Too Many Tomatoes?

By: Leanne Ely   I’m expecting another bumper crop of tomatoes this year, and I know exactly what I’m going to do with my harvest. How about you? Do you know what to do with all of those excess tomatoes? If not, here are some ideas for what you can do when you find yourself […]

5 Quick Ways to Shrink Your Grocery Budget

By: Leanne Ely   Navigating the grocery store in this day and age feels like tiptoeing around a minefield. With everything we’re hearing about GMOs, hormones and chemicals in our foods, it makes you wonder if it’s safe to eat anything anymore. In a perfect world, we would all be able to buy everything fair […]

How to make your own nut milks

By: Leanne Ely   When it comes to smoothie making, I’m nuts for nut milks! And while I usually buy it by the carton in the refrigerated section of the grocery store, it is possible (and easy) to make it yourself. One of the reasons to make your own is because of the BPA often […]

There’s nothing like it

By: Leanne Ely   This is the time of year where green thumbs and gardening novices alike storm the home improvement store’s gardening section and attempt to start a vegetable garden. It’s an old tradition to plant a summer garden. And while it may seem a tad romantic to have a Martha Stewart styled vegetable […]

10 ways to serve boneless chicken breasts for a quick and healthy dinner

By: Leanne Ely   Chicken breasts are a great starting point for a delicious and healthy meal. They’re a very lean source of protein and an excellent item to serve to your family on a regular basis. And I promise you that there’s an endless number of ways you can cook chicken breasts so that […]

Are you throwing away free food?

By: Leanne Ely   It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe. Today you’ll learn a tip, a trick and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh? Today’s focus is on: LAMBSQUARTER Depending on where you live, there may very well be edible plants in your yard that […]

Turkey talk

By: Leanne Ely   If you have a large family (or if you have teenagers in the house), roasting a turkey once a week is a great, inexpensive way to keep up with all those protein needs. That’s right . . . turkey does not have to be reserved for Thanksgiving! Think a whole turkey […]

DIY Tomato Paste

By: Leanne Ely I love how a couple of tablespoons of rich, wonderful tomato paste adds such a deep tomato flavor to whatever it’s added to. I haven’t met a tomato sauce that didn’t love tomato paste! Tomato paste is an excellent source of potassium, B vitamins, iron and the potent antioxidant lycopene. Studies show […]

Rooting for Rutabaga

Healthy-Foods Rooting for Rutabaga By: Leanne Ely Do you know the difference between a turnip and a rutabaga? If not, you aren’t alone! Most of us in North America use the two phrases interchangeably without even realizing it. If you’ve ever spent any time in the UK, you know that they use the correct terms […]

Fall Foraging Primer

Dinner Diva Fall Foraging Primer By: Leanne Ely On the next sunny day, perhaps you’ll consider taking a nice long walk to forage for some wild fall edibles. There are plenty of nutritious foods just waiting to be plucked from trees or from the ground in the forest or a nearby meadow. Foraging is a […]