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Summer Minestrone

I could eat vegetable minestrone every single day.  Soup is just one of those meals that I love to have any time of year that you can pack with a variety of vegetables.  I grew up eating the best minestrone!  So, I like to recreate it each season with different vegetables.   If you have a garden where you grow tomatoes, there’s nothing like adding those fresh tomatoes to homemade minestrone. 

In this minestrone, I used my favorite purple potatoes (I call them Lavender potatoes because it just sounds fancy) Penn’s Corner Farm Stand.  Have you ever had purple potatoes?  Many people have not even heard of them.  They taste like a regular potatoes, not as sweet as a sweet potato, but they are packed with antioxidants.  Colorful foods provide an array of nutrients our bodies need.  The anthocyanins give them their beautiful color.  So the more you eat the rainbow, the more nutrients you will provide your body.


Penn’s Corner Farm Stand Ordering is now opened, and ordering closes Thursday by 2pm!  Give the Purple Potatoes a try and let me know what you think.




My favorite go-to muffins

Our days tend to get so busy and we often are guilty of skipping meals, like breakfast.  Eating breakfast in the morning helps to jumpstart our metabolism.  I needed something that I could just grab and go, on those super busy mornings, so I played around in the kitchen with a few recipe ideas and ended up creating one of my favorite muffins!  They are great not just for breakfast, but also as a mid-day snack, bedtime snack, or a compliment to any meal.  They are packed with healthy fats (the right type of fats)!  Be sure to check out the recipe, Ginger Carrot Muffins.

I top these muffins with local bee pollen that I get from Penn’s Corner Farm Stand.  So many people ask me how to incorporate bee pollen.  You can use it really anyway you like, I use it in so many ways:

In Smoothies
In Fresh Squeezed Juices
Topped on  my Chia Pudding
On Top of my Sweet Potatoes
In  Fruit Salads

Local Bee Pollen helps boost the immune system, so give it a try!  Check out what is available this week on Penn’s Corner Farm Stand, ordering is now opened so hurry up and grab some goodies!




Sunday Dinner

Sunday dinner has always brought the family together.  It is a time to put the phones down and enjoy spending time with one another.  Growing up, we always made sure to eat Sunday dinner as a family, and I believe it is very important to keep traditions going.   Be sure that you spend time with loved ones.  One of the beautiful things about food, is that food always brings everyone together.  It provides laughter, love, and nourishment.


Tonight's Sunday dinner includes fresh beautiful fennel from Penn's Corner Farm Share.  Now is the perfect time of the year to order a large variety of beautiful ingredients.  I couldn't believe how big the fennel was.  Do you know all of the benefits that fennel provides?  You get potassium, tons of fiber, protein, vitamin C, and more.  Plants do provide protein!  Fennel can be used in a number of ways.  I love to sauté it like I did tonight, but one of my other favorite ways to eat it is to dip it in some homemade hummus!


Everyone who knows me, knows I get extremely excited over food!  They also know how much I love to eat and talk, haha.  So, I love Sunday dinners as you can imagine!  I cannot wait to share some other delicious healthy meals that I made with my beautiful farm share.  If you haven't checked out Penn's Corner Farm Stand yet, take a few moments tonight and be sure to check it out.  You will not be disappointed and be sure to check out this recipe, Fennel and Peppers!