5 ways to squash your dinner

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 zucchini is considered a […]

Never Let Your Kids Do These 3 Things in the Kitchen

Never Let Your Kids Do These 3 Things in the Kitchen | SavingDinner.com

One of my favorite pastimes is cooking with my children. Do you have kids? If you do, I want to heavily recommend that you teach them the joys of the kitchen while they’re still young and look up at you like a superhero that has all the answers. Teaching your children how to cook is […]

Don’t Be Intimidated!

Don't Be Intimidated | SavingDinner.com

There is a true intimidation factor in cooking for some people—I get the emails from them so I know this is true. For me, having grown up in a home with parents who cooked, rarely eating out, I learned how to navigate my way in a kitchen early on. It was (being honest here) a […]

6 Hot Tips To Avoid Freezer Burn (and stop throwing away your $$)

6 tips avoid freezer-burn

Have you ever removed a tray of meat from the freezer only to find discoloration and ice crystals? If you’ve forgotten about a carton of ice cream in the freezer for any length of time, you may have opened it to find its surface covered in ice. Freezer burn, we tend to call it. Freezing […]

Back to Basics: Teaching Basic Table Manners to Children

Back to Basics: Table Manners | SavingDinner.com

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 […]

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 […]

What common condiment may protect against cancer?

BLT-Salad

It’s been mentioned in Sanskrit writings from 5000 years ago and in The New Testament. It was used as a food source and medicinally in ancient Greece and in ancient Rome. It’s available ground and whole. Oh, and also as a condiment. We’re talking about mustard! The Romans are believed to have been the first […]

Red, yellow, green or orange?

By: Leanne Ely   Not all bell peppers are created equal. First there are the colors – red, orange, yellow, and green are the most common. Second is the flavor – from sweet to hot. It is all from the same plant. The only difference is when they are picked. As the pepper gets riper, […]

How to start an organic garden (here’s how!)

By: Leanne Ely   I just love this time of year when those tender green leaves start shooting from the earth. There’s nothing like walking out to the garden with a pair of scissors and bringing in everything you need to make a fabulous salad for dinner. If you’ve made the decision to plant your […]

Myth Buster enclosed (you need to know this)

By: Leanne Ely   Everyone’s concerned about watching the grocery budget these days, and rightly so! Food costs are climbing, and there’s no sign of this trend stopping anytime soon. I’m often met with resistance when I talk about eating nutritious foods (especially as part of a Paleo lifestyle) because people claim they can’t afford […]