Tuesday, December 21, 2021

December 21, National Fried Shrimp Day

Batter-Fried Shrimp

Makes 2 servings

1/2 cup light beer
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon canola oil, divided
8 oz raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails left on
Freshly ground pepper, to taste

1. Whisk beer, flour, mustard and salt in a medium bowl until smooth.
2. Batter the shrimp right before you add to the skillet.
3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
4. Hold shrimp by the tail and dip in the batter one at a time. Let excess batter drip off.
5. Add the shrimp to the hot oil, making sure they aren’t touching. Cook, turning once. Adjusting heat as necessary to prevent burning. Cook until golden brown on the outside and curled, 3 to 4 minutes total. Transfer to a paper towel and pat dry. Serve on a platter.
6. Season the shrimp with pepper and serve right away.

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Monday, December 20, 2021

National Sangria Day - Winter Sangria

Winter Sangria
Author: Joanne Weir
Cooking Light

Yield: 10 servings (serving size: about 2/3 cup)

1 cup fresh satsuma orange juice (about 4 satsumas)
1 cup satsuma orange sections (about 2 satsumas)
1/3 cup Triple Sec (orange-flavored liqueur)
1/4 cup sugar 2 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges
1 lime, cut into 8 wedges
1 (750-milliliter) bottle fruity red wine

1. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher, stirring until sugar dissolves.
2. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

Nutritional Information  
Calories 137 
Fat 0.1g 
Protein 0.3g 
Carbohydrate 17g 
Fiber 0.8g 
Cholesterol 0.0mg 
Iron 0.4mg 
Sodium 4mg 
Calcium 20mg

Saturday, December 18, 2021

December, Celebrate Root Vegetables: Carrots

The carrot is a root vegetable, usually orange in color, though purple, red, white, and yellow varieties are available. It has a crisp texture when fresh. Carrots add sweetness and color to stews, soups, stir-fries, slaws, and cakes, plus an excellent source of Vitamin A and a good source of fiber.

Nutritional Information

Carrots are known for their rich supply of the antioxidant, beta-carotene. Research has focused on the health benefits in the areas of vision, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

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Recipe: Carrot Ginger Bisque
Yield: 6 servings
Serving Size: about 1 cup

2 cup Vegetable Broth, low sodium
1.5 cup Carrots, diced
1/4 cup Cranberries, dried, sweetened
1 box (17.6 oz) Cashew Carrot Ginger Bisque, Pacific Natural Foods
3/4 cup White Beans, unsalted, drained

Heat the vegetable broth. Add diced carrots and dried cranberries. Simmer until carrots and cranberries are tender. Using a strainer separate the carrots and cranberries from the broth. Reserve carrots and cranberries.

Combine the broth and "Cashew Carrot Ginger Bisque". Heat over medium heat until hot, stirring occasionally. Add the white beans and reserved carrots and cranberries. Mix and reheat to serving temperature.

Notes. I used a low sodium vegetable broth to lower the sodium content of the Cashew Carrot Ginger Bisque. To increase the fiber content, I garnished the recipe with white beans, diced carrots, and dried cranberries.

Nutrition Information

Growing Carrots: Red, Yellow, Purple & Orange

Carrots should be firm, smooth, crisp, fresh, deep in color, and free of cuts.

Remove tops of carrots. Store in the refrigerator up to two weeks in a plastic bag.

Serving Ideas.
1. Add shredded raw carrots to salads.
2. Add carrots to soup or puree carrots to make a carrot soup.
3. Combine cooked carrots with dried fruit 
4. Snack with a low-fat dip or plain.
1. Fruits & Veggies More Matters: Carrots
The World's Healthiest Foods: Carrots
3. WebMD: 
5 Healthy Facts About Carrots

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

December 17, Maple Syrup Day
Nutrition and Serving Suggestions

Maple syrup is a syrup usually made from the sap of a variety of maple trees. The Canadian province of Quebec is the largest producer. Vermont is the largest producer in the United States.

