Here is a wonderful article by Nadine and Adam who speak out about raising our awareness about eating well, educating children and producing healthier kids, which I am all for. I applaud their efforts!
Ring in a healthy new year by teaching kids the importance of food, nutrition and eating skills: food to fuel busy, successful lives; nutrition to nourish strong bodies and smart brains; and eating skills to enjoy the social aspect of meals with family and friends. As with any part of raising children, no one does a perfect job with nutrition—not even nutrition professionals. As a parent, grandparent or adult caregiver, you can help to raise healthy eaters during these critical years by doing your best to:
Serve regular, balanced meals and snacks with a variety of nutrient-rich foods
Provide calm, pleasant meal times where adults and children can talk together
Allow children to use their internal signals to decide how much and what to eat
Explore a variety of flavors and foods from different cultures and cuisines
Tempting to eat straight from the oven, these soft rolls are perfect for any savory filling. The dough can be shaped to accommodate big burgers, sliders, or even hot dogs. Most recently, we enjoyed them with barbecued turkey sandwiches made from Christmas dinner leftovers.
I first made these soft and delicious buns to go with Jack’s Bison Sloppy Joes with Roasted Bell Peppers. They came out perfectly soft and fluffy with no trace of doughiness. I’ve since made variations by adding dried onions into the dough as well as different toppings, such as sesame seeds. This recipe is now the go-to recipe for buns in our home.
Perfect Hamburger Buns
1 cup warm water
2 tbsp extra light olive oil
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp granulated sugar
3/4 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp yeast
Place all the dough ingredients into the bread machine pan in…
Easy Red Pepper Broccoli Stir Fry with Mandarin Sauce
Recipe created by Paulette Motzko
Recipes and Photos Copyright Paulette Le Pore Motzko, January 1st, 2013
2 red peppers, seeded and chopped into 1/2 inch to 1 inch pieces
1 onion chopped roughly
1 head of broccoli trimmed cut and trimmed to include the most tender florets
One ounce of dried Shitake mushrooms soaked in water to cover for 30 minutes and then drained
1 bottle of Panda Express Mandarin Sauce-(use only about a cup for the whole dish)
Walnuts for garnishing
1. Chop peppers and remove seeds
2. Cut broccoli stalk so that you are only including the most tender part of the broccoli, and cut into florets
3. In a large wok heat wok over high heat until very hot and 2 teaspoons sesame oil, or corn oil, or peanut oil becomes very hot, then add vegetables.
4. Cook until the vegetables look tender crisp.
Add in the Mandarin sauce to suit your taste, about 1/4 cup.
Make some steamed rice while you are cooking the stir fry which consists of a two cups water to 1 cup jasmine or long grain rice and steam with the lid on until the rice is done and the water is absorbed.
Make Ahead Trick: Make a bunch of jasmine, rice or long grain rice or white rice and then put it in freezer containers or plastic bags and then freeze. You can then take the frozen rice out in the morning and it will be thawed by lunch time. You can take it along with the stir fry for healthy lunches, like I do.
To reheat frozen rice: Add your serving amount in a small non stick pan and add one tablespoon water to the pan and heat covered low until rice heats and steams hot, stirring frequently to make sure the bottom doesn’t brown.
Serve the stir fry with steamed rice and walnuts or pecans on top to garnish.
Make some jasmine, green, orange pekoe tea, or Constant Comment brand to go with this very healthy and easy meal.
Paulette Le Pore Motzko
January 1st, 2013
Beautiful Stir Fry with Mandarin Sauce & Chicken
Make the above stir fry except cooking 1 chicken breast for each person you are serving.
You also can use Garlic Herb marinated chicken breast, you can find in your frozen section.
“Eating is one thing we all have in common that we have to do, so it would only make sense to make preparing meals as enjoyable as possible,delicious and good for you to guarantee your good health. It is possible to have do all those things. A good meal doesn’t mean it has to be hard or take a long time to prepare. Some of the most simple things are the best.”