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Take a Vacation (From Your Kitchen!)

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Take a Vacation (From Your Kitchen!)

Real Nutrition: The secret to preparing quick, healthy meals is to plan your menus one week at a time and to keep your kitchen filled with a selection of tasty and nutritious foods. Every season brings a bounty of fresh produce.

Real Life: It’s good to take a break from yor kitchen so you can spend more time with your family without compromising good nutrition. Look for simple and delicious recipes that require few ingredients, minimal preparation and little cooking. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Purchase rotisserie chicken or roasted turkey breast for a tasty entree; then use the leftovers for sandwiches, wraps, or a hearty salad.
  • To save time, look for fresh fruits and vegetables that are cleaned, portioned, and ready for snacking, salads, or a quick stir-fry. Rinse ready washed vegetables quickly through strainer prior to serving.
  • No-cook pasta sauces or salad dressings burst with fresh flavor when tossed with your favorite cooked pasta and can be served warm, cold, or at room temperature.
  • Cold buffets with an array of french bread, cheeses, olives, sliced tomatoes, pesto, fruit, etc. bring family and friends around the table for a summer feast and summer fun!

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Linda McDonald, MS, RD, LD

Linda has been a practicing dietitian for over 25 years. Her experience has led her from private counseling and nutrition program development to restaurant and food company consulting. In 1998, she became owner, president, and editor of Supermarket Savvy. uses Internet technology to help consumers make healthy food choices that will positively impact their well-being by helping to make healthy grocery shopping easier and more enjoyable for you or the clients you counsel, if you are a health professional.

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