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What Fruits are in Season?

What Fruits Are in Season?

This infographic courtesy of Berries.com

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6 Tips for Using Almond Flour

Almond flour

If you’re looking for a great new addition to your gluten-free pantry, consider almond flour. Unlike other gluten-free flours, especially rice flour, which is often characterized as gritty or grainy, almond flour has a smooth mouthfeel and a rich, buttery taste. Start with these tips, excerpted and adapted from Almond Flour: The High Protein, Gluten-Free Choice for Baking and Cooking by Beverly Lynn Bennett, (© 2016 Book Publishing Company, reprinted by permission) will get you started. more→

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Five Ways to Eat Vegan – On a Budget 

Healthy Plant-Based Pantry Foods

Contributed by Jennifer B. Niles, author of Eating Vegan – On a Budget! One of the persistent myths about adopting a vegan diet is that you need to buy lots of expensive and hard-to-find ingredients. This doesn’t have to be the case at all! Here, we’ll learn 5 ways to make this healthful and earth-friendly lifestyle a frugal one as well. more→

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Pressure-Cooked Beans Made Simple

Beans, lentils, and nuts in bowls

Simple fact: I bought my first pressure so that I could make beans in minutes. The mighty legume is a tremendous source of protein in a vegan diet and, frankly, I was tired of buying all of those cans of beans. What keeps most people from making beans from scratch is one thing: time. The pressure cooker removes that obstacle. more→

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Strawberries Top List of Pesticide-Laden Produce

Strawberries in a bowl

One of your kid’s favorite fruits is hiding a dirty secret. Of all the fresh fruits and vegetables available for sale in the United States, sweet, sun-kissed strawberries are the most likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues, according to the Environmental Working Group’s 2016 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. Contributed by Megan Boyle. Reprinted by permission of The Environmental Working Group (EWG). more→

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Great Ways to Use Baby Spinach all Year Round

Fresh spinach in a bowl

When vegetables are rated in terms of overall nutritional value, spinach is usually among the powerhouse veggies that top the list. It’s vitamin-rich and a good source of iron and fiber. Baby spinach is convenient to use since you need not stem or chop it. Baby spinach bought at the supermarket often comes in bags or plastic boxes marked “triple washed,” meaning that sand and grit isn’t much of a worry. Yet if this convenient type of spinach isn’t organic, skip it.

Unfortunately, spinach almost always appears at the top of another kind of list—the list of top ten produce items to avoid in non-organic form. Even if you buy it organic, always give it a good rinse, just to be on the safe side. No matter what, baby spinach is one of the most versatile veggies on the planet. Here are several ways to make the most of it. more→

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VegKitchen’s Top 12 Asparagus Recipes

Pasta with asparagus and artichoke hearts

Asparagus is a vegetable that’s long been linked with the arrival of spring, only recently becoming available year-round. Springtime is still its true season, and it can be said that it’s sweeter, and more tender at this time of year. No matter when you enjoy it, asparagus is welcome in a variety of fresh and tasty dishes. Here are more tips on buying, cooking, and enjoying asparagus. Let’s start with Pasta with Asparagus and Marinated Artichoke Hearts (shown above).This simple pasta dish is filled with flavorful asparagus and artichokes, and is sure to please in late spring and early summer. This can be served warm or at room temperature. more→

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Five Fantastic Okra Recipes

Okra rice soup

Okra is a traditional spring vegetable, especially loved in American Southern cuisine, to which it came by way of Africa. Admittedly, it’s a love it or hate it kind of veggie, with very little in between. If you enjoy okra, you’ll love these five flavorful ways to use it. A true Southern classic, Okra-Rice Soup (shown above) is a wonderfully complex blend of flavors and textures—thanks mainly to the unique character of okra. more→

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