February is National Potato Lover's Month. As a potato lover myself, I'm happy to celebrate. Potatoes are the most popular vegetable in the United States. That's not surprising considering the many different ways you can prepare them. A common misconception is that potatoes aren't a healthy choice from the vegetable group because they have a… Continue reading National Potato Lover’s Month // Roasted Chili Lime Potatoes and More!
Thanksgiving Day is wonderful when spent with family and friends. Thanksgiving weekend is all about the leftovers! The USDA shares tips to ensure your leftovers stay safe to eat. Remember the Two-Hour Rule: Refrigerate perishable items within two hours of coming out of the oven or refrigerator. After two hours, perishable food enters th "danger zone"… Continue reading Leftoverpallooza // Leftover Turkey Pizza and More!
Have you ever tasted a turnip? If not, what are you waiting for? It's time to turnip! Part of the root vegetable family, they are a versatile veggie that might as well be a kitchen staple. You can use them in so many ways. Turnips are in season during the late fall. Run to your… Continue reading Time to Turnip // Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Turnips
It's National Nutrition Month! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics shares information each year to help people eat more healthy and be more physically active. This year they are encouraging you to Personalize Your Plate. Nutrition is not one-size-fits all. Different people have different needs, body types, goals, tastes, and backgrounds. When you take the… Continue reading National Nutrition Month – Personalize Your Plate // Cheeseburger Soup
What is tasty, versatile, and part of the dairy group. It's yogurt! Grab it on the go for a healthy snack, use it as a mayonnaise substitute in salads, make a dip for fresh veggies, or use it in a fruity dessert. Yogurt is part of the dairy food group and can help you get… Continue reading Yogurt 5 Ways // Red Potato Salad
Did you know that there is more than one way to eat healthy? With no cut and dry way to do it, it can vary person to person. It is important to find your healthy eating style. Eat healthy for you, not somebody else! MyPlate explains that your style should reflect your preferences, culture, traditions,… Continue reading What’s Your Style? // Sweet Potato and Orange Salad
This week's goal from our 52-week challenge to create better health is to make and use homemade seasonings and spices. Doing so can save you money and greatly reduce your sodium, or salt intake. As you may know, too much sodium puts you at risk for developing high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. We have… Continue reading Homemade Seasoning Blends // Parmesan and Garlic Potato Wedges
Easter weekend is upon us. Do you ever ask yourself, what will I ever do with all these leftover eggs? I found myself asking this question just this morning, as I dyed eggs with my kids. It seems such a waste to not use them up. In preparation for the leftovers, I dug up some of my… Continue reading Happy Hunting! // Ideas For Leftover Eggs
One of my favorite childhood memories is going over to my Grandma and Grandpa's house and picking peas from their garden. There's nothing quite like the taste of fresh green peas. I can eat them by the handful! Peas are considered to be in season during the spring months and soon you can plant them… Continue reading Peas Please // Spring Pea Salad and More!
Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, oh my! Thanksgiving dinner often leaves lots of leftovers. In fact, I cook a little extra just so I can enjoy the leftovers! After a day or two, the novelty has usually worn off and I'm ready for something new. To prevent food waste, it's a good idea to have some… Continue reading Leftoverpallooza // Mashed Potato Turkey Bites and More!
Do you ever get tired of eating the same old foods? With a simple twist, food can become exciting again! Try adding a waffle iron to your kitchen appliance arsenal. You'll never believe all the ways you can use it. Check out these five fun ways to use waffles: 1. Waffle Tacos - I think it is… Continue reading Make Food Exciting Again // Waffle Recipes
It's too hot to cook. I just want to be outside. Can't we just have cold cereal? These are the thoughts running through my head lately when it comes to dinnertime. Cooking is the last thing I want to do during the summer months. I would rather be outside soaking up every last ray of… Continue reading Summertime and the Cookin’ is Easy // Five Go To Recipes
Do you ever wish you could slow it all down? Life seems to get busier and busier by the minute, as we try to meet the demands of work, school, children, and many other responsibilities. You can use a slow cooker to reduce time spent in the kitchen preparing meals. Quick preparation and slow cooking… Continue reading Slow It Down // Slow Cooker Roast Beef Dinner and More!
Whole grains are an important part of any diet. To understand the term "whole grain", you need to understand the anatomy of a grain. The Whole Grains Council tells us that a grain kernel consists of three parts, the bran, the germ, and the endosperm. A whole grain has all three parts of the kernel… Continue reading Going Grain // A Guide to Cooking Whole Grains
Did you see our Weekly Menu Plan blog post last month? It talks about the steps you take to plan your dinner menu for the week using your local grocery store ads. If you missed it, or just need a review, click here. Then come on back and see what I'm planning this week! Remember that… Continue reading Weekly Menu Plan // What’s On Your List?
One of the best ways to save money on your grocery bill is to utilize current grocery store ads. Start by comparing ads from different grocery stores in your area, making a list of sale items. Next, take an inventory of your pantry, refrigerator and freezer and make a list of what you already have on… Continue reading Weekly Menu Plan // What’s on Your List?
Do you ever feel like you are in too much of a hurry to eat healthy? With today's busy, fast-paced lifestyles healthy eating can be tricky. It is important to make nutritious food choices as often as possible. You'll find below ten tips to eat healthy in a hurry. 1. Plan ahead. The first step to… Continue reading Healthy Eating in a Hurry // Slow Cooker Chicken and Potatoes
It's summer! Summer often brings picnics, barbecues, and packing food to take on the go. It is important to take proper food safety steps when transporting food and cooking outdoors. The FDA offers the following tips: Keep cold food cold. Place cold food in a cooler with ice or frozen gel packs. Cold food should be stored… Continue reading Summer Food Safety // Grilled Beef and Veggies