Benefits of Leeks + Crunchy Veggie Salad

Benefits of Leeks + Crunchy Veggie Salad

Leeks is a vegetable from the same family as the onion, chives, shallots, and garlic. And because leeks belong to the same family as mentioned, it also has the same benefits and few more. I love leeks!! Probably because I grew up with eating it a lot as a child in Sweden. Leeks grows well in cold conditions, which explains why leeks is a common and a cheap vegetable in the Scandinavian countries. Unlike regular onion, leeks is mild to the...

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Benefits of Beans + Easy Three Bean Salad

Benefits of Beans + Easy Three Bean Salad

Beans and lentils are super food and part of the Mediterranean diet. Not only are they packed with healthy nutrients, but they also are very versatile and high in fiber. It is important though to remember that some people are allergic/sensitive to some beans. The two main legumes that a lot of people react to are, soy and peanuts (yes, peanut is part of the legume family). It’s not uncommon that a person who reacts to one kind of bean, ...

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Mama’s (Egg and Gluten Free) Meat Paddies

Mama’s (Egg and Gluten Free) Meat Paddies

I love meatballs and meat patties! But as of this day, I have not been able to find tasty, healthy, inexpensive, gluten and egg free meatballs at the stores. For decades I cooked my own meat patties from scratch. My mom taught me her basic recipe, but unfortunately her recipe called for eggs and regular bread crumbs. Eggs in meatballs/patties act as a glue agent or a binder to keep the meat together, while the bread crumbs makes it moist. So...

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Homemade Taco Seasoning and Meat

Homemade Taco Seasoning and Meat

I love the smell and flavor of homemade taco seasoning. But there is more than the aroma to a homemade taco mix. Mixing your own seasoning is  both healthier  (check the ingredients on the mix packet) and economical. I usually buy my individual seasonings in bulk, which helps to keep the prices down in the long run. The great thing about having spices on hand, is it gives you the flexibility to create new blends. I prefer knowing what’s...

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Maria’s Homemade Meat Sauce (Make Ahead and Freeze)

Maria’s Homemade Meat Sauce (Make Ahead and Freeze)

There is nothing better than homemade meat sauce, cooked from scratch. There are countless brands of bottled and canned marinara sauces to buy. But I am highly sensitive to black and white pepper. This makes it pretty much impossible to buy anything packaged. Honestly, I am totally okay with that. Growing up, my mom always encouraged us kids to cook from scratch. Her spaghetti was by far my favorite. Now as a grown up, I don’t eat gluten...

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Lemons and Cubes

Lemons and Cubes

I have discovered that eating fresh fruits and vegetables can improve health. I love eating  a large plate of salad with a home grilled piece of chicken or fresh salmon. But what makes it even better is, some drizzled olive oil and some lemon juice. Lemons are a must in my kitchen. Their bright yellow color alone brightens my day. For me it makes sense to buy lemons in bulk, because it’s lots cheaper that way and it’s available when...

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