An Easy Guide to Carbs and Starches

Everyone seems to be trying to cut back on carbs these days—including yours truly! Many of us trying to adopt a more Paleo-based diet have been weaning ourselves off of carbs, or at the very least, eating them less frequently. Everyone needs some carbs—the good carbs—in their diet, while there are others that nobody really […]

Top 5 Benefits of Using Coconut Aminos

One of my favorite things in life is sushi. I love it anyway you give it to me—rolled, not rolled, plenty of wasabi…just load me up! But sushi means soy sauce and soy is definitely not a health food—especially considering non-organic soy sauce most likely will be GMO soy. Soy seemingly has a wonderful nutritional […]

Leaky Gut. What’s All The Fuss?

What’s the fuss about leaky gut? You heard the words “leaky gut” bandied around a lot, I bet. And in your mind’s eye, do you see your poor intestinal walls pouring water out like sieve? That’s a dramatic visual, however it’s helpful for understanding the problem. Your intestinal walls are supposed to be barriers to […]

United Tables of America

Baked chicken breast on white plate with broccoli and rice

My dearest friends– If there is one thing that can unite a polarized America, it’s having a meal together. Look, we all need to eat in between watching CNN or Fox News. And wherever you stand (or sit) politically at the table, is really none of my business. Is it? 🙂 The most important thing […]

What veggie can I not get enough of right now?

By: Leanne Ely   It’s time for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe! And in honor of this most ultimate summer squash, today we’re giving it the attention it deserves. Sound good? Zucchinis are packed with beta-carotene, potassium and B vitamins. They also provide fiber and a bit of Vitamin C, but a large zucchini contains only […]

You go GRILL!

By: Leanne Ely One of my very favorite parts of hotter weather is the incessant use of the barbecue or grill as we call it in the South. Being able to cook everything over an open flame would be wonderful for all seasons, but for most of us, it’s confined to summer months. The key […]

7 Dinner Shortcuts That Will Save You Time!

By: Leanne Ely   Regardless of how you feel about cooking, nobody wants to be a slave to the kitchen. We are all so busy these days that we need as many shortcuts as we can possibly find for getting a good home-cooked meal on the table with the minimum amount of stress! It’s no […]

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 […]

My Top 7 Slow Cooker Safety Tips

By: Leanne Ely   I couldn’t function without my slow cooker. You all know by now how I feel about this wonderful, time-saving appliance. If you’re new to slow cooking, or even if you’re a seasoned pro, there are some safety precautions that I hope you’re taking when it comes to this highly efficient way […]

Composting Made Easy

by Leanne Ely   You know my motto when it comes to eating fruits and veggies: eat fresh, eat local, eat seasonal. The easiest way to stick to that rule of thumb is to grow your own. Whether you have a big garden out in the yard or a few pots of herbs growing in […]