Weekly Food for Thought with items on cheesy kids' snacks, "Hands on Halloween: A Cookbook For Kids" by Gina Meyers and more.
Cheese is the No. 2 source of bone-building calcium in the American diet, as well as an excellent source of high-quality protein. In fact, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend three daily servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy products every day for people ages 9 and older.
Adding cheese to your child’s diet is easy. Try these kid-friendly snack ideas:
* Dice cheddar cheese, apple slices and crackers, then throw into a zip-top bag for easy snacking on the go.
* Roll a stick of string cheese into a whole-wheat tortilla and dip in salsa.
* Spread Dijon mustard inside a lettuce leaf. Layer with a slice of turkey and Swiss cheese, then roll.
* Top a tostada with fat-free refried beans. Sprinkle on shredded pepper Jack cheese, and melt in microwave.
* Top whole-wheat crackers with Mozzarella cheese and sliced cherry tomatoes.
-- Midwest Dairy Council/ Family Features
Tip of the Week: Read the recipe first
In order to avoid mistakes and problems once you start cooking, take time to read the entire recipe beforehand. The important information is not always at the top, so be sure to read all the way through. "A wise cook approaches each recipe with critical eye and reads the recipe well before it's time to cook," says CookingLight.com. Have all the ingredients prepped and ready to go so there are no last-minute trips to the store.
Easy recipe: Baked Zucchini Ziti
8 ounces ziti, uncooked
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, low sodium
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 cup grated zucchini (about 1 medium)
1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella, divided
1/2 cup, plus 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1 egg, lightly beaten
Salt and pepper
Cook pasta according to package instructions; drain and set aside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes and Italian seasoning. In a separate bowl, mix zucchini, ricotta, 1/2 cup mozzarella, 1/2 cup Parmesan and egg. Season with salt and pepper.
Coat a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Spread half of tomato sauce on bottom. Top with ziti, ricotta mixture and remaining sauce. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and 1 tablespoon Parmesan. Bake until top is brown and sauce is bubbling, 35 to 40 minutes.
-- Family Features
Did You Know?
An unopened package of luncheon meat can last two weeks in the refrigerator, and an opened package or deli slices can last three to five days while refrigerated.
Where does oregano, the spice we cook with, originally come from?
D. United States
Answer is at bottom of column
Wise to the Word: lamb rib
A full rack contains eight ribs, which are usually cut into small and tender rib chops. Left in one piece, the rack makes a delicious roast, or you can tie two or three racks together to form an elegant crown roast
Number to Know
150: One breadstick with garlic-butter spread at the Olive Garden is 150 calories.
The Dish On …
"Hands on Halloween: A Cookbook For Kids" by Gina Meyers
Halloween, hands down, is one of our favorite family holidays. As an author of unique-themed cookbooks, I have written "Love At First Bite," "The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook," "Muggles To Magic: The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook," and "The Magic of Bewitched Trivia and More." For the first time ever, I have included my vampire, witch and happy harvest recipes in one compendium. Inside, you will find Halloween food photos, table arrangements and plenty of creative and handy ideas. Whether you are looking for spooky and scary or pretty and pleasing, you will find it here.
-- Serendipity Media Group
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