Beth Peralta

Beth Peralta

To Your Health | Enjoy flavors of spring with roasted asparagus

Fresh, local asparagus in the stores or markets is a sure sign that spring is here to stay. This recipe is a simple-to-prepare, flavorful dish to pair with grilled burgers, fish, or Portobello mushrooms. It is a fun recipe for kids to help with, too. Kids can help by snapping the ends off the asparagus spears and whisking together the dressing.

To Your Health | Homemade guacamole makes snack time special

According to the Agricultural Marketing Research Center, Americans eat an average of 7 pounds of avocados each per year. That's a lot of guacamole!

Homemade guacamole is one of our favorite recipes at both the office and at home.

To Your Health | Warm up with chicken-and-vegetable chowder

As the temperature outside dips even lower this week in central Illinois, warming up with a tasty bowl of soup or chowder can really hit the spot.

This recipe is surprising in its simplicity and flavor. It's adaptable, and you can modify it with what you have at home — limiting any last-minute trips to the store.

To Your Health | Slow cooker a time-saver for fall meals

Cooler temperatures and soup for dinner go hand in hand, like peanut butter and jelly. Making a delicious soup can be a time-consuming affair, but slow cookers are here to make it an easy experience even on a weeknight.

To Your Health | Canned foods great for warm fall soup

A common phrase for health-conscious grocery shoppers: "Shop the outside of the store for healthy choices!"

While the outside aisles usually have healthy options, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, this phrase is not accurate. The center aisles have plenty to offer to shoppers looking for nutritious, budget-friendly choices!

To Your Health | Try a new twist on roasted vegetables with turnips

If you are looking for a way to prepare vegetables that enhances their natural flavor, roasting is a winning strategy.

Vegetables brown and caramelize while roasting, giving them a crispy texture on the outside and a sweeter flavor. A great vegetable for roasting that can be often overlooked is the turnip.

To Your Health | Savor your summer with fruit salad

What fruit says summer more than a juicy, sweet slice of melon? Typically in season between June and September, melon varieties like cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon tend to taste best (and cost less!) during summer months.

To Your Health | Enhance green beans' flavor with simple recipe

If you have visited any farmers markets recently, you know that it's hard to walk even a few steps without a bright, fresh and delicious bunch of produce catching your eye.

June is a great time of year for fresh fruits and vegetables from Illinois farmers.

With that in mind, I do have a confession: Green beans are a vegetable I rarely buy fresh.