Monthly Archives: April 2015

  • 5 Unique Spring Vegetables for the Adventurous Chef

    5 Unique Spring Vegetables for the Adventurous Chef

    You know you should be eating more of them, but it’s hard to muster up a lot of enthusiasm for vegetables. They tend to be fibrous and bitter, and they can get really boring. How many more carrot sticks and pieces of celery can you eat while keeping the excitement of healthy eating in mind? How many more green salads will you have to plod through? If you can’t stand the sight of one more broccoli floret, read on. We have some new adventures for you to try in the vegetable kingdom. They may look or sound weird, but don’t be daunted. Just commit to trying one of them this spring. Look for them at your local farmer’s market or natural grocer. Not only will you enjoy the satisfaction of being a more accomplished and adventurous cook, you will also get to look like a smarty-pants with your foodie friends.

  • Earth Day 2015: 5 Creative Ways Your Family Can Help Our Planet

    Earth Day 2015: 5 Creative Ways Your Family Can Help Our Planet

    The 45th Earth Day is fast approaching this coming Wednesday, April 22nd. Quick: how will you be celebrating? For many of us, Earth Day comes and goes each year with barely an acknowledgement, but it can be a great (and important!) holiday that both celebrates the beauty of our home planet and raises awareness about things we can do to help it.

    There are many traditional ways to celebrate Earth Day: Plant something, hike something, clean something up, which are all great ideas. However, if those fail to inspire you this year, here are five fun and meaningful ways your family can mark Earth Day together:

  • Vegetable Gardens 101: Top Tips for Beginners

    Vegetable Gardens 101: Top Tips for Beginners

    Spring has officially sprung. Now that the last frost is (hopefully) behind us, it’s time to start thinking ahead about gardening season. If you’ve always had an interest in growing your own vegetables, but you've never really gotten around to it -- this is the year!

    Eating the flavorful fruits (and veggies) of your labor is intensely satisfying. It can also help achieve a healthier plant-based diet without breaking the bank at the market. Here are a few tips for jump starting a vegetable garden of your own.

  • How to Make a Meal Plan: A Fresh Step-by-Step Guide

    How to Make a Meal Plan: A Fresh Step-by-Step Guide

    Is meal planning worth it? No thanks, you may say. Who has time to sit down and start thinking about next Wednesday’s dinner? Then Wednesday night rolls around, the fridge is empty except for mustard and a few olives, and you can’t be bothered to run to the store at this hour. In a fit of hunger, maybe you pour yourself a bowl of cereal and call it “breakfast for dinner”. Or perhaps you grab some quick street tacos from the food truck down the street.

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