Weekend Giveaway: Relish! Weekly Menu Planner

**This giveaway is now closed. Check back soon for the winner!**
I‘m frequently asked about dinner ideas and menu plans from families of all sizes and walks of life. Feeding the family nourishing, affordable meals every single night can be quite a daunting task, which is why I’m particularly excited about today’s giveaway!

Introducing…Relish! a thoroughly modern, and completely practical meal-planning service, and a new Simple Bites sponsor!

Sometimes all you need is a few fresh ideas and recipes to get you out of that dinner rut. This ingenious, easy to use, mom-run website helps you prepare healthy, creative meals every week.

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Sweet & Sour Turkey Meatballs with Cranberries & Peppers (Slow-Cooker)

If I keep this one really short, you’ll forgive me, right? It’s been a long week, and I’m just ready to put my (puffy) feet up and sink a fork into a bowl of these comforting and totally satisfying sweet and sour turkey meatballs. I managed to freeze a meal’s worth of them for when the baby comes, which, apparently, could be any day now.

The days leading up to baby are both exciting and terrifying. Each evening as I go to bed the thought crosses my mind that this could be the last night of uninterrupted sleep for a while. So I pull the down comforter up to my chin, silence my iPhone, and close my eyes, searching for rest.

As circumstance would have it, the night is never without interruption though. I’m in my ninth month and there’s a string of delightful indicators to prove that, yes indeed, this is the most trying stretch.

At least there are turkey meatballs, studded with cranberries, flavored with orange zest, and served over a bed of rice. Meatballs which you should add to your menu soon. After all, everyone could use a bowl of comfort in February.

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Eating Heart Smart (Recipe: Coconut-Lime Tofu & Rice)

Written by Megan of Stetted.

Valentine’s Day has passed us by again, and now it’s time to do our best to ignore that flashy 50% off sign dangling just above aisles of chocolate-filled hearts. February is American Heart Month, so instead of those shiny boxes, let’s focus on another heart: the one that really does keep us alive.

There is no simple pill that we can take to keep us healthy, but luckily many of the foods that are abundant in the world are full of nutrients that can help nurture a healthier body. When it comes to eating for health, simple, unprocessed foods are the best answer.

While science and medicine cannot directly link certain foods to the prevention of heart disease, these foods contribute to a healthy system overall.

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Vegetables In Season: February

A quick look around food blogs, Pinterest, and bakery window displays might lead one to believe that dark chocolate and marshmallows were in high season right now, and in a way, they are, peaking tomorrow in a blaze of sweetness. But what about the rest of the month? What is good eating in February?

In her book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver called February ‘The Hungry Month’, and if you are living off the land, indeed it is. Most of us, however, have access to markets that carry a selection of good winter fruits and vegetables if you know what to look for.

Embracing cool-weather eating can take some adjustment, but it is better for the budget and for the environment, as you are buying what is local and in season. Of course, what is in season in February will vary with your location. For example, I’m in Eastern Canada and my sister is in South Texas. Produce that is cheap for me is often far pricier for her and vice versa.

Listed below is a broad range of beautiful vegetables that are available right now, as well as tips on how to prepare them. Hopefully you’ll be inspired to skip the peas and corn in the frozen section of the grocery store and pick up one of these seasonal vegetables instead.

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Weekend Links and Bite This Book! Winners

Thank you to all who entered my Bite This Book! weekend giveaway. If you didn’t win, I strongly recommend adding a copy of Spilling the Beans to your wish list. It’s perfect for this time of the year; I’m so enjoying the soups and stews section.

We have two winners, each will receive a coup of Spilling the Beans. And they are:

1. Julie, who answered:

“Yes, I would. Beans are packed with nutritional goodness and we need to eat more. I keep trying to come up with new ways to include them in our meals.”

2. Kate, who answered:

“Yes!!!! I have a love for beans, but have tend to always do the same things! I would love to have some new ideas to try out!”

Congratulations, Julie and Kate! You have both been notified via email. Thank you to all who participated in the giveaway!

And now, here are a few links that caught my eye around the web this week…

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