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Simple summer rainbow salad

This summer salad is a yummy combination of tastes and textures and has become a favourite in our house.  Often with vegetable based salads, it’s easy to get into the mindset that salads must be lettuce based. They don’t! It’s time to get creative with all the delicious in season vegetables while they last.  This […]

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Pan seared Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Cranberries

Brussels Sprouts must be the worlds most hated vegetable.  But trust me, it’s time to give them another go.  They are not what you remember.  When cooked nicely, they’re quite tasty.   The key is in choosing small sprouts as opposed to large ones, and another golden rule – DO NOT BOIL!! Brussels Sprouts contain a […]

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Zesty Orange Beans and Broccoli

Are you a little bored of your daily greens?  We often think of veges as a simple side dish yet there are lots of ways to jazz them up, add nutrients and make them more delicious and enjoyable. I found this recipe for zesty orange greens  here and it was good!! I simply changed the […]

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Avoiding nutrient losses in cooking

We all know vegetables are a great source of vitamins and minerals, but how we cook and store them can have a marked effect on their nutrient levels. Nutrients can be destroyed by light, heat, oxygen and microwave cooking, as well being lost in cooking water.  Water soluble vitamins are lost when we cook them […]

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How to grow your own kale

Image from My Kitchen Kapers Kale has made quite the comeback as a vegetable due to it’s high nutritional density. Kale is low in calories and high in fibre. One cup of kale contains 36 calories and a 5 grams of fibre – that’s 1/5 of your daily intake. It’s also high in Vitamins B6, […]

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Fruit, Vegetables and Pesticides

Although this based on the US, this is still an interesting infographic from Mind Body Green None of our food supply in NZ had residues higher than the safe level in a recent survey that tested our food supply, but I still prefer to grow my own vegetables where I can.    

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