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Kale Chips

December 16, 2014

Top tips for kale chips

By: Leanne Ely   There is a topic that keeps coming across my radar, both on Facebook, my email inbox, and even at the market when my fellow shoppers wonder what I’m doing with all of that kale (when my own crop has been harvested for the season, of course!): kale chips. And, today, we’re… Read more

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December 12, 2014

Which tropical root is full of B-complex vitamins?

By: Leanne Ely   If you’ve been searching the Internet for recipes free of gluten, you have no doubt come upon the mention of arrowroot. Arrowroot is an easily digestible starch used in gluten-free cooking as a stabilizing and thickening ingredient. Arrowroot is grown primarily in the Caribbean Islands, the Philippines, and South America. As… Read more

veggies

December 11, 2014

Tips for optimizing veggie intake on a budget

By: Leanne Ely   Very few of us manage to get in all of the vegetables we need everyday for optimal health—at least 5-13 servings (about 6 cups) each day, a variety from each color group: dark greens (lettuce, kale, spinach), red and orange (sweet potatoes, pumpkins, tomatoes), and “other” vegetables (cabbage, brussels sprouts, onions).… Read more

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December 9, 2014

Which cruciferous vegetable is a head above the class?

By: Leanne Ely   It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe. Today you’ll learn a trick, a tip and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh? Today’s focus is on: CABBAGE Hands up if you have a head of cabbage in your refrigerator! Not only is this… Read more

Nightshades

November 10, 2014

Could your salad be making you sick?

By: Leanne Ely   The nightshade family of plants (scientific name: Solanaceae family) consists of a number of common agricultural crops including tomatoes and potatoes. Nightshade plants are high enough in toxins to cause inflammation in the body, especially in anyone suffering from an autoimmune disease. You might be surprised at how many foods belong… Read more

squash for dinner

October 30, 2014

5 ways to enjoy squash for dinner

By: Leanne Ely   You can tell by the bright yellow or orange flesh of winter squash (well, depending on the variety), that this fall harvest fruit is good for you. (Yes, squash is a fruit!) Winter squash, like acorn and butternut, are the more substantial varieties. And I’m sure you already knew it, but… Read more

Pumpkin

October 24, 2014

What symbol of fall may help you beat the blues?

By: Leanne Ely   Pumpkins are all over the place right now. Readily available across most of North America, pumpkins have become a symbol of autumn and have a starring role in desserts, soups and loaves this time of year. But these gorgeous orange orbs are much more than just a pretty face. Pumpkins, like… Read more

Butternut Squash-stew

October 21, 2014

Which favorite fall soup ingredient is packed with vitamin C?

By: Leanne Ely   It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe. Today you’ll learn a trick, a tip and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh? Today’s focus is on: BUTTERNUT SQUASH As the weather gets cooler, my mind goes to squash. That didn’t come out quite… Read more

Swiss Chard-K

October 3, 2014

Which leafy green contains more than 8 times your daily required amount of Vitamin K?

By: Leanne Ely   Swiss chard is still making a big appearance at my local farmer’s market…how about yours? If you’ve been wondering about whether or not you should pick up some of these leafy greens, I say, do it! Swiss chard is sometimes known as white beet, strawberry spinach, Chilian beet, leaf beet, spinach… Read more

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September 26, 2014

Don’t Throw This Away!

By: Leanne Ely   Do you toss away the tops of your beets when you’re preparing the roots for your meal? Or do you eat them, too? Many people don’t realize that the red-veined leaves of the beet root are not only edible, but they’re also chock full of all kinds of nutrients. You can… Read more