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A Healthier Halloween! A Smart Approach to Halloween Candy and Treats

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on October 28, 2013

At HKC we love to throw a great party, and that’s just what we did.  We came up with a menu of fun, festive food and candy that contains more than just sugar, fat and artificial dyes! YES, halloween means pillowcases filled with candy. But it is also filled with fun costumes, trick-or-treating (great exercise), and the opportunity to teach kids about the concept of moderation.

Hurray, It’s Meatless Monday! Pumpkin Chili Will Make You Fall In Love With Autumn and Forget Winter

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on September 30, 2013

With October just one day away, we got cooking in the kitchen and developed a great, hearty pumpkin chili to satisfy little goblins and big adults.

This pumpkin chili will truly make you fall in love with fall and forget that winter is coming! As is always true with chillies, one size (or recipe, in this case) does not fit all.  Use this recipe as a starting point and consider your families' own preferences.  Enjoy!

Genetically Modified Crops: Frankenfoods, Miracle Foods, Or Something Else?

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on September 14, 2013

Blog 5 of 6: Believe It or Not, You Have Probably Been Eating GM Food for Years. But What Does this Mean And Does It Matter?

Welcome back to our conversation about what goes into the food we eat. Today’s blog, no. 5 of 6, discusses the use of genetically modified plants (often called “GMO” or “GM”) as a food source. We have heard from many that they are concerned about GM foods and that the available information on this topic seems confusing. We hope this blog addresses some of your questions.

In the U.S., the most common genetically modified plants are soybean and corn.  Believe it or not, you likely have been eating GM food for years.  According to the USDA, 88% of the corn and more than 90% of the soybeans planted in the U.S. are GM. So if you regularly eat processed foods, which often contain corn or soybean oil, you likely have been eating GM foods for years. We provide this data not to scare but to inform because we believe that it is important to know what goes into the food you eat.

Part 1:  Think You Know What's in Your Food? Think Again.
Part 2:  What’s In Your Food? Growth Hormones, Superbugs and Partially Digested Plastic? It’s Possible!
Part 3:  Down on the Farm—Crops Permeated With Pesticides and Steeped in Sewage Sludge? You bet!
Part 4:  Pull Back the Curtain On the Food Industry Wizards To See What Toxic Chemicals Are Used and Why

Pull Back the Curtain On the Food Industry Wizards To See What Toxic Chemicals Are Used and Why.

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on September 11, 2013

Blog 4 of 6: What We Consume With Our Manufactured Foods—Neurotoxins, Hormone Disruptors, And Insulin Destroyers.
 

Welcome back to our conversation surrounding an interesting infographic we posted about what goes into the food we eat. Today’s blog, no. 4 of 6, discusses the chemicals used in many food processing operations and their potential hazards to our health.

Most Americans eat processed foods on a regular basis. Not surprising since few of us grow our own food or live on a farm. And few have the time or inclination to make everything from scratch. Many of us also like the convenience of being able to get our favorite foods at any time of the year. But at what cost to our health and our families?

➤See our related blogs!

Part 1:  Think You Know What's in Your Food? Think Again.
Part 2:  What’s In Your Food? Growth Hormones, Superbugs and Partially Digested Plastic? It’s Possible!
Part 3:  Down on the Farm—Crops Permeated With Pesticides and Steeped in Sewage Sludge? You bet!

Hurray, It’s Meatless Monday! No Cook Pasta Sauce Makes a Quick and Tasty Meal Everyone Will Love

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on September 08, 2013



No cook pasta sauce is best in late summer when tomatoes are uber-vine ripened and farmers' markets (and home gardens) are bursting with flavorful, bright red tomatoes. Make this in the morning and by the afternoon the flavors have melded into a delicious sauce. No need to warm the sauce, tossing it with hot pasta does the trick.

Olé, It’s Meatless Monday! Bean and Cheese Quesadillas are Hearty and Healthy.

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on August 26, 2013

Nothing could be easier to make, which makes these great for dinner tonight!
 

Quesadillas are the equivalent to our beloved grilled cheese sandwich, so most kids love them once they try them! 


Oozing with melted cheese, the tortillas are grilled to golden perfection and sure to be a culinary dream for your kids.


And the best part? You can stuff them with whatever your kids like. These are filled with beans and cheese, but the limit is simply your imagination + tastebuds.

 

 

Ahoy Mateys, It’s Meatless Monday!  Gather Your Small Fries For Some Tasty Fish and Chips!

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on August 18, 2013

Many kids do not like fish, it's true, but few refuse Fish and Chips!

Fish and Chips is a great way to introduce a reluctant child to fish.  In this healthier version, we replace the usual deep frying method with pan frying, and your family won't taste the difference. Even better, these chips are baked, not fried. But if you don't tell, your kids won't know!

This is a great method for preparing any mild white fish filet, though my favorite is flounder, which is currently in season. Enjoy!

For more Meatless Monday Ideas, please visit our Meatless Monday Board on Pinterest.

Hurray, It’s Meatless Monday! Linguini and Clams are a Summer Favorite That’s Surprisingly Easy.

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on August 11, 2013

Summer means a bounty from the sea and this weekend it was clams!
 

This is one of my all time favorite recipes perfected over many summers. Even if you have never cooked clams, this one is easy, I promise. Many parents do not think to offer clams (or many other types of seafood) to their children, but many kids love them. If they don't, they probably like pasta so it's a win-win!

If you don't have live little neck clams available, canned clams work too. . .

Hurray, It’s Meatless Monday! Mmm, Three P Pasta Perfecto: Pesto, Parmesan and Peas with Farfalle

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on August 05, 2013

This one couldn't be any simpler!

This is for any meal when you need it fast. Our easy "3P" Pasta (Pesto, Parmesan and Peas) only takes the amount of time to boil pasta.

Just stock a prepared pesto sauce (this will keep in the refrigerator for several weeks) and a wedge of fresh Parmesan, and you are ready for dinner in LESS than 15 minutes.  Plus, clean up couldn't be easier than with a one pot recipe! 

For more Meatless Monday Recipes Visit our Pinterest Board Meatless Monday

Down on the Farm—Crops Permeated With Pesticides and Steeped in Sewage Sludge? You bet!

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on August 01, 2013

Blog 3 of 6: You Can Find it Down on the Farm—Fresh fruits and vegetables laden with pesticides and more.

This is our third of six blogs addressing the infographic we posted about how most of our food is produced and why it should matter to you. Today we cover the farming techniques used by many industrial farms to grow crops and their impact on our health and environment.

Part 1:  Think You Know What's in Your Food? Think Again.
Part 2:  What’s In Your Food? Growth Hormones, Superbugs and Partially Digested Plastic? It’s Possible!
Part 4: coming soon
Part 5: coming soon
Part 6: coming soon