November 11, 2020
Wellness Wednesday – What’s in season?
With fall in full swing, and holiday menus on the horizon, it’s important to know what’s in season to get the most bang for your buck. When things are in season that means they’re at their peak of harvest and flavor. And, given they’re often at the highest supply this time of year, it’s the most cost-efficient time to buy.
During the months of October through December, many of the same items are considered in season. Now is the time that you’ll find the best deals on these seasonal items:
- Brussels Sprouts
- Sweet Potatoes
- Winter Squashes
The Healthy Family Project offers information throughout the year for what’s in season. Including more of these seasonal favorites will boost the nutrients in your menu, and may help defend against cold and flu season germs. I’d rather spend money on nutritious foods that taste great at this time of year than OTC cold medicines and doctor copays. Wouldn’t you?
Dietitians Dish – November 09, 2020
Take the Chill Off… with Chili!
Chili is another seasonal favorite comfort food that can be made healthier. All it takes is simple swaps or the right recipe to follow. With the right combination of ingredients mixed into the chili, you might only need a serving of fruit to create a MyPlate balanced meal.
• Add a variety of beans
• Choose a lean (90% or higher) ground meat
• Make it blenditarian by cooking ground meat with finely diced mushrooms
• Add extra veggies to increase valuable nutrients that benefit immunity
These are just a few ideas for making this comfort food better-for-you. Did you know that cooked tomatoes are one of the best sources of lycopene; an antioxidant that helps to protect against environmental damage to body cells? With the variety of veggies, beans and tomatoes in this lean turkey chili, you’re sure to please everyone around the dinner table.
Hearty & Healthy Turkey Chili
- 2 Tbsps. olive oil
- 2 green or red bell peppers, chopped
- 2 medium celery stalks, chopped
- 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup chili powder
- 4 tsps. minced jalapeño pepper
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. ground red pepper
- 3 lbs. 93% lean ground turkey
- 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
- 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
- 2 cups less-sodium chicken broth
- 1 can (15.5 ounces) no salt added cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can (15.5 ounces) no salt added red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Optional garnishes:sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, shredded cheese, diced avocado
- In a large saucepot, heat oil over medium heat. Add bell peppers, celery and onions; cook 8 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften, stirring frequently. Stir in garlic, chili powder, jalapeño, cumin and ground red pepper; cook 1 minute.
- Increase heat to medium-high. Add turkey and cook 8 minutes or until browned, breaking up meat with side of wooden spoon. Stir in tomato paste; cook 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes and broth; heat to simmering. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in beans and cilantro; cook 5 minutes. Serve chili topped with garnishes, if desired. Makes about 16 cups so plenty of lunchtime leftovers!
November 7, 2020
Without all the gatherings, sporting events, and other activities you might have been involved in pre-COVID, weekends are a good time to try out some better-for-you swaps. Could be simple things like using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream or replacing mashed potatoes with mashed cauliflower. When making these transitions you can swap 100% or start with a 50% blend of the old and new item to get your palate adjusted to a new taste and texture. If you’re eager to swap for a healthier version then jump in with both feet! At this time of year, you can easily find butternut squash and swap it for some cheese in a Mac & Cheese. Instead of potatoes for French fries or chips, you can also cut other types of tubers and root vegetables to look like these traditional forms of potatoes. They’re easily cut into shoestring or crinkle cut fry shapes or thinly sliced for “chips” and not hard to cook. Try these Parsnip fries in a simple, sheet-pan dinner.
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.