Mini Guide To A Balanced Diet

What makes a balanced diet? With all the conflicting info on food pyramids and carb counting, it's tough to remember the basics. Here's a breakdown of the nutrients you need for a healthy body—and the foods that provide them. Protein—Protein is necessary for building strong muscles and protecting the immune system. It also helps slow the speed of digestion and makes you feel full faster....more

What's Your Dinner Party Reputation?

Since joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) for the first time in 2009, we have become something of a curiosity among friends and family. People frequently ask us what we have received lately, how long the season is, what has been the most unusual item, the items we liked, disliked, etc. My mother-in-law once saw something on the news about the recent trend for people to eat roots and weeds and immediately thought of us. We have been very pleased with our CSA experience....more

Multi Vegetable Paella

Multi Vegetable Paella ...more

Sticker Shock: What the Stickers on Fruit are Telling You

If you’re frustrated by those pesky stickers on supermarket produce, this may change your tune. Did you know that those stickers aren’t just for the checkers’ use? The International Federation for Produce Standards uses a four or five digit code to identify certain types of produce. If you know what you’re looking for, you can utilize those stickers to make buying decisions about your family’s fruit and vegetable consumption. Think of them as secret produce decoders! ...more

I had no idea those little stickers could be so helpful. I'm going to start paying more attention!more

Have Picky Eaters? Show Some Enthusiasm

Have Picky Eaters? Show some Enthusiasm You know how, when a small child falls and you don’t make a fuss – the probability of her crying goes way down?...more

A Month of Side Dishes: Savory Corn Pudding, A Great Side for the Holidays

December is BlogHer's Month of Side Dishes, and we want you to share your favorite side! Click here to see how to play along. And check out all the sides we're craving in the Month of Side Dishes series. ...more

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Thanksgiving Leftovers

Now that you’ve cleaned up the Thanksgiving feast off the table, you are most likely wondering what to do with all the leftovers. You’re not alone; we are all doing the same thing. I have a lot of turkey that I need to take care of, and I have some stuffing, some gravy, and veggies. I’ll leave some turkey for hubby’s sandwiches, some for a soup, and the rest I am going to use up in this savory, day after Thanksgiving treat....more

Tomato Vegetable Macaroni Soup

Tomatoes are a high source of the antioxidant Lycopene.  Lycopene is also found in grapefruit and watermelon and it is what gives them the reddish color.  Studies show that Lycopene help reduce the risk of certain cancers such as prostate and breast cancers and also help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.Tomatoes are also rich in Vitamin A, C, Calcium and Fiber.   The nutrition in tomatoes is increased by cooking them.For this soup I used a can of crushed tomatoes and about 6 cups of water.  The vegetables I used are:Green Cabbage...more

Stir Fried Deliciousness

Stir Fried DeliciousnessThis isn’t really a recipe because I am assuming that most people already know how to make a stir fry… it is however a collection of things I have learnt over the years to improve a stir fry to the millionth degree1. Marinading the meat is really important. If you use really good quality beef/pork/chicken, then it can generally go without this step. I usually marinade the meat I use in a mixture of red wine, sweet chilli sauce, soya sauce, garlic, paprika, and even a dash of ginger works well....more

Chicken and Vegetable Pasta

I created this pasta recipe one evening when I really wanted vegetable pasta but could not find any recipes for what I had in my fridge… It’s really delicious and super healthy.Chicken and Vegetable Pasta   Full recipe here.  ...more
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