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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #145 Worst Pesticides Offenders
June 28, 2011
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The Dirty Dozen
98% of apples sampled by the USDA contained residues of 56 different pesticides! Mmmhhh, that's no good. Pesticides have been linked to a variety of health problems, including brain and nervous system toxicity, cancer, hormone disruption, and skin, eye and lung irritation. That doesn't mean you should stop eating apples, but it might give you an added incentive to buy organic whenever possible.
The following lists compiled by the Environmental Working Group will help you, your family make informed decisions. The "Dirty Dozen" includes fruits and vegetables that carry high levels of pesticide residues, while the "Clean Fifteen" have few residues.
Dirty Dozen: Buy these organic
6. Nectarines (imported)
7. Grapes (imported)
8. Sweet Bell Peppers
10. Blueberries (domestic)
12. Kale/Collard Greens
Clean Fifteen: Lowest in pesticides
2. Sweet Corn
6. Sweet Peas
9. Cantaloupe (domestic)
13. Sweet Potatoes
For more information on pesticides and how to protect yourself from them, check out the blog post link below.
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MELTED APRICOTS WITH FRESH RASPBERRIES
So simple and so fresh, melted apricots with fresh raspberries is both tart and sweet and served just hot enough to barely warm the belly. Serve this dish with plenty of fresh cream. Make sure to choose the very best apricots available at market Ė they should be firm but yield gently under the pressure of your fingertips. Their skin should be a rich orange and barely blushing with an almost nubile brightness. And, as with the very best desserts, it is free from added sweeteners, natural or otherwise.
Ingredients and Instructions:
* 2 tablespoons butter
* about 1 pound fresh apricots, split in half and pitted
* about 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* about 2 cups fresh raspberries
* fresh cream to serve, if desired
1. Take out your very best cast iron skillet and place it over a medium flame. Heat the butter in the pan until itís just melted and still foamy, then reduce the heat to medium-low.
2. Toss the pitted and halved apricots into the foamy butter and stir with a wooden spoon so that the butter coats them. Allow them to soften, or melt, just a touch but donít keep them over the heat too long or their skins will separate from their flesh resulting in a less appetizing dish. About two minutes over medium-low heat should suffice.
3. Quickly stir in about 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon into the melting apricots, then immediately remove them from the heat and plate them.
4. Top the melted with apricots with fresh raspberries and serve them with fresh, raw cream if you like.
TIME: About 5 minutes.
YIELD: About 4 to 6 servings
SOURCE: Nourished Kitchen
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Celebrating Healthy Families 2011
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Kindy --Your Family Dietitian
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