Tag: dinner diva leanne ely

Dinner Diva: Bloating and gas (yes, we’re going there!)

Digestive enzymes have made a huge difference in my health. In fact, using digestive enzymes has helped me to digest my food much better and allowed me to keep my gall bladder.


Dinner Diva: Seven tricks for creating healthy habits

In case you haven’t heard, we have our brand new, absolutely amazing Summer 30 Day Paleo Challenge happening right now. One of the best parts of these Challenges, in my opinion, is the tremendous amount of support in our private Facebook group.


Dinner Diva: Are your hormones raging out of control? Learn how to balance them with food

You hear about it all of the time, but do you really understand how important hormone health is to your overall well being?


Dinner Diva: Grow your own stir fry from kitchen scraps

The next time you toss your kitchen scraps, you might want to ask yourself if you can regrow them first!


Dinner Diva: It’s time to get into a pickle

This is the year, y’all. This is the year you are going to can your summer harvest! And by “can” I mean pickle! Because really, how many cucumbers can one family eat?


Dinner Diva: Get back to your roots … A Root Vegetable Primer

Root vegetables are easy to grow and offer so much nutritionally (and deliciously, too!) I thought I’d put together a little primer for you to get all you can from root vegetables including how easy they are to grow and how to prepare them!


Dinner Diva: Diet-friendly snack ideas and restaurant tips

If you’re traveling or vacationing, as many people are this time of year, there are easy ways to “stay on plan” with your diet without feeling deprived.


Dinner Diva: Sneaky ways to have pasta

Pasta is one of those comfort foods that everyone loves and yet, if you’re at all like me, that pasta doesn’t love you back. For me, giving up pasta was heartbreaking, until I figured out there’s still ways to enjoy great pasta dishes—just ditch the pasta and try these fabulous alternatives:


Dinner Diva: Five secret swaps so you don’t gain weight!

Summer’s here. It’s hot, it’s sweaty and the food is fabulous! Who doesn’t love the grill for example? And while the grill can provide you with a delicious, flavorful meal, there’s plenty of other summer goodies lurking about, promising to throw your healthy intentions to the wind!


Dinner Diva: Soup for summer? (with THIS recipe, for sure!)

You’ll find gazpacho on the summer menus of many nice restaurants. It sounds fancier and more complicated than it really is. Basically, gazpacho is cold vegetable soup. You can see why it’s called something else now, yes?


Dinner Diva: 7 Time-Saving Dinner Shortcuts

Regardless of how you feel about cooking dinner, nobody wants to be a slave to the kitchen. We are all so busy these days that we need as many shortcuts as we can possibly find for getting a good home-cooked meal on the table with the minimum amount of stress!


Dinner Diva: Is alcohol friend or foe when dieting?

Now, we all know that alcohol is not the healthiest thing on the planet. You don’t need me to tell you that. However having an occasional cocktail or glass of wine can be an okay indulgence as long as you follow a few simple rules.


Dinner Diva: Can vegetarians and Paleoistas co-exist in one cave?

When you make the decision to go Paleo, it could get complicated, especially if you have a vegetarian in your cave to feed.


Dinner Diva: Laundry lettuce

The best salads start in the laundry room. Temperatures outside are rising and kitchens are heating up all over America. It’s time once again for those crisp green salads to dominate our dinner plates.


Dinner Diva: How to avoid going off the healthy eating track

It can happen to the best of us—a healthy eating regimen completely derails for whatever reason. Life is hard! Things happen. People get sick, work gets chaotic, life just gets out of control from time to time.


Dinner Diva: Cheap, tasty & fast! (my favorite protein+easy recipes!)

Chicken breasts are a great starting point for a delicious and healthy meal. They’re a very lean source of protein and an excellent item to serve to your family on a regular basis.


Dinner Diva: 10 Kitchen Tricks (+save time, money & more!)

Who doesn’t want to save a bit of time in the kitchen or a bit of money on the grocery bill? The following ten kitchen tricks will make your life a little bit easier. And they’re so simple, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t thought of them yourself!


Dinner Diva: Exactly how to get grill ready

Memorial Day will be here before we know it, and it’s time to get that grill in tip-top shape for barbecue season! There’s nothing worse than getting all the grub ready for grilling, only to discover that you’re out of propane, the barbecue won’t light, or, when it does light, it smokes or cooks food unevenly.


Dinner Diva: Eat like a caveman on the go-traveling while paleo

When most folks first decide to adopt a Paleo lifestyle, they tend to prepare their own food and avoid eating out at restaurants where healthy options can be hard to find.


