Having Vegetables When You Can’t Grow Your Own

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Written by Stacy Myers, Guest Writer I’m a country girl, born and raised on a farm in Virginia. My parents are excellent at growing a garden. I never remember a summer without having something to preserve, even if it was a “bad year.” I’ll admit I took it for granted. I grew up and got married and discovered something. My parents did not pass their growing gene on to their oldest daughter. I have what my husband commonly refers to as The Black Thumb of […]

The Perfect Omelet {And 10 Delicious Omelet Creations}

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Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer Eggs have often been called “one of nature’s perfect foods”. And for good reason. They pack a powerful nutritional punch in just a small package. Inside that little shell is a powerhouse of nutrition. There are many ways to incorporate eggs into meals. By incorporating eggs into our diet whenever possible, we increase the nutritional impact and ease the food budget at the same time. With a growing family of eight, I like the fact that eggs provide important nutritional […]

How to Take Advantage of Clearance Produce

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Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Since this season is all about incorporating more veggies into our diets and eating from our pantries and freezers, I thought it would be a prime time to share one of my favorite frugal grocery shopping tips: how to take advantage of clearance produce. You can stretch your weekly produce allowance a lot further if you check out the marked-down, overripe fruits and veggies! I actually map out my grocery trips to stop at the clearance shelves and bins first. […]

How to Make an Amazing Green Salad

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We’ve all had one of those amazing salads, that was so good we just had to keep shoving forkfuls into our mouths. On the other hand, I imagine we’ve all had a boring salad. Just greens, a veggie or two, and a drizzle of dressing. You eat it because you know it’s good for you, and that’s the extent of it. I know those salads well, because I used to make a lot of them. Over the past year, I’ve realized that the salads that […]

Kids, Veggies, and Grace: What to Do With a Picky Eater

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Written by Brandy, Contributing Writer There was once this little girl who hated tomatoes. The very thought of them nauseated her, and so if one dared touch her food, she grimaced disdainfully, and flicked the slimy debris from her plate as best she could. Annoyed that the food she would have eaten had been tainted by this undesirable, unnecessary addition to her plate, she chose to not eat anything at all. There were other times. Like when her mother made casseroles with tiny, chopped onions. […]

The Mediterranean Secret to Phenomenal Vegetables

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  Written by Diana Bauman, Contributing Writer Growing up, my family ate a lot of vegetables.  It comes as no surprise being that my mother is from Sevilla, Spain where vegetables are a staple of the Mediterranean diet. When I was younger I never understood why so many of my friends complained about eating their vegetables. “They’re gross”, some would say.  Others, “they have no flavor!” I remember asking my mami why so many people disliked colorful, seasonal vegetables at their peak of freshness.  I […]

Applecado Smoothie

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My 4 year old son’s favorite fruit is an apple, he literally eats one every day.  Apples are easy for snacks by themselves or even with a dollop of peanut butter. It never occurred to me to put an apple in a smoothie until recently, so I decided to add 2 ingredients I had never added before into this recipe, an apple and avocado. Avocados are good for your heart, are a great healthy fat, and are anti-inflammatory so adding these to smoothies are great […]

Farmer’s Market Project: Make a Salad with Kids

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I am so excited.  It’s finally May, which means that the farmer’s market is now open!  Well…we’re lucky — there is a winter market near me.  But I never went (I know, I know).  I just love the outdoor market in the summer, with all of its fresh produce, warm sun, lots of healthy people running around….  It can be overwhelming, but it is an amazing experience.  Even when things are a bit expensive, I go at least once a […]