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mung bean sprouts

March 21, 2014

Shout out for mung bean sprouts

By: Leanne Ely Those long white bean sprouts you see in pad thai, chop suey and other Asian dishes are actually mung bean sprouts, and they grow from (you guessed it) mung bean seeds. Sprouts are essentially vegetable seeds that have just begun to grow, and are the very symbol of life. Packed with life-giving… Read more

Coconut Butter

March 18, 2014

Creamy, Delicious Coconut Butter

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: COCONUT BUTTER There are a lot of ways to use a coconut, let me tell you. I’ve… Read more

coconut vinegar

March 14, 2014

Nuts over Coconut Vinegar

By: Leanne Ely   Several weeks ago, I wrote an article about white vinegar and how you must be very careful to find a source without GMOs. If you’ve been looking for a good alternative to white vinegar since then, you might be interested in trying coconut vinegar instead. Yes, coconut is the star of… Read more

Paleo foods-sm

March 13, 2014

Focus on what you CAN have

By: Leanne Ely   When people first hear the Dinner Diva’s gone Paleo, they almost always say the same thing: Oh I know this Paleo diet is supposed to be healthy, but I could never give up [bread/potatoes/pasta/corn/dairy/etc.]. Why is everyone so focused on what you can’t have? I like to twist that negative around… Read more

Let it grow seedlings

March 10, 2014

Let it grow!

By: Leanne Ely   I don’t know about y’all, but I just can’t wait to get out there in the garden, digging in the dirt! I’ve actually already started to plant some of my seeds inside so they’ll be ready to put in the ground in a couple of weeks. That’s right! Planting season is… Read more

Paleo-healthy foods-sm

March 7, 2014

Let Food be thy medicine

By: Leanne Ely   “Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.” Hippocrates was a Greek physician thought to be one of the greatest of his time. He saw the connection between what we eat and don’t eat as having a profound effect on our overall health. Pretty timely and very consistent… Read more

Guide to Buying Grass-fed Beef

February 27, 2014

Guide to Buying Grass-fed Beef

By: Leanne Ely The “best” beef hands down, is grass-fed beef. It’s the best options for a couple of reasons: it’s better for the earth and it’s better for your health and well-being. It’s better for the earth because it produces better soil when you allow cattle to forage for their own food in a… Read more

organic-why buy

February 13, 2014

Why you should try to use organic food in your recipes

By Leanne Ely Around here you see a lot of articles and recipes calling for organic ingredients, you probably wonder why. Sometimes it is difficult to get organic ingredients so my feeling is that you should do your best to use the most naturally grown and prepared organic ingredients in all your dishes that you… Read more

Fruits and vegetables

January 23, 2014

Make the decision: eat to live.

By: Leanne Ely I often hear people talk about what they’re going to miss if they have to give up the grains in their diet. “I’ll miss my toast!” or “I’m going to miss my sandwiches for lunch.” Instead of focusing what you can’t have, I encourage you to focus on what you CAN have!… Read more

November 11, 2013

Let’s go local!

Food For Thought Let’s go local! By: Leanne Ely There’s something happening in cities and towns throughout North America right now that’s been a long time coming. More and more consumers are shopping for local food sources and demanding that their local grocery stores stock local options for meat, produce and dairy. The local food… Read more