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Rhubarb Chutney

Rhubarb Chutney is a blend of spices, fruit and vinegar. Serve rhubarb recipe with grilled meat, fish and poultry or with cheese. Rhubarb season With spring in the Rocky Mountains, about the only thing consistent is that rhubarb is one of the first plants harvested. The plant starts pushing through the ground and unfurling leaves regardless of snow, rain, or sun. Thank goodness we have something to eat in spring! Choosing rhubarb The color of rhubarb …

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Peanut Sesame Noodles

Breakfast, lunch or dinner, Peanut Sesame Noodles are so good, you’ll never think of them as leftovers! Toss in what you have on hand to make this cold noodle bowl in less than 30-minutes. Leftovers or something out of nothing I love to make something out of nothing. You know, bestovers. Leftover cooked pasta seems to be open to possibility. It can be a challenge to judge how much to cook. Hmmm…do I cook the entire …

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Asparagus walnut salad with lemon vinaigrette

Asparagus walnut salad with lemon vinaigrette is shaved asparagus with fresh lemon, Parmesan and walnuts, packs spring flavor into every teeny, tiny bite. One of my best asparagus recipes + top 10 tools in my kitchen. My kitchen is valuable real estate. I limit my collection of gadgets because I don’t have much storage space. Multitasking equipment is what I want. I surveyed fellow dietitians who know their way around the kitchen and found some great …

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Spinach Artichoke Mushroom Strata

Create a bestover with stale bread. A delicious way to reduce food waste! Spinach, artichokes, mushrooms and cheese = Spinach Artichoke Mushroom Strata! A make-ahead breakfast casserole. Have some dried out bread? A strata is a great way to repurpose it. What’s strata? Strata means layers. This is layers of bread cubes, vegetables, cheese all mixed up with an egg mixture. It’s like a savory bread pudding. Similar to a frittata. Spinach Artichoke Mushroom Strata, …

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Meatloaf Egg Muffins

Crumble last night’s meatloaf into egg custard for a quick, easy protein-packed breakfast. Meatloaf egg muffin cups, reduces food waste deliciously! Do you take food for granted? Food conservation is part of our history. During World Wars I and II Americans were encouraged to reduce food waste by buying it with thought, cooking it with care, serving just enough and even to “lick your plate clean.” Yet when you don’t till the soil, plant the …

ras el hanout spice

Years ago I was a dental hygienist. I traded in my dental tools and suction tips for a chef’s knife and a grocery cart. It was a good move. A friend once asked me, which is easier: getting someone to floss her teeth or improve her diet? I still don’t have an answer. More of the good stuff But I am delighted with the growing interest in food, cooking, and nourishment. People are eating better …

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Top 5 Health Boosting Plants

Top 5 health boosting plants that are easy to grow and a great “salad bowl” of ingredients. Best of all, these will grow in the ground, raised beds, and containers. Scroll down for Roasted Carrots: a 3-ingredient recipe that is super easy and delicious! As winter marches on, I’m thinking of spring. Good thing the first day of spring arrives in March. But I don’t need the calendar to remind me it’s coming because some …

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Fast, Flavorful Red Sauce

Fast, flavorful, homemade marinara sauce recipe tops pasta, pizza and bruschetta. Secret ingredients? Anchovies and tomatoes deliver flavor and healthy dividends! Fast and flavorful, this is a super easy recipe that is ready in 20 minutes. Tomatoes and anchovies provide lots of flavor and healthy dividends. Now, don’t turn up your nose to the idea of anchovies! They are… Anchovies are a cook’s secret weapon The tiny, salty fish are a cook’s secret weapon because of the …

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Spicy Vegetable Pasta

Spicy Vegetable Pasta, it’s the chili oil that takes this easy pasta recipe from ordinary to extraordinary. So easy to make. Heat oil, red pepper flakes, garlic and salt for 3-4 minutes. Done. How much do you spend on groceries versus eating out? If you’re like the average American, it’s an equal split. We spend as much eating out as eating in In a report from the USDA Economic Research Service, food sales between at-home and …

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Egg and Cheese Pasta

Repurpose leftover pasta with eggs and cheese to make an easy pasta recipe and reduce food waste. A LiveBest take on carbonara Egg and cheese pasta may sound simple and boring. Simple? Yes! Boring? Not a chance. Repurpose pasta to reduce food waste I love bestovers. Making something out of what’s on hand. (Check out more recipes and tips to use what you have on hand and reduce food waste.) This dish is quick to make and …