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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #50 -- New Natural Product Show in Baltimore
October 17, 2006
Welcome! Learn How to Combine Healthy Recipes with Family Adventure!
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Wow, what a food show, I wish all of you could have been at the Natural Products Expo East with me two weeks ago in Baltimore! Rows and rows of new natural food and beverage products, not to mention natural pet food products.....I started in aisle 100 and ended in aisle 4000!!!
Some of the hot trends to look for as you buy foods for your family in 2007 are packaged ethnic foods from Latin America, Europe and Asia....Spirulina, Blueberries and Spinach as new brain health foods (for all you graduate students in Philly, take note!)....increased supplement use and get ready for pomegrantes as the new super food!
Keep trying new foods and flavors to keep your food intake adventuresome -- no boring eating should be your motto!
Try the easy recipe below:
RECIPE OF THE WEEK
Spinach Salad with Crisp Prosciutto, Goat Cheese, and Cantaloupe Vinaigrette
Start to Finish: 20 minutes
8oz baby spinach, cleaned and rinsed
1 ripe cantaloupe
1 medium shallot, peeled and quartered
3 oz goat cheese, crumbled
3 oz prosciutto, sliced thinned
2 tsp sherry vinegar
3 tsp olive oil
1 TBSP honey
Juice of half of lime
2 sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves only
1/8 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper
Remove rind and seeds from melon. Cut one half of the melon into ½ inch cubes. (Reserve other half of melon).
Add melon cubes, shallot, vinegar, lime juice, oil, and honey to blender. Puree ingredients on high for a smooth vinaigrette (approximately 30 seconds).
Season vinaigrette with salt, mix in thyme leaves and chill for 20 minutes. Heat non-stick pan on medium to high and cook prosciutto until crisp 2-3 minutes, turning once.
Cut reserved melon into thirds, lengthwise and then across into thin (1/8”) inch slices.
Toss spinach in bowl and sliced melon and crumbled cheese. Add ½ cup vinaigrette. Toss gently.
Divide salad among four plates. Place a crisp prosciutto on top of each serving. Season with ground pepper and serve.
Source: Chef Tom Wingender, Congers, New York
The true cantaloupe derives its name from a villa in Rome where it was cultivated around 1700. This orange-fleshed melon is rough-skinned with deep grooves. Like squashes, the different varieties are classified as being either summer melons or winter melons.
Cantaloupe and muskmelon are summer melons. The melon belongs to the same family as the cucumber and squash. Like these fruits, it grows on a trailing vine, but it requires more warmth and sunlight.
Finding a truly tasty melon is no easy task, mainly because they are almost always harvested before they are fully ripe in order to help them survive the harshness of shipping. Look at the stalk end of the melon; if it is very hard or unevenly colored, or if part of the greenish stalk is still attached, the fruit may not be ripe.
In ripe melons, this part softens. The end opposite the stalk should have a delicate aroma if the melon is ripe.
A ripe melon will give off a hollow sound when it is tapped lightly with the palm of the hand.
Cut the melon into quarters or halves. Scoop the seeds out of the cavity. A melon is usually eaten fresh. Despite their appearance, melons are very perishable and tend to spoil quickly.
Leave the melon to ripen at room temperature until it has a delicate aroma. Do not keep it near other fruits and vegetables, as it produces a lot of ethylene gas, which hastens ripening and alters the flavors of foods.
Melons are an excellent source of potassium and a good source of vitamin C and folic acid. They are reinvigorating, diuretic, laxative, and stimulate the appetite.
Check out a new water drink company that was founded by Kara Goldin, a mother of four who cares about providing healthy beverages to families....she talks more below about Hint..
The idea behind Hint is simple: pure water, nature's original refreshment, accented with a hint of natural flavor.
No sugar, no artificial sweeteners: Hint is a refreshing alternative to sodas, juice and other sweetened drinks and it tastes great.
Sound good? It tastes even better.
We thank you for trying Hint, hope that you and your family enjoy it, and wish you excellent health.
Hint is available in many specialty markets and is also sold in fine spas and hotels. If Hint is not yet available in your favorite store, please ask for it.
Hint is adding new stores, spas and hotels every week and are also interested in school and corporate lunch programs.
What will your family do for healthier MEALTIMES?
Celebrating Healthy Families 2006
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Thanks for reading and have a great week!
Kindy --Your Family Dietitian
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