November 5, 2020
What are you thankful for today or this week? In our “new normal”, I feel like it’s still essential to have quick meal options that don’t mean tons of time slaving over the meal or clean-up. So, one-pot meals are something that I am very thankful for most days. Our friends at Healthy Family Project have tons of ideas for one-pot and one-pan recipes. This tortilla soup is a great option to combat the cool, crisp autumn weather! Check out this and other recipes at HealthyFamilyProject.com.
November 3, 2020
Cast your vote now!
Today isn’t just voting day at the polls. It’s National Sandwich Day! So, cast your vote for your favorite type of sandwich.
October 31, 2020
Although some areas are not allowing trick-or-treating in light of pandemic precautions, it’s important to do so safely. Keep your distance from others, continue following rules about cleanliness and hand sanitizing. And, don’t forget the good practice of having an adult check the treats before the kiddos dig in. Better safe than sorry!
For everyone’s well-being, don’t let the treats got out of hand for your family – including fur babies. We all realize the importance of not over-indulging in Halloween sweets. It can contribute to dental cavities and cause problems with regulating blood sugar. But we’re not the only ones who can suffer from over-indulging. It’s important to keep the Halloween stash away from pets. Some items which are commonly given for Trick or Treating are chocolate and raisins. Both are toxic and could poison your pets. So, keep the treats somewhere that it is out of reach from your fur babies. And, teach your children that Halloween treats are NOT something to share with their furry siblings. Wishing you a safe and happy Halloween!
Dietitians Dish – November 02, 2020
What’s Your Favorite – Pizza or Tacos?
You might think of pizza and tacos as unhealthy because they are fast food and take-out options. As you continue cooking more at home, enjoy creating these comfort foods with a healthier spin. It’s all about what you put into the tacos and onto the pizza that makes a difference! If your family is undecided about which should be on the menu, get creative.
Avocado Taco Pizza combines them into one.
Avocados can keep the whole family healthier.
Pregnant moms and babies benefit, as they help with growth and development.
Eating avocados regularly has been shown to help manage weight. It may even help with cognition and memory. Gut health is affected by dietary fiber, so eating fiber-rich avocado can have a positive impact.
Avocado Taco Pizza
- 1 lb. homemade or store-bought pizza dough, at room temperature
- 2 Tbsps. vegetable oil (divided)
- 1/2 lb. ground turkey
- 1 Tbsp. taco seasoning, reduced-sodium
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 16 oz. can refried beans
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 cup fresh green lettuce, shredded
- 1 ripe, fresh avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and diced
- 3 Tbsps. taco sauce
- 1 batch Avocado Ranch Dressing
(see make ahead recipe below)
Avocado Ranch Dressing
- 1/2 ripe, fresh avocado, pitted and peeled
- 1/3 cup ranch salad dressing
- 2 Tbsps. water
- In a blender or food processor, puree all ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- Preheat oven to 425° F.
- Stretch dough by hand or sprinkle with flour and roll into a ¼” thick circle. Place dough on a large baking sheet or pizza pan, evenly coated with cooking spray.
- Heat 1 Tbsp. of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in ground turkey. Break into crumbles and brown.
- Add in taco seasoning mix and water. Add more water as needed. Cook until turkey is cooked through or until it reaches 165° F.
- Spread dough with beans (leaving a ½” border), followed by cooked ground turkey and top with shredded cheddar cheese.
- Brush the edges of dough with remaining 1 Tbsp. of oil.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until cheese is melted and crust edges are golden.
- Remove pizza from oven and top with shredded lettuce and avocado.
- Drizzle with taco sauce and Avocado Ranch Dressing. Cut each pizza into 8 slices.
Dietitians Dish – October 25, 2020
Food as Medicine…
As we head into the cooler weather, cold and flu season is upon us. Whether you’re worried about a resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic or the annual seasonal concerns, consider how your diet supports your immunity.
The foods we eat not only satisfy hunger and provide energy, but it helps keep our body functioning at its best. Researchers have long been studying the effects of diet, exercise, stress, age and other factors on the body’s immune response. While the intricate cause/effect relationship has not been identified, eating a nutrient-rich diet and following healthy living strategies may give you the upper hand with immunity.
While not a conclusive replacement for medicine, food can have beneficial properties – especially fruits and veggies. Boost the antioxidants in your menu with this fruit salad containing “winter” fruit..
Winter Fruit Salad
- 1 large pomegranate
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
- 2 Clementines, peeled and segmented
- 1 large Gala apple, cut in half, cored and thinly sliced
- 1 medium pear, halved lengthwise, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 cup halved seedless red grapes
- Cut pomegranate into quarters; submerge into bowl of cold water and carefully remove the pomegranate seeds. Reserve 1 cup seeds; in blender, purée remaining seeds. Strain purée through fine-mesh strainer reserving juice; discard solids.
- In small bowl, whisk together honey, 1 tablespoon pomegranate juice (reserve remaining juice for another use) and ginger.
- In large bowl, toss apple, pear, grapes, remaining pomegranate seeds and Clementines. Makes about 7 cups.
- Divide salad into 6 serving bowls; evenly drizzle each with pomegranate honey to serve.