Best Healthy Tri-Color Sweet Cole Slaw Mayo-Free

In the past, I’ve shared multiple salad recipes with shredded cabbage. I just love cabbage. I’m a fan of any crunchy slaw that comes together fast and balances out a meal. Then I discovered broccoli slaw and fell in love again. Most of the cabbage/broccoli salads used a creamy dressing that contained mayonnaise and few were sweet. My sister’s family is definitely a fan of sweet slaw. Today’s version of healthy coleslaw is vegan, Paleo, and dairy-free.

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Easy Marinated Tomatoes

Summer is a time of fresh vegetables whether you grow them yourself in the garden or buy them at the farmer’s market. One of my favorite veggies is tomatoes. I buy grape or cherry tomatoes all year long. In the summer I sometimes find heirloom tomatoes at the farmer’s market. Today’s simple recipe is a tomato marinade. Fresh tomatoes with olive oil, fresh herbs, pepper, a tablespoon of honey, and vinegar. I suggest red wine or balsamic vinegar but if you love apple cider vinegar like me, it’s good too. You can make it with 5 large tomatoes or 35 oz. in cherry tomatoes. I like using multicolored tomatoes too as it looks so appealing. For vegan-friendly, drop the honey and use maple syrup, agave, or brown sugar.

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3 Vegetables For Beginning Gardeners

Have you ever wanted to live a more self-sustainable life? To know exactly where your food is coming from because you grew it with your own fair hands. Well, that life is easier to achieve than you think. And can all start with a vegetable patch. 

Eating food you’ve grown yourself has so many benefits. You get better quality food, save some of your hard earnt cash, and you’ll feel good about yourself. Because getting out into the garden is great for your mental health. And there’s nothing better than nurturing something from seed to harvest. 

Ready to take the leap? Here are 3 vegetables you can grow easily at home that make excellent additions to any mealtime. 

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Growing Vegetables For A Beginner

The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there. – George Bernard Shaw

When the holidays are over and a new year begins, I look forward to spring. It doesn’t matter that it is over 2 months away.  Spring is my favorite time of year.  In most of the country, winter is a “downtime” in the garden. During those months, you have time to consider what you want to add or change in your garden. I always start with a piece of paper and a rough drawing of my yard.  It’s never to scale but it helps me plan what projects I’m doing this year.  Are you growing vegetables or making a raised bed?  Adding to the shrubs or trees that form your basic landscape? Winter is the time to dream and plan.

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Fresh Succotash

Succotash originated from Narragansett Native Americans living in the area now known as Rhode Island. The name is derived from a Narragansett word meaning “broken or boiled corn kernels.” Native Americans introduced succotash to struggling colonists in the 1600s.

Happy 4th of July to all my fellow Americans! Today is the perfect time for a historic fresh vegetable side dish originally shared by Native Americans in the 1600s. Succotash is a highly underrated dish made with fresh sweet corn kernels, squash, onion, tomatoes, and lima or other beans. I remember enjoying it as a child with summer meals. Many Americans consider it a southern dish, but there are variations of the dish across the country. Now in modern times you can personalize the seasoning blend to be Greek, Latin, or Cajun. For example, you could use a green bell pepper or a red one. Today I am adding green beans, red bell pepper, cumin, and a jalapeno pepper. You can add whatever beans you have. Nearly every version has lima beans included but sometimes with the addition of other beans. I recommend using fresh vegetables in the summer if available except for the lima beans. You may use frozen lima beans defrosted.

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How To Beat Cold and Flu Season

Winter is here and sometimes the weather is crazy.  I hope everyone is staying inside safe and warm.  A friend is down with the flu and feeling low. This time of year it’s hard to avoid illness with the weather and flu season.  Today I’m looking back at my past suggestions for dealing with the threat of colds and flu and hopefully presenting some new ideas for staying healthy.



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The Benefits of Gardening For Your Health & Mind

I know what you’re probably thinking. Why is she writing about gardening in December?  You might have snow on the ground and are not in mood to think about the outside garden.  That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t remember what gardening adds to our lives and consider small gardening in the home this winter.  You probably know that the benefits of gardening are numerous and include health, happiness, economy, and more. Studies have shown that spending time in nature is good for the soul and helps to relieve stress. It also has been proven to lower blood pressure. Gardening is a great way to get in shape and stay healthy. It can also save you money by allowing you to grow your vegetables, herbs, and flowers from seedlings instead of purchasing them at the store all year round. Today let’s let at how we can benefit this December and the next few months even if we only have a few houseplants.



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Roasted Vegetables For An Easy Meal

If you’ve read many of my food posts, you’ve probably noticed I like to eat what is called “real, whole food” as much as possible.  Fruits and vegetables prepared in simple ways to maximize the nutrition and flavor and without a lot of chemicals found in processed food. Yes, I eat meat but in much less quantity than in the past.  My meals contain a lot of vegetables, legumes, grains, and fruits. I’m always on the lookout for new ways to prepare my food and my favorites are usually very simple.
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