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There are a few kitchen truths in this world. Keep your knives sharp and your cast-iron skillet oiled. Never cut vegetables on the board you just cut your meat on. Red wine goes with everything. And you should always have a few quick meals available from your pantry for nights when you just can’t think about what’s for dinner. So here are four meals you will almost always find in my kitchen, meals that never make my family feel as … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

Let me just say, I love Easter. I have since I was a kid. There’s just something about finding a basket full of goodies and running around hunting for eggs. Speaking of eggs, I stepped up my game and have been trying new dyeing and decorating techniques; and I’d like to share a few. Let me preface this by saying I hard boil all my eggs first. You can use whatever method you prefer. I do it the way my … continued…

Easter eggs
DIY Foodie Crafts Holidays Pam Freeman Tips, Tools & Techniques

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a dietitian and a nutritionist? How would you find a dietitian? Would your health insurance cover a visit? Could a dietitian even help you? Well you’re in luck, today is Registered Dietitian day so I’m going to clear up any confusion you might have!   A Registered Dietitian (RD) is someone that has a Bachelor’s degree in a nutrition related field, has completed an accredited internship program, and has passed a … continued…

Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

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…

My Plate
Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

February is American Heart Month and for a good reason, we need to be reminded of ways to show our heart the love it needs and deserves. Did you know that the human heart pumps nearly 2,000 gallons of blood throughout the body every day? This allows oxygen to travel throughout our body so all of our organs can thrive and we can go about our day to day activities. This is something we completely take for granted… unless you … continued…

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

Did your favorite blog post make this list? If not, please share the link in the comments section below.   Top New Recipes: 1. Laura’s Lean Beef One Skillet Meal http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/lauras-lean-beef-one-skillet-meal/ 2. Slow cooker Italian Beef With Porcini Mushrooms http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/slow-cooker-italian-beef/ 3. Oktoberfest Laura’s Lean Beef Beer Stew http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/oktoberfest-lauras-lean-beef-beer-stew/ 4. Hobo “Stew” http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/hobo-stew/ 5. Baked Cheeseburgers http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/lauras-lean-beef-baked-cheeseburger/ 6. Spaghetti and Meatball “Muffins” http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/lauras-lean-beef-spaghetti-and-meatball-muffins/ 7. Cottage Pie with Sweet Potato Topping http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/cottage-pie-with-sweet-potato-topping/ 8. Triple Decker Meatloaf http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/triple-decker-meatloaf/ 9. Fat Tuesday Jambalaya http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/fat-tuesday-jambalaya/ … continued…

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Barb Freda Fitness Foodie Crafts Gardening Healthy Habits Healthy, Delicious Recipes Jenny Kramer, RD Judy Eggebeen Memorable Meals Pam Freeman Snacks Tips, Tools & Techniques

Most of the recipes I develop here are for four people. I do it that way because I typically buy meat by the pound–one pound feeds four. If I buy a roast and it is a two pound roast, then I’m developing a recipe for eight–our nutrition information is based on a portion of four ounces uncooked beef per serving, which translates to about three ounces cooked beef. But I know, from reader inquiries, that many of you are cooking … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

The popular marketing phrase “power of POM” is not just clever and catchy but actually quite true! Pomegranates are a definite super food and a great winter fruit. Pomegranates come from ornamental fruit trees and shrubs. In the US, they are mainly grown in California and Arizona. The easiest way to prepare a pomegranate is to cut it down the middle with a knife and then open it inside a bowl of water. Turn the fruit inside out and the … continued…

Pomegranates
Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

With 2013 in full swing, many people are starting off the year with a goal to exercise. Are you looking to join a gym to help you meet this goal? If so, here are some things to consider before joining. 1. Is it convenient? Lack of convenience is the main reason people stop going to the gym. It’s hard enough to fit exercise into our busy lives, and if you add a lot of commute time on top of that, … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen Tips, Tools & Techniques

I thought I would write about resolutions, but everyone is writing about resolutions. So instead, I want to tell you how I actually accomplish one of my resolutions. Wasting food is just a terrible thing, and after a move many months ago, when I gave away food to neighbors but STILL had to toss some, I resolved to do better. And I have done MUCH better. Here are the ways I make sure things don’t just rot away in my … continued…

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