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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 …

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Grapefruit, Broccoli, Ginger Chicken

Besides Jupiter lighting up the night sky, one of the bright spots about winter is that it’s citrus season. A juicy orange or grapefruit makes up for a gray winter landscape. Lemons, limes, and tangerines are members of this all-star family that help maintain a strong immune system and protect against heart disease and cancer. You probably know that oranges are terrific source of vitamin C. So are it’s cousins. Did you know that the …

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The unbelievably simple sensational cheese dip: Fromage Fort

Clean your cheese drawer to make delicious Fromage Forte. Served hot or cold, no one will know you repurposed cheese + reduced food waste to make an unbelievably simple, sensational cheese dip into an elegant appetizer. If you are a cheese eater, you probably have leftover pieces that just sit there…waiting. Not enough to do much with the hodge podge. Voila! Fromage Fort, (strong cheese) is one way the French use leftover cheese. The beauty …

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Cornbread

I’m nutty about cornmeal. I love the crunch and texture that it adds. This whole-grain cornbread recipe has yogurt and honey. Cornbread has always been a favorite. Both Grandmas and my mom baked it regularly. Always in a cast-iron skillet. Always. Crazy for cornmeal I’m nutty about cornmeal. I love the crunch and texture that it adds to cornmeal cookies, pancakes, muffins, biscotti, pizza crusts, and even in chili as a thickener. To keep pizza …

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Carrot Coconut Ginger Soup

Carrot Coconut Ginger Soup: a bit of spice, a bit of sweet, a bunch of healthy goodness. An easy carrot soup recipe that’s also easy on your wallet. The main character in the book had vision problems. So when I hosted my book group, I thought we should channel some good vibes and eat an eye-friendly soup. Carrots nutrition Carrots are rich in beta-carotenes, which help vision. These powerful compounds provide protection against macular degeneration …