How Clean is Your Fridge?

How Clean is Your Fridge? | SavingDinner.com

Why is it the last thing to get cleaned in a kitchen is the inside of the refrigerator? I know that’s true for a lot of people; it certainly was for me! The fridge was the last frontier for me in the kitchen. I could keep the kitchen clean, unload the dishwasher regularly, keep the […]

Back to Basics: Teaching Basic Table Manners to Children

You know how I feel about making dinner an event in your home. I’m a firm believer in getting everyone around the table together for dinner to reconnect with each other, discuss the day’s events, and to nourish our bodies with good home-cooked food. A few weeks ago I talked about the importance of learning […]

A Romantic Dinner at Home

Date night doesn’t always have to mean finding a babysitter and making reservations at an expensive restaurant. That’s nice to do once in a while, but there’s no reason why you can’t have a date night in on a regular basis. Feed the kids early, put them to bed and prepare a romantic, candle-lit meal […]

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 […]

Top Tips for Grilled Veggies and Fruits

By: Leanne Ely I shared some tips with you a couple weeks ago about grilling meats but there’s more to summer barbecue season than burgers and steaks! Why turn on the stove to cook your veggies when you have a perfectly good hot grill already prepped? Never mind the fact that grilled veggies and fruits […]

Budget-friendly crock pot meals

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 cooker meals like chili […]

Herbaliciousness! (I’ll explain…)

By: Leanne Ely   When I’m looking at a big rack of dried herbs in the grocery store, I often think of dollar bills chopped up and put into bags. For many dried herbs, you might as well just chop up a few dollar bills and sprinkle them on your food for the amount of […]

Perpetual Salad! (love this idea!)

By: Leanne Ely   I don’t know about you, but I have a really hard time buying produce that I can easily grow myself. At my house, we eat a lot of salad. As many of you know, I serve a large green salad with almost every meal that goes on the table. All of […]

Good oil/bad oil. Now you’ll know the difference.

By: Leanne Ely   There is a good deal of confusion around which oils are good for cooking and which are not. Fat is essential for human health. We need fat in our diets for hormone health, cell building, energy, and even for keeping our skin in good shape. There are certain vitamins (A, D, […]

My 7 Favorite Anti-Inflammatory Foods

By: Leanne Ely   While getting regular exercise and reducing the amount of stress in your life are key components to reducing the inflammation in your body, we can also add certain anti-inflammatory foods to our diet, (all the while cutting out sugar and processed food), to optimize our health. The following seven foods are […]