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Coulee Region Farm2School’s Harvest of the Month – Carrots

The December Harvest of the Month for the Coulee Region Farm2School program is carrots. Click here for our featured recipe (pictured below)- Rainbow Roasted Roots! This recipe was featured today on News8000!

img_0209The Harvest of the Month Calendar for the spring semester is confirmed! Each month, one local food is selected as the Harvest of the Month. This food is then featured on promotional signage throughout the school, sampled in taste tests, featured at cooking classes with area chefs and farmers, and of course, served at mealtime! Here is a sneak peek at some of the local foods the schools will be featuring in 2017: January – Eggs; February – Mushrooms; March – Winter squash; April – Edamame; May – Garlic; June – Strawberries! 

Healthy Eating During the Holidays

Healthy eating can be tough during the holiday season. Thanksgiving feasts, Christmas cookies, and holiday parties can be hard to navigate when you are trying to stay healthy. On average, Americans gain 1-2 lbs during the holiday season. It doesn’t sound like much, but research shows that it often tends to stick and accumulate over the years. If you have kids at home, the holidays can be a great time to practice being a good role model using some of the tips below. 

  1. Savor each bite. The holidays is a time for delicious homemade food and desserts. Part of healthy eating is not depriving yourself of your favorites. Be mindful. Take smaller portions and enjoy each bite. Take time to pause and taste the food. Put your fork or spoon down in between bites. It takes your body at least 20 minutes to signal to the brain that you are ‘full’ so it is important to eat slowly and savor your food. 
  2. Avoid skipping meals. It is tempting to avoid breakfast or lunch meals if you know that you are going to be having a big holiday feast. But skipping meals can cause you to overeat later. Eat a well-balanced breakfast and lunch to avoid overeating later. 
  3. Watch your plate. Try using a smaller plate to avoid giving yourself too large of portions. And be mindful of what you are putting on your plate. Try filling your plate with veggies, salads, fruit before helping yourself to entrees and desserts.
  4. Lose the guilt. Eating during the holidays can make people anxious, but try not to get too worked up. Remember that now is a great time to practice role modeling for your little ones but it should also be a time of celebration and fun with your family. If you do eat more than you planned, don’t beat yourself up. Don’t let a slip become a fall. 

The holidays are a great time to try new recipes with your family. Check out this Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dip! A fun recipe for Thanksgiving! 

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Thanksgiving Fire Safety

As you plan your Thanksgiving menu, don’t forget about Fire Safety!safety_tips_cooking_recipe_1200x900Turkey:

If you’re roasting your turkey, make sure you set a timer. This way, you won’t forget about the bird as you watch the parade or a football game.

If you’re frying your turkey:

  • Use a fryer with thermostat controls. This will ensure the oil does not become over heated.
  • Thaw your turkey completely. Ice on the bird will cause the oil to splatter.
  • Don’t overfill the pot with oil. If you do, the oil will overflow when you add the turkey causing a fire hazard.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the fryer.
  • Also, always use the fryer outdoors.

Stuffing and Potatoes:

Stand by your stove when you’re boiling your potatoes or frying onions for stuffing. It is best to stay in the kitchen when you’re frying, boiling or broiling. If you’re in the kitchen, it is easier to catch spills or hazardous conditions before they become a fire.

Vegetables:

  • Keep the area around the stove clear of packaging, paper towels, and dish cloths; anything that can burn.
  • Be sure to clean up any spills as they happen.
  • Be prepared. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you need to smother a pan fire.
  • Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove so you don’t bump them.

By following these safety tips, you will have a delicious and fire safe Thanksgiving. Let the firefighters have dinner with their families, not yours.