Healthy Grilling

  Willing as many of us are to make some changes in our eating habits in order to improve our health, along comes summer grilling, and all bets are off: In this country, cooking out means hot dogs, hamburgers and steaks.   But the people who worry about the amount of fat in our diets would prefer that we choose something else to cook outdoors. To tell the truth, they'd just as soon we cut back on charcoal grilling, period. As the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says in its brochure … [Read more...]

How To Grill Any Vegetable

  This guide serves as both a tool for grilling almost any kind of vegetable and as a template for a gorgeous (and tasty) vegetable tray for any summer cookout.   How Do I Prepare Vegetables for the Grill? The more surface area you give your vegetables for grill marks, the more flavor you’re going to get. This also makes them easier to move around the grill. Here’s how to prepare them: Bell peppers: Seed and quarter. Onions: Peel and quarter through the root. Yellow squash, zucchini, and … [Read more...]

Kitchen Hacks to Cut Down on Food Waste in the Tastiest Way Possible

With growing awareness of how food waste affects the environment, many conscious eaters are looking for ways to reduce their impact. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the global greenhouse gas emissions from food waste are larger than those of all countries except for China and the U.S. Part of curbing those emissions may take many revolutionary changes in the food system, but individuals can also reduce their own "foodprint" by using every part of their grocery store … [Read more...]

Healthy, Hearty, and Delicious Fall Soups

Warm up on a cool fall night with a pot of satisfying soup. These seasonal soups are comforting, flavorful, and packed with healthy ingredients. Plus, they're easy to make and freezable if you're lucky enough to have leftovers. Sausage, White Bean, Kale Soup A hearty and healthy rustic Tuscan-style soup recipe that is quick to impress and incredibly easy to make, featuring kale, sausage, and white beans.  This recipe has only nine ingredients and 10 minutes to prep! View the Recipe … [Read more...]

How to Assemble a Hearty Salad

The wonderful thing about making a salad is that it's a relaxed, stress-free way of cooking, with endless possibilities for customization. Here are some steps to consider to build a great salad every time! 1. Pick your leading vegetables Do you have any vegetables in your fridge that should be used up? If you're going shopping, think about what's cheap, in season and abundant in the shops and markets. Here are some ways to use your principal vegetable: Raw and shaved with a speed peeler … [Read more...]

Cooking With Kale and Chard

Cooking with either kale or Swiss chard is as easy as filling a pot with a little water and a lot of greens and placing it on a heated stove burner. And while there's nothing wrong with that, there are lots more easy and interesting ways to eat these two vegetable powerhouses. Preparation Both vegetables should be washed thoroughly to get rid of any lingering garden soil, then chopped. The easiest way to cut kale is to pull leaves away from the stem, then give the leaves a few crosswise chops. … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning DIY Recipes

  It's time for spring cleaning! Instead of using harsh chemicals that can pollute the air in your home, try using natural products instead. They're safe, effective, inexpensive and easy to make! Here are some homemade cleaning formulas for a healthier, safer home:   Scrubbing Tile Cleaner Put some baking soda in a grated cheese container (the kind you find at pizza parlors) and sprinkle it on bathroom sinks, tubs, and showers before scrubbing. For tough stains, make a … [Read more...]

10 More Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

  Do you have Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) sitting on a shelf at home? This powerful ingredient is packed full of potential! We recommend using a naturally fermented, unfiltered variety, such as Bragg's. 1. Cleaning  ACV combined with 2 parts water makes an effective natural disinfectant solution. You could add a few drops of lemon or lavender essential oil and have a great antibacterial spray for countertops, bathroom, kitchen and carpet deodorizer. 2. Hair rinse Instead of spending … [Read more...]

Grain-Free Back to School Lunch Ideas

It's back to school time! Help your kids (or yourself) stay energized throughout the day with these grain-free lunch ideas. Click on the blue text to learn more about the recipe. Turkey and cheese coconut wraps Plain whole yogurt topped with honey, seeds, nuts, fruits, etc. Vegetable sticks with ranch or other dressing Berries and other fruits Almond butter and jelly sandwiches using grain free pancakes as the bread. Raw cheeses Hot soup in an insulated thermos Hard … [Read more...]

Sleepytime Tea

Materials needed: A teapot (electric or stovetop) Your favorite mug or teacup A tea infuser Ingredients: 3 parts chamomile 2 parts peppermint 1 part lavender 1 part catnip Water Steps: Combine and lightly mix herbs in a bowl. Boil water on the stove. Place 1 tablespoon of tea in a tea infuser. Place infuser in the mug, and fill the mug with hot water. Let your tea steep for at least 5 minutes before removing the infuser. Enjoy your warm cup … [Read more...]