ables! April’s featured vegetable is: eget Spinach Viva V Take these fresh ideas for a spin: You must pick it. Pick it good. • Avoid limp or yellowing leaves. • Use fresh spinach to make a crispy salad or put on your sandwich to add an extra crunchy sound. • Fresh spinach is usually found loose or • Add chopped spinach to lasagna, soup, or your bagged. It is also found canned or favorite pasta dish. frozen. • Anywhere you would use lettuce is a great place to • Leaves of fresh spinach should be use spinach instead. cleaned well with water, patted dry • Add spinach to your quesadilla or burrito or throw a and then stored loosely in an open bag handful in your taco salad. in the fridge vegetable drawer. • Put some spinach into your breakfast omelet. • Fresh spinach should last 3-4 days in • Stir-fry spinach. Add garlic, onion and chopped red the fridge. bell peppers for a colorful dish. Serve with brown Why rice. spinac Did you know that h? W • Make a beautiful and easy snack by topping some Why hy me you can sauté now? ? whole wheat crackers with a spinach leaf, a small spinach? slice of tomato, and some cottage cheese. • Simply remove the stems, tear leaves into large pieces, rinse and squeeze out extra liquid. • Heat a large skillet, add about a tablespoon of olive oil with a clove of crushed garlic. Spinach Dip • Add spinach by the handful until it is wilted From the Harvest of the Month Program (not so stiff anymore) and serve warm. • You could add some red chili flakes for a 1 (10-ounce) package of frozen chopped spinach, spicy kick, lemon juice for a citrus zip, or do thawed the Italian thing and add some diced 1/2 cup mild white onion, finely chopped tomatoes and a bit of Parmesan cheese. 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 cup raw red pepper, finely chopped 1/2 cup lowfat sour cream ipes 1/2 cup lowfat mayonnaise Rec Spinach Smoothie 1/2 teaspoon salt 5 cups assorted, colorful raw vegetables for 6-8 ounces yogurt, any flavor dipping. 1/2 cup skim milk 1/2 fresh or frozen banana 1. Squeeze water out of spinach. 1/2 cup fresh or frozen fruit 2. Place into a mixing bowl and add all 1 packed cup fresh spinach remaining ingredients. 3. Let the dip sit at room temperature for a half- Blend well in a blender. Delicious as a morning hour to let the flavors mix. smoothie. Your kids will love the CRAZY color of this 4. Stir again before serving. This dip will stay healthy and fabulously tasting treat. If your kids don’t good for up to one week when covered and like the color, try adding darker fruits like berries. kept in the refrigerator. Viva Vegetables! • Spinach is in the plant family called “goose foot.” Next time you eat Viva Veget spinach, see how much a leaf looks like a goose foot! ables! • Spinach grows best in cool weather. For Kids ? know?? money. What do you think? • Some people think if you eat more spinach, you will make more Did you • Can you say “a la Florentine”? That means the recipe has a lot of spinach, and now you sound like you’re straight from France! • California and Texas make the most spinach in the United States. • Spinach was popular during Easter time in Europe. • A long time ago, the king of one country sent spinach as a gift to another country. 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Try these… What’s a da ncer’s favo Spin-ach! rite vegetab le? What’s the most uncom fortable veg etable? Spin-ouch! PUT A LABEL WITH YOUR COUNTY This material was funded by USDA's Food Stamp Program. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture's policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs or disability. To file a complaint of discrimina- INFORMATION HERE tion, write USDA, Director of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250 or call (202) 720- 5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. The Food Stamp Program provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more, contact us at 1-800-221-5689 or online at http://www.fns.usda.gov/fsp/outreach/coalition/map.htm.
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