Acorn squash can be baked (as shown), steamed, slow cooked, boiled. Read more about this nutritious food.
by donR November 17, 2015
If you search for winter squash recipes you can find plenty of suggestions on the web. In our last post we interviewed a master gardener to get few tricks for preparing nutritious squash. I was satisfied with that until I met Richard and Nancy while picking apples for a Cook-In. It was there that I heard another way to prepare winter squash. They own Apple Creek Orchards in Ferndale, Washington, recognized by redtri.com as one of the best apple orchards for families near Seattle. Continue reading →
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 →
The recipe for Sunshine Carrots was found in the Greater Boston Food Bank data base
Click ‘N Cook, the Greater Boston Food Bank recipe data base, may not be the best* but I find myself using it more and more. Simply put a check mark by a few ingredients hiding in your pantry and they will recommend simple, tasty recipes using those ingredients. Plus, the recipes tend to favor the use of whole foods like the recipe for Sunshine Carrots.Continue reading →
Does your family meal plan include enough vegetables and fruit?
The USDA recommends that 50% of our dinner plate be filled with vegetables and fruit. But can you guess what percentage of the average grocery bill goes towards fruit and veggies? Americans spend only about 14% according to a Huffington Post Article. In this third part of the “Stocking Your Pantry” series, we’ll give you some ideas about what veggies to always have in your pantry (food storage areas). Continue reading →
Shepherd’s pie is a comfort food that originated in Great Britain. Since the English elite confiscated all the grain, the commoners resorted to using potatoes as a food staple. The Irish cooked meat and vegetables together with wine and Worcestershire sauce then put that in a pot lined (or not) with mashed potatoes. After covering the meat with potatoes it was baked ’till done. Continue reading →
Plan to wash, cut and blanch veggies ahead of time. It saves time and energy when cooking dinner.
Yes, prepping fresh vegetables takes time and energy but The USDA recommends that 1/2 of your plate be filled with them. Some of us take pleasure in working with veggies and others are looking for ways to make it simpler. Usually we wash, cut and cook vegetables while assembling the rest of the meal which can be hectic sometimes. but, if you just prepare them ahead of time or include them in your total meal plan you can simplify cooking for dinner. Here are five ideas for including veggies in your plan. Continue reading →