Roasted Asparagus

Asparagus is a classic spring vegetable, and roasting or grilling are by far the best ways to prepare it. These methods will give an enjoyably fibrous-yet-soft texture, a juicy stalk and crispy charred leaves at the head. Asparagus is full of many nutrients such as Vitamin A, E, C, K and folate, and the fiber strands make an excellent prebiotic to feed your gut bacteria. 

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Spring Cleaning Out the Kitchen

Spring is here, with its cool dewy mornings and warm sunny afternoons, it’s the perfect time to start that deep cleaning. Perhaps you’re planning to clean out your closets, organize your desk or wipe down some baseboards, but the kitchen is one of the most important spaces to deep clean.  

The kitchen is the heart of the home; it’s used by all family members, and many of us spend a great deal of our time there. Having a clean and well-organized kitchen not only feels good, but it’s also easier to work in and it’s safer when it comes to the foods we eat. Below you’ll find some tips for cleaning and organizing your kitchen spaces.

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Moroccan Chickpea Stew

This recipe is packed with plant-based protein and flavor! It’s sweet, savory, super filling and it’s made in a slow cooker, making it a great choice for busy days. Lentils are an underutilized food in the American diet. They are inexpensive compared to other protein options; they are high in fiber, folate and B vitamins, along with being a good source of minerals such as copper, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. They add a great hearty texture to soups and stews, combine with ground meats well, and can be used in a variety of ways such loaves or patties in addition to stews and soups. 

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Carrot Cake Muffin

Contrary to what you might think, carrots are not a starchy vegetable. They may taste sweet, but 100g of carrots have a little over 9g of carbohydrates and almost 3g of fiber when compared to 100g of potatoes, which have over 20g of carb and just under 2g of fiber.

The naturally sweet taste makes carrot an excellent addition to treats such as these carrot cake muffins. These muffins are additionally sweetened with applesauce and raisins. These make an excellent breakfast addition and freeze well, too. 

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