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Nutrition Month Recipes Done Right

National Nutrition Month Recipes

It’s National Nutrition Month and a great time to focus on making healthy, fruit- and veggie-filled meals. Get started with nutrition month recipes and how-to videos.

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Whip up Tropical Coconut Oatmeal for a healthy dose of pineapple.

Tropical Coconut Oatmeal
Image and Recipe via Emilie Eats

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Chicken Corn Chowder makes the most of your kids’ favorite veggie.

Chicken Corn Chowder Recipe

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Chili Lime Mango Marinated Chicken Bowls are a balance of sweet and spicy.

Gluten Free Chili Lime Mango Marinated Chicken Bowls {How to Cook with Wine}

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One-Pan Garlic Roasted Salmon with Brussels Sprouts is a simple, elegant dinner.

One Sheet Pan Garlic Roasted Salmon with Brussels Sprouts

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Cauliflower Mac and Cheese with Chicken Sausage lightens up your favorite.

Dude Diet Healthy Mac and Cheese

The Dude Diet: Mac and Cheese Edition

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This easy Ginger Carrot Radish Salad is a perfect side for spring meals.

Ginger Carrot Radish Salad

ginger carrot radish salad

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Picnic Party

Healthy Picnic Recipes

While you’re out at the parks, we had some healthy picnic recipes for you to make a day of it!

First up was a light take on potato salad that uses cauliflower instead of potato.

Recipe: Low-Carb Cauliflower ‘Potato’ Salad

 

This easy Cucumber Basil and Watermelon Salad is perfect to eat outdoors.

 

Whip up this delicious Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad for your next picnic.

Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

 

Toss your mayo-filled version for this Broccoli Salad with Creamy Almond Dressing.

Broccoli Salad with Creamy Almond Dressing
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These Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips lighten up your favorite craving and side.

Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips

Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips

 

Watermelon Pineapple Summer Salad will be a new picnic staple.

Watermelon Pineapple Summer Salad with Honey Lime Mint Dressing

 

Sneak in plenty of veggies with these easy Ginger Scallion Chicken Wraps.

Ginger Scallion Chicken Wraps

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Cleaning Produce at Home

Cleaning Before Eating

Cleaning produce carefully before eating it is important for lots of reasons. Some people blame all foodborne illnesses on meat, but in recent years, fruits and veggies, like spinach, tomatoes, and lettuce, have played a role in many illnesses.

Your fresh fruits and veggies can get contaminated by animals or harmful substances in the soil or water during farming. And after farming, they pass through many people’s hands, raising that risk even more.

Easy Steps for Cleaning Produce

  1. Start by washing your hands with soap and warm water.
  2. Always wash and cut off bruised or damaged parts of fruits and veggies before eating or preparing them.
  3.  Always wash fruits and veggies before you peel them, so dirt and bacteria don’t go from your hands or knife onto the parts of the fruits or veggies you eat.
  4. Use a clean vegetable brush to scrub firm produce, like melons, squash, and cucumber.
  5. Gently rub fruits and veggies under cold, running water. You don’t need to use soap or cleaners.
  6. Dry them with a clean cloth or paper towels to help get rid of any other bacteria.

Tips for Cleaning Produce

Fruits with Stems

Fruits like apples and pears can hold bacteria around the stem, so it’s always a good idea to wash them off right before eating them. And it never hurts to cut off the core’s outer ends before eating.

Fruits with Rinds

Even though you don’t eat the peel of things like oranges and grapefruits, make sure you rinse them well before peeling them. You can always scrub bumpy foods, like avocados, to kill bacteria. If you’re going to use zest in a recipe, cleaning these kinds of fruits is really important.

Berries

Rinse berries gently. Using a colander can make it easier to drain them of extra water.

Lettuce and Cabbage

Throw out the outer leaves of all heads of leafy greens.

Broccoli and Cauliflower

These have lots of spaces for bacteria to hide. Soak these for a few minutes if rinsing them can’t get every spot.

Celery

Things that come in a bunch, like celery, should be pulled apart before washing, so you can get each piece clean.

Root Veggies

Veggies like potatoes and carrots need scrubbed well to get all of the dirt and bacteria off, even if you’re going to peel them after.

Mushrooms

Some mushrooms can absorb water, so it’s important to not let them soak. Rinse them gently or wipe them off thoroughly with a damp cloth or paper towel.

Organic Produce

Still needs washed! And while farmers markets are a great place to get local, healthy produce, you should still wash it all carefully!

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Your fruits and veggies can also get contaminated after you’ve bought them. Learn more about storing your food to prevent this. And make sure your food prep is safe.

Cooking Healthy Cauliflower Recipes

Healthy Cauliflower Recipes

This week in food, we featured another vegetable that is perfectly in season in April, cauliflower. These healthy cauliflower recipes make the most of it.

First up for Meatless Monday was a healthy Teriyaki Cauliflower Rice Bowl, which uses “rice” made out of cauliflower, but you’ll never know the difference.

Teriyaki Cauliflower Rice Bowl
Image and Recipe via Yup.. It’s Vegan!

 

Try this recipe for one of the food substitutes sweeping the internet, Skinny Cauliflower Mash. Perfect for mashed potato lovers.

The Nutrition Twins Skinny Cauliflower Mash

 

These Cheesy Cauliflower Tots are perfect to fool your kids, or even just your inner child, into a healthy snack.

Cheesy Cauliflower Tots

 

This Greek Roasted Lemon Cauliflower and Potatoes with Feta Cheese recipe is an all-in-one side dish for any dinner.

Greek Roasted Lemon Cauliflower and Potatoes with Feta Cheese
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You can make pizza with a cauliflower crust for much fewer calories, and it will be delicious with a full serving of veggies.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza
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This Fried Cauliflower with Tahini and Pomegranate Seeds is a bright and tasty side for spring entrees.

Fried Cauliflower with Tahini and Pomegranate Seeds

 

Try making Healthy Blackened Chicken Fajitas with Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice the next time you’re craving takeout.

Healthy Blackened Chicken Fajitas with Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Healthy Blackened Chicken Fajitas With Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

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