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Appreciating Your Produce in Spring Salads

Healthy Spring Salads

This week in food, we featured spring salads that will help you use all those in-season spring and summer veggies.

First up is the Salmon Summer Loving All-In Salad that’s truly an all-in-one meal.

Salmon Summer Loving All-In Salad
Image and Recipe via From The Kitchen

 

Whip up this Salad with Peas, Potatoes, Shallots, and Creamy Dill Dressing for an appetizer.

Salad with Peas, Potatoes, Shallots, and Creamy Dill Dressing
Image and Recipe via The First Mess

 

Use up all the veggies in your fridge with this light and easy Raw Summer Salad.

Raw Summer Salad
Image and Recipe via What’s Gaby Cooking

 

Make unique Chili Lime Cucumber Noodles on Salted Watermelon with Mint and Basil.

Chili Lime Cucumber Noodles on Salted Watermelon
Image and Recipe via The First Mess

 

This Green Salad with Edible Flowers is the perfect way to wow dinner guests.

Green Salad with Edible Flowers
Image and Recipe via Martha Stewart

 

Try Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Vegetable Salad with Garlicky Orange Tahini Dressing.

Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Vegetable Salad with Garlicky Orange Tahini Dressing
Image and Recipe via The First Mess

 

This Kale Citrus Salad is the perfect balance of sweet, fresh, and sour.

Wonderful World of Beet Recipes

Healthy Beet Recipes

This week in food, we featured versatile, in-season beet recipes, with both sweet and savory dishes.

First up is a Beet, Arugula, and Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese that is an adult take on the comfort food.

Beet, Arugula, and Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese
Image and Recipe via BS in the Kitchen

 

These Beet and Avocado Deviled Eggs are perfect for the holiday season, and completely guilt-free.

Beet and Avocado Deviled Eggs
Image and Recipe via Amazingly Tasty

 

Oven Baked Beet Chips are a great healthy, salty snack to make ahead.

Oven Baked Beet Chips
Image and Recipe via A Spicy Perspective

 

Make this Chocolate Beet Cake with Beet Cream Cheese Frosting for a beautiful, healthy dessert.

Roasted Beet Hummus is the perfect eye-catching appetizer for your holiday get-togethers.

Roasted Beet Hummus
Image and Recipe via Stacey Deering

 

Beet Crust Pizza is a clever way to work veggies into a homemade version of takeout.

Beet Crust Pizza
Image and Recipe via Bakers Royale

 

Beet Sorbet is a unique dessert that will wow your holiday guests.

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Washington Wildfire Season

Vantage Point: Service in Times of Crisis

As I stopped for gas in Cle Elum on my way to Seattle, the store clerk asked me, “How’s the smoke outside?”

“I’m from Wenatchee,” I said.

“So sorry,” she genuinely replied.

The word “sorry,” I have expressed it too many times during this summer’s devastating wildfire season. Everyone at Health Alliance has felt helpless, halfheartedly going about their day-to-day duties, distracted by worry for our friends and neighbors suffering to the north.

One person who’s not feeling helpless is Cindy Marshall, a registered nurse and Health Alliance’s utilization review coordinator. She took the time to become a Red Cross disaster nurse volunteer to help in these kinds of emergencies.

She told me the recent fire crisis has been extremely unique and challenging because the volatile, unpredictable winds keep shifting the fire danger, affecting many towns and causing new evacuation orders.

And it can be hard to help in these conditions. The Greater Inland Northwest Chapter of the American Red Cross has 11 stations spread over a large area right now, and many times they have set up a station, only to have to tear it down to move it to safety when the winds change.

Red Cross stations serve as a hub of activity during an emergency, but Cindy described entering a station to volunteer as anything but chaos. She knows exactly where to check in and which duties are most important. The station lead does a tremendous job of organizing priorities and reporting changes, and the team is experienced in troubleshooting solutions to issues as they arise.

Cindy is perfect for this role, as it’s much the same as what she does for Health Alliance. When one of our members has a healthcare emergency, Cindy is also there for them.

But the thing that makes Cindy truly exceptional, what keeps her volunteering weekends and evenings for the Red Cross and successful in her role at Health Alliance, is her caring and humble heart.

“So many people are doing so much more than me,” she said, crediting the firefighters who are putting their lives on the line and breathing in the heavy smoke.

To our members, community partners, and providers affected, please know that the word isn’t enough. We are more than sorry. We empathize with you through this crisis, and we will be here to support you in recovery.

Cindy expressed it best. “My number one priority is taking care of a person’s immediate safety and health care, but afterwards, sometimes the only thing you can do is hug them and let them cry.”

 

Shannon Sims is a Medicare community liaison for Health Alliance, serving Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan counties in Washington. She has four adult sons and two grandsons. During her time off, she performs as part of a rodeo drill team on her horse, Skeeter.