

Tips for optimizing veggie intake on a budget

By: Leanne Ely   Very few of us manage to get in all of the vegetables we need everyday for optimal health—at least 5-13 servings (about 6 cups) each day, a variety from each color group: dark greens (lettuce, kale, spinach), red and orange (sweet potatoes, pumpkins, tomatoes), and “other” vegetables (cabbage, brussels sprouts, onions).… Read more