Friday, 30 May 2014

Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen?

Dirty Dozen!
Here's a list of the produce that tend to have the highest level of residue from pesticides on them (after being washed and peeled). These are the produce you would want to spend a little extra money on buying organic.

  1. Apples
  2. Strawberries
  3. Grapes
  4. Celery
  5. Peaches
  6. Spinach
  7. Sweet Bell Peppers
  8. Imported Nectarines
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry Tomatoes
  11. Imported Snap Peas
  12. Potatoes

Clean Fifteen!
These items are the ones that don't necessarily need to be bought organic, because they are found to have the least amount of pesticide contamination.

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Frozen Sweet Peas
  6. Onions
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangos
  9. Papayas
  10. Kiwis
  11. Eggplant
  12. Grapefruit
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Sweet Potatoes


Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Skinny Spaghetti Squash Alfredo

1 Spaghetti Squash
1 Tablespoon Butter
2 Garlic Cloves (Minced)
2 1/2 Tablespoons Flour
1 1/2 Cup Milk (Skim)
1 Tablespoon Cream Cheese
1 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
Fresh Parsley (Optional)

- Preheat your oven to 350 F.

- Take your spaghetti squash and cut it in half using a (large) knife. After it's halved, scoop out the seeds and put the squash cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet that has a layer of water on it. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately one hour.

- Once baked, use a fork to scrape the strands (spaghetti-like) into the centre.

- To make the sauce, melt the butter in a small pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Whisk in the flour and stir for approximately 1 minute.

- Whisk in the milk until clump-free, and once the milk is hot add the cream cheese and stir until smooth.

- Take the pan off of the burner and stir in the parmesan cheese.

- Spoon your sauce into each half of the squash, and pull up the spaghetti-like strands to coat them with the sauce.

- You can add some more parmesan on top and place it in your oven to broil for a couple of minutes, and then top with parsley if desired.