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Organic Gardening and the Secret of BIG Pumpkins

giant_pumpkin.gifOctober means Halloween and Halloween means pumpkins. If you are anything like me, you look forward to picking the very handsomest, the very biggest pumpkin for the perfect jack-o-lantern. But step away from that overflowing bin at Trader Joes and think bigger… MUCH bigger.

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Cooking Healthy With Salsa

salsa_sm.jpgIt’s not just for chips anymore! Trader Joe’s carries a wide variety of fresh salsas as well as bottled salsas that can be used to add flavor to so many dishes. Tomato-based fresh salsas are usually lower in sodium than bottled. Two tablespoons of the fresh salsas offered at Trader Joe’s range from 5 to 10 calories, 0 fat, and 80 to 240 mg sodium per serving. If you are watching your sodium, make sure that you choose the lower-sodium fresh Pico de Gallo (80 mg) or the Mild Salsa (90 mg).

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lentils.jpgHealth magazine has selected lentils as one of the five healthiest foods. They are often mixed with grains, such as rice, which results in a complete protein dish. They have a hearty, rich, nutty flavor that holds up to the addition of varied seasonings. Lentils have often been used in soups, but can also be eaten hot or cold, as a main entrée or in salads or side dishes. They are very popular in French, Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine.

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