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Avoid Food Waste

Tips to Fight Food Waste

We now produce enough food for everyone in the world, but 1 in 3 of those food calories are wasted – enough to feed 10 times the population of the United States.

This week in food, learn more about how you can do your part to fight food waste.

The Problem with Food Waste

 

Before you meal plan, take inventory of what you already have at home, especially fresh produce. Make your meal plan around the ingredients you already have to avoid wasting any of them.

Smart Meal Planning

 

Make smart choices at the store. Don’t buy a lot of something just because it’s on sale unless you’re sure you’ll use it all.

Shopping to Avoid Food Waste

 

Learn about how to store your produce the right way for that particular item to make it last as long as possible.

Food Storage Done Right

Keeping Things Fresh

 

One spot or bruise doesn’t mean the whole fruit or veggie is ruined. You can cut off the bad spot and still use the rest in many cases.

Cook without Waste

 

Use your scraps, like carrot peelings, onion skins, and tops of celery to make homemade veggie stock, chicken bones or meat scraps for meat stocks and broth, or start a compost to put waste to good use in your garden.

Using All of your Ingredients

 

Make the most of your freezer. Freeze leftover fruits and veggies, soups, and even some meals to use later in a hurry for smoothies, dinners, and more.

Make the Most of Frozen Ingredients

Farmers Market Recipes

Farmers Market Recipes

In honor of National Farmers Market Week, we have farmers market recipes packed with fresh fruits and veggies to help you use your in-season summer finds.

This super simple Heirloom Tomato and Chicken Toss will be a crowd-pleaser.

Heirloom Tomato and Chicken Toss
Image and Recipe via My Recipes

 

Seared Salmon with Sugar Snap-Fennel Slaw is a light and delicious summer meal.

Seared Salmon with Sugar Snap-Fennel Slaw
Image and Recipe via Eating Well

 

For rainy or sick days, this rich Andean Potato & Cheese Soup is sure to please.

Andean Potato & Cheese Soup
Image and Recipe via The Kitchn

 

Mix sweet and savory with these Pork Chops with Cherry Sauce.

Pork Chops with Cherry Sauce
Image and Recipe via Real Simple

 

Basil, Blackberry, and Grilled Chicken Salad is the summer lunch you’ve been missing.

Basil, Blackberry, and Grilled Chicken Salad
Image and Recipe via Cooking Light

 

Use the summer staple to make Honey-Chipotle Grilled Corn.

Honey-Chipotle Grilled Corn
Image and Recipe via My Recipes

 

Skip the expensive restaurant and make Pepper Steak Fajitas at home.

Pepper Steak Fajitas
Image and Recipe via Health

Healthy Papaya Recipes

Healthy Papaya Recipes for National Papaya Month

It’s National Papaya Month. Summer is the perfect time to try out the tropical fruit with these healthy papaya recipes.

These tasty Papaya, Banana & Coconut Muffins make a great breakfast or snack.

Papaya, Banana & Coconut Muffins

Whip up Thai Fish Burgers with Green Mango & Papaya Slaw for your next get-together.

Thai Fish Burgers with Green Mango & Papaya Slaw

This easy Strawberry Papaya Salad is light and refreshing for an afternoon snack.

Strawberry Papaya Salad

Replace the takeout with this bright and beautiful Chicken and Papaya Stir Fry.

Chicken and Papaya Stir Fry
Image and Recipe via Food & Wine

 

Ditch the pudding cup with this rich Mango and Papaya Chia Pudding with Apricot.

Mango and Papaya Chia Pudding with Apricot
Image and Recipe via Anna Banana

 

Make the most of fresh, light fish with Pan Seared Mahi Mahi with Mango Papaya Salsa.

Pan Seared Mahi Mahi with Mango Papaya Salsa

Fall in love with this refreshing Vegan Ice Cream with Papaya and Coconut Milk as a tropical treat.

Vegan Ice Cream with Papaya and Coconut Milk
Image and Recipe via Farm on Plate

School Lunches Done Right

Vantage Point: Eating Like a Grown-Up

With the holidays fast-approaching, I think fondly of my mother. She was a private and commercial cook for over 40 years and was very good about making our family eat balanced meals. Of course, she included my school lunches in that quest as well.

Like every kid, I wanted a lunch just like my friends’. Their menus consisted of:

  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
  • Bags of chips
  • Carrots (only a few)
  • A Twinkie or Hostess cupcake

My mother had other ideas. Here’s an example of what my lunches consisted of:

  • Meatloaf sandwich
  • Cut-up celery
  • An apple or pear
  • A box of raisins

To a sixth-grader, this was so not cool. I pleaded and begged with my mom to change what she was putting in my lunches, to no avail. By high school, I was buying lunch, and she never knew what I ate.

