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Nearly 50 percent of produce in the US is thrown away before it reaches your plate, according to USDA estimates. This waste not only affects the environment, it impacts shoppers’ wallets, as well. The average family of four discards $1,600 of food each year, according to a study published by the International Journal on Food System Dynamics. more
One thing I love about studying food is the insight that culinary traditions give you into history and culture. While researching the preparation for The Feast of the Seven Fishes, also know as The Vigil, which contains a unique way of preparing fish, I discovered a delicious recipe for Pasta with Sardines and Lemon Caper Sauce. This budget-friendly recipe is packed with flavor and uses only a few, high-quality ingredients. It’s the perfect dish for feeding and serving a crowd. more
The optimum way to save on fruits and vegetables is to buy when in season. They’ll be less expensive and at peak flavor. Keep this list to help you target the best deals this year. more
You may know Southwestern New Mexico for it’s million-acre forests and seemingly endless miles of desert, or perhaps you immediately think of Billy the Kid and hunting mule deer. But if you’re touring the Southwest and lack the inside scoop on where to dine, here are three deliciously wonderful restaurants that you’ll be glad you visited. more
Smoothie. It feels good just to say the word, doesn’t it? I used to think of the concoction of naturally sweet, fresh fruit flavors with crushed ice and yogurt as a magical summer thirst quencher, but with so many healthy and sometimes surprising add-ins nowadays — from kale to beets and avocado to chia seeds — I recently dusted off my blender to give some new combos a whirl. more
Short of finding a way to strike it rich, saving money by seeking out spending reductions can still feel like a big win. Eliminating certain items from your grocery cart by using replacement items can earn you an increase on your bottom line. more
New eating plans and gym memberships are common steps people take toward their health goals, but there are other effective ways to improve your health — like adding probiotics to your daily regimen. You’ve likely heard of probiotics before, but do you know how they benefit your health and how to select the right one for you? more
“Nutrition is exciting. Just about every day there is new research about how certain foods work in our body,” says Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner. “Over time as research is done, foods that were once considered unhealthy can be found to actually play a key role in healthy diets.” more
Many kids dislike the soft vegetables usually found in stew. If you’re having trouble getting your children to eat stew, try this saucy beef recipe — adapted from the wonderful cookbook “Real Food for Healthy Kids: 200-Plus Easy, Wholesome Recipes,” by Tracey Seaman and Tanya Wenman Steel. more
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