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National Dessert Month

National Dessert Month

For National Dessert Month, we’re helping you satisfy your sweet tooth with healthy dessert recipes.

First up are Fudgy Avocado Brownies that won’t leave you feeling guilty.

Fudgy Avocado Brownies with Avocado Frosting

 

Use in-season apples with Low-Fat Apple Cake that’s just 116 calories per slice.

Low Fat Apple Cake

Low Fat Apple Cake

 

If your kids are adventurous, this Pistachio Chocolate Banana Sushi is an easy treat.

Pistachio Chocolate Banana Sushi
Image and Recipe via The Petite Cook

 

Feel like you’re indulging with these tasty Greek Yogurt Lemon Cheesecake Bars.

Greek Yogurt Lemon Cheesecake Bars

 

Don’t fill up on Halloween candy. Try Healthy Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites instead.

Healthy Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites
Image and Recipe via The Harvest Kitchen

 

Simple Maple Vanilla Baked Pears make the perfect dessert for cool fall nights.

Simple Maple Vanilla Baked Pears (Video)

 

Whip up Vegan Chocolate Pudding for a treat the whole family will love.

Vegan Chocolate Pudding
Image and Recipe via Paleo Running Momma

Featuring Pear Recipes

Healthy Pear Recipes

This week we featured wonderful wintery, pear recipes to help you make the most of the fruit while it’s in season.

Pear Chutney Bruschetta with Pecans and Blue Cheese makes the perfect, rich holiday appetizer.

Pear Chutney Bruschetta with Pecans and Blue Cheese

 

Baked Pears with Walnuts and Honey are a delicious and healthy dessert, which also looks beautiful.

Baked Pears with Walnuts and Honey

 

Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Pears and Brie are the perfect winter meal for the holidays.

Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Pears and Brie

Skinnytaste Stuffed Chicken Breast with Pears and Brie Recipe

 

This quick and easy Honey Pear Bread is a wonderful way to kick off your weekend.

Honey Pear Bread

 

Pear Sauce made from the in-season fruit is a great substitute for your kids’ favorite apple sauce.

Easy Pear Sauce

 

Cinnamon Pork Chops with Spiced Pears perfectly balances sweet and savory flavors.

Cinnamon Pork Chops with Spiced Pears
Image and Recipe via Favorite Family Recipes

 

Make this Spiced Pear Baked Oatmeal for a hearty holiday breakfast.

Pear Baked Oatmeal
Image and Recipe via Oh My Veggies

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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.