Dinner Diva: Keen on collard greens

Collard greens are a wonderful item to add to your veggie rotation. They are versatile, they taste good, and they’re one of the most nutritious vegetables you can eat.


Dinner Diva: Time to get rid of the winter grime!

Winter is over, and the days are getting longer, y’all! And you know what that means? It’s just about time to get those gardens in, the patio furniture out, and to tackle that spring cleaning.


Dinner Diva: Budget-friendly crock pot meals

It seems like the more you do to feed your family properly, the harder it is to keep the grocery budget in check. Using the crock pot is a great way to stretch a dollar for several reasons.


Dinner Diva: Surprising things to prepare in your slow cooker

I’m all about making dinner easy, and I’m all about taking as much help as I can get. My slow cooker is one of my most used kitchen items. It really surprises me how so many folks out there aren’t using this convenient little appliance.


Dinner Diva: Don’t let kids leave home without manners

The question is — how do we bring up these children of ours to not be social misfits and ne’er-do-wells at the dinner table? The real answer to decent table manners lies with the parents. Children must be trained, and part of that training is from example.


Dinner Diva: Guide to Buying Grass-fed Beef

The “best” beef hands down, is grass-fed beef. It’s the best options for a couple of reasons: it’s better for the earth and it’s better for your health and well-being.


Dinner Diva: How to get the kids involved in freezer meal prep

My children were up at the counter helping me with age-appropriate tasks right from the time they were in diapers. I never had to worry that they wouldn’t know how to put a meal on the table when they were out on their own!


Dinner Diva: Why you should try to use organic food in your recipes

Around here you see a lot of articles and recipes calling for organic ingredients, you probably wonder why. Sometimes it is difficult to get organic ingredients so my feeling is that you should do your best to use the most naturally grown and prepared organic ingredients in all your dishes that you can reasonably accomplish and forget the rest.


Dinner Diva: Get food on the table quick with a pressure cooker

Ever come across a recipe that you have all of the ingredients for, but you’re lacking in the hours of cooking time it requires? (This always happens in that precious hour you have before supper is due to be ready, doesn’t it?) Enter the pressure cooker.


Dinner Diva: One of nature’s perfect snacks-macadamia nuts

Just like eggs, coconuts and avocados, macadamia nuts have gotten a bit of a bad rep over the years due to their high fat content. As we now know, however, all of these foods (eggs, coconuts, avocados and nuts) are very nutritious, and the fat they contain is monounsaturated fat, the kind that’s actually beneficial to our bodies.


Dinner Diva: Make the decision-eat to live

Instead of scrambling and looking for replacements for bread and cereal, try to focus on eating for your best health. Get out of the “live to eat” mindset and adopt the attitude of “eat to live.”


Dinner Diva: Resolve to get back to the dinner table

When I was a child, I knew exactly where I belonged in the world. Even though I was one of the original latch key kids of the 70s with two working parents, the world stopped every evening when we all came together, as a family, at the dinner table.


Dinner Diva: Thanksgiving, Paleo Style

Thanksgiving is only a couple of weeks away, so it’s not too early to start thinking about the menu. If you’ve taken our 30 Day Paleo Challenge lately, you might be wondering how you’ll survive this food-focused holiday without your non-Paleo favorites, but have no fear!


Dinner Diva: Five egg-citing dinner ideas

You will never catch me without at least two dozen eggs in my fridge at any given time. Eggs are one of my favorite forms of protein. Not only are they cheap, versatile, quick-cooking and full of nutrition, but they are also one of those delicious foods that you never tire of.


Dinner Diva: Enough with the nuggets!

There’ve been several articles making the rounds on Facebook and Twitter lately, giving people a look inside a chicken nugget. Spoiler alert: it’s gross. It might not come as much of a surprise to you, but inside those fast-food chicken nuggets, there isn’t a whole lot of actual chicken.


Dinner Diva: Fall foraging primer

On the next sunny day, perhaps you’ll consider taking a nice long walk to forage for some wild fall edibles.


Leanne Ely: Eat your veggies

Dinner Diva column by Leanne Ely www.savingdinner.com   There are times in a child’s life that he or she needs training. We all remember teaching our children how to use the potty, or how to cross the street or call 911. What we hate to admit as the older, wiser adult is that we (albeit […]


Leanne Ely: Fiber tips

Column by Leanne Ely www.savingdinner.com   If you’re looking for a way to bulk up your diet without bulking up your backside, the answer is fiber. It makes all the difference and will keep your body regular (if you know what I mean) and will fill you up so eating less is easier. Here’s how […]