20 Delicious Ways to Prepare Lentils

lentil postLentils may not seem like the most appetizing thing to eat, but let’s face it: sometimes we don’t have the means to make a super expensive meal for our glorious families. Sometimes we don’t have the time to make something fancy. But I can guarantee that you can afford to buy lentils and still prepare a delicious and intriguing dinner for your family. Not only are lentils one of the cheapest things to get in the grocery store their also pretty healthy. Lentils have the following health benefits:

1) Lower Cholesterol: Lentils help to reduce blood cholesterol since it contains high levels of soluble fiber. Lowering your cholesterol levels reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke by keeping your arteries clean.

2) Heart Health: Several studies have shown that eating high fiber foods like lentils reduces your risk of heart disease. Lentils are also a great source of folate and magnesium, which are big contributors to heart health. Folate lowers your homocysteine levels, a serious risk factor for heart disease. Magnesium improves blood flow, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Low levels of magnesium have been directly associated with heart disease, so eating lentils will keep your heart happy!

3) Stabilized Blood SugarAdding to the many benefits of fiber, soluble fiber traps carbohydrates, slowing down digestion and stabilizing blood sugar levels. This can be especially helpful for those with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia.

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Jam Labelizer


frozen berriesI won’t waste your time because this is a totally awesome post. Last week we went to Dollar Tree, and, as most people do, spent like $35 dollars. But one of the major things we got was frozen fruit. For only a dollar, 10 to 14 ounces of fruit is a steal, not to mention the prices will sky rocket when autumn and winter hits. But the best thing about the fruit is that we’ve started to can, and you know what that means… JAM! With the frozen goodies, we can make strawberry, blueberry and mixed berry jam. [Read more…]

How to Make Your Own Brown Sugar

Making your own brown sugar does not only save you money, but it can also save you trip to the store.

How to Make Your Own Brown Sugar | Natural Chow


The tradition of making of my own brown sugar happened a while ago when, funny enough, I ran out of brown sugar. I know. Who’da thunk? Anyways, I had to have brown sugar for something and so I had to search the internet for a recipe for brown sugar. I knew I wasn’t the only one who had ever thought about making brown sugar at home, so clearly there was going to be something on the internet about it. Luckily, about.com provided and I found the recipe that saved my life. Okay, so maybe not my life, but the certainly the life of a very certain batch cookies.

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How to Grow A Bean Plant From Dry Beans

bean plantEvery now and again, we plant new things in our garden. But have you ever tried to grow beans before? Did you know that it is possible to actually grow a bean plant from the bagged dry beans you get from the grocery store? Well, you can and it’s easier than you think. At my local Walmart, dry red beans in a 1 pound bag costs $1.69 and you can imagine how many bean plants you can grow from that many seeds. Not only is this very economical, it’s also super easy and a great project to do with the kids. Have fun telling them about how the seed turns into food. Children love to see things grow, and beans
grow at a rate where every day it either grows another inch or another leaf.

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Whole Wheat 30 Minute Rolls

Rolls are so easy to make and not even I can screw up. This is something that goes with practically anything from spaghetti to soup to grilled chicken. They can also be eaten as a snack, for those early mornings, and even for dessert. These keep so well in the refrigerator that sometimes I make a double or triple batch to save for other meals, still only taking me 30 minutes.


The rolls are completed in four phases.

Phase 1: Yeast mixture sits for 15 minutes.

Phase 2: Add in other ingredients.

Phase 3: Shape rolls and let rest for 10 minutes.

Phase 4: Bake for 10 minutes. [Read more…]