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The Healthy Family Mealtime Makeover, Issue #006 -- A Poem: Let Us Give Thanks!
November 25, 2005

Welcome! Learn How to Combine Healthy Recipes with Family Fun!

Let us give thanks to a bounty of people:

For generous friends with hearts as big as hubbards and smiles as bright as their blossoms.

For feisty friends as tart as apples.

For friends, who, like scallions and cucumbers, keep reminding us that we've had them.

For handsome friends, who are as gorgeous as eggplants and as elegant as a row of corn, and the others, as plain as potatoes and as good for you.

For funny friends, who are as silly as Brussels sprouts and as amusing as Jerusalem artichokes and serious friends, as complex as cauliflower and as intricate as onions.

For friends as unpretentious as cabbage, as subtle as summer squash, as persistent as parsley, as delightful as dill, as endless as zucchini, and who, like parsnips can be counted on to see you through the winter.

For old friends, nodding like sunflowers in the evening time and young friends, coming on as fast as radishes.

For loving friends who wind around us like tendrils and hold us despite our blights, wilts, and witherings.

And finally for those friends now gone, like gardens past that have been harvested, and who fed us in their times so that we might have life thereafter.

For all of these we give thanks.

An excerpt from A View From a Tree

Try the easy recipe below:



I bet you still have some pumpkin around the house leftover from the grocery shopping for Thanksgiving. Here is a great way to use it up!

Prep time: 20 minutes

Serves: 1 9x5 loaf pan

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp cloves

2 overripe bananas

1 cup pumpkin puree

1/3 - 1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1/4 cup buttermilk

2-3 Tbsp canola oil

1 tsp vanilla

1/4-1/2 cup chopped walnuts, lightly toasted, optional.

Mix together first 7 ingredients in a large bowl. Place next 7 ingredients in a blender, puree until smooth.

Pour over dry ingredients. Mix in gently, adding walnuts. Turn batter into the loaf pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes, or until tests done. Turn out of pan, cool and slice.

Source: Naomi Swift

Pumpkin is high in vitamin A and a decent source of fiber.

Enjoy this fabulous recipe before your family polishes it off!

What will your family do for healthier MEALTIMES?

Celebrating Healthy Families 2005


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Kindy --Your Family Dietitian

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