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July ‘12

Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes may be one of nature's unsurpassed sources of beta-carotene. Several recent studies have shown the superior ability of sweet potatoes to raise our blood levels of vitamin A. Sweet potatoes don't have to take a long time to prepare. Cutting them into half-inch slices and steaming them for just 7 minutes not only brings out their great flavor but helps to maximize their nutritional value. And you can add cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or cloves for extra flavor and nutrition.

August ‘12

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A 28-month study involving 8,865 adult men and women in Spain, found that participants who ate nuts at least two times per week were 31% less likely to gain weight than were participants who never or almost never ate nuts. + Spread some peanut butter on your morning toast or bagel. + Fill a celery stick with peanut butter for an afternoon pick-me-up. + Sprinkle a handful of peanuts over your morning cereal, lunchtime salad, dinner's steamed vegetables...

October ‘12

+ Or, just enjoy a handful of lightly roasted peanuts as a healthy snack.

Eggplant can be baked, roasted in the oven, or steamed. If baking it whole, pierce the eggplant several times with a fork to make small holes for the steam to escape. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (about 177 degrees Celsius) for 15 to 25 minutes, depending upon size. You can test for its readiness by gently inserting a knife or fork to see if it passes through easily. For homemade babaganoush, purĂŠe roasted eggplant, garlic, tahini, lemon juice and olive oil. Use it as a dip for vegetables or as a sandwich filling. Stuff miniature Japanese eggplants with a mixture of feta cheese, pine nuts and roasted peppers.

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Seasonal Produce Calendar 2012  
Seasonal Produce Calendar 2012  

This calendar uses 13 different typefaces to display the various types of produce that are in season in the Southeastern U.S. for each mont...