Fast forward to my lunches as an adult. Most days, I eat leftovers from dinner the night before, which works out great because they are well-balanced meals. However, on those days when I am on-the-go out of the office, it’s a little bit more work to eat a balanced meal. I sometimes feel like I am channeling my mother, or she’s haunting me.

I think all of our tastes develop and get more complex as we get older. And with that, healthier eating gets easier, especially if we make the choice. I find myself making that choice by looking for places to eat where the food is served fresh, well-balanced, and healthy.

And every once in a while, I still find myself wanting a Twinkie or a Hostess cupcake, well…just because I can.

Joy Stanford is a community liaison with Health Alliance, serving Thurston County. She’s been involved with Medicare for 20+ years and truly enjoys it. She enjoys gospel, R&B, and country music, and she owns over 100 pairs of shoes.

Adding a Fresh Bite with Jalapeño Recipes

Healthy Jalapeño Recipes

This week, we featured some healthy jalapeño recipes that will let you add a little spice to your summer with the in-season pepper.

First up is a vegetarian BBQ must, the Jalapeño Popper Black Bean Burger.

Jalapeno Popper Black Bean Burgers

 

Whip up this easy family-favorite side, Twice Baked Jalapeño Sweet Potatoes.

Twice Baked Jalapeno Sweet Potato Recipe

 

Make this Slow Cooker Jalapeño Popper Chicken Chili to work up a sweat.

Slow Cooker Paleo Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili

 

This Strawberry Jalapeño Salsa will add a sweet, spicy kick to your next party.

Strawberry Jalapeño Salsa

 

Slow Cooker Jalapeño Popper Chicken Taquitos combine your favorite appetizers.

Slow Cooker Jalapeño Popper Chicken Taquitos

 

This Healthy Crock Pot Jalapeño Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup is fresh and easy.

Healthy Crock Pot Jalapeno, Chicken & Sweet Corn Soup

 

Make these Jalapeño Popper Quinoa Bites for a healthy snack or appetizer.

Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

Cooking Spring Side Dishes with Fresh Veggies

Healthy Spring Side Dishes

This week, we featured spring side dishes that make use of some of your favorite fresh spring veggies.

First up is a Spring Pea and Radish Salad worth shelling fresh peas for.

Spring Pea and Radish Salad
Image and Recipe via Running with Tweezers

 

These bright Roasted Potatoes and Lemon with Dill will satisfy your potato craving.

Roasted Potatoes and Lemon with Dill
Image and Recipe via Real Simple

 

Keep some Pickled Lavender Carrots on hand for a twist on your sandwich.

Pickled Lavendar Carrots
Image and Recipe via Rattlebridge Farm

 

Asparagus with Citrus Sauce is light and refreshing with grilled chicken or fish.

Asparagus with Citrus Sauce
Image and Recipe via Good Housekeeping

 

Throw together this Carrot, Avocado, and Orange Salad for your next BBQ.

Carrot, Avocado, and Orange Salad
Image and Recipe via Epicurious

 

Spring Orzo Pasta Salad with Asparagus and Artichokes will be a tasty and vibrant addition to your spring meals.

Spring Orzo Pasta Salad with Asparagus and Artichokes
Image and Recipe via Food for My Family

 

This Crunchy Sprout and Daikon Salad with Mint is a great coleslaw replacement.

Crunchy Sprout and Daikon Salad with Mint
Image and Recipe via Whole Living

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Rhubarb Picking for Rhubarb Recipes

Healthy Rhubarb Recipes

This week, we featured vibrant and in-season rhubarb, known for its appearances in strawberry pies, in healthy rhubarb recipes.

First up is a lighter take on that classic, Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
Image and Recipe via Cooking Classy

 

This light and fresh Rhubarb Sorbet is a beautiful spring treat.

Rhubarb Sorbet
Image and Recipe via Simply Recipes

 

Grill up this Thai Chicken with Rhubarb Sauce for an easy and delicious spring meal.

THAI CHICKEN WITH RHUBARB SAUCE

 

These fresh Rhubarb Bars are a delicious twist on the classic lemon bar.

Rhubarb Bars

 

Whip up this Roasted Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce for a tangy, sweet, and thick sauce.

Roasted Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce (Market Monday)

 

This lovely Coconut Rhubarb Cake makes a perfect spring breakfast or snack.

Coconut-Rhubarb Cake

 

Rhubarb and Greek Yogurt Popsicles are the creamy, light dessert of your dreams.

Rhubarb and Greek Yogurt Popsicles

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