Category Archives: 2015

Cooking101:Final Thoughts?

thoughtsby donR October 16, 2015

Final Thoughts? There is nothing final when it comes to cooking. So let me explain why that’s #1 on my “Final thoughts List…. Huh? …..Another list?  Yep…but there are only 4 more things to ponder. Hang in there. Read more to find out what I think is important for emerging cooks to keep in mind. If you have other ideas,  it’s okay to make your own list.
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Green Salad In Your Meal Plan: 10 Final Thoughts

Green salads contain many micronutrients. Add whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds for even more variety.

Green salads contain many micro-nutrients. Add whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds variety.

by  donR  October 6, 2015

Should you include green salads every day in your meal plan? It depends on what you and your needs for optimal body function. Dark green leafy green salads are rich in vitamins and minerals, some of which can be toxic  or interfere with medicines if you eat too much. It also depends on whether the dressing contains oil or water needed for digestion. EEEK!, it’s complicated. But, here are some general guidelines for you and your family to consider: Continue reading

Simple Salad Dressing & Marinade: 5 X 5 Combinations

By donR  October 5, 2015

Mix N Match dressings complement these vegetables.

Mix N Match dressings complement these vegetables.

Home-made dressing for green salad is simple to prepare.  Kids can do it as their contribution to the family dinner.  When each family member makes their own, they may be more apt to ask for green salad at dinnertime. The following 5 X 5 ingredient chart shows how to create over 3,000 different dressings. Read More… Continue reading

Green Smoothies: The Other Salad?

by donR  September 21, 2015

Green smoothies contain vitamins, minerals, fiber and water. Use with caution.

Green smoothies contain vitamins, minerals, fiber and water. Use with caution.

How is a green salad like a green smoothie? Each can have the same ingredients except salad dressings are usually replaced by fruit juice, fruit or dairy for smoothies. They both are packed with micro-nutrients  which act to fight disease, aid  body processes and keep us well. Fiber,  which is needed for good intestinal health , is lower in smoothies made with juice because the fiber is removed in the process. But when whole  fruit is processed in a blender, fiber stays in the drink. But before you look for recipes read more about the pros & cons of substituting smoothies for green salad:

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Green Salads 4 Kids: 10 Tips N Tricks

by donR  September 9, 2015

Kids can make salads in containers for each day of the week.

Kids can make salads in containers for each day of the week.

Like green salads? The  USDA recommends that we eat lots of fruit and veggies, to include leafy greens.  They are great for families wanting to save money, eat healthy, and make cooking easier.

We’ve always said, “Start dinners with a glass of water, cup of home-made soup and a bowl of green salad.”  But the response from parents is mixed. they’ll say, “If leafy greens are so good for kids to eat, why is hard to get kids to like them in salad?” Or more bluntly said;  “No way!”

Perhaps it’s the texture, light flavor, or  just the thought of eating grass. But over the years we have seen changes in our four girls to the point that their families now eat leafy greens every day. Here are some tips and tricks that we used when our children were young and some new ideas. Some may work for you: Continue reading

Serve Green Salad Every Day, The EZ Way

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Some salad greens grow better in cooler weather. Find out which varieties to plant in your fall garden and how.

by donR  Sept 5. 2015

The weather in the Pacific Northwest is dipping, fruit and vegetables will soon be harvested yet the leafy green crops will hang on until the first hard frost. Fortunately, you an enjoy green salads for a couple more months if you start more growing  in your garden.  Below are 5 tips for growing greens in the Fall. It is well worth the effort because you will have “free” salad makin’s until winter sets in..  Read more about growing salad greens in the Fall and preparing them the EZ way. Continue reading

Counting Calories To Fight Child Obesity: Is there A Better Way?

Did you notice there is no RDA for sugar on the label? Why?  resd more...

Did you notice there is no RDA for sugar on the label? Why? read more…

by donR   August 18, 2015

The fitness craze of the nineteen seventies saw an explosion of calorie-counting magazine articles, diets and books in an effort to assemble healthier meals. Videos, charts and picture cards like these on Wise Geek were used to memorize calories in common foods. But, according to the  documentary film  “Fed Up,”   which examines the scope and underlying causes of childhood obesity, calorie counting was a confusing, and tedious ritual that did little to curb the way American children ate. Continue reading

Food, Fun, & Conversation: 4 Weeks To Better Family Dinners

FDP Wkshpby donR    Updated August 12, 2015

You and your family can explore ways to have food fun & conversation around the family dinner table. For more information or to join the workshops and Community Dinners, follow the links below.

  • Log onto TheFamilyDinnerProject website and sign-up for “Food Fun and Conversation: 4 Weeks to Better Family Dinners.” this is a “Do-it-yourself” version. However they offer lots of Tips, Tricks and suggestions for support.
  • Contact them about any Community Dinners in your area or
  • Join us locally for Workshops and Community Dinners in Whatcom County, WA. They will begin in late September. Watch our events calendar for more information. Read more to learn about the workshops and Community Dinners:

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One Pot Wonder: Glazed Green Beans and Sweet Potatoes

These roasted green beans and sweet potatoes can be glazed and served as a salad ...ot ..:read more

These roasted green beans and sweet potatoes can be glazed and served as a salad …ot ..:read more. from The Family Dinner Project

by donR  August 9, 2015

One Pot Wonders? Yes, we use skillets and slow-cookers for our one-pot meal workshops. After all they are pots, well kind of, so why not think of a shallow roasting pan as a pot?  One pot meals are simply those cooked  in one container;

  • Just toss in small, pre-cut vegetables a grain and/or a protein together with flavorings. 
  • Add a sauce or water and cook it.
  • Cleanup is certainly easy
  • ingredients can be prepared beforehand. .

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Cooking 101: 5 Do’s For Thicker Sauces

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A thick spicy sauce works well with shrimp pasta..

Okay, you’ve gone through the trouble to make perfect rice or pasta. But when you put the sauce on top it runs onto the plate. This is not a way to impress your friends. But there are several simple ways to thicken the sauce to make it heavy enough to stick and add more texture. Continue reading