Celebration of Summer Plate

picture of Celebration of Summer PlateSummer is a wonderful time for road trips, vacations, the beach, picnics by the lake or camping in the wilderness. Summer is also that time of year when we have access to a bounty of fresh fruits and veggys. This recipe celebrates that bounty with a presentation of wonderful freshness, texture and color. This is my go to recipe for a quick meal or for large dinner parties. It is easy and inexpensive to make and can be enjoyed the next day…if there are any leftovers (wink-wink) Continue reading

Students eating more fruits, veggies under new USDA guidelines.

Kids eating fruits and veggiesWith nearly 32 million American students receiving government-subsidized meals every day, getting children the nutrition they need is a priority for schools as well as legislators. In the fall of 2012, revamped school lunch guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) went into effect. Continue reading

Meatless Monday – Roasted Vegetables

photo of Roasted vegetablesHappy Meatless Monday! January is a wonderful time of the year. The holidays are behind us, our New Years resolutions are in place and Spring is just around the corner, so what’s for dinner? A visit to the farmers market this time of year will provide a great selection of late winter and early spring veggys. Continue reading

Meatless Monday – Celery Potato Soup

photo of a celery plantHappy Meatless Monday! Celery is one of those veggies that most people see but don’t really think much about. It is often served at parties as part of a vegetable platter or used to transport peanut butter as a snack. Health conscious athletes use it as a post recovery electrolyte replacement beverage, while others enjoy it at brunch in a bloody Mary. Continue reading

Our Broken Food System

Picture of shopping basket A friend of mine from Texas recently posted a photo on her Facebook page and asked “Does this really look like $100 worth of food?” take a look at the photo on the left, what do you think…Does this look like $100 dollars worth of food? The reality is that over 63% of our daily calories come from processed foods, and eating healthier costs about $550 more per year for one person. Continue reading