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Go Vegan for a Day

Go Vegan for a Day

Alice K. Thompson

Vegan Portobello Muffaletta

Exactly how many animal products are you relying on? And if you changed, would you miss them? Going vegan for a day (or two!) is a great way to get first-hand answers to these questions, plus discover terrific new dishes and tasty ingredients. Try it alone, or join with friends and family for the adventure.

Breakfast

The first place you might face a vegan-day challenge is finding a substitute for dairy in your morning coffee or on cereal. Fortunately there are a lot of yummy dairy-free nut and seed milks out there. I love rich-tasting cashew milk in coffee, and I’ve found that complexly flavored almond-coconut blends are particularly delicious over cereal and in black tea. Try a few to find your own favorites... Read More

12 Ways to Stop Wasting Food

12 Ways to Stop Wasting Food

Elizabeth Leader Smith

Homemade Vegetable Broth

A 2012 issue paper from the National Resources Defense Council shows that Americans waste up to 40 percent of their food, with the average family of four creating up to $2,275 in food waste annually. Preventing waste makes sense…and cents. Wouldn’t you rather save and spend that money on a vacation?

Do you have ways you reduce your food waste? Read on to find out how you can enter to win a $100 Whole Foods Market gift card by sharing your ideas.

As an adventurous home chef with a love for experimenting with new recipes and new foods, I’ve had to acquire a sharp set of money-saving skills to get the most out of my budget and my pantry... Read More

Arden Hills Presents Wellness Seminar: "How Safe is Your Food?"

Arden Hills Presents Wellness Seminar: "How Safe is Your Food?"

Anyone who has ever had food poisoning knows that food safety is serious business.  And while we are fortunate enough to have guidelines are in place to help protect us, many foods that are considered healthy may still contain substances or microbes that can actually harm us and our families. 

For more information about this eye-opening topic, don’t miss the next complimentary Wellness Education Seminar at Arden Hills on Wednesday evening, April 15.   Come and learn simple tips and insight about how to  keep you and your family as healthy as possible.

For more information about this helpful Wellness Education Seminar at Arden Hills, please call 916-482-6111 or visit  
http://ardenhills.me/calendar.php?display=FullCalendar&id=1424976965

 

The Very Versatile Roasted Chicken

The Very Versatile Roasted Chicken

Megan Myers

Spring Rotisserie Chicken Sandwiches

Like many folks, I’m often strapped for time. Between work, housework, gardening, picking up my kids from school, helping with homework, and extracurriculars, I often can’t find time to remember to breathe, let alone figure out dinner!

That’s why I often turn to grabbing an organic roasted chicken from the Prepared Foods department. Not only do I not have to worry about spending the hours it takes to roast a chicken, I don’t have to worry about what’s in these chickens... Read More

Buy One, Get One Free Oprah Cinnamon Chai Tea Latte Thru Saturday

Buy One, Get One Free Oprah Cinnamon Chai Tea Latte Thru Saturday

Starbucks is offering a buy one, get one free deal on its Teavana Oprah Cinnamon Chai Tea Latte from 2 to 5 p.m. through Saturday, April 11. In addition for every cup ordered, Starbucks will order 25 cents to the..... Read More

Making the Most of Your Easter Leftovers

Making the Most of Your Easter Leftovers

Megan Myers

Ham and Asparagus Skillet Meal

While a table loaded with food is wonderful during your Easter celebration, it also means you could have plenty of leftovers to use. Don’t fret! Those leftovers can be used in creative ways to help you make the most of every dish.

Swapping in pre-cooked ingredients in recipes not only saves you time, but also reduces grocery costs and food waste. Plus, you’ll also be building upon the flavor profile, making for a one-of-a-kind dish. No more boring leftovers!

Here are my suggestions for using up the last of your holiday ham, lamb, eggs, and more... Read More

Peak Season for Artichokes

Peak Season for Artichokes

Alana Sugar

Steamed Artichokes with Creamy Walnut Dip

My mother loved artichokes.  Every spring, she would steam fresh artichokes and serve with either a lemon-melted butter sauce or sweetened vinegar dipping sauce. They were delicious! 

Artichokes are native to the Mediterranean. Italy, France and Spain are the largest producers. In the US, California produces close to 100% of all of our artichokes. They’re at their peak from March through May, so now is the perfect time to steam some fresh artichokes.

With just a little prep work, you’ll be on your way to artichoke heaven!

 

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