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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #48 -- Zany Zucchini Harvest
September 28, 2006
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Did you know that September is Cholesterol Education month and Food Safety month?
Take time this month to transition your life and home to the upcoming winter season...I know I am finding myself getting my house ready for winter, harvesting my small kitchen garden and redecorating for the colder months ahead.....I challenge you to enjoy each season for the beauty and change it brings -- Go buy some beautiful mums and a few cornstalks and get your family into the fall state of mind!
Try the easy recipe below:
RECIPE OF THE WEEK
CITRUS GRILLED CHICKEN
Makes 4 servings
Start to Finish: 15 minutes
1 cup orange juice
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup lime juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ground coriander
4 3oz boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
4 medium white potatoes, cut into ¼-inch slices
2 medium zucchini, cut into ¼-inch slices
8 spring onions, cut into ¼ inch pieces lemon pepper seasoning
2 tsp butter
4 pineapple rings (canned or fresh)
In shallow dish, combine juices, garlic and coriander. Add chicken, cover and marinate in refrigerator no more than 2 hours.
On 4 separate sheets of double thick heavy-duty foil, layer potatoes, zucchini and onions. Sprinkle with lemon pepper and dot with ½ tsp. butter.
Top each packet with chicken breast and pineapple ring. Spoon several tablespoons of marinade over each chicken breast. Seal each packet with another sheet of double thick foil.
Grill 12-15 minutes, then turn and grill and additional 12-15 minutes or until chicken is done.
Source: American Institute for Cancer Research Newsletter, Summer 2002, Issue 76
The squash family is an annual garden plant that also includes the melon and cucumber as part of the same family.
Cultivated squashes are descended from wild squashes, which originated in Central America. Most varieties of squash are classified as being either summer squash or winter squash depending on their storage life.
Summer squash cannot be stored for very long.Summer squashes are picked when still very young, from 2 to 7 days after flowering. Both their skin and seeds are tender enough to be edible.
Although summer squashes that have reached maturity are still edible, they tend to be drier, with harder seeds and a thicker skin.
The zucchini is probably the best-known member of the summer squash family. Originally from Italy, the zucchini is harvested before it is fully ripe and resembles a large cucumber.
The thin, smooth skin can be yellow or green, and sometimes has speckles or stripes. The cream-colored, watery flesh is rather bland tasting and contains a number of seeds.
French and Italian cooking make use of zucchini flowers, which can be stuffed or deep-fried in batter.
Summer squashes are easily damaged and should be handled with care. They will keep in the refrigerator for about one week. Zucchini can be frozen by blanching for 2 minutes before freezing.
Zucchini is an excellent source of potassium and vitamin A; they also contain vitamin C, folic acid, pantothenic acid, and copper.
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?
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Thanks for reading and have a great week!
Kindy --Your Family Dietitian
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