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Megan-simple, winter-friendly Chana Saag (chickpeas with spinach)

This Megan-simple recipe from our menu turns out to also be super fast, vegan, gluten free, inexpensive, winter-friendly (frozen and canned ingredients totally fine) and yummy! This simplified recipe relies on ingredients that are easily available in a fairly well-stocked pantry, or everyday grocery store. Don't be frightened by the long list — this is actually very easy to make.

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Winter cycling gear 2: Keep pedaling through the winter with these items

Last week we talked about what to put on your body when you ride during the winter months. Now let's talk about what to put on your ride! A great way to get recommendations on gear is to talk to the folks at your Local Bike Shop (LBS), ask whether they have experience commuting through the winter, and if so, what sorts of things they like. Here are the pieces of gear my husband and I use to do our winter riding…

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Use a two liter bottle to warm your feet this winter

Grab a two litre pop bottle, turn the tap on full hot and wait until it's steamy, carefully fill the bottle, cap it tight and wrap in a thin blanket. It's super-easy, cheap, and works wonders. If you keep the bottle under the covers with you at night it will still be warm in the morning.

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Winter cycling gear part 1: Weather too nasty to bike? NO SUCH THING. Wear this.

While any sane human being might reasonably give up bicycling as the temperature dips below freezing and the snow flies, some of us live by the motto, "there is no weather too nasty for cycling; there is only insufficient clothing." While you can certainly get away with short trips by bicycle in almost any warm clothing, there are some things that I find particularly helpful…