7 Reasons You Should Be Using Coconut Oil

By: Leanne Ely   I’m never without a great big jar of coconut oil. I use this magical, versatile, and healthful substance in everything from baked goods and stir fries to smoothies and coffee. (But I admit that I also use coconut oil to soften my hair, remove my eye makeup, and I add in […]

Low in B12? A 3-ounce serving of this fish will fix you up

By: Leanne Ely One of my favorite summer suppers involves the delicious and mighty blue mussel. Inexpensive to buy and quick and easy to cook, I love making a meal out of a plate of steamed mussels. Before I get into the nutritional profile of these bivalves, it’s important for you to know that mussels […]

Guide to Buying Grass-fed Beef

By: Leanne Ely The “best” beef hands down, is grass-fed beef. It’s the best options for a couple of reasons: it’s better for the earth and it’s better for your health and well-being. It’s better for the earth because it produces better soil when you allow cattle to forage for their own food in a […]

Why you should try to use organic food in your recipes

By Leanne Ely Around here you see a lot of articles and recipes calling for organic ingredients, you probably wonder why. Sometimes it is difficult to get organic ingredients so my feeling is that you should do your best to use the most naturally grown and prepared organic ingredients in all your dishes that you […]

Nutritious, delicious scallops!

By: Leanne Ely There are few types of seafood that get more squeals of delight when presented on the dinner table than scallops. These delicious, two-hinged mollusks come in two types: big, succulent sea scallops and smaller, less expensive bay scallops. I like using sea scallops for pan searing and bay scallops in soups. Because […]

Let's go local!

Food For Thought Let’s go local! By: Leanne Ely There’s something happening in cities and towns throughout North America right now that’s been a long time coming. More and more consumers are shopping for local food sources and demanding that their local grocery stores stock local options for meat, produce and dairy. The local food […]

Quinoa – what’s the scoop?

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Food For Thought Quinoa – what’s the scoop? By: Leanne Ely Everyone is so wild over quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) these days that you’d think it had just been invented. But this ancient grain (which is actually a seed, though it’s treated like a grain) has been around for thousands of years. Grown in the mountain […]

FFT – Fair Trade – What is it?

Food For Thought Fair Trade – What is it? By Leanne Ely, C.N.C. Today’s Food for Thought really is something to think about. No matter which side of the debate you fall on, education is key. I encourage you to research this topic more for yourself and decide what is right for your family. “Fair […]