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April 15, 2014

Pass the bacon fat

By: Leanne Ely   One of the best parts of living a Paleo lifestyle is that you get to eat lots of bacon. Now, one misconception about Paleo eating is that all we do is eat bacon all day. Yes, we eat plenty of bacon, but we eat nitrate-free bacon sourced from local pastured pigs,… Read more

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April 14, 2014

Rethinking the Food Pyramid

By: Leanne Ely   In the US and Canada, the Food Pyramid and the Food Guide are quite similar. They each recommend the basis of the diet be made up of grains, followed by fruits and vegetables, then dairy, then meats, and finally, fats. Whatever country you live in, there is probably some reiteration of… Read more

collard greens

April 11, 2014

Keen on collard greens

By: Leanne Ely   By now, most of us know how important it is to get an adequate amount of dark leafy greens into our diets on a regular basis. And the best kind of dark leafy green to eat a lot of is any dark leafy green that belongs to the cruciferous family. Collard… Read more

Beets

April 8, 2014

My heart skips a beat for beets

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: BEETS There’s nothing like a gorgeous purple beet sliced onto a salad, roasted in the oven, or… Read more

BelgianEndive

April 4, 2014

Dive into Belgian Endive

By: Leanne Ely   How often have you passed by the Belgian Endive in the grocery store and wondered what to do with those oblong pale green heads of lettuce? Belgian endive is closely related to frisee and, like its curly-leafed cousin, it does have a rather bitter yet pleasant flavor. Enjoyed raw in salads… Read more

Star Anise recipe

April 1, 2014

Star of the spice rack

By: Leanne Ely Have you spotted one of those pretty star-shaped spices at the health food store and wondered what you could do with it if you brought it home with you? Star anise is a beautiful flavoring spice. The fruit of an evergreen tree native to southern China, it gets its name from its… Read more

tea cup

March 31, 2014

What is lurking in your tea cup?

By: Leanne Ely   You’ve been paying close attention to the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists to help you make the best food choices that you possibly can for you and your family. You try to make sure that the food you buy is as free of chemicals as it can possibly be. But,… Read more

An onion primer

March 28, 2014

Nothing to cry over: An onion primer

By: Leanne Ely   It’s hard to imagine a kitchen without an onion. I use onions in almost all of my savory dishes. You probably have some yellow or red onions kicking around your kitchen right now! Onions come in yellow, white and red and can range in flavor from mild and sweet to quite… Read more

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

applebutter

March 25, 2014

Nuts over apple 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: APPLE BUTTER There is no actual butter in apple butter. Apple butter is a very concentrated type of… Read more