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In the Kitchen

  • Satisfying chili for everyone

    BY LEANNE ELY

    THE DINNER DIVA

    There is something extremely satisfying about making a big pot of chili for your family on a cool day.

    I find it as enjoyable to make chili for dinner as I do sitting down and eating that chili.

    There’s just something about putting all those simple ingredients of vegetables and spices together, in a combination you know your family will enjoy, and sitting down and eating it together.

  • Satisfying chili for everyone

    BY LEANNE ELY

    THE DINNER DIVA

    There is something extremely satisfying about making a big pot of chili for your family on a cool day.

    I find it as enjoyable to make chili for dinner as I do sitting down and eating that chili.

    There’s just something about putting all those simple ingredients of vegetables and spices together, in a combination you know your family will enjoy, and sitting down and eating it together.

  • Dinner Diva: We can only do what we can do!

    Over the past couple of months, I’ve warned you of arsenic in your rice, pesticides on your apples, BPA in your plastic, and human hair as a bread preservative (among other shocking topics). It’s recently been brought to my attention that some folks are starting to feel discouraged after reading my blog posts containing this information and I want to know that this has never been my intention.

  • Hakuna Frittata: Eggs to the rescue

    LEANNE ELY

    The Dinner Diva

    Forget about Hakuna Matata — meaning “no worries!” I say when it comes to the kitchen, it’s more like Hakuna Frittata! Eggs make their way to my dinner table on a regular basis.

  • Thinking outside the lunch box

    LEANNE ELY

    The Dinner Diva

    Today’s Dinner Diva article isn’t about our evening meal, but it’s an important topic to cover just the same; I hope you’ll agree!

    I’m talking lunch today, and specifically, lunch boxes.

    My kids are beyond the “but Mawwwmmmm, everyone else has [insert your child’s most desired petroleum-by-product-based poison of choice here] why can’t I?” (Thank goodness!)

  • Quit stressing over dressing

    All of you know by now that I’m a big fan of salads. If you read any number of my articles and if you cook from my books, you also know that I am not a big fan of commercial salad dressings.

    So what’s a Dinner Diva to do?

    Well, you can hardly eat a pile of green leaves on its own. I’m all for healthy eating and getting in those veggies, but all of us have our limits!

  • Quit stressing over dressing

    All of you know by now that I’m a big fan of salads. If you read any number of my articles and if you cook from my books, you also know that I am not a big fan of commercial salad dressings.

    So what’s a Dinner Diva to do?

    Well, you can hardly eat a pile of green leaves on its own. I’m all for healthy eating and getting in those veggies, but all of us have our limits!

  • Which foods to always eat organic and why

     LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    The word “organic” is on everyone’s lips these days, from choosing organic cotton bed sheets to buying organic fruits and veggies.

    I always reach for organic whenever I can, and I recommend you do the same. But, I do realize all of us don’t live in places where fresh organic produce and meats are readily available.

    If you don’t have the option to choose organic 100 percent of the time, you can only do so much.

  • Making sense of carbs and starches

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

     

    Everyone seems to be trying to cut back on carbs these days — including yours truly! Many of us trying to adopt a more Paleo-based diet have been weaning ourselves off carbs, or at the very least, eating them less frequently.

  • Beat sugar cravings without breaking a sweat

    By LEANNE ELY CNC

    The Dinner Diva

    Breaking news! Sugar is not good for us! Bet you didn’t know that.

    I’m kidding, of course. Everyone knows sugar is the pits. “60 Minutes” recently did a big story on just how bad it is and how it even disrupts brain function.

    For some folks, this isn’t enough information. Some people are just plain hooked on the stuff. Did you know that sugar is as highly addictive as heroin? Maybe even more so?