5 Fantastic Reasons to Frequent Farmers Markets

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If you’ve been reading the blog for any length of time, you know that I get stupidly excited about farmers markets. And why not? There are so many reasons to love shopping at these unique local venues. This time of year is especially fun because, at least here in the Northeast, the winter markets are moving outside and the seasonal markets are just starting up.

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5 Great Reason to Boost Your Bean Intake

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Beans, beans, they’re good for–just about everything! Whether you toss them on your salad, simmer them in chili, use them to bulk up soup or mix them in with pasta, you’re enjoying one of the most delicious, nutritious foods you can have on a plant-based diet. Here are five of the many amazing things that beans can do:

Improve Digestion

Unless you’re already consuming a plant-based diet, chances are you’re not getting enough fiber. According to WebMD, the average American adult only ...

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The 4 Essential Elements of Hummus (with a Recipe!)

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What do you love about hummus?

Is it the texture?  The flavor?  The versatility?  The way it can encourage even the biggest veggie-phobe to plow through a plate of carrot sticks?

The way I see it, there are four elements that make hummus amazing:

Creaminess.  Whether or not you make it with tahini, hummus should be smooth and creamy.  Well-cooked chickpeas (or white beans, if you’re feeling adventurous) and a powerful food processor create the right texture in ...

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Recipe: Chocolate Zucchini Brownies (Oil-free!)

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One thing that there’s never a shortage of in the QV garden is zucchini.  It doesn’t matter how many plants come up; they’re always ridiculously prolific.  In fact, this year they’re so gargantuan that we’re going to have to trim them back to keep them from encroaching on the equally prolific Red Russian kale that I insisted on planting.

So what does one do with huge amounts of zucchini?  Zucchini bread is, of course, always an option, but there’s only so ...

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