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May 29, 2014

10 ways to serve boneless chicken breasts for a quick and healthy dinner

By: Leanne Ely   Chicken breasts are a great starting point for a delicious and healthy meal. They’re a very lean source of protein and an excellent item to serve to your family on a regular basis. And I promise you that there’s an endless number of ways you can cook chicken breasts so that… Read more

Lambsquarter-edits

May 20, 2014

Are you throwing away free food?

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: LAMBSQUARTER Depending on where you live, there may very well be edible plants in your yard that… Read more

TurkeyTalk2

May 16, 2014

Turkey talk

By: Leanne Ely   If you have a large family (or if you have teenagers in the house), roasting a turkey once a week is a great, inexpensive way to keep up with all those protein needs. That’s right . . . turkey does not have to be reserved for Thanksgiving! Think a whole turkey… 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!

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 the exact same thing again tomorrow. Getting a nourishing meal on… Read more

Cooking_with_Kids_SM

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