Food

Fair Trade: Products with a Purpose

A lot of people wonder about Fair Trade So, what is it and does it really make a difference?Fair trade is best described as a movement to help producers in developing countries get a fair price for their products, reducing poverty, providing for the ethical treatment of workers and farmers, and ...

Gnocchi with tomato sauce

By Wendy MonroClaud and I love gnocchi. Gnocchi is like a potato dumpling. It is made with potato, egg and flour. It can have cheese and herbs added into the mixture as well. Then, it is boiled and topped with a delicious sauce, like pasta. We have been eating this for years.Normally, I buy ...

A Saladicious Start to Spring

Spring has sprung! Start the season out right by eating fruits and vegetables in some delicious salads. With a large variety of salad greens, fruits, and vegetables, there are endless combinations to be made. Each salad can offer different flavors as well as vitamins and minerals, ...

Quinoa Salad With Citrus Dressing

By Wendy MonroI really enjoy watching the enthusiasm young people are having with this presidential election. In fact, my daughter's eagerness to be a part of the process has inspired me to get involved as well. I promise this is not going to be an article trying to get you to support my ...

Hy-Vee’s One Step Program Gives Back

By Laura Schmidt RD, LDAs part of Hy-Vee's mission to make lives easier, healthier and happier, health and wellness has long been a focus of our efforts. In 2011, Hy-Vee began the One Step program, which takes that commitment to health and wellness one step further, by funding projects locally ...

Green Chile Mac and Cheese

By Wendy MonroA while ago, I went to Trader Joe's. They have the best frozen mac and cheese. It is so creamy and delicious. I was surprised to see that they had a new version sitting next to the regular version I love so much. This was a green chile mac and cheese. I was intrigued. I bought ...

Mindful Eating

By Laura Schmidt RD, LDWhat does it mean to eat mindfully? Mindful eating means paying attention to your actual eating experience while at the same time enjoying it. It means submersing yourself fully into your meal, without multitasking. This can be tough especially in today's fast-paced ...

Mexican Pineapple

It's picnic time again. The weather is getting amazing around here and that always calls for a good picnic and lots of fun in the sun. My mom and Doug came out for the weekend from California. The weather report told us it was going to be eighty-five degrees. We planned lots of outdoor ...

Dressed Up Salami

A few days ago, my cousin Alex asked it I would like to join him at a chef's tasting dinner. I said yes. I didn't ask the name of the restaurant or the type of food. I knew that if Alex was interested in going, this was going to be some good food. Alex has worked in restaurants most of his ...

National Nutrition Month – Make it a St. Patrick’s Day tradition

When you think of St. Patrick's Day you likely think of Ireland, wearing green clothes, shamrocks, and corned beef and cabbage. Did you know that St. Patrick's Day falls right in the middle of National Nutrition Month? This campaign, sponsored annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and ...

Sole with fennel

We are successfully continuing our Sunday Family Day tradition. Each week, we take turns deciding what to do. So far, it has revolved around food. This week was no different. It was Jack's turn. I was in my room and felt too lazy to walk to his room, so I texted him, "It's your choice today. ...

Time for registered dietitians to shine!

"What do you do?" As a registered dietitian (RD) working for Hy-Vee grocery store, I have been asked this question more than once. While many people are familiar with dietitians working in hospitals, they are curious about our relatively new presence in grocery stores. People make decisions ...

Fondue

It has been a beautiful week. The sun has been shining and I am considering changing from boots to sandals. It may seem strange but I get excited whenever this footwear change occurs. I don't care if we are going from sandals to boots or boots to sandals. I welcome the change twice a year. We ...

Fat Basics 101

For years, we have heard to eat low-fat or fat-free foods. Are those really the best choices for us? What about those "healthy" fats that we are forgetting about? The topic of dietary fats can be very confusing; what is good for me and what is bad for me? Knowing the difference between ...

Bison with Mushroom Sauce

As our children are getting older, I have been feeling like we are drifting apart a little. Thus is the plight of the stay at home mother who has growing children.It sounds pathetic but I am not sad, just noticing the change. Daphne is in college and working. Jack is in school and spending any ...

Sliders make great party food

We decided to keep it simple for the Super Bowl this year. At first, we thought we would head out to a bar. As we looked at all of our options, it seemed as though the different bars in our area were going to be a bit packed and even more expensive. That didn't seem simple.In the end, we ...

Real Ramen

My daughter and I have had an obsession with ramen for a long time now. Before I learned more, I thought of ramen as the cheap soup that kept me alive during my college years. I think it still costs about $.15 a packet. I think I only ate the chicken version back then.From what I understand, ...

Oven Braised Duck Legs

I have wanted to adopt a cat for some time now. Claud kept telling me no. We have two dogs, two turtles, several fish, and a parrot. So, I knew it was a bit crazy to want another pet. For some reason, I still wanted a cat. Then, Daphne went on a road trip with her best friend. Somewhere along ...

Croque Provencal

It's my birthday week. I am 45 years old now. It sounds weird to say it out loud (or to write it). As the words leave my lips, it feels like I am speaking a foreign language. My mind still believes I am in my twenties. When I was in my twenties, people who were in their forties were ancient. ...

Pan-seared scallops

During our trip to England, we decided to take a little three-day side trip to Paris. At the last minute, I invited my good friend, Sage's, two kids. This meant we were a party of eight. I thought it would be a great idea to combine six teenagers and two parents for three days in Paris. What ...

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