Tag: the dinner diva

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 […]

Lifetimes Columns

– A Dad’s Point-of-View: The best thing about getting older is … – The Dinner Diva: Plasticware – In the Scheme of Things: Seeing the world – Man-to-Man: My history with my woman    A Dad’s Point-of-View: The best thing about getting older is … Column by Bruce Sallan www.brucesallan.com   I had lunch with […]

A Slice of Life: Tuesday, Feb. 23

– Nan Russell: Heart stories – A Dad’s Point of View: Stick with the rules, even when it’s hard – The Dinner Diva: Spice it up     Nan Russell: Heart stories www.intheschemeofthings.com     The picture sits on my desk. I’m not sure why I like it near me, but I do. Accidently discovered in a […]

AFP.com Life Blogs: Sunday, Feb. 14

– Dad’s Point of View: Marriage – it’s complicated – The Dinner Diva: More veggies – The FlyLady: Make it fun, and the family will help A Dad’s Point-of-View: Marriage – it’s complicated Column by Bruce Sallan www.brucesallan.com My wife took me to see Nancy Meyers’ new movie, “It’s Complicated,” which stars Meryl Streep, Alec […]

Basic skills

   Column by Leanne Ely www.savingdinner.com Basic kitchen skills translate into meal making, a crucial component to running a home. Now before you start to panic, please know that doesn’t mean you need a degree from Cordon Bleu in order to make dinner for your family! You need skills—that is all. That and a good […]

Going organic

   Column by Leanne Ely www.savingdinner.com I get asked all the time about using organic food to healthfully feed your family. My answer invariably is yes, go as organic and as natural as you can afford to. If going “all the way” isn’t possible, at least go with some organic produce. Don’t worry, I’ve got […]

Freshman 15

   Column by Leanne Ely www.savingdinner.com I met a young lady who was complaining about the “Freshman 15” that she has gained thus far her freshman year at a university here in North Carolina. She couldn’t understand it; all she was eating was salads! She was eating healthy, or so she thought. Once we talked, […]


   Column by Leanne Ely www.SavingDinner.com I knew it was coming, and it did: the holiday goodies are piling up at my house. Boxes of candy, a cookie sampler basket filled to the brim with every favorite homemade cookie you can imagine. My aching thighs! But time for a reality check. This is the time […]

You gotta cook

   Dinner Diva column by Leanne Ely www.savingdinner.com I grew up in the ’70s, where wide bell bottoms, Richard Nixon and Charlie’s Angels reigned supreme. And even though Helen Reddy was singing, “I am Woman, Hear Me Roar,” most homemakers of that time weren’t exactly burning their bras … they were figuring out the art […]

Dinner Diva | Clean, or clean out

Column by Leanne Ely When you consider that we all have refrigerators and like any useful tool, they need cleaning from time to time. I really don’t think anyone needs to read a column on how to clean a fridge, and I’m going to assume we all understand how to do this (soap and water […]

Dinner Diva | The C-Word (Cooking)

Column by Leanne Ely Do you know “someone” who is deathly afraid of the kitchen because of the C-Word? Yes I’m talking about Cooking, capital C! You can easily identify these folks; they’re the ones with an aversion to . Sometimes they’ll abruptly change the subject and talk about photography or bird watching when the […]

Dinner Diva | Preparedness

Column by Leanne Ely It occurred to me as I was thinking about menu planning that not planning is choosing to live in an unprepared state. Think about what that means for a minute. Being unprepared means chaos, confusion and regret. Living life in a state of perpetual unpreparedness is highly stressful. Why do we […]

Dinner Diva | Cereal killer

So USA Today reported recently that kids cereals have 85 percent more sugar and 65 percent less fiber than adults’ cereals. To that you can hear a resounding “Duh!” coming from most people. Where it really starts to get outrageous is the money spent to coerce our youth. According to this article, the average preschooler […]

Dinner Diva | How do I thaw?

I get e-mails from time to time on my website, www.savingdinner.com. Leslie from Minnesota asked a question that I thought I would answer, especially since stocking your freezer by doubling up on your cooking is just plain smart. The reasoning behind such a notion would be to keep your family in dinners for the holidays. […]

Dinner Diva | Pantry perkup

Do you remember that nursery rhyme about uncooperative Mary? It goes like this: Mary, Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells and pretty maids all in a row. I don’t know what a cockle shell is, and right now my garden is in dire need of a fall […]

Dinner Diva | Frozen broccoli

I’ve been a champion of eating fresh vegetables and fruits and eating them in season for years. Right now, however, I’m really enjoying frozen veggies for a number of reasons. One, they’re real cheap (especially when they’re on sale, and you’ve got a coupon!), and two, they enjoy a reputation for nutrition due to the […]

Dinner Diva | Cheap eats via soup

A lifestyle of poor diet and lack of exercise kills about 400,000 Americans every year—that’s as many who have died from smoking, can you imagine?? And that’s only Americans—this number does not count the rest of the world that eats poorly and neglects to exercise! YIKES! It’s a tough world out there and today’s grocery […]

Dinner Diva | Breakfast

As you start to get your breakfast on every morning, you will find yourself eating less, feeling better and possibly losing some body clutter off your “bottom line”. This is how we start our engines every morning…with breakfast. We all know that if we don’t get the car started in the morning, the car goes […]

Dinner Diva | Baking bread

I am one of the lucky ones I guess. I’ve lost over 60 pounds and have kept it off (with a little slipping up and bringing it down again) for over 4 years. Someone asked me what I did so today I’m going to tell you the stuff that what most important. Taking it off […]

Dinner Diva | Changing seasons

Being the foodie that I am, I have this tendency to gauge the seasons by what I’m cooking. And each year as the season changes, I’m ready for the change. Like right now – as much as I love grilling outside, I’m ready to come inside and cook. I?m ready for cooler weather, the luxury […]

Dinner Diva | Freezer menus

A few years ago (quite a few years ago, actually), a new cooking trend was born—once a month cooking. The whole idea was to spend a day cooking, freeze what you make, they reheat it as needed. Sort of DIY Stouffers concept.

Dinner Diva | Lettuce 2.0

Last week we talked about turning over a new leaf—as in dumping the Iceberg lettuce in our lives and going for a truly tasty (and nutritious) salad. If you’ll remember, I was grousing big time about this lackluster lettuce both in the taste and nutrition department. 

Dinner Diva | Turning over a new leaf

One of my favorite sayings is “turning over a new leaf,” and today as I was thinking about it, it made sense to me in a new way. It’s time we all started “turning over a new leaf,” as in lettuce and leafy greens. Iceberg lettuce is one of the mainstays in salad making that […]

Dinner Diva | Favorite things

I love food. I like to talk about it, read about it, write about it, buy it, cook it and definitely eat it. While I wouldn’t say I’m exactly obsessed with all things edible, I would say I’m definitely food-centric. It’s how I roll, y’all. So today as I was pondering my column, I started […]

Dinner Diva | Produce keeping tips

One place you can really get nailed on is buying fresh produce. Produce will only keep so long so you absolutely have to have a plan to use it up. If all you do is buy it and let it sit in your fridge, you might as well start flushing five-dollar bills down the toilet!

Dinner Diva | No more hunger

Today I was at the grocery store doing my shopping. I needed the basics—eggs, milk, produce, toilet paper! It was an extensive shopping and I needed to just get it done and get home; I had a lot on my plate this morning.

Dinner Diva | Breakfast for dinner

It’s summer and as such, we’ve seen quite a few wildfires already—in Las Vegas, Southern California and up into British Columbia, too. Lots of evacuations, a few homes lost…it’s a tragedy we witness on the news every summer.