It's common knowledge that fresh vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet.You know this. This is why you buy, cook and eat them on the regular. Every week, you dutifully fill your cart with your local market's bounty. You chop, toss, roast, and sauté. You feel pretty darn good about this.
But then you go and do a stupid thing: you throw away the scraps.
Dude. Stop doing that.
Fresh vegetables (especially organic ones) can be expensive, and this means you should be making the most of them! So often, their scraps (better known as the parts of produce we tend to immediately compost) can actually be made quite delicious with just a little bit of effort. So delicious, in fact, you might even find you prefer some of these "trashy" preparations to the whole vegetable. Better yet, using every last bit means your money goes further because your veggies yield more meals. You get to pat yourself on the back for helping minimize waste (go you!).
By Gabi.MoskowitzGuest Blogger
at 9:00AM, 2 months ago |
Stuff We Like
It's always fun when friends come over and they want to see my
pantry. Most people know that I make so much of our food from scratch,
and that I use whole ingredients. People want to see what I actually
stock my pantry with.
This got me thinking: what are some simple things
that people can replace in their pantries with healthier alternatives?
Are there small changes people can make that have them eating healthier?
Let's talk about six of them. If you just do one of
these, you'll have made a small change towards a healthier lifestyle. I
like small and simple, don't you?
Here's what to choose:
1. Brown rice instead of white rice.
Brown rice is far superior to white rice nutritionally, as well as helpful in managing a balanced glucose metabolism.
I'd heard arguments against reusable bags before, but despite having been around for years, I hadn't heard the "reusable bags jeopardize public health" argument until very recently. Now that I've looked into it, it's not very compelling.
Whether it's a dolphin-rescuing triumph, or a mistake spearheaded by wrongheaded liberals, plastic grocery bags are going the way of the dinosaurs they're made of. Yes, extinction is still a ways off, but over sixty jurisdictions in the US have bans on the books, and more are in the works.
With each new jurisdiction to ban the bags comes a new fee structure. You now have to cough up as much as 25 cents each time you forget your bag. That can add up in the long run, especially for large families.
Obviously it's not just a matter of personal finance. 80 million tons of the petroleum product polyethylene are manufactured every year, and its primary use is in the manufacture of disposable bags. They may or may not whiz away to the sea immediately after use, and maliciously jam themselves into the blowholes of orcas, but they do sit in landfills for perhaps a thousand years, by some estimates, or perhaps forever by others. For whatever reason, some find the environmental arguments against disposable bags unconvincing.
By Mike.PearlGuest Blogger
at 12:05PM, 3 months ago |
'Tis the season for firing up the grill! Nothing is more fun and satisfying than gathering your family and friends together for food and festivities. But, if you're not careful, your enthusiasm can quickly morph into a party way over your intended budget. Instead of going overboard this BBQ season, take a look at the ten tips below for how to throw a budget friendly BBQ – in your very own backyard!
No worries, you won't need to make huge sacrifices and you definitely won't come across as cheap. You'll still be able to enjoy all sorts of fun foods and games while keeping plenty of green in your pocket.
Spring is quickly approaching and the need to freshen up your
weekly dinner recipes may be part of your "spring cleaning. The
"what are we having for dinner" moment can be a source of dread and
frustration for many people. As a mom of four kids who are
extremely active in everything, I feel your pain.
Here are some of my favorite meal planning tips to help you save
both time and money:
Gather 15-20 family favorite meals
Sit down with your family and ask them what their favorite meals
are. You may be surprised by some of the meals they love or some
that just don't appeal to their taste buds. The last thing you want
to do is waste time and money by preparing meals that your family
How many times have you found yourself standing in a supermarket
aisle, trying to figure out which box of cornflakes or bottle of
laundry detergent offered the best value?
Sure, the larger one usually gives you more for the money--but not
always. And sometimes the smaller one is on sale, which can further
confuse the math.
Free app WhatPrice for iOS lets you compare prices
between two items so you can instantly spot the better deal. (Why
nothing similar for Android? I searched Google Play high and low,
but couldn't find a price-comparison app that seemed decent. If you
know of one, by all means tell me about it in the comments section
All you do is plug in the price and weight (and, if applicable, the
number of units) for each item.
By Rick.BroidaGuest Blogger
at 11:11AM, a year ago |
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