Seems as if it was just yesterday that we were bundling up to protect ourselves from those winter winds and storms. Now we’re rolling out the red carpet to greet summer’s sunny days. The challenge for cooks: What to make when it’s hot outside. It’s so tempting to head to the fast food drive-through for something easy and quick – but you know better than that! So what to do? We’re glad you asked. Here are our favorite tips for warm weather menus:
Take a deep breath. Ahhh. Do you smell a hint of spring, with flowers blooming and the sun shining on your shoulders? As you put away the winter clothes and bring out the warm weather attire, you can also take advantage of that boost in energy to tackle another area: Your kitchen!
Granola makes a great cereal or healthy grab-and-go snack. Make your own and you can customize flavors and save money! This recipe yields about eight cups, and the cost is less than you’d spend on a package of the premade kind. Read more →
Heigh ho, heigh ho, it’s off to work you go – with no time for breakfast. If that’s your tune each morning, it’s time to do something nice for your body and mind: Eat that first meal of the day before you leave the house. Eating breakfast (and we’re talking about something more substantial than a cup of coffee laden with cream and sugar) gives you energy to kick-start your day.
By Rachel Begun, MS, RD
With the devastation and bounty of power outages from Superstorm Sandy still fresh in our minds, this post is about the importance of food safety during prolonged power disruptions.
While foodborne illness may not be the homeowner’s highest priority in such circumstances, it should be at the top of the list. Why? Because food poisoning causes an estimated 48 million illnesses (1 out of 6 Americans), 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths each year in the United States, a good portion of which are generated from food prepared and eaten at home.*
“The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.”
Have you ever tried Barbara’s Bakery cereals? They’re really good and kids love ‘em.
All the flavors are great, but I’m partial to the Peanut Butter Puffins. Note, however, that you probably won’t be able to pack them for a school snack because of the whole peanut allergy epidemic. Man, I miss the days when I could send my kids off to school with a good old PB&J in their lunchboxes!
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