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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015

Harvest Salad

My parents had a good harvest this year, and they passed some of their bounty on to me and each of my siblings. I love fresh produce from the garden. Mom was proud they weren’t using anything toxic on the food. Homegrown food tastes so much better than store-bought. Of course, I had to make […]

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4 Meat Chili with Butternut Squash

I never was a fan of chili, until I started trying to live a Paleo lifestyle. At that point, in my ongoing search for the perfect Paleo recipes that would be absolutely delicious and satisfying, I came across a chili recipe that looked like it had potential. I tweaked. I keep changing it up. The […]

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A Good, Healthy Breakfast, on a Budget

I keep telling people they can eat healthy without spending an exuberant amount on food. This is true to an extent, if you keep it simple. Stick to the basics, and your meal does not have to cost an arm-and-a-leg. Also, watch your serving sizes. The picture shows a breakfast I had a couple of […]

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Turkey and Squash Scramble

I do so love these breakfast scrambles. They are so easy, and delicious. I do use coconut oil. I can get a good size container of it at Walmart for 6 or 7 dollars, and it lasts months. It is far healthier than butter. Turkey and Squash Scramble (Serves 2-4) Ingredients 1/2 cup diced leftover […]

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Turkey and Tomato Scramble

Keeping with the Thanksgiving leftovers theme, this recipe makes for a great stand-alone breakfast, or an excellent addition to a larger breakfast menu. It is a health alternative to cereal-based morning meals. Ingredients (2-4 servings) 4 eggs a little water or milk alternative, just enough to mix up the eggs 1/4 to 1/2 cup diced, […]

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Zucchini and Cucumber Salad

There is nothing better than fresh produce and herbs from your garden, or that from someone else. If you do not grow your own, the grocery store carries everything you will need, as does the Farmer’s Market. Many things can also be found at roadside stands, usually quite affordably.   Salads are a great way […]

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Affordable, Good for You Lunch Ideas

It’s important that we keep lunch options available that are easy to prepare as well as healthy to consume. Lunch is the perfect time to pack some more nutrition into your diet, particularly if you don’t snack. The ideas below are per person. 1 nut butter and banana sandwich. 1 nut butter and pickle sandwich […]

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Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Mozzarella Cheese

Summer salads are the best. Fresh produce picked in your own garden adds scrumptious taste to any salad, including this one which uses tomatoes, cucumbers and herbs that you can grow yourself. Ingredients 10 cherry tomatoes small cucumber ½ to ¾ cup chunks of mozzarella cheese extra virgin olive oil mint basil Rinse the produce […]

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Tomato Slices with Mozzarella Cheese

I love trying new things, and this is one of the recipes my nephews and I enjoyed for the first time last week. It is simple to prepare. I purchased a block of Mozzarella which was used in more than one recipe. Ingredients 1 large tomato mozzarella extra virgin olive oil sea salt pepper basil, […]

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Quick Tip: Toppings for Steak

I love a big juicy steak as much as the next person, though I do not eat beef often. Even steak can get boring after a while if it is always served the same way. I cook mine medium rare, which many people do not like, and have never had any issues. When we were […]

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Toppings for Potatoes

In case I haven’t mentioned it before, I love potatoes. I know they are not the best choice nutrition wise, and I do not have them all the time, but I do eat them sometimes. Any food can get boring when you eat it the same way all the time, so I try to mix […]

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Tuna Fajitas

These are very easy to make. Some people like to mix their tuna with mayonnaise or another dressing. I do not. Prepare these however you like. They may be warmed in the oven until the cheese is melted, but this is not necessary. These fajitas are easy for children to make. Ingredients tortilla shells 1 […]

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Plums, Blueberries, and Tomatoes: Harvestable in July

Fruits and vegetables mature in the garden at different rates, depending on where you are and when it is planted. Some types of produce can be harvested earlier than others, to be eaten fresh or preserved. Plums Some of the plum varieties ripen in July. The Japanese varieties that mature during this month include Burbank […]

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A Few Tomato Descriptions and Their Estimated Harvest Days

When researching tomato varieties, it is important to consider descriptions of each type. Many gardeners also want to know how many days it will take for each variety to mature. Knowing certain types of information will help you determine which plants will grow well in your area, as well as which ones you are likely […]

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Beef Tomato Freezer Mix

This freezer mix will allow you to have meat filling available without having to make it fresh each time it is needed for a recipe. Simply freeze in meal size portions, and pull from the freezer the day before it is needed. This recipe can be used in place of taco meat and other meat […]

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Lunch Sack Ideas: BLT Rounds

While these can be eaten warm, they can also be used as lunch sack fillers. They are easy to assemble, by older children and adults, and make tasty additions to a school or work lunch. BLT Rounds can be used for breakfast, lunch or dinner meals. BLT Rounds: English muffin Bacon slices 2 lettuce leafs […]

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Chicken and Cheese Salad

Salads are great foods when it is too hot to cook, and we have been in the middle of a heat wave here in Maine. The following is just one of many salad ideas for your consideration. Ingredients: chicken, sandwich meat cheese slices cabbage Romaine lettuce radicchio baby spinach cucumber shredded carrot cherry tomatoes Cut […]

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Basil

Note: Consult a doctor if you are being treated for any illnesses before using any type of food for its’ health benefits. This herb is related to the peppermint. The leaves of the basil are round, often pointed. They can be used to make tea, and are dried for other purposes as well. The health […]

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Tomato Soup Idea #3

You may realize by now that we love tomato soup. It’s great on the chillier days that we’re still having, especially after a walk or yard work. I regularly come up with ideas for making soup more wholesome. I do this very cheaply, either by using leftovers or by purchasing items on sale. Sometime, the […]

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Tomato Soup Idea #2

I wanted share another soup idea with you today, again using tomato soup as the base. Tomato soup is high in sodium, so you may want to try to find a brand with less sodium for optimal health effects. I regularly come up with ideas for making soup more wholesome. I do this very cheaply, […]

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Tomato Soup Idea #1

I regularly come up with ideas for making soup more wholesome. I do this very cheaply, either by using leftovers or by purchasing items on sale. Sometimes, the entire meal is free. This happens when everything has come from the food cupboard and/or friends, or my garden. Tomato soups are easy to make. Try this […]

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Almost Homemade Tomato Vegetable Soup #2

Here is another version of the Almost Homemade Tomato Vegetable Soup. Ingredients: Serves 2-4, depending on what is served with it. 1 can condensed tomato soup, plus 1 can of water 1 tomato, chopped (This was from our garden) 1 small zucchini, peel left on, sliced into circles and then cut into fourths. 1 small […]

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