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September 3, 2015

School Night Supper Shortcuts

By: Leanne Ely   During the summer, meals tend to be a lot more relaxed than they are during the school year. That just tends to be the nature of the beast. With autumn comes routine, as those school days tend to add a lot of activities to the family calendar. Not only do you… Read more


September 1, 2015

Wine lover? Here’s your pairing guide…

By: Leanne Ely   As I was sitting here one evening with a cold, delicious glass of my beloved Prosecco and a bowl of juicy organic strawberries, it occurred to me… Saving Dinner needs to do a guide to food and wine pairings! Because, let me tell you, when you are a lover of wine… Read more

Fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers market

August 25, 2015

46 Fresh Market Foods for August

By: Leanne Ely   In August, there are so many types of foods ripening in the fields and on the trees, I am just like a kid in a candy store when I hit up my local Farmers Market. Have you been to the market lately? I truly believe that we need to support our… Read more

meatballs, Paleo, easy dinner, easy lunch,

August 24, 2015

Quick Paleo for School Nights

By: Leanne Ely If you’ve adopted the Paleo lifestyle over the summer (maybe you did the 10-Day Blitz or 21 Day Knockout?), you might be panicking a little, wondering how you’re going to handle those chaotic evening meals that tend to take place when everyone’s back to school. Or maybe you’re considering hopping on that… Read more

Prepping fresh vegetables for cooking in the kitchen with diced zucchini, tomato, white onion , green capsicum or bell pepper and eggplant arranged around a wooden chopping board with a knife

August 21, 2015

4 Steps to Quick Meal Prep

By: Leanne Ely   It’s 5pm. Songs of “What’s for dinner?” ring through the house, and you realize you have no idea. You have nothing thawed, nothing planned, and you have a house full of hungry people. This is one of the reasons why I’m big on meal planning, but this exact scenario happens to… Read more

pots and pans_SM

August 17, 2015

5 Tools Every New Cook Needs

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 drive a car because you have to eat… Read more

Tahini, hummus, tahini paste, sesame, Middle Eastern food

August 11, 2015

A Secret High Protein Source

By: Leanne Ely If you’re a fan of Middle Eastern food, there’s a good chance you’ve eaten tahini at least once or twice. An essential ingredient in hummus, tahini is a paste made primarily with ground sesame seeds. In Middle Eastern countries, tahini is a common table ingredient. The flavor of tahini is similar to… Read more


August 10, 2015

6 Essentials for at Home Smoothies!

By: Leanne Ely   Smoothies? They’re fantastic. I drink one every single day. Smoothies can pack in a lot of nutrition when you don’t have a lot of time to make a full meal. Now, smoothie bars are popping up ALL over the place, but you can set up your very own smoothie bar at… Read more


August 6, 2015

Too Many Tomatoes?

By: Leanne Ely   I’m expecting another bumper crop of tomatoes this year, and I know exactly what I’m going to do with my harvest. How about you? Do you know what to do with all of those excess tomatoes? If not, here are some ideas for what you can do when you find yourself… Read more

Pan fried chicken liver and onions

July 28, 2015

Are you eating this superfood?

By: Leanne Ely   Few things can raise as many “I’m not eating that” and “eew! Disgusting!” reactions from the dinner table as liver, but that’s too bad because the nutrition found in organ meats is unbelievable! The liver is a storage organ for vitamins A, B12, D, E and K, as well as copper,… Read more