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Corn Month

Corn Month

It’s Corn Month, so make the most of the veggie with these healthy corn recipes.

First up is a simple and refreshing side that’s especially good with Mexican food, Fresh Cilantro Corn Salad.

Fresh Cilantro Corn Salad

 

This veggie-packed Southwest Chicken Skillet is the perfect, easy weeknight meal for the family.

Southwest Chicken Skillet
Image and Recipe via Barefeet in the Kitchen

 

This light Zucchini Corn Salad is the perfect fall replacement for heavy potluck sides.

Zucchini Corn Salad

 

Fish has never been easier with these refreshing Honey Lime Tilapia and Corn Foil Packs.

Honey Lime Tilapia and Corn Foil Packs
Image and Recipe via Delish

 

Substitute this delicious Basil Pesto & Roasted Corn Rice for your standard rice pilaf.

Basil Pesto & Roasted Corn Rice

 

Make the most of sweet corn with this tasty Fresh Sweet Corn Salad.

Fresh Sweet Corn Salad
Image and Recipe via Eating Well

 

Get your last taste of summer in with these Chicken, Tomatoes, and Corn Foil Packs.

Chicken, Tomatoes, and Corn Foil Packs
Image and Recipe via Delish

Healthy Potato Recipes

Healthy Potato Recipes

This week, we’re featuring healthy potato recipes that you can use this holiday season without hurting your healthy diet.

First up are The Creamiest Vegan Mashed Potatoes, perfect for your Thanksgiving.

The Creamiest Vegan Mashed Potatoes
Image and Recipe via My California Roots

 

Make this easy Seasonal Leek and Potato Pan Roast for a beautiful side dish.

Seasonal Leek and Potato Pan Roast {Paleo, Vegan}

 

This Skinny Stuffed Baked Potato Soup will be a hit at holiday potlucks.

Skinny Stuffed Baked Potato Soup
Image and Recipe via Jeanette’s Healthy Living

 

This Vegan Avocado Potato Salad is a light and easy side for work events.

Vegan Avocado Potato Salad with Dill & Cilantro

 

Skip the unhealthy fried snacks with Simple Baked Potato Chips.

Simple Baked Potato Chips

 

This Vegan Breakfast Skillet is veggie-packed and will satisfy your potato craving.

Vegan Breakfast Skillet

 

Whip up this refreshing Cilantro Lime Potato Salad for a hearty side.

Cilantro Lime Potato Salad Image and Recipe via Julia’s Album

Coming Together for the Holidays

Healthy Holiday Dishes

This week, we have some healthy holiday dishes for your parties and meals.

First up is a guilt-free appetizer, Turkey Cranberry Meatballs.

Turkey Cranberry Meatballs

Turkey Cranberry Meatballs

 

These easy Roasted Cranberry and Goat Cheese Flatbreads are like holiday pizza.

Roasted Cranberry and Goat Cheese Flatbreads

roasted cranberry and goat cheese flatbreads

 

Cranberry Pecan Mini Goat Cheese Balls help you keep your holiday portions under control.

Cranberry Pecan Mini Goat Cheese Balls

 

One Pan Cranberry Balsamic Roasted Chicken is a simple meal for holiday entertaining.

One Pan Cranberry Balsamic Roasted Chicken {Paleo}

 

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Grapes & Figs are the perfect holiday potluck side.

Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Grapes & Figs – Gluten Free Thanksgiving Side Dishes

 

Hearty Caramelized Onion Apple Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash is great for holiday guests.

Caramelized Onion Apple Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash {Paleo & Whole30}

 

Make holiday dessert easy with Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries, and Pecans.

Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries and Pecans

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Flaming Hot

Hot Enough

There’s a good reason to make sure you’re always cooking your meat to the right temps: foodborne illness.

Foodborne illness, or food poisoning, is when you eat or drink foods that are contaminated by bacteria, viruses, parasites, or even poisonous chemicals. There are more than 250 different foodborne illnesses. The top 5 are the most dangerous.

Myths vs. Facts

Myth: Food poisoning is rare and not that serious.

Facts:

Foodborne Illness Stats
Statistics via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Myth: I will know if I have food poisoning.

Facts: Food poisoning is often blamed on things like “a stomach bug,” but it can have many symptoms.

The most common symptoms are nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. You could experience all of these or just one. It really depends on what caused it.

Myth: This happened because my food was dirty.

Facts: There are lots of reasons this can happen.

Fresh fruit and veggies can be contaminated if they’re washed in tainted water or touched by unwashed hands or sick people who help process the food.

Some healthy animals have certain kinds of bacteria to help their digestion. These can come in contact with the meat you eat during processing. Salmonella, one of the most dangerous foodborne illnesses, can infect a hen so that its eggs are infected from the start.

Leaving raw food to thaw out of the fridge or leaving cooked food out for too long, like at a potluck or BBQ, can let bacteria grow.

Food coming into contact during cooking with raw meats or dirty cutting boards and knives can spread the bacteria to things that were clean!

What Should I Do?

First, make sure you’re washing your fruits and veggies after you buy them and storing things safely.

Heat can kill bacteria, so always make sure you cook your food to the right temperature. You can do this by using a food thermometer.

Place the thermometer in the thickest part of the food, but it shouldn’t be touching bone or fat. Check the temp toward the end of cooking but before you think it will be done. And make sure to clean it well with hot, soapy water between each use.

Use these handy guides to cook and grill your food to safe temperatures:

Meat & Poultry Temperature Guide
Image via Food Network

 

Grill Master Guide
Image via Visual News

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Wondering how long your food is actually good for? We can help make sense of all those dates!

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Fresh, Healthy Strawberry Recipes

Healthy Strawberry Recipes

Strawberries are in season, so it’s time to whip up some fresh and tasty summer dishes with healthy strawberry recipes.

First up is a Strawberry Balsamic Chicken that is a fresh take on Italian Caprese flavors.

Strawberry Balsamic Chicken

 

These Whole Wheat Strawberry Banana Protein Muffins are a sweet breakfast without added sugar.

Whole Wheat Strawberry Banana Protein Muffins

 

Strawberry Shortcake Greek Yogurt Popsicles are a light and refreshing version of the summer classic.

Strawberry Shortcake Greek Yogurt Popsicles
Image and Recipe via The Kitchen Paper

 

Looking for a way to use up those fresh berries before they go bad? Try this Simple Strawberry Chia Refrigerator Jam.

Strawberry Chia Jam

{Recipe Post} Simple Strawberry Chia Refrigerator Jam

 

This Strawberry, Chicken, Bacon, and Spinach Wrap is the perfect summer lunch any day of the week.

Strawberry Chicken Bacon & Spinach Wraps with Poppyseed Dressing

 

Peach, Nectarine, and Strawberry Fruit Salad is a delicious dish for any summer potluck.

Peach and Strawberry Fruit Salad

 

These Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins taste like dessert, but are only 140 calories each!

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins.

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Recipes for Using Your Fresh Fruit

Healthy Fresh Fruit Recipes

This week in food, we gave you delicious recipes that make good use of fresh fruit to get you ready for the summer ingredients.

First up is a Raspberry Lovers Quinoa Breakfast that will keep you going any day.

Raspberry Lovers Quinoa Breakfast

 

Spring Citrus Salad with Honey Mint Vinaigrette is a light and refreshing salad perfect for lunch in warm weather.

Spring Citrus Salad with Honey Mint Vinaigrette (Fiesta Fridays)

 

This Key Lime Honey Almond Granola Fruit Salad is an extremely easy and tasty potluck recipe for this summer.

EASY Key Lime Honey Almond Granola Fruit Salad

 

These homemade Fruit Jellies are like soft, healthy Jello that will have your kids eating their fruit for dessert.

Fruit Jellies

 

Try this Berry Salsa, a fruity take on the classic, that combines your sweet, savory, and salty cravings.

Berry Salsa

 

This Fruit Salad with fresh herbs gets a surprise salty kick from feta, perfect for your next barbeque.

Caribbean Jerk Salmon with Curried Pineapple Goat Cheese Salad + Fruit Salad.

 

Try making Grilled Watermelon with Blue Cheese and Prosciutto as a unique appetizer with the summer staple.

Grilled Watermelon with Blue Cheese and Prosciutto

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