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Food Label “Quiz”

Would you like some extra money over the holidays? Perhaps you are paying more for some foods because of the label. Check out the 6 questions on this quiz and don’t buy a food just because it makes a claim that a similar food doesn’t.

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With the holiday season upon us, many consumers will be preparing food for family and friends. When you go to the grocery store and select food, how well do you really know your food labels?  A survey of over 1,200 Nebraskans was conducted on how people think and feel about their food. Food labels were identified as the major information source by almost 64% of respondents. This work was done as a part of our Consumer Confidence team which works to find ways to inform people about food production. Are you an able food label reader? Do you know the answers to these questions? (Answers at the end of this article.)

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  1. A label box of cereal starts like this: “Ingredients: Whole wheat, brown sugar, molasses….”
    Which of these ingredients is present in the largest amount by weight in this food? a. Whole wheat      b. Brown sugar   …

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Roasted Vegetable Pasta

roasted vegetable pasta with tomatoes, zucchini and yellow pepper

Roasted Vegetable Pasta (Photo by Alice Henneman)

While I enjoy cooking, I like lingering over a meal of good-tasting food even more! When I received, my latest CSA box from Pekarek’s Produce, I was originally going to create some type of roasted tomato sauce with the cherry tomatoes. Roasting adds an extra layer of flavor to foods.

Then, I thought again … and decided why not roast the zucchini and yellow pepper also. And, only have to cook once to enjoy all of these foods.

And that’s what I did … it was so easy and so delicious! Here are the directions …

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Watermelon Selection and Preparation

watermelon

(Photo by Alice Henneman)

My latest CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box courtesy of Pekarek’s Produce contained a large, luscious watermelon. What’s the best way to eat a watermelon that already looks and tastes great? Just slice it, bite into it and enjoy! Here are a few tips on selecting, storing and preparing a great-tasting watermelon …

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Yummy Yellow Salsa

cantaloupe, habanero pepper, sweet corn and sweet onion salsa

Yummy Yellow Salsa (photo by Alice Henneman)

Community Supported Agriculture box with an eggplant, sweet corn, sweet onion, habanero peppers and a cantaloupe.

My latest CSA box (photo by Alice Henneman)

I was running short on time when I received my most recent CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box from Pekarek’s Produce.

I decided to see if I could use almost all the produce in just one recipe as I was leaving town in a few days. I almost succeeded except for the eggplant and there was only so much of the habanero peppers and onion I could include in one salsa recipe.

It turned out a lovely yellow color. Here is how I made it ….

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Cheese to the Rescue!

zucchini and tomato recipe covered with cheese

Photo by Alice Henneman

How did I quickly transform a blah zucchini recipe into a “winner for dinner?” Read on …

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Cauliflower, Green Peas and Cheese Salad

Cauliflower and Peas Salad recipe

Photo by Alice Henneman

Locally grown cauliflower and onions are in season right now at farmers’ markets and in CSA boxes, gardens and some grocery stores. Here’s a quick, easy way to serve cauliflower that takes just 5 ingredients …

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Simple Tips for Cutting a Mango

If you tend to mangle your mangoes when peeling them, check out this “reblogged” post and visit the link to the original post from my colleague, Kayla Colgrove.

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Have you ever tried cutting a mango? It is not simple at first, but not impossible. One of my recipes called for fresh mango, and I had never cut a mango before. In the beginning, it was a disaster. I finally found an easier way to cut mangos, so I created a video. With a little practice, you will become a mango cutting machine in no time! Remember to always wash produce before cutting it. Check out this video to learn a few simple tips to help you cut a mango into dices.

Not for sure if the mango is ripe? The National Mango Board has great tips on how to choose a mango.

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For The Fish Of It

I always enjoy reading a blog post from my friend and fellow dietitian, Kayte! She has a fun, quirky way of telling a story. Plus the two fish recipes at the end are easy and tasty!

Sweet and Sour Pork Chops

When I saw this recipe from my coworker and friend, Lindsay Chichester, I knew immediately it was one I wanted to share! Lindsay is trained in Systems Agriculture, plus loves to cook. Check out other recipes and food-related tips on her blog, Agri-Cultural with Dr. Lindsay! http://agriculturalwithdrlindsay.com

Agricultural with Dr. Lindsay

Earlier in the week I shared with you how to save money at the meat counter by buying in bulk and freezing in individual portions sizes. I recently defrosted a couple of packages of pork chops and made Sweet and Sour Pork Chops – and there was plenty for leftovers the next day! Recipe at bottom.

Mustard and brwn sugar Brown sugar and mustard.

Sweet and sour Mix together until you get a sauce.

S&SPork Place pork chops in a baking dish and cover with the brown sugar and mustard (do not add water).

S&SPorkChops Bake on 350 degrees F until done – YUM!

Sweet and Sour Pork Chops

Ingredients:

– mustard

– brown sugar

– pork chops

1. Add brown sugar and mustard to a bowl, mix together until well blended. You can make them sweeter or more sour by adjusting the amount of either ingredient.

2. Place pork chops in a single layer in a baking dish…

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Homemade Pizza

I just learned how to “reblog” some of my friend’s excellent blogs. And wanted to share this blog with you from Kayla Colgrove! Enjoy!

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IMG_0397 One of my favorite foods is pizza. I love eating it. I was determined to make a healthier version at home instead of eating out at a restaurant. Not only did we save money, we saved calories without losing taste! It turned out great and my husband even enjoyed it. I’m usually not a fan of leftovers, but I liked eating the pizza as leftovers.

Choose MyPlate recommends making half of your grains whole grains and adding more vegetables to your day. Have a favorite pizza crust recipe? Substitute half of the all-purpose flour with whole-wheat flour. I used the Whole Wheat Pizza Dough recipe from the WeightWatchers®* New Complete Cookbook. The recipe made 2 crusts and I froze one of them to use at a later time. The recipe is similar to the Whole Wheat Pizza Dough recipe found on WeightWatchers®* website. I topped my pizza with mozzarella…

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