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Healthy Harvest: Stuffed Zucchini

It’s been a while since I’ve posted something for the garden foodies out there.  This is my favorite time of year – when I get to eat what I grow!  Here’s a simple meal that you can throw together in about 30 minutes.  It’s super healthy, filling, and quick. First you want to gather your …

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Wheat Berry and Apple Salad

Cooking With Whole Grains

In my effort to remove processed foods from our diet, I’ve been learning how to switch to the healthier whole grain options. Switching from instant white rice to brown was a no brainer. Then, I began learning more about wild rice options. Rice was pretty much the staple of choice when adding a starch to …

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Healthy Harvest Highlihght – Potato

Another great winter, root vegetable is the potato.  Potatoes pack a lot of healthy nutrition, but often get a bad wrap when eaten in excess and loaded down with unhealthy condiments.  One medium potato (with skin) contains: 45% daily value of vitamin C 10% daily value of B6 110 calories no fat, sodium or cholesterol …

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Healthy Harvest Highlight – Pears

Pears are native to Europe and Asia and they are packed with nutrients, fiber and antioxidants. They come in many different varieties and are high in vitamin C, K, and copper.  A natural source of fiber, pears are good for the heart.  Studies have shown that fiber can lower levels of bad cholesterol by binding …

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Cinnamon Scented Baked Pears

Ingredients: 4 Medium Pears, ripe and juicy (check them by gently squeezing the neck to make sure they’re soft) 3/4 tsp Cinnamon, ground (divided 1/2 tea for pears, 1/4 tea for ricotta) 1 cup Ricotta Cheese 1 tsp natural sugar (less if desired, or use 1 tsp honey) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut pears …

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Healthy Harvest Highlights – Brussel Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts are part of the cabbage family.  In the home garden, they are sweetest when picked after a stiff frost.  Their harvesting season, depending upon your area, is autumn through early spring. If you are lucky enough to find them fresh (preferably still on their stalk), grab them, but 80%-85% of the US production …

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Healthy Harvest Weekly Highlight

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner and February being National Heart Month, I thought it would be an appropriate time to add a weekly feature to this blog.  Introducing, the Healthy Harvest Weekly Highlight. I don’t claim to be a nutrition guru, and that’s not what this weekly highlight is going to be about.  …

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