· Maple syrup is graded according to scales based on its density and translucency. Sucrose is the most prevalent sugar in maple syrup.
· Canada, syrups must be at least 66 percent sugar and be made exclusively from maple sap to qualify as maple syrup.
· In the United States, the syrup must be made almost entirely from maple sap to be labeled as "maple".
· "Maple-flavored" syrups include maple syrup but may contain additional ingredients.
· "Pancake syrup", "waffle syrup", "table syrup", and similarly named syrups are substitutes which are less expensive than maple syrup


Maple syrup is often added to pancakes, waffles, French toast, fruit, ice cream, and hot cereal. It is used as a sweetener or flavoring agent in baking and in granola, applesauce, baked beans, candied sweet potatoes, winter squash, cakes, pies, and bread. Culinary professionals praise its unique flavor.


Maple syrup has a significant amount of manganese (13 grams = 22% DV) and contains potassium and calcium.

How It's Made - Maple Syrup

Reference: Wikipedia. Maple Syrup

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

December 14, National Bouillabaisse Day, A Traditional Fish Stew

Bouillabaisse is a traditional fish stew originating in Provence. Commonly used vegetables include leeks, onions, tomatoes, celery and potatoes. The vegetables are simmered together with the broth and served with the fish. What makes a bouillabaisse different from other fish soups is the selection of herbs and spices in the broth and the way the fish are added one at a time, in a certain order, and brought to a boil.

Serves 6 (about 3 cups each)

8 cups water
3 (1 1/4-pound) whole lobsters
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups chopped onion
2 cups coarsely chopped celery
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped carrot
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups coarsely chopped tomato (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1/2 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 bay leaves
1 pound skinned halibut fillets, cut into 2-inch pieces
22 small clams, scrubbed
30 small mussels, scrubbed and debearded
1/2 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined


1. Using an 8 quart stockpot bring water to a boil.
2. Plunge lobsters headfirst into water. Return to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 12 minutes.
3. Remove lobsters from water (do not drain); cool. Remove meat from cooked lobster tails and claws; cut into 1-inch pieces, reserving shells.
4. Cover and refrigerate lobster meat.
5. Return reserved shells to water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Drain through a colander over a large bowl, reserving broth; discard shells. Wipe pan dry with a paper towel.
6. Heat oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, carrot, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes.
7. Add reserved broth, tomato, saffron, thyme, pepper, and bay leaves; bring to a boil. 
8. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Discard bay leaves.
9. Bring to a boil; add halibut, reduce heat, and simmer 4 minutes. 
10. Add clams; cook 1 minute. 
11. Add mussels; cook 2 minutes. 
12. Add shrimp; cook 3 minutes. Bring to a boil. 
13. Add reserved lobster meat; cook until thoroughly heated. 
14. Discard unopened shells.

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Monday, December 13, 2021

December 13, National Cocoa Day

Save Calories and Fat by using Skim (Nonfat) Milk, 
instead of Whole Milk. You still receive the
benefits of calcium and vitamin D.
Skim /NonFat Milk
90 Calories
0 g Fat;
250 mg Calcium
124 IU / 3.2 mcg Vitamin D

Whole Milk
149 Calories
8 g Fat;
276 mg Calcium
124 IU / 3.2 mcg Vitamin D

The Polar Express, "Hot Chocolate Song" 

Sunday, December 12, 2021

December 12, Gingerbread House Day
with a Healthier Look

Jake and I made this gingerbread house
with peanut butter, raspberries, blueberries,
dried apricots and yogurt covered raisins. It's alright
to snack on the decorations.

Jake and I also made a Hanukkah Gingerbread House.

The Gingerbread House is decorated with Fresh and Dried Fruits, Nuts, Vegetables, Peanut Butter and Low Fat Cottage Cheese. Peanut Butter will take the place of the icing traditionally used. The cottage cheese and cauliflower will be the snow and a wonderful dip when you are ready to serve.

Before you get started, remember to wash your hands. Also, we need to wash the fresh fruits and vegetables.

When making the gingerbread house, leave any perishable items in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them; that includes the cheese and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Have fun and be creative.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

The Edible Christmas Tree

A fun and healthy project for the family to enjoy.

Styrofoam Cones, assorted sizes (Can purchase at a craft shop
Toothpicks (Young children should be assisted by an adult)
An assortment of Fruits and Vegetables, such as Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Grapes, Watermelon, Mushroom, Arugula, Broccoli, Kiwi, Mango, Carrots, Tomatoes, Figs, Blueberries, Strawberries, Peppers, Squash, Carambola, Pomegranate Seeds
Protein: Cottage Cheese or Goat Cheese for snow

1. Wash your hands.
2. Wash the fresh fruits and vegetables.
3. Wash your hands again.
4. Cut fruits and vegetables into a variety of shapes. Make sure the pieces are large enough to fit onto a toothpick.

5. Start at the bottom and work your way up. Use the largest fruits and vegetables first.

6. Be creative

7. Top your Christmas tree with Carambola (Starfruit).
8. Sprinkle Goat Cheese over the tree.
9. Serve with low-fat vanilla yogurt.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

December Root Vegetable Month: Rutabaga, Parsnips and Carrots

Nutritional Information

Rutabaga, Parsnips, and Carrots

Serves 3 to 4

18.5 oz can French Onion Soup
1 medium Rutabaga*, peel, cut into 1-inch cubes
3 medium Carrots, peel, cut into 1-inch cubes
3 medium Parsnips, peel, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 tsp Curry Powder (or to taste)

1. Bring French onion soup to a boil.
2. Add the rutabagas, parsnips, and carrots into the soup. Add curry powder.
3. Reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes or until desired doneness.

*If you have a difficult time cutting the rutabaga. place the peeled rutabaga into the microwave for 4 minutes. It will be very hot. Let cool and run under cold water until it is room temperature. Cut into cubes.

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Rutabaga 101

National Stress-Free Family Holiday Month
Tips for Coping with Holiday Stress and Depression

18 tips for coping with holiday stress and depression:

1.       Make realistic expectations for the holiday season.
2.       Set realistic goals for yourself.
3.       Do not take on more responsibilities than you can handle. Pace yourself.
4.       Make a list and prioritize the important activities. This can help make holiday tasks
     more manageable.
5.       Be realistic about what you can and cannot do.
6.       Do not put all your energy into just one day. The holiday cheer can be spread from
     one holiday event to the next.
7.       Live and enjoy the present. Look to the future with optimism.
8.       Don't set yourself up for disappointment and sadness by comparing today with the
    good old days of the past.
9.      If you are lonely, try volunteering some time to help others.
10.   Find holiday activities that are free, such as looking at holiday decorations, going
   window shopping without buying, and watching the winter weather, whether it's a
   snowflake or a raindrop.
11.   Limit your drinking, since excessive drinking will only increase your feelings of
12.   Try something new. Celebrate the holidays in a new way.
13.   Spend time with supportive and caring people.
14.   Reach out and make new friends.
15.   Make time to contact a long-lost friend or relative and spread some holiday cheer.
16.   Make time for yourself!
17.   Let others share the responsibilities of holiday tasks.
18.   Keep track of your holiday spending. Overspending can lead to depression when the bills arrive after the holidays are over. Extra bills with little budget to pay them can lead to further stress and depression.

1. Holiday Stress and Depression, WebMD   http://wb.md/2kw3Lh7

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

December 8, National Brownie Day
Comparing the Brands

The chocolate brownie is either fudge or cake-like, depending on their density. They may include nuts, frosting, whipped cream, chocolate chips, fruits, or other ingredients. 

Comparing the Brands

Recipe Resources

Monday, December 6, 2021

National Handwashing Awareness Month Resources

Will Sawyer, MD is a Family Physician and the creator of the Henry the Hand Foundation and Henry the Hand Champion Handwasher.

Goal: To improve health by making us more aware of the role our hands play in the spread of disease.

Mission: To propagate Henry the Hand's 4 Principles of Hand Awareness throughout the United States and the world!
1. WASH your hands when they are dirty and BEFORE eating.
2. DO NOT cough into your hands.
3. DO NOT sneeze into your hands.
4. Above all, DO NOT put your fingers into your eyes, nose, or mouth!

Henry the Hand Champion
Handwashing School Visit

Dr. Will has created a wonderful website for children and educators. The site contains posters, coloring books, school programs, tips on Food Safety, and a lot more. Visit Henry the Handwashing Champion.

Why Handwashing with Soap?

Handwashing with soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrheal and acute respiratory infections, which take the lives of millions of children in developing countries every year. Together, they are responsible for the majority of all child deaths. Yet, despite its lifesaving potential, handwashing with soap is seldom practiced and difficult to promote.

Turning handwashing with soap before eating and after using the toilet into a habit could save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention, cutting deaths from diarrhea by almost half and deaths from acute respiratory infections by one-quarter. A vast change in handwashing behavior is critical to meeting the Millennium Development Goal of reducing deaths among children under the age of five by two-thirds by 2015.

Global Handwashing Day focuses on children because they suffer the most from diarrheal and respiratory diseases and deaths, but research shows that children can also be powerful agents for changing behaviors like handwashing with soap in their communities.

When should you wash your hands?

·         Before, during, and after preparing food
·         Before eating food
·         Before and after caring for someone who is sick
·         Before and after treating a cut or wound
·         After using the toilet
·         After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
·         After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
·         After touching an animal or animal waste
·         After touching garbage

It's In Your Hands

Resources and References
1. CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives
3. Partnership for Food Safety Education, Fight BAC!
4. The Scrub Club. A fun, interactive, and educational Web site that teaches children the proper way to wash their hands. The site contains interactive games, educational music, downloadable activities for kids, educational materials for teachers, and program information for parents.
5. Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP! (School Network for Absenteeism Prevention) program is a joint initiative of the CDC and the American Cleaning Institute. This program seeks to improve hand hygiene habits to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases and reduce related absenteeism. This grassroots, education-based effort can help improve health by making hand cleaning an integral part of the school day. Without proper hand cleaning, a single infection can quickly spread among students, teachers, family, and friends.

December 7, National Cotton Candy Day - The Secrets of Sugar

Cotton candy (also known as candy floss) is a form of spun sugar. A typical serving on a stick is approximately 1 ounce/30 grams. Cotton candy contains sugar and often food coloring. This type of food is known as a concentrated sweet or empty calories. One serving is equivalent to about 13 sugar cubes.

Nutrition Information

An educated consumer has the ability to make
wise food choices.

The Secrets of Sugar - CBC News

Sunday, December 5, 2021

December 6, National Gazpacho Day
Gazpacho with Feta Cheese and Tabouli Salad

Gazpacho with Feta Cheese and Tabouli Salad

Serves 8

2-1/2 cups peeled and diced (1/4 inch) hothouse cucumber 
2-1/2 cups diced red and green bell pepper 
2-1/2 cups diced ripe tomato 
1/2 cup diced red and white onion 
2 cups tomato juice, low sodium 
1/4 cup red-wine vinegar 
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 
1 dash Tabasco sauce
4 Tbsp Feta Cheese
1/2 cup Tabouli Salad

1. Place all of the vegetables in a large bowl. Add the tomato juice, vinegar, oil, and Tabasco. Toss.
2. Transfer half of the mixture to a blender or food processor and pulse on and off until coarsely puree. 
3. Return puree mixture to the bowl and stir to combine. Refrigerate for 5 to 6 hours before serving.
4. Combine Feta cheese and Tabouli Salad.
5. Top Gazpacho with 1-1/2 Tablespoon of Feta Cheese and Tabouli Salad

Nutrition Information

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