As prime baking season approaches quickly, many home cooks are laying in their supplies—among them the typical fats used in baking such as oil, shortening and butter. Adding fruits and vegetables to your baked goods (and removing some of the fat in the recipe) will add fiber, protein and additional nutrients that fats don’t contain. Many cherished holiday recipes can be tweaked to contain less fat with a simple substitution—without sacrificing taste or texture. Others do rely on butter for flavor and crisp texture, such as shortbread, spritz cookies and cutout sugar cookies–these would not be good choices for trying out a butter sub! Swapping out fat for more healthful ingredients isn’t difficult, but it does some comfort with experimentation.
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Expert Chef Erin Dow and Scientific Advisor Lori Kaley make a batch of simple Carrot Fries, which are basically roasted carrots. Not only does roasting concentrate the sugars in carrots to make them taste sweeter, kids are just more willing to try a vegetable if you call it a fry. If you’re planning a healthy Halloween party, why not take the spin one creepy step further and offer the kids Fried Fingers this year?
Expert Chef Erin Dow joins Maine channels WCSH6/WLBZ2 to share her simple recipe for Greek yogurt-based dressing.
Many of us have spent hours in the kitchen pickling, canning and making jams to preserve the bounty either from our own gardens or from our local farmers’ market when the prices are low and the produce is fresh. The problem with canning is that so many of those recipes go something like “make a simple syrup with a pound of sugar…” or have ingredients that include multiple cups of salt. The good news is that you don’t need them to preserve the food, and even better for those of us who dread the hours of hot, sweaty working necessary to prepping safe canned food, there are alternatives.
You don’t have to hide veggies to get kids to eat them, but turning them into a recognizable work of art can’t hurt. If you want to draw attention to the healthy vegetable platters you have planned for your next party, take inspiration from your kids’ favorite cartoon characters. We love what Offbeat Mama did with inspiration from Sesame Street and a whole host of fruits and veggies. Go to the store with some possible characters and colors in mind, and consider these great tips from Serious Eats.
Yuck. Kids love this word. Especially when it comes to describing how they feel about vegetables. So how do kids make that transition from yuck…to yum? As a mother who loves to shop for vegetables and even gets a kick out of serving salad to the masses, it’s a challenge to have a toddler who doesn’t choose to eat them. I often wonder how we’re going to get some of that salad on his plate without hearing yuck. Enter the school garden.
Finally, the whole country is going green.
Organic, natural, beautiful, and tasty green.
What better way to go green than to grow green?
Greens that is. Collards, kale, turnips greens, mustard greens, you name it. Swiss Chard, spinach, all yummy. These vegetables not only represent a wealth of health, but are also very easy to grow and prepare for meals.