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August 21, 2014

Grow your own stir fry from kitchen scraps

By: Leanne Ely   The next time you toss your kitchen scraps, you might want to ask yourself if you can regrow them first! That’s right! You can regrow some of your common peels and cores into a whole new plant. And in some cases, you don’t even need a garden. Is your mind blown… Read more

10glutenfreelunches

August 18, 2014

10 gluten-free lunchbox ideas that kids will love

By: Leanne Ely   As much as we might hate the thought of it, summer is coming to an end and it’s time to start thinking about the kids getting back on a routine and going back to school. If there’s one thing parents tend to agree on, it’s the fact that packing the daily… Read more

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August 15, 2014

What anti-bacterial salad ingredient is also my favorite herb?

By: Leanne Ely There is a plant that’s doing well in my garden and coincidentally it’s also my favorite herb. Basil is the key ingredient in pesto, a popular condiment made of olive oil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese and fresh basil. But basil is also a key topping for a traditional margarita pizza and you… Read more

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August 14, 2014

It’s time to get into a pickle

By: Leanne Ely   This is the year, y’all. This is the year you are going to can your summer harvest! And by “can” I mean pickle! Because really, how many cucumbers can one family eat? Once upon a time homes didn’t have freezers or refrigerators, so in order to preserve food, it had to… Read more

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August 11, 2014

Lunchbox Safety – How not to poison your children or yourself at lunchtime

By: Leanne Ely   Last year a study was conducted in Texas on 705 preschooler’s lunches. Some of those lunches had ice packs (45%) and some had none. However, 88% of the lunches were at room temperature. That is scary stuff, folks! Only 1.6% of perishable items in those little ones lunch boxes were kept… Read more

Operation Lunchbox Readiness

August 8, 2014

Operation Back-to-School Lunchbox Readiness

By: Leanne Ely   I know I’m going to get a dirty look or two from y’all for bringing this up, but it really isn’t too soon to start thinking about getting the kids ready to go back to school. With two children of my own, I am fully aware of how expensive it can… Read more

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August 6, 2014

Get back to your roots: A Root Vegetable Primer

By: Leanne Ely   Last year, I had a great bumper crop of carrots, beets, kohlrabi and more in my garden. This year, a mysterious critter took them all out. Thank heavens for farmer’s markets! Root vegetables are easy to grow and offer so much nutritionally (and deliciously, too!) I thought I’d put together a… Read more

nut milks

August 4, 2014

How to make your own nut milks

By: Leanne Ely   When it comes to smoothie making, I’m nuts for nut milks! And while I usually buy it by the carton in the refrigerated section of the grocery store, it is possible (and easy) to make it yourself. One of the reasons to make your own is because of the BPA often… Read more

okra

August 1, 2014

What green pod can help your vision and keep you regular?

By: Leanne Ely   Okra isn’t everyone’s favorite vegetable, but if you knew how healthy these edible green pods were, I think you might find yourself warming up to them. Now, I’m from California so I didn’t grow up eating fresh okra. But when I moved to the South, I found out from growing them… Read more

Diet-friendly snack ideas and restaurant

July 31, 2014

Diet-friendly snack ideas and restaurant tips

By: Leanne Ely   If you’re traveling or vacationing, as many people are this time of year, there are easy ways to “stay on plan” without feeling deprived. Nature has provided us with plenty of healthy grab-and-go options, though we seem programmed to think that suitable food for traveling involves a plastic wrapper! Here are… Read more