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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

Ripe tomatoes and tomato paste

February 4, 2014

DIY Tomato Paste

By: Leanne Ely I love how a couple of tablespoons of rich, wonderful tomato paste adds such a deep tomato flavor to whatever it’s added to. I haven’t met a tomato sauce that didn’t love tomato paste! Tomato paste is an excellent source of potassium, B vitamins, iron and the potent antioxidant lycopene. Studies show… Read more

November 8, 2013

Rooting for Rutabaga

Healthy-Foods Rooting for Rutabaga By: Leanne Ely Do you know the difference between a turnip and a rutabaga? If not, you aren’t alone! Most of us in North America use the two phrases interchangeably without even realizing it. If you’ve ever spent any time in the UK, you know that they use the correct terms… Read more

October 10, 2013

Fall Foraging Primer

Dinner Diva Fall Foraging Primer By: Leanne Ely On the next sunny day, perhaps you’ll consider taking a nice long walk to forage for some wild fall edibles. There are plenty of nutritious foods just waiting to be plucked from trees or from the ground in the forest or a nearby meadow. Foraging is a… 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


May 16, 2013

When school’s out for summer, start teaching about food!

Dinner Diva When school’s out for summer, start teaching about food! By: Leanne Ely Pop quiz: How do you get kids to eat just about anything? Answer: You get them involved in the kitchen. There’s no surefire guarantee that your kids will eat something they have had a hand in preparing, but it absolutely increases… Read more

braised chicken

January 21, 2013

For meat you will praise, learn how to braise!

Food For Thought For meat you will praise, learn how to braise! By: Leanne Ely If you always seem to end up with stringy, tough meat that you can’t get a knife through (let alone your teeth), you can only blame the animal and/or the cut for so long! I firmly believe that with the… Read more

Bean sprouts

September 24, 2012

Sprouting healthy thoughts

Food For Thought Sprouting healthy thoughts By: Leanne Ely There’s a reason why sprouts are the symbol for life! What? You never noticed how we refer to new babies as little sprouts? Many of the foods that we eat started their lives as plant sprouts. Sprouts have long been recognized as healthy little buggers to… Read more


August 6, 2012

Up to Here with Food Waste!

Up to Here with Food Waste! by Leanne Ely Hands up if you ever questioned your parents when they told you not to waste your food because there are people starving in Africa. As a child this really doesn’t make a lick of sense. How can the food I don’t eat help a starving person?… Read more


April 27, 2012

Salad Spin

Healthy-Foods Salad Spin By: Leanne Ely I get a lot of email from readers (feel free to email your questions—I may include it in an upcoming article, Dinner Diva at Saving Dinner dot com) and this one warrants an article. I hate to trouble you with a silly salad question, but I’ve never eaten salad… Read more