Monthly Archives: March 2012

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just sleep a few more hours and lose weight?  This might actually be true!  Have you ever noticed after a night of too little sleep, it’s hard to get motivated to exercise?  It’s also a lot easier to just go through a drive through and forget about making dinner.  As a mom of young kids, I can identify with this.  On the nights that I get fragmented sleep or just not enough hours, … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

Every year I enjoy putting up nest boxes around my house. It’s cool to see what birds use them and sometimes even get to see the baby birds fledge. For me, the nest boxes are a choice since I live in the country and there are plenty of natural homes available.  But in the city and suburbs, nest boxes are vital since in these areas it can be difficult for birds to find natural shelter near food and water sources. … continued…

DIY Pam Freeman Tips, Tools & Techniques

Calling this a soufflé may be overly ambitious, as the beef, sausage and spinach weigh it down some. But the whipped egg whites do, indeed, lighten the dish a bit and all around, it’s a simple and delicious combination of flavors. Make it right in a cast-iron skillet that you can move straight into the oven from the stovetop. Prep time: About 20 minutes Cook time: About 20 minutes Serves: 8 1/2 pound Laura’s Lean Beef 96% lean ground beef … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

I created this because I was craving a cheesy dip I could indulge in without guilt. It’s simple and delicious. So delicious that I think I will also make it and top pasta with the sauce for a family meal someday soon! Prep time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes Makes 7 1/2-cup servings Ingredients: 1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef 96% Lean Ground Sirloin 1/4 cup flour 1 12-ounce can fat-free evaporated milk 4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, grated 1/2 … continued…

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Back to School Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Snacks

Every year, I search the markets for signs of Spring. This year, I’m going to link you to some great sites that make the most of spring ingredients. Keep in mind that Spring hits each area at different times, so these aren’t all available all at once, but it’s worth asking about when you might see these food harbingers of spring. Here’s my target list: Pea Shoots: The first tendrils of pea plants are entirely edible—even if you find some … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy Habits Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Tips, Tools & Techniques

Today is the first day of Spring – Woo Hoo!  Are you bored with your indoor exercise routine? Be bored no more … Spring is here and the warmer weather brings many opportunities to get outside and be active!  Not only is exercising outside a nice change of pace from your indoor winter workouts, some studies show that exercising outdoors actually comes with some additional mental health benefits when compared to exercising indoors.  These benefits include greater decreases in tension, … continued…

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Fitness Healthy Habits Heart Healthy Judy Eggebeen Tips, Tools & Techniques

I love bird watching and feeding birds in my backyard. My mom got me started when I was young. Some of my first memories are of sitting in my her bird garden with the sunflowers and standing at our back door watching the birds happily avail themselves of the smorgasbord Mom provided. Now, I’ve done the same thing with my kids. I’ve even taught my kids colors and simple counting while they watched our backyard birds. The great thing about … continued…

DIY Pam Freeman Tips, Tools & Techniques

Peanuts show up in all sorts of dishes in other cultures. I love the texture they add when sprinkled into a stir-fry or a salad. Here I’m making use of flavor and texture in my satay sauce by using crunching peanut butter. I like to finish with a light dusting of additional chopped peanuts for even more crunchy goodness. This can be a main dish divided among 4 diners or a nice pass-around cocktail appetizer for a small gathering. Prep … continued…

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Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annually declares March as National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme is “Get Your Plate in Shape.” Most of us would love to get our bodies in shape but the key to doing that is to start with your plate. Here are some changes to getting your plate in top shape: • Choose a smaller plate size. Consider using a saucer instead of a dinner plate. Research indicates that our plate size has increased 36% … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Heart Healthy Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

Sometimes I taste a sauce I know would be perfect with beef. That’s the case with this recipe, which started out as a stove top recipe for pork from Marcella Hazan, one of my favorites. I’ve tweaked it slightly to make this most fabulous beef recipe using Laura’s Lean Beef Eye of Round, and I moved it to the slow-cooker out of necessity. The result is this incredibly tender, full-of-mushroom-flavor beef dish that freezes well because it is so moist. … continued